Pimpers Paradise Upsets Grande Premio Brasil, Earns Breeders’ Cup Turf Berth

September 27, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (Sept. 27, 2020) – Haras Doce Vale’s Pimper’s Paradise (BRZ) powered down the stretch from seventh place to win Sunday’s 1 ½-mile Grande Premio Brasil (G1) at Hipodromo da Gavea in Rio De Janeiro by 1 ½ lengths over Olympic Impact (BRZ). With this victory, Pimper’s, Paradise, ridden by Alexandre Correia, earned an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is comprised of more than 80 international stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into corresponding races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 6-7.

Pimper’s Paradise, a 5-year-old by Put it Back out of Bye Caroline (BRZ) by 1990 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Royal Academy, completed the 1 ½ miles in 2:26.64.

Sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the nine-horse field, Pimper’s Paradise, trained by Venancio Nahid, sat well off the pace set by Olympic Ipswich (BRZ), who built a 4-length lead turning for home. Swinging very wide approaching the far turn, Pimper’s Paradise made a bold move in the center of the course, rolling from seventh to first just inside the quarter pole. Second choice Olympic Impact made a late bid to move into second but did not threaten the winner. Defending champion George Washington (BRZ) finished third.

Pimper’s Paradise improved his record to six wins in 10 starts, and won his third race this year.  He captured the 1 ¼-mile Matias Machline (G1) by 5 ¾ lengths on June 27 Hipodromo de Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo.  In  February, he won the 1 ¼-mile Escorial (G3) by 6 ¾ lengths in preparation for the 1 ¼-mile Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1) on March 14, where he finished third. 

As part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for Pimper’s Paradise to start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, which will be run at 1 ½ miles over the Keeneland turf course. Breeders’ Cup also will provide a travel allowance of $40,000 for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 26 to receive the rewards. 

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