Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Bricks And Mortar, Midnight Bisou Confirmed In Leading Spots Of NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

With the major North American preparatory races complete in advance of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the leaders in the weekly NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll are expected to hold position until the two-day event takes place at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2. The top spot on the poll has been owned by multiple Grade […]

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Midnight Bisou ‘Just Cruised’ Through Santa Anita Workout

Monster Midnight Bisou, undefeated in seven races this year, each a graded stakes, three of them Grade I’s, hopes to enhance her Horse of the Year credentials with a victory in the Grade I, $2 million Longines Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. With regular rider Mike Smith aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen, the […]

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Mott On Classic: Tacitus Done For The Year, Elate To Be Cross-Entered

Bill Mott has ruled 3-year-old Tacitus out of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, according to drf.com, but the Hall of Fame trainer may still have two entrants for the $6 million contest. “We’re going to give him some time, let him grow,” Mott said of Tacitus, a Tapit son out of champion Close Hatches. Other […]

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Distaff Contender Blue Prize In Good Shape After Spinster Stakes Victory

Trainer Ignacio Correas IV reported that Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) exited her repeat victory in Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) in good shape as preparations began for Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. “She ate up everything last night and is good this morning,” Correas said of the 6-year-old […]

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Blue Prize Shocks Elate For Spinster Repeat

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) ran down odds-on favorite Elate in the final sixteenth of a mile, winning the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) by a half-length before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 10,303 at Keeneland. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by Joe Bravo, Blue Prize earned a fees-paid berth […]

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Blue Prize Seeks $500,000 Prize In Spinster, Berth Into Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG), who scored her biggest U.S. victory here last fall in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1), will face four rivals Sunday as she tries to become the fourth horse to win the $500,000 race for fillies and mares in consecutive years. Run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, the Juddmonte Spinster is a […]

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Midnight Bisou Closes The Gap On Bricks And Mortar In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

After further stamping her superiority over divisional foes this past weekend, leading distaffer Midnight Bisou was able to make up ground on leader Bricks and Mortar in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. While Bricks and Mortar remains out front with 27 first-place votes and 387 points, the son of Giant’s Causeway has Midnight Bisou […]

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Paradise Woods Continues Cedillo’s Big Weekend In Zenyatta

HS Stable and Martin and Pam Wygod’s Paradise Woods gave jockey Abel Cedillo another big win on the weekend in Sunday’s Grade 2 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags, trained by John Shirreffs, ran 1 1/16 miles over the fast main tracks in 1:44.31, winning the race for the second […]

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‘Horse Of The Year Candidate’ Midnight Bisou Ready For Distaff

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou came out of her 3 ¼-length win in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Beldame in good order, co-owner Jeff Bloom said Sunday morning. Bloom said her victory at 1 1/8 miles on Belmont Park’s fast main track will set her up for the Grade 1, $2 […]

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Midnight Bisou Extends Her Win Streak In Beldame

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou has won all seven of her starts in 2019, including a relatively easy score in Saturday’s Grade 2 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park. In her final prep before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute was challenged by Wow Cat but pulled […]

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