British Idiom Tries to Expand On Breeders’ Cup Success
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By Emily Shields for TVG
When last seen in the afternoon, British Idiom was duking out a game victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) over a field that included dual Grade 1 winner Bast and the brilliant maiden winner Donna Veloce. Those two have gone on to run again, but British Idiom has been in wait for this moment.
The three-year-old daughter of Flashback will return to the races in Saturday’s $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) at the Fair Grounds. The Brad Cox-trainee, who was named the Eclipse Champion Two Year Old Filly of 2019, is unbeaten in three starts and a leading contender for the 2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs. She was a Grade 1 winner of the Alcibiades at Keeneland in October before her Breeders’ Cup run, and has had seven works on the comeback trail for this.
Her main competiion comes from Finite, who breaks from the outside and is riding a four-race win streak. The $200,000 daughter of Munnings broke her maiden on the grass at Kentucky Downs before winning the Rags to Riches at Churchill Downs by six lengths. She added the Golden Rod (G2) to conclude her season, then won the local prep, the Silverbulletday, by a neck on January 18. Ricardo Santana, Jr. will be aboard the Winchell Thoroughbreds runner.
Tempers Rising is the third morning line choice. She was third, beaten just a neck, in the Silverbulletday after breaking her maiden at Churchill Downs in November. That around at the same distance as this race. Trainer Dallas Stewart conditions the daughter of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern. Julien Leparoux will ride.
Ursula was second in the Silverbulletday. She missed by just a neck for trainer Michael Stidham, who has conditioned her to consecutive second place efforts in stakes company. The daughter of Tapit broke her maiden sprinting over this track by more than five lengths.
His Glory breaks from the rail and will put blinkers on. Tom Amoss trains the daughter of Mineshaft, who was a maiden winner at Indiana Downs and an allowance winner at Churchill Downs in October. She was sixth in the Golden Rod there.
Swiss Skydiver and Impeccable Style, both maiden winners, round out the field of seven.
The Rachel Alexandra, which is run over 1 1/16-miles, is named for the 2009 Kentucky Oaks winner, who went on to take the Preakness Stakes (G1) and be named Horse of the Year. Although she never contested the Breeders’ Cup, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro won five Grade 1 races. The 2020 edition of her race can be viewed live on TVG.
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