Santin & Rebel’s Romance continue remarkable journeys with G1 wins
Santin did not make his debut until late September but the Distorted Humor colt annexed a second G1 at Churchill Downs this season with an impressive display in the Arlington Million.
Having failed to see out a mile and a quarter in the Manhattan Stakes in June, Santin looks set to remain between a mile and nine furlongs, with the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland in November a long-term target.
Rebel’s Romance stretched his unbeaten record on turf to three with victory in the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten. The son of Dubawi had originally campaigned to a high level on dirt, winning the UAE Derby, and only missed a showdown with Essential Quality in last year’s Belmont Stakes with a late injury.
A return to Germany looks on the cards for the new middle-distance star, with upcoming G1 races at Baden-Baden, Cologne and Munich on his radar.
Coroebus failed to give his true running as he finished fifth in the G1 Prix Jacque le Marois at Deauville on Sunday, but two Group winners for Moulton Paddocks on the same card provided some compensation.
Eternal Pearl completed a hat-trick with a decisive win in the G3 Prix Minerve, setting up a potential crack at the G1 Prix Vermeille next month, while juvenile Mysterious Night graduated to G3 honours in the Prix Francois Boutin.
Potential St Leger contender Secret State and Walk Of Stars line up on the same afternoon’s G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes, while Lazuli tackles the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes later in the week.
Nostalgic could attempt to turn the tables on Nest and Secret Oath in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday, with recent Saratoga Oaks winner With The Moonlight nominated for the G2 Lake Placid Stakes on the same card.