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2022 Top 5 Contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Filly & Mare Turf
Loves Only You won the 2021 running of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. (Photo credit: Bill Denver /Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Let’s take our first look at the top five contenders for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) to be contested at Keeneland on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Euro invaders have fared best in this race in recent years taking five of the last six editions. Last year’s winner was the Japan based Loves Only You who returned $10.60 for the win.

If the winner is not from across the pond it likely will be a filly or mare from the Chad Brown barn. The trainer has won this race four times, most recently with Sistercharlie in 2018.

Brown has two top contenders in this year’s field, In Italian and Virginia Joy, who figure to take the most betting action among the home team.

In Italian has the benefit of a run over the Keeneland turf course, winning the First Lady (G1) in her last outing on Oct. 8.

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Top 5 Contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Her stablemate Virginia Joy took the field gate to wire to win the Flower Bowl invitational (G1) at Saratoga in her last start on Sept. 3.

The early betting favorite is the John & Thady Gosden trained Nashwa. The three-year-old filly was second in the Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1) at Longchamp on soft ground in her last start on Oct. 2. She is a two-time Group 1 winner.

Three-year-old fillies shipping to the U.S have been dangerous in this race. In the last six year’s four winners of this race have been three-year-old Euro invaders.

Filly & Mare Turf By The Numbers

F&M Turf by the Digits: (last 12
Avg. Win payoff: $27.93
Avg. Exacta payoff: $146.82
Avg. Beyer Speed Figure: 101.8
Betting Favorites All time: 5 for 23
2021 Winner: Loves Only You ($10.60)
$2 Exacta: $312.60 $1 Trifecta: $466.60
Winner final prep: 2nd in Sapporo Kinen (G2)
Runner up: My Sister Nat
Runner up final prep: Won Waya (G3)

A three-year-old filly based in Canada is an interesting addition to the race. Moira won the Queen’s Plate against the boys on the Tapeta surface at Woodbine by seven lengths on Aug. 21. She tried turf for the first time in her last outing in the E.P. Taylor (G1) where she was beaten just a neck by Rougir.

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