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.
|August 25, 2018||Personal Ensign S.||SARATOGA||1||1|
|June 09, 2018||Ogden Phipps S.||BELMONT PARK||1||1|
|No Replay Available||May 04, 2018||La Troienne S. presented by Twinspires.com||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1||4|
|No Replay Available||December 10, 2016||Starlet S.||LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE||1||1|
|No Replay Available||November 18, 2016||DEL MAR||1|
|No Replay Available||September 30, 2016||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|No Replay Available||August 20, 2016||DEL MAR||5|