Don Alberto

Don Alberto’s Tamburo Di Oro Earns Breeders’ Cup Mile Berth In Chile

Don Alberto Stable’s 4-year-old homebred Tamburo Di Oro (5.8-1) rolled past Brown Storm (CHI) in the final furlong to capture Sunday’s about 1 ¼-mile Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) on turf at Club Hipico by two lengths under jockey Jeremy Laprida, and earned an automatic starting position into this year’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup […]

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Battle Of Midway Inches Away From McKinzie To Win San Pasqual

Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm’s Battle of Midway was the second choice in the wagering but finished Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual just ahead of 1-2 wagering favorite McKinzie. The pair engaged in a stretch-long battle through the sloppy going at Santa Anita Park, but Flavien Prat and the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike […]

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Champion Unique Bella Booked To Medaglia D’Oro In 2019

On Monday, the Darley Stallions Twitter account announced that champion Unique Bella will be bred to Medaglia d’Oro in 2019. The 2017 female sprinter of the year, Unique Bella was retired in August following the discovery of a sesamoid fracture after a morning workout at Del Mar. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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Sesamoid Fracture Forces Retirement Of Unique Bella

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella has officially been retired, according to the farm’s Twitter account. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit suffered a sesamoid fracture during a workout on Saturday morning at Del Mar. “The doctors have confirmed that once she is stabilized, she will be taken to our farm to continue her recovery,” the Tweet […]

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Unique Bella Fends Off Late Run From La Force In Clement L. Hirsch

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella was favored at 1-9 for Sunday’s Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch, but German-bred La Force made a race of it at 8-1, flying late in the final eighth of a mile. Mike Smith had to drop down on Unique Bella’s back to urge her on, but the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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Bloodlines: Unlikely Story Of How Unique Bella Nearly Slipped Through The Cracks

Sometimes, breeding top-class horses looks so easy. Just take three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and breed him to a mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and there you have it, champion Unique Bella, who won the Eclipse Award as the best sprint filly of 2017. Doesn’t that look simple? Unique Bella makes it […]

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Ward Sends Out Potent Duo In Astoria

Trainer Wesley Ward, a name to be feared in the entry box for juvenile races across the globe, will send out a potent one-two punch in Thursday’s 107th running of the $150,000, 5 ½-furlong Astoria for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. The Ward pair of Athens Queen and Wonder Stone are each exiting an impressive […]

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Unique Bella Geared Down Late In Beholder Mile Victory

Sent to the post as the 1-2 favorite, Don Alberto’s Unique Bella put on a show in Saturday’s Grade 1 Beholder Mile. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit left the gates sharply and pressed the pace throughout, going on to win by about two lengths while geared down at the wire. Ridden by Mike Smith for […]

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Nuevo Maestro Targets Breeders’ Cup Mile After Challenge Series Victory

Stud Don Alberto’s 4-year-old homebred Nuevo Maestro (CHI) was declared the winner of Monday’s $82,596, 1¼-mile Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) at Club Hipico following a successful claim of foul by jockey Jorge Luis Vergara against rider Jeremy Laprida aboard stablemate Penn Rose (CHI) for interference in the stretch.  It was the ninth consecutive victory for […]

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Champion Unique Bella Heavy Favorite In Apple Blossom

Champion Unique Bella has been installed the overwhelming 2-5 program favorite for the $700,000, Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares Friday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. She will be the 21st champion to compete in the 54-year history of race either during or following a championship campaign. Probable post time […]

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