by Breeders' Cup Notes Team
November 3, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2018) – Peter Brant’s Sistercharlie ($8.60) caught favored Wild Illusion in the final yards to win the 20th running of the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) by a neck Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by John Velazquez, Sistercharlie covered the 1 3/8 miles on a turf course listed as good in 2:20.96.
It is the second victory of the 2018 World Championships for Brown, who won the Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday with Newspaperofrecord. It was his 12th overall and fourth victory in this race with others coming in 2012 with Zagora followed by Dayatthespa in 2014 and Stephanie’s Kitten in 2015.
For Velazquez, it is his 16th Breeders’ Cup victory and third in this race with others coming in 2002 with Starine and in 2011 with Perfect Shirl.
It is the fourth Grade 1 victory for Sistercharlie who is a 4-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Myboycharlie out of the Galileo mare Starlet’s Sister.
A Raving Beauty, one of five entrants in the race for Brown, led the field of 14 through a leisurely mile in 1:43.98 as Sistercharlie raced in the clear about five lengths off the pace. On the far turn, A Raving Beauty was joined by Magic Wand with Wild Illusion attacking three wide and Sistercharlie moving four wide. The quartet raced as team to midstretch with Magic Wand ducking out first. Wild Illusion took over past the sixteenth pole but was nailed late by
A Raving Beauty finished another three-quarters of a length back in third and 1 ¾ lengths ahead of Magic Wand in fourth.