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Blue Prize (ARG) Gives Connections First Breeders’ Cup Win In Distaff, Midnight Bisou Second

After a fourth-place finish in last year’s edition, Blue Prize (ARG) claimed victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, giving her owner, trainer and jockey their first Breeders’ Cup win. Blue Prize, who qualified for the Distaff with a rare second career victory in the G1 Spinster at Keeneland last month, stayed well out […]

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Distaff Notes: Midnight Bisou ‘Knows It’s Game Time’

Blue Prize – Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Hiram Rosario Wednesday morning as she continued preparations for a second run in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Trainer Ignacio Correas IV was asked about his confidence level for the 6-year-old Argentina-bred mare going into this year’s Distaff as […]

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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 Back To Winning Form In Summer Colony

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize backed her heavy favoritism, battling down the stretch with Vexatious to notch her seventh career stakes win in Sunday’s $100,000 Summer Colony at Saratoga Race Course. Breaking from the outside post in the 1 1/8-mile test for fillies and mares, Blue Prize broke sharply under jockey Jose Ortiz and trailed the […]

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Mexican Star Kukulkan ‘Has A Lot Of Confidence’ Ahead Of Indiana’s Schaefer Memorial

One of the most intriguing horses running on Saturday’s showcase card at Indiana Grand is the Mexican-bred Kukulkan in the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial for older horses on dirt. The 4-year-old colt went 13 for 13 in his native country and is 15 for 16 overall. Kukulkan won the $300,000 Caribbean Classic (or Clasico […]

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Elate Looks To Go Back-To-Back In Delaware Handicap

The defending champion, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Elate tops the 82nd renewal of the $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park this Saturday.  The mile-and-a-quarter filly and mare summer classic has attracted a field of nine.   The 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has a record of a win, a second and a […]

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Mexico’s Kukulkan Considered For Stephen Foster After ‘Very Good’ Allowance Win

St. George Stable’s 15-time winner Kukulkan (MEX) could add his name to the list of entrants to the $600,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) on June 15 following a 1 ½-length victory in Friday’s $91,000 featured race at Churchill Downs, a 1 1/16-mile conditioned allowance event. “This was a very good race for him,” said trainer […]

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Mexican Triple Crown Winner Kukulkan Takes On Allowance Field At Churchill Friday

He won 14 straight races including the Mexican Triple Crown and the Caribbean Classic Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but Kukulkan finished 11th in his first start against North American horses in the G1 Pegasus World Cup in January. Now, the 4-year-old son of Point Determined is preparing for a start at Churchill Downs on Friday, […]

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Blue Prize Headlines La Troienne; McKinzie Faces Down Seeking The Soul In Alysheba

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize, winner of the Spinster (GI) at Keeneland last fall before closing her 2018 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) here, headlines a field of 10 fillies and entered for the 34th running of the $500,000 La Troienne (GI) Presented by Inside Access from Chase going 1 […]

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Keeneland: Spinster Winner Blue Prize To Make 2019 Debut, Aim For Another Breeders’ Cup

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG), winner of last fall’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) here, will make her return to the races Friday when she goes postward as the likely favorite in the 25th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV, Blue Prize closed 2018 with a fourth-place […]

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