Longines Distaff Division
Jockey (from last start)
BreederHolly Crest Farm
Horologist dominated her first race, romping to a pacesetting, 20 3/4-length win over just 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt at Monmouth Park. Trained then by the late New Jersey legend John Mazza, she next unsuccessfully tried turf racing, her only start on grass. Back on dirt, she placed in a couple of black type sprint stakes at Gulfstream Park in late 2018-early 2019, but she really hit her stride last spring as a 3-year-old when she stretched out to a mile or longer. From March to August she reeled off four straight wins, earning her first stakes win, the Smart N Classy, and capping the streak with her first graded win, the Monmouth Oaks (G3). Mazza tested her at Grade 1 level for her next start, when she finished third in the Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing.
Transferred to California-based trainer Richard Baltas, Horologist returned to sprinting in the Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland, finishing well off the board. After a three-month break, she returned unsuccessfully in January 2020 in the La Canada Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita to begin her 4-year-old season. In March, she shipped back across the country to miss winning the black type Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park by just a neck. After finishing ninth in the Apple Blossom Stakes (G1) at Oaklawn Park April 18 and an ill-fated run in the Santa Maria Stakes (G2) May 31, Horologist was transferred to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Back home in New Jersey for her next start, she returned to the winner’s circle in the Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) at Monmouth. Again seeking her first Grade 1 win, she next was third at Churchill Downs in the LaTroienne Stakes presented by Oak Grove Racing and Gaming behind six-time Grade 1 winner Monomoy Girl.
In all six of her wins from 18 starts, the versatile Horologist has either set the pace, pressured the pacesetter, or settled back two to three lengths behind the early leaders.
Cameron Beatty’s There’s A Chance Stable was the sole owner of Horologist for her first 11 races, all in Mazza’s care. After the Cotillion Stakes, There’s A Chance was joined by partners Parkland Thoroughbreds, named by Steve and Debbie Weston for the Florida town where they live; Medallion Racing, a partnership venture put together by Taylor Made Farm; and Abbondanza Racing LLC, a partnership whose name in Italian means abundance.
Horologist’s name is a play on the names of her father and mother. Sired by Gemologist, Horologist is out of a mare named Cinderella Time. As a gemologist is one who specializes in the study of gemstones, a horologist is one who studies the measurement of time and timepieces.