By Neil Monnery

Tom’s d’Etat grabs Breeders' Cup Classic berth

By Neil Monnery
Keeneland awaits for Tom’s d’Etat in the Breeders' Cup Classic
Keeneland awaits for Tom’s d’Etat in the Breeders' Cup Classic

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A spot in the $7million Breeders’ Cup Classic was up for grabs on Saturday and it was seven-year-old Tom’s d’Etat who romped home in the Grade II Stephen Foster Stakes to secure an all expenses paid trip to Keeneland in November for the richest race on North American soil.

Miguel Mena got to ride the horse as usual jockey Joel Rosario chose to mount Uni in the Grade I Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park instead and Mena was delighted with how easy Tom’s d’Etat was to ride. He claimed after the four and a quarter length victory that he didn’t even have to push the horse who won his fourth consecutive Stakes race.

Tom’s d’Etat has now earned over $1.6million throughout his career with the $300,700 first place prize on Saturday adding to his lofty career earnings. With 11 victories now on his resume, he goes into the rest of the 2020 season knowing that he’ll get the chance to take on the very best in such a big race later on the campaign.

Trainer Al Stall Jnr. was impressed by his performance but wasn’t surprised. Speaking after the race he said, “We knew coming into this race he was a fresh horse but ran so well fresh in the past.”

“This will set him up to be in good shape for the rest of the year. I think he'll benefit a lot from this race but we've sort of been waiting for this horse to get into form with the breaks in his races but he's finally got there. That was a very impressive performance today.”

The horse paid $4.60 for the victory at the Stephen Foster and will now take dead aim at the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November.

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