Paola Queen lit up the tote board when she captured the Grade 1 Test Stakes in early August at Saratoga at odds of 55-1. It was the first graded stakes score of her career, and gave trainer Gustavo Delgado his first Grade 1 victory in the United States. He has won several Grade 1s as a trainer in Venezuela.
She ran the seven furlongs in 1:22.32 under Luis Saez, winning by three-quarters of a length.
The 3-year-old daughter of Flatter broke her maiden in her fourth attempt on Valentine’s Day this year, then ran second in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks in early April. She then was well back in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, and in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes.
She ran long again after her Test victory, setting the pace in the mile and an eighth Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Oct. 1 before tiring to finish seventh over a wet track. The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint will be contested over seven furlongs.
Paola Queen was a $180,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland, and heads into the Breeders’ Cup with two wins and two seconds from nine starts, and earnings of $431,490.