King of the village earns BC Turf Berth in Carlos Pellegrini

Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini-Internacional (G1) on 11 December at Hipódromo de San Isidro kicked off the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series for the 2022 World Championship, and 7-year-old Haras El Angel De Venecia Village King did it in style.

Also a North American equity winner, son of Campanologist took the lead with the remaining two and went to a nine-long victory in South America’s most prestigious race. Discarded by Martin Valle, he secured an automatic starting spot in the Longines Breeders Cup Grass ‘ 2022 (G1T).

Breeders ‘Cup Challenge Series is a series of international bet races where the winner will receive an automatic starting position and fees paid for a corresponding race of the 2022 Breeders Cup World Championship, scheduled for ant is held on November 4-5 at Keeneland.

Village King, trained by Carlos Etchechoury, finished third in the 2017 and 2020 editions of Carlos Pellegrini. Saturday, he won his ninth race in 21 starts, and his fourth win in group 1. He completed the 1 and a half mile in 2:23.42.

Kicked out of third pick 9-1 in the 19-horse field, Village King broke out strong and steady behind the pace set by Sandino Ruler and Encarrilado past the first 1,600 meters (about a mile) in 1:37.15. On the home leg, the Village King pushed past and easily passed a fading Encarrilado and set his sights on the Sandino Ruler, catching the pacesetter in the middle and expanding his range to nine segments at the string. Mirinaque , second pick 5-1, finished well to second, with Sandino Ruler holding third. Cool day , the defending champion and favorite 2-1, finished ninth.

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Out of Pleasant Tap mare Villard, Village King began his career in Argentina with five starts and was later sent to the United States after finishing third in the 2017 Carlos Pellegrini tournament. Under the care of Mr. Coach Todd Pletcher, Village King made eight starts, notably winning the 2018 Red Smith Stakes off the field at Aqueduct race track. After finishing eighth in Man o’ War Stakes (G1T) at Belmont Park in May 2019, Village King was returned to Argentina and won his first race on a more familiar course, beating the 1 1/2 mile Progreso (G3) at San Isidro.

After finishing second at the Copa de Oro-Alfredo Lalor (G1), Village King finished third in last year’s Carlos Pellegrini, just over half the distance from Cool Day. He continues his solid form into 2021, reeling with three straight grass-court wins at San Isidro, knocking out Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz (G1), Porteno (G3) and 25 de May – Copa Dr. Enrique de Hoz (G1) . The record ended on October 24 in the Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano (G1) on dirt track at the Maronas Nacional Circuit in Uruguay, where he finished fourth, 6 1/4 short. Aero Trem.

As part of the Challenge series benefits, Breeders ‘Cup will pay the entry fee to Village King to start in Round 1 1/2 mile Breeders’ Cup. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance to all starters based outside of North America to compete at the World Championships. Challenge winners must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the October 24, 2022 pre-registration deadline to claim their rewards. King of the village earns BC Turf Berth in Carlos Pellegrini

John Verrall

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