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  • 2017 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap
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Stellar Wind

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Stellar Wind will be attempting her third consecutive start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Her runner-up effort in the 2015 edition at Keeneland clinched her title as champion 3-year-old filly. The 5-year-old daughter of 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Curlin has maximized her earnings power by winning nine of just 14 career starts for a $2 million bankroll (through July 10). Even in defeat Stellar Wind is competitive as demonstrated by finishing fourth in the 2016 Distaff and 2015 Kentucky Oaks.

In her two starts this year, Stellar Wind won the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park and Beholder Mile Stakes at Santa Anita to bring her Grade 1 total to five.

Like the legendary Secretariat, Stellar Wind was born in Virginia. On August 5, 2013, she was sold as a yearling for $40,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s premiere sale in Saratoga Springs, New York. She was the only one to sell for less than six figures in the two-day auction that averaged $295,093.

Two months later, she was resold to Barbara Houck for $86,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Maryland fall auction. For Houck she won at Laurel Park in her second career start late in her two-year-old season. The chestnut with a diagonal blaze then was purchased privately by Kosta Hronis, whose family business produces premium grapes in southern California.
In her first start for Hronis and her new trainer John Sadler, Stellar Wind breezed to victory in the Santa Ysabel Stakesat Santa Anita in early 2015. She next added a triumph in the Santa Anita Oaks as a prep to the Kentucky Oaks that year. In her next two starts, she won a pair of graded stakes before closing that season in the Distaff and earning her Eclipse Award.

In four starts in 2016, she won twice — defeating champion and 2016 Distaff winner Beholder in both the Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar and Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. Her tune-up for the Distaff is expected to again include that race July 30.

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  • 2017 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap

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