The 1 mile 2 furlong Kentucky Derby’s past five finishing times:
2009 – 2:02.56
2010 – 2:04.45
2011 – 2:02.04
2012 – 2:01.83
2013 – 2:02.89
The 1 mile 2 ½ furlong 2013 Prix de Diane – 2:03.77
Treve completed the French classic for three-year-old fillies as fast as or even faster than some previous runnings of the Kentucky Derby. On a turf course that would probably be considered heavy by North American standards, Treve ran an additional sixteenth of a mile farther than the Derby contested on Churchill Downs’ conventional dirt course. She finished the Prix de Diane 0.29 seconds faster than Smarty Jones’ Kentucky Derby and 1.23 seconds faster than Sunday Silence’s run for the roses. Her Prix de Diane was only 0.05 seconds slower than Go For Gin and 0.77 short of Alysheba. Treve’s Prix de Diane was 0.48 slower than Charismatic’s Kentucky Derby. I’m not stating these facts to claim the Derby winners are slow. I’m stating these facts to claim Treve is…just…that…good!
In Sunday’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (GI), Treve runs to extend her winning streak at Longchamp to a fifth consecutive success. If she does win, she would give trainer Criquette Head-Maarek her second Arc victory. Head-Maarek won this race in 1979 with Three Troikas. Treve seems likely to fulfill these hopes. Her impressive race record and the weight advantage she will have against her most daunting opponents will allow her to dominate the competition.
On Tuesday at Chantilly, Treve had her last serious piece of work before the Arc. She galloped one mile in partnership with two others. Head-Maarek spoke about her filly’s condition, “I think she has improved enormously in her physique since the trial [Prix Vermeille].”
In late September of 2012, Treve made her career debut. She won by 1 ½ lengths in this eight furlong contest over good to soft ground. Treve would not face competition again until mid-May of her three-year-old season. The opposing fillies in the Prix Perruche Blue could not defeat her potent kick which propelled her to a 3 ½ length score.
Treve entered the Prix de Diane (GI) as the only unbeaten contender but went to the post somewhat unacknowledged at odds of 11-1. Stepping up from a conditions race, she won by four lengths over Chicquita. Treve completed the 1 mile, 2 ½ furlong contest in 2:03.77. Treve throttled herself onto the radar with this win, shattering Confidential Lady’s previous course record established in 2006 by two seconds. Head-Maarek said after the win, “She’s an extraordinary filly with a lot of speed which she showed today. They went fast but when Thierry asked her for her effort, she really showed that turn of foot. She really nailed them at the end.”
If anyone had doubts about Treve’s ability, she swept them away with her next start. In the Prix Vermeille (GI), the Motivator daughter won by 1 ¾ lengths over the pacesetting Wild Coco. The Longchamp course came up as soft for this 1 ½ mile journey.
Just a couple days prior to the Prix Vermeille, Sheikh Joaan Al Thani purchased Treve from the Head family’s Haras du Quesnay, her breeder. The filly remained in training with Head-Maarek, but Frankie Dettori got the mount aboard Treve since he is the retained rider for her new owner. Treve’s Prix Vermeille was the first GI victory for Dettori since last year’s Irish Champion Stakes aboard Snow Fairy.
However, on the Wednesday before the Arc, Frankie Dettori was injured in a spill and will be unable to ride for the rest of the racing season. Head-Maarek said regarding a last-minute jockey change, “I have spoken to Frankie and I have spoken to Sheikh Joaan, who has agreed that Thierry Jarnet [previously her regular jockey] will ride Treve on Sunday. He knows the filly very well and won the Prix de Diane (GI) on her in June. It is bad luck for Frankie, but that is life in racing.”
Her pedigree would make it seem Treve prefer shorter distances. Though her sire Motivator won the Epson Derby, he was out of a Gone West mare, and his second dam was by Sharpen Up. A mare by a Danzig son produced Treve and her third dam is a Lyphard mare. Just as her sire proved to have ability at longer distances, Treve became a GI winner at 1 ½ miles.