By Diego Mitagstein, editor, Turf Diario
The dream of a nation became a reality Friday (September 17) at the Club Hipico de Santiago in Chile. Belle Watling, a true champion, was all heart to overcome two challengers in the straight, including the final charge of a Brazilian invader, to beat him by a short head in the Group 1 XXVI Gran Premio Asociacion Latinoamericana de Jockey Clubes e Hipodromos over 2000 meters on a good turf course in the time of 1:59.81. The race is one of the most prestigious international events in South America and revolves between the major South American nations each year.
It was a real battle royale in the Latinoamericana in the final 300 meters between Belle Watling, who’d taken the lead in the straight, with Brazilian champion Sal Grosso on the outside in the Stud TNT colors (the devil’s red and blue of storied Calumet) and Shackleton (Monthir) on the inside part of the track. Hector Berrios, Belle Watling’s rider, was sensational in the irons.
“I don’t know if we saw the best version of Belle Watling in the Latino, but she was sensational,” said Juan Pablo Baeza to the press. He works along with Patricio, his father, in the training of Stud Don Theo’s filly and also is her veterinarian.
Belle Watling has been unbeatable the last 14 months and she is without any doubt the best horse in South America. According to Patricio Baeza, the Dushyantor filly will now try the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini-G1, South America’s most prestigious international race, in December at San Isidro, Argentina.
Belle Watling has won a total of 12 races from 15 starts, including the last nine in a row.
The video is below. Belle Watling is in white silks with red cap in center between two rivals. You can search this blog for information on Belle Watling’s other major races.