Abel Tasman

Monomoy Girl Hand-Ridden To Triumphant Breeders’ Cup Distaff Win

Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’ Monomoy Girl had a lot of questions to answer at the top of the stretch in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, including some late-race antics in her most recent start. After pressing the early pace, the Kentucky Oaks-winning filly was challenged by the Churchill Downs-loving Blue […]

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Distaff Notes: Midnight Bisou ‘Very Confident,’ Wonder Gadot ‘Frisky’ But Behaved

Abel Tasman/Vale Dori – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff runners got wet Thursday morning with 1 ¼-mile gallops at rainy Churchill Downs. Abel Tasman, last year’s 3-year-old filly champ, went out during the special Breeders’ Cup training window at 7:30 under exercise rider Dana Barnes. Vale Dori got […]

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Distaff Notes: Break Is ‘Key’ For Vale Dori, Monomoy Girl Continues To Be ‘Very Aggressive’

Abel Tasman/Vale Dori – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff runners went to the track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning for routine gallops. Abel Tasman, who won the 2017 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill with a last-to-first rally in the mud, covered one mile under Dana Barnes. Second in last […]

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BC Distaff Notes: Blue Prize ‘Always Runs Her Eyeballs Out,’ Wonder Gadot Exuberant Tuesday

Abel Tasman/Vale Dori – When the 2017 3yo champion filly turned in an oddly poor performance – fifth by 10 ½ lengths – in the Zenyatta on Sept. 29, trainer Bob Baffert wasn’t sure if she was sick, like others in his stable, or the victim of a bad trip. Baffert’s other starter in the […]

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Undefeated Game Winner ‘Great’ Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

After a full moon gave way to sunrise over Santa Anita’s infinitely picturesque setting, Bob Baffert sent several of his Breeders’ Cup hopefuls through their final major drills Friday morning as the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer pursues additional victories on racing’s championship weekend Nov. 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs. Already with 14 Breeders’ Cup […]

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Bellafina, Baffert Quartet Have Penultimate Breeders’ Cup Works At Santa Anita

With owner Kaleem Shah on hand, Chandelier Stakes winner and Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies favorite Bellafina worked five furlongs Friday morning in a minute flat for her ultimate goal at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. “I’m really happy,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “She’ll have one more breeze here before leaving for Kentucky.” Bellafina (1:00.00) & Kazan […]

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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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