Abel Tasman

Ready And Abel? Baffert ‘Happy’ With Star Filly’s Latest Breeze

Abel Tasman disappointed in her Sept. 30 start in the G1 Zenyatta Stakes, finishing a dull fifth in her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. This Friday, however, the 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road showed a renewed sense of vigor in a morning workout with stablemate Vale Dori, trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com. The pair […]

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Accelerate Confirms Position Atop NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Accelerate, earning a fourth Grade 1 victory this year in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park, remained atop the NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll for the seventh consecutive week. Voters awarded the five-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky with 13 first place votes and 379 points compared to eight first place votes and […]

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Vale Dori Hits The Wire First In Zenyatta; 1-9 Favorite Abel Tasman An Uninspired Fifth

Trainer Bob Baffert saddled a pair in Sunday’s Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita, but all the attention was on 1-9 favorite Abel Tasman, winner of back-to-back G1 races in New York this year. She broke poorly, however, and finished an uninspiring fifth. Instead, it was her stablemate Vale Dori who managed to get […]

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Mind Games: Abel Tasman A Real Racing Strategist

Abel Tasman has a mind of her own. Not an unusual trait for a race horse, and it hasn’t deterred her from being a champion. The three-year-old filly queen of 2017, Abel Tasman has been known to break slowly, then accelerate with noticeable alacrity early on the backstretch when going a route of ground, thrusting […]

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West Coast, Abel Tasman Lend Star Power To Santa Anita Opener

Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has two of his primary champions awaiting action opening weekend of Santa Anita’s blockbuster 22-day Autumn Meet, West Coast in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and Abel Tasman in Sunday’s Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 […]

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Abel Tasman Jumps Ahead Of Monomoy Girl In Top Thoroughbred Poll

Reigning Eclipse Award Champion Abel Tasman moved from fifth to fourth position in this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll, supplanting 3-year-old filly sensation Monomoy Girl, who finished first in Saturday’s $1 million Cotillion Stakes at PARX only to be disqualified and placed second. Both Monomoy Girl, who is ranked fifth in this week’s poll, […]

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Monomoy Girl, Abel Tasman Matchup Looms In Breeders’ Cup Distaff

A scintillating matchup between divisional leaders Monomoy Girl and Abel Tasman makes the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff one of the most compelling of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races to be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The $2 million Distaff, run at 1 1/8 miles, figures to serve as the perfect supporting […]

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Yoshida Debuts In Seventh On NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Japanese-bred Yoshida, winner of last Saturday’s Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and now a dual Grade 1 winner this year on turf and dirt, debuted in seventh place in this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll. Multiple Grade 1 winner Accelerate retained the top spot overall for the third consecutive week with eight first […]

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Abel Tasman, Catholic Boy Join NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll

Eclipse Champion Abel Tasman (fifth), multi-surface specialist Catholic Boy (sixth) and sprinter Catalina Cruiser (ninth) vaulted into this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll following impressive weekend victories. For the second week in a row, the NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll was led by the west coast-based older horse Accelerate, who accumulated nine first place […]

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Abel Tasman Eyes Distaff; Elate May Be Headed To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bob Baffert didn’t bring a Triple Crown winner with him, and he didn’t even have a 3-year-old for the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course, but he still showed up for the races on Travers Day. And so did the two horses he sent out, with Abel Tasman edging Elate by a head and winning […]

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