Coolmore repeats as outstanding owner of Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

by | 12.21.2011 | 2:44pm

Benefitting from seven first place finishes in Ireland, Canada and the United States, Coolmore Stud, represented by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, has won the Montblanc Rieussec Star Award as outstanding owners of the 2011 Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

The Montblanc Rieussec Star Award, presented by Montblanc, the official timepiece of the Breeders' Cup, recognizes the importance of owners worldwide who participate in the Breeders' Cup program. This is the second consecutive year that Coolmore has won the Montblanc award.

The Montblanc Rieussec Star Award is given to the owner who receives the highest number of points based upon graded/group first-place finishes in the 68 Breeders' Cup Challenge races. Coolmore accumulated 64 points. William Clifton Jr. finished second in the standings with 20 points from two grade I victories by the 5-year-old Tizway in the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park and the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.

The Ballydoyle stable stars were led by the 3-year-old CAPE BLANCO (IRE), who won both the Arlington Million (Gr. I) and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Gr. I), and the 5-year-old New Zealand-bred SO YOU THINK, who captured the Irish Champion Stakes (Gr. I). The 3-year-old filly MISTY FOR ME (IRE) won the stable's first Challenge race of the year in the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr. I) at The Curragh. Coolmore also had three Juvenile winners in the Challenge series: 2-year-old colts POWER (GB), who won the Goffs National Stakes (Gr. I) and FINALE, winner of the Summer Stakes (Gr. III) at Woodbine. The 2-year-old filly MAYBE took the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

“We would like to congratulate Coolmore for winning the MONTBLANC RIEUSSEC STAR AWARD for the Second Year in a Row,” said Jan-Patrick Schmitz, President & CEO of Montblanc North America.

Said Derrick Smith of Coolmore: “On behalf of all of our team I would like to express my sincere thanks to Montblanc for their generous sponsorship of this award. The Breeders' Cup Challenge series means a great deal to us and while it won't be easy to match this season's results in the coming year, we'll be giving it our best shot!”

The Montblanc Rieussec Star Award point system was based on wins in Breeders' Cup Challenge races for U.S and Canadian, and International Group events:

Grade/Group I – 10
Grade/Group II – 6
Grade/Group III – 4
Ungraded – 2

“We are grateful to all the owners who participated in the Breeders' Cup Challenge series and congratulate Coolmore on receiving the Montblanc Rieussec Star Award this year with their remarkable success of victories in both Europe and the U.S,” said Carter Carnegie, Breeders' Cup Senior Vice President. “Montblanc has established an impeccable reputation as an exquisite international brand, and we are proud to partner with them in recognizing the vital contributions and commitment Thoroughbred owners bring to the Breeders' Cup and to our industry.”

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