CONTENDERS

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman returns to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff after her runner-up effort in 2017 that clinched Eclipse Award honors as champion three-year-old filly in a season highlighted by her Kentucky Oaks triumph. She was given a well-earned vacation before getting back to the races this past spring with a fourth-place finish in the La Troienne Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard. A month later she was back in the winner’s circle after capturing the Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park.

Eammon Cleary and Bernard Clearly, who raised Abel Tasman on their family’s Clearsky Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, remembered her as a large, well-made filly with an easy-going personality.

“We didn’t have any idea she would become the racehorse she did,” the brothers said shortly after her Eclipse Award nomination.

The bay filly went unsold on a final bid of $65,000 at 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale, so her breeders opted to race her. Fifth in her career debut, Abel Tasman won her next three starts including the Starlet Stakes for Clearsky Farms before China Horse Club purchased a percentage. She then was transferred from trainer Simon Callaghan to Bob Baffert for her subsequent championship season that also included triumphs in the Acorn Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks.

Clearsky Farm was honored with the Eclipse Award as outstanding breeder for 2017. The operation also bred 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and champion Arrogate. Clearsky Farm was established in 2009 by the Clearys’ father Eamon, a native of Ireland, who died in 2012. Abel Tasman is named for a national park in New Zealand where Cleary had many of his international business holdings.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Challenge Series Races Won
2018 Ogden Phipps Stakes
2018 Personal Ensign
20
2018 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
August 25, 2018Personal Ensign S.SARATOGA11
June 09, 2018Ogden Phipps S.BELMONT PARK11
No Replay
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May 04, 2018La Troienne S. presented by Twinspires.comCHURCHILL DOWNS14
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2017Longines Breeders' Cup DistaffDEL MAR12
No Replay
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September 23, 2017Cotillion S.PARX RACING12
No Replay
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July 23, 2017Coaching Club American OaksSARATOGA11
No Replay
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June 10, 2017Acorn S.BELMONT PARK11
No Replay
Available
May 05, 2017Longines Kentucky OaksCHURCHILL DOWNS11
No Replay
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April 08, 2017Santa Anita OaksSANTA ANITA PARK12
No Replay
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March 04, 2017Santa Ysabel S.SANTA ANITA PARK32
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
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December 10, 2016Starlet S.LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE11
No Replay
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November 18, 2016 DEL MAR 1
No Replay
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September 30, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
No Replay
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August 20, 2016 DEL MAR 5