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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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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Correas, Blue Prize Have Common Roots

Trainer Ignacio Correas IV didn’t start out pursuing the American Dream. Neither did Grade 1 Spinster winner and Breeders’ Cup Distaff contender Blue Prize. They both earned their stripes in Argentina before making the move to the United States, where each would have to carve out a new beginning. “I really never thought I would end […]

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Distaff: Blue Prize ‘Did Everything Right’ In Penultimate Work, Bravo To Ride

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG), winner of the Oct. 7 Juddmonte Spinster (G1), returned to the Keeneland work tab Friday morning with a 4-furlong work in :47.20 in preparation for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Joe Bravo, who rode Blue Prize in the Juddmonte Spinster for Keeneland-based trainer […]

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Distaff: Blue Prize Fine, On Track For BC After Eventful Spinster Victory

Trainer Ignacio Correas IV said Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) was “very well” Monday morning, the day after she turned in a memorable performance to win the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1). With Joe Bravo aboard, Blue Prize ducked out sharply beyond the middle of the track before the eighth pole. That allowed Champagne Problems on the rail to reach […]

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Hokey Pokey? Blue Prize Darts In, Then Out, Still Wins Juddmonte Spinster

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize extended her win streak to three straight graded stakes on Sunday, adding her first top-level triumph with a victory in the G1 Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland. In the stretch, the 5-year-old daughter of Pure Prize ran erratically, first darting toward the rail and then away from it, but jockey Joe Bravo […]

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Distaff: Alabama Winner Eskimo Kisses, Blue Prize Headline Juddmonte Spinster

Eskimo Kisses, the 6½-length runaway winner of the Alabama (G1), and multiple graded stakes winner Blue Prize(ARG) headline a field of 11 fillies and mares entered Thursday morning for Sunday’s 63rd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. The Juddmonte Spinster is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race with the winner getting a fees-paid berth into the […]

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Blue Prize Digs Deep For Locust Grove Triumph

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize was favored at 4-5 in Saturday’s Grade 3 Locust Grove Stakes and managed to deliver on those odds, despite a three-month layoff and a strong late challenge from Champagne Problems. Ridden by Julien Leparoux for Ignacio Correas, Blue Prize led for most of the  1 1/16-mile contest at Churchill Downs, keeping […]

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