You can already bet on the 2017 Grosser Preis von Baden, which takes place at Baden-Baden Racecourse on Sunday September 3rd.
This year’s renewal looks relatively open and the likes of Iquitos, Lacazar, Savoir Vivre and Markus Klug’s Windstoss are all finding plenty of market-support.
The Grosser Preis von Baden is a flat race and a prestigious G1 fixture, which is run over a mile and a half (left-handed). Horses must be at least three years of age, in order to take part.
The Grosser Preis von Baden is a historic contest that goes back to the middle part of the 19th-century. Back then, the race was run over a significantly longer distance of 2 miles. During the Second World War, the race had to be relocated to Hoppegarten and was not contested at all between 1945 and 1947.
Germany introduced a new race-grading system in the early 1970s and the Grosser Preis von Baden was immediately awarded G1 status. German companies have been very keen to sponsor it and both Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are among the major companies to have supported the event.
The race has a purse of well over £200,000. Significantly, it has been added to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, meaning that the winner gets an automatic berth for the Breeders’ Cup Turf. There is a generous 4 kilo allowance for 3-year-olds, as well as a 1.5 kilo allowance for fillies and mares.
The great DaneDream won this race in 2011 and 2012. Sired by Lomitas nd out of Danedrop, this mare was foaled in May of 2008. Trained by Peter Schiergen, she was also a winner of the Oaks d’Italia (2011), the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2011), the Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen (2012) and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2012).
In 2011, she was given the award of European Champion Three Year Old Filly. She was named German Horse of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
The 2013 Grosser Preis von Baden was won by the Monsun-sired Novellist. Out of Night Lagoon, this colt was bred by Cristoph Berglar and trained by Andreas Wohler. Other notable victories include the Frühjahrs Dreijährigen-Preis (2012), the Union-Rennen (2012), the Gran Premio del Jockey Club (2012), the Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen (2013), the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2013) and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2013). Ivanhowe won in 2014, followed by Prince Gibraltar in 2015 and Iquitos last year.
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