‘Better With Age’: Starship Jubilee Pulls Clear In Hillsborough

by | 03.07.2020 | 5:14pm
Javier Castellano brings Starship Jubilee back to the winner's circle after the Hillsborough

Blue Heaven Farm's Starship Jubilee ran her record to three-for-three in 2020 on Saturday, pulling away to a 1 1/4-length victory in the G2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The 7-year-old daughter of Indy Wind, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Kevin Attard, ran nine furlongs in 1:47.83 over the firm turf course.

She paid $4.40 as the favorite in the 11-horse field.

“She's getting better with age, just like a fine wine, a woman coming into herself,” said Attard. “She's 7 but she's been healthy, and I think it's great for the sport when you see an older horse like her staying around and running at a top level. She has a strong following; every time she wins I get messages from everywhere and it's just nice to see people appreciate what she brings each time she runs. She's been a real Cinderella story and has exceeded expectations, obviously. It's just wonderful that I'm a part of it. Such a strength of hers that she can run from either on the lead or off the pace, it helps so much, especially these route races where sometimes the race lacks pace.”

Winner of the G1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine last year, Starship Jubilee now has earnings nearing $1.5 million with a record of 17 wins from 35 starts. The mare was a $16,000 claim in February of 2017, and won her first graded stakes race three months later. She has now won seven graded races in her career.

On Saturday, Starship Jubilee was always within range of the leaders, made a four-wide bid on the turn and kicked clear in the late stages. Beautiful Lover finished second after a five-wide trip, and Kelsey's Cross closed from the rear of the field to finish third.

“I had a beautiful trip, I expected to be close to the pace,” said Castellano. “This is the type of horse you can do whatever you want – you can dictate the pace or you can come from behind. She's such a classy horse. I enjoyed the ride and I'm very fortunate to be part of it. It looks like she is getting better and better and better.”

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