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Excelebration Qualifies For Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile
Sunday's victory (reported yesterday) by 4-year-old Excelebration (Exceed And Excel-Sun Shower, by Indian Ridge) in Deauville's Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois (1 mile) means the Aidan O'Brien-trained sprinter-miler is the fourth horse this year to qualify for the $2 million Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park on Nov 3 through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. The Breeders' Cup Challenge is a global series of 73 stakes-races whose winners earn automatic starting positions into the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Breeders' Cup will pay the US$60,000 entry fee and provide the winning connections a US$20,000 travel allowance for Excelebration to start in the Championships. Excelebration joins Gimmethegreenlight (AUS), More Joyous (NZ) and Jeranimo as the first three automatic qualifiers for the Mile this year. On five previous occasions, the winner of the Prix Jacques Le Marois has won the Breeders' Cup Mile: Miesque (1987, 1988) Spinning World (1997) Six Perfections (2003) and Goldikova (2009).