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Blue Prize (ARG)

Longines Distaff Division

  • Jockey
    TBD
  • Trainer
    Ignacio Correas
  • Owner
    Merriebelle Stable, LLC
  • Breeder
    Bioart S. A.
  • Sire
    Pure Prize
  • Dam
    Blues 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.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Challenge Series Races Won
2019 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Fleur de Lis
2018 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes
99
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

Juddmonte Spinster S.
October 06, 2019
KEENELAND
Grade 1
Finish 1
Summer Colony S.
August 18, 2019
SARATOGA
Grade
Finish 1
Delaware H.
July 13, 2019
DELAWARE PARK
Grade 2
Finish 3
Fleur de Lis H.
June 15, 2019
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 2
Finish 2
La Troienne S. presented by Inside Access from Chase
May 03, 2019
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 1
Finish 3
Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff
November 03, 2018
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 1
Finish 4
Juddmonte Spinster S.
October 07, 2018
KEENELAND
Grade 1
Finish 1
Locust Grove S.
September 15, 2018
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 3
Finish 1
Fleur de Lis H.
June 16, 2018
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 2
Finish 1
Allaire DuPont Distaff S.
May 18, 2018
PIMLICO
Grade 3
Finish 2
Top Flight Invitational S.
April 15, 2018
AQUEDUCT
Grade
Finish 1
Azeri S.
March 17, 2018
OAKLAWN PARK
Grade 2
Finish 7
Falls City H.
November 23, 2017
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 2
Finish 1
Juddmonte Spinster S.
October 08, 2017
KEENELAND
Grade 1
Finish 3
Locust Grove S.
September 16, 2017
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 3
Finish 2
Summer Colony S.
August 20, 2017
SARATOGA
Grade
Finish 2
July 24, 2017
SARATOGA
Grade
Finish 2
June 11, 2017
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade
Finish 2
Seleccion
October 10, 2016
HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO
Grade 1
Finish 1
Polla de Potrancas
September 03, 2016
HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO
Grade 1
Finish 2
General Luis Maria Campo
August 06, 2016
HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO
Grade 2
Finish 2
Especial Juan P. Artigas
May 30, 2016
HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO
Grade
Finish 1

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