Blue Prize (ARG)
Longines Distaff Division
OwnerMerriebelle Stable, LLC
BreederBioart S. A.
DamBlues for Sale (ARG)
Blue Prize (ARG) and her trainer Ignacio Correas IV were born and raised in Argentina where both launched their careers. They teamed up after she was purchased for a North American campaign by Merriebelle Stables. After establishing herself as a top performer at home and enjoying eight months on the sidelines to acclimate to the Northern Hemisphere, Blue Prize is now a top performer north of the equator. She earned an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) by winning the Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill in June of 2018, and gave Correas his first Grade 1 triumph when she won the 2018 Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland even after veering in the stretch. Correas, whose family has been involved with Thoroughbreds in Argentina since the 1870s, had cautioned jockey Joe Bravo about the mare’s tendency to lose interest on the lead. “Ignacio gave me a heads up in the paddock,” Bravo said after the Spinster. “He said, ‘make sure to keep her attention at all times, keep her focused,’ and now we see why. I think she was waiting on competition. She kinda did it with control.” A month later, Blue Prize was a close fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff a few days after arriving at Churchill Downs from Keeneland where Correas has a year-round base. Although she is still looking for her first victory in 2019, the mare is well on her way to a second appearance in the Distaff after a second and two thirds against top tier competition, including a third in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap July 13. Despite her Argentine heritage, Blue Prize’s paternal lineage is American. Her father is Pure Prize, a son of Storm Cat and Eclipse Award winner Heavenly Prize, a two-time runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Merriebelle Stable is the racing entity of John Moores, owner of the MLB San Diego Padres, and software company business partner Charles Noell.
- October 23, 2019
McKinzie, Code of Honor, Midnight Bisou, Bricks and Mortar and Magical Lead 188 Horses Pre-Entered for 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Led by Whitney (G1) winner McKinzie, Travers Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Code of Honor, standout filly Midnight Bisou, multiple Grade 1-winning turf star Bricks and Mortar, and Qipco Champions Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 188 horses, including 47 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- October 18, 2019
One of only five mares to win the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland twice, Blue Prize is well on her way back to the Breeders’ Cup for a tilt at the Longines Distaff.