Iridessa

Iridessa Outduels Vasilika To Win Filly & Mare Turf

Irish-bred Iridessa gave Joseph O’Brien his first Breeders’ Cup victory as a trainer and jockey Wayne Lordan earned his initial success in the World Championships on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., reeling in front-runner Mirth and then outdueling local favorite Vasilika in the final furlong to win the $2-million, Grade 1 Filly […]

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Magical Earns Repeat Trip To Breeders’ Cup Turf In Irish Champion Stakes

Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s 4-year-old filly Magical (IRE) took command two furlongs out and defeated stablemates Magic Wand (IRE) and Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) for a 2 ¼-length victory under jockey Ryan Moore in Saturday’s $1.441 million, 1 ¼-mile QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (G1) at Leopardstown. Magical’s victory earned her an […]

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Iridessa Scores Filly & Mare Turf Berth In Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron

While 3-5 Laurens (FR), the defending champion, appeared indomitable in the one-mile $403,500 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron for fillies and mares, it was the Joseph O’Brien-trained Iridessa (IRE), ridden by Wayne Lordan, who proved the best, passing Hermosa (IRE) in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length, with Just Wonderful finishing third. Both […]

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Bloodlines: European Juvenile Winners Tell A Tale Of Two Pedigrees

In looking at the winners of the two Group 1 races for juveniles at Newmarket, Iridessa (by Ruler of the World) in the Fillies Mile and Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) in the Dewhurst, I was immediately tempted to paraphrase Charles Dickens. We shouldn’t say that “it was the best of pedigrees; it was the worst […]

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