Juvenile Fillies Division
OwnerDubb, Michael, The Elkstone Group, LLC, Madaket Stables LLC & Bethlehem Stables LLC
BreederHargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton andSilver Fern Farm LLC
DamRose and Shine
With her laid-back personality, British Idiom was well rested when she arrived in Keeneland’s saddling paddock for the “Win and You’re In” Darley Alcibiades (G1) Oct. 4.
“She’s a pretty cool filly,” trainer Brad Cox’s assistant Tessa Bisha said. “She took a nap before the race.”
Bisha got to know the filly well in the four months they spent together this spring and summer at Keeneland and then Ellis Park where British Idiom won her career debut on August 15. That race was her lone start prior to the Alcibiades.
“We knew she was good, but didn’t know how good,” Bisha said.
The Alcibiades was not originally on British Idiom’s schedule. Cox, who trained 2018 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and champion Monomoy Girl, was pointing her to the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) Sept. 14 at Churchill Downs, but the plan was scrapped when British Idiom experienced a mild illness.
“She’s a really nice filly that’s full of class,” Louisville native Cox said. “She never gets worked up. She does whatever you want in the mornings. She’s a good-sized filly and obviously capable of getting around two turns.”
The day after the Alcibiades, British Idiom shipped to Cox’s Churchill Downs division to continue Breeders’ Cup preparations. She was a $40,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale in Lexington.
- February 13, 2020
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.
- November 15, 2019
While 27 of the colts who have won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile have gone on to be named Eclipse Champion Two Year Old Male, the number is even higher for fillies after taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).