One Race At A Time: Highway Star’s Connections Only Focused On G1 Ballerina

by | 08.14.2017 | 4:12pm
Highway Star wins the Ruffian Stakes

Multiple graded stakes winner Highway Star visited the main track Monday morning breezing five furlongs in 1:00.04 with regular rider Angel Arroyo aboard.

“She looked fine and her normal self,” said trainer Rodrigo Ubillo. “She's acclimated well coming up to Saratoga this year. She's been doing well coming out the Ogden Phipps and we'll train her up into the Ballerina.”

A 4-year-old New York home bred for owners Chester and Mary Broman, Highway Star broke her maiden in her debut last year before going on to finish third in the Fleet Indian at Saratoga and ending the year winning the Grade 3 Go for Wand Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in December.

Starting the year with a fourth-place finish in the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct, Highway Star has gone on to win to capture Grade 3 Distaff and Grade 2 Ruffian before finishing third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on June 10 last out. As far as plans going forward, Ubillo said the connections will take their time.

“We haven't really looked beyond the Ballerina,” added Ubillo. “As of right now we're focused on the Ballerina and we'll take it step-by-step from there following that race.”

Fourteen fillies and mares were nominated for the G1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina, which will provide a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Among the distaffers nominated are multiple graded stakes winners Paulassilverlining, Vale Dori, By the Moon, Curlin's Approval, and Finley'sluckycharm.

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