Limousine Liberal returns to the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint after finishing 11th last year at Keeneland. He nearly capitalized on his home court advantage at the Lexington track October 7 when he almost won the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G2). The nose defeat was costly not only in direct purse money, but because he was denied a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup via the “Win and You’re In” program.
But owner Katherine “K. K.” Ball opted to spend her own money to get the 4-year-old gelding to the Breeders’ Cup. Limousine Liberal has more than earned his keep by banking $389,020 in a career that features eight wins or seconds in 11 starts. His resume includes a runner-up performance behind eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and champion Runhappy in last year’s King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.
Ball and her husband Mike are the breeders of Limousine Liberal. Mike Ball’s parents Don and Mira Ball purchased the 4-year-old gelding’s dam, Gift of Gab, for $110,000 at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale in the name of their Donamire Farm. With Katherine serving as owner and trainer, Gift of Gab went winless in eight starts before joining the family’s small broodmare band at Donamire Farm in the heart of Lexington’s famed Thoroughbred country. Both Katherine and her husband spent many years training the family’s homebreds and Katherine remains a familiar face at Keeneland, where Ben Colebrook is their trainer.
Don and Mira Ball have raced a long list of homebreds including many that trace back four generations of the Ball bloodlines. They are known for their philanthropy and for building residential neighborhoods in central Kentucky for nearly 60 years under the Ball Homes banner.
Colebrook is a former assistant to trainer Christophe Clement. His father trained Thoroughbreds and Colebrook worked in all phases of the Thoroughbred industry before launching his own training career in 2012.