Longines Distaff Division

  • Jockey
  • Trainer
    William I. Mott
  • Owner
    Claiborne Farm; Adele Dilschneider
  • Breeder
    Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider
  • Sire
    Medaglia d'Oro
  • Dam

Top older mare Elate is just one in a very long line of standout racehorses with a pithy, single-word name bred and campaigned by the legendary Claiborne Farm, often in partnership with Adele Dilschneider. (Think Blame – the only horse to ever beat the storied Zenyatta in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.) Living up to her lofty heritage, the five-year-old Elate secured herself a spot in the starting gate for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita when she captured the June 15 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs as a part of the “Win & You're In” Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was fourth in the Distaff in 2017 as a 3-year-old, but missed the main event last fall when sidelined with a splint injury that put her on the shelf for several months. In fact, Elate had only two starts in 2018, one being a victory in the Delaware Handicap (G2) in July. She defended that title this summer, easily besting her rivals with a more than four-length win under regular pilot Jose Ortiz July 13. "I think she is getting back to her old form," Ortiz said. "Hopefully, she will come out of here well and continue to get better. "She loves a mile and a quarter," Ortiz continued. "I am a little disappointed that there are not more races at the distance. She is the best horse in the Filly and Mare division going a mile and a quarter, but I also think she can cut back to a mile and an eighth (distance of the Distaff) and make it work." Located in the heart of Kentucky horse country, Claiborne Farm has been one of the leading Thoroughbred breeding farms for more than 100 years. They have foaled or raised 23 eventual Hall of Fame horses, been the birthplace of 10 Kentucky Derby winners and Claiborne sires and their progeny have won 29 Breeders’ Cup races. Elate, an earner of more than $2 million, is the third generation of stakes winning fillies bred by Claiborne after purchasing her great-grandmother, Wild Applause, for $1,025,000.

Lifetime Stats

Challenge Series Races Won
2019 Fleur de Lis
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

October 06, 2019Juddmonte Spinster S.KEENELAND12
August 24, 2019Personal Ensign S. Presented by Lia InfinitiSARATOGA12
July 13, 2019Delaware H.DELAWARE PARK21
June 15, 2019Fleur de Lis H.CHURCHILL DOWNS21
April 14, 2019Apple Blossom H.OAKLAWN PARK13
March 16, 2019Azeri S.OAKLAWN PARK22
August 25, 2018Personal Ensign S.SARATOGA12
July 14, 2018Delaware H.DELAWARE PARK21
November 03, 2017Longines Breeders' Cup DistaffDEL MAR14
September 30, 2017Beldame S.BELMONT PARK11
August 19, 2017Alabama S.SARATOGA11
July 23, 2017Coaching Club American OaksSARATOGA12
June 15, 2017Light Hearted S.DELAWARE PARK 1
May 05, 2017 CHURCHILL DOWNS 2
April 08, 2017Central Bank Ashland S.KEENELAND18
March 11, 2017Honeybee S.OAKLAWN PARK33
February 11, 2017Suncoast S.TAMPA BAY DOWNS 2
November 26, 2016 AQUEDUCT 1

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