French filly upsets Japanese star in Arc

Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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PARIS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- French filly Solemia reeled in Japanese superstar Orfevre in the final yards to win Sunday's Group 1 Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe.

Masterstroke finished third and Haya Landa was fourth in a race run over heavy turf.

The race appeared to be over when Orfevre easily ran by the leaders, including Solemia, inside the final furlong and opened up a big and easy lead. But jockey Olivier Peslier never gave up on Solemia and as Orfevre shortened stride in the final 100 yards, the 4-year-old filly flashed by and won by about a neck.

The 1 1/2 miles went in 2:37.68, some 13 seconds slower than last year's time.

The other well-backed runners, including Camelot, St Nicholas Abbey, Shareta and Sea Moon, never figured in the running of Europe's most prestigious race. Last year's winner, Danedream, was caught in a quarantine in Germany and not able to defend her title.

Solemia came into the Arc off a third-place finish in the Prix Vermille, a race won by Shareta. She now has five wins, three second and two thirds from 13 career starts for owner/breeders Wertheimer & Frere.

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