Filly & Mare Sprint Division
OwnerGem Inc. & Tom Kagele
BreederBrereton C. Jones
A $9,000 yearling, Proud Emma has lived up to her name by making her connections more than proud with nine top two finishes in her career.
The 5-year-old mare has been campaigned around the country from New York to Kentucky to California and along the way has raced in 12 stakes races. Her first stakes win came in her fourth dirt stakes start when she made a permanent move to California and won the 2020 Tranquility Lake Stakes at Del Mar.
Proud Emma earned many frequent flyer miles in the first half of her career, but since that stakes win, she has been a mainstay on the southern California circuit.
She won her first graded stakes last December in the Bayakoa Stakes (G3) over 1 1/16 miles, but her connections have focused on leaving her at the sprint distances in all but one start this year.
“She ran great,'' co-owner Tom Kagele said after the Bayakoa victory. “We've been trying to get a graded stakes with her and she finally did it for us today. She likes to sit off it and it set up very nicely for her. We were confident she would come running. She shows up every time, but this was awesome.
While she has performed credibly at Santa Anita, the daughter of Include has proven that Del Mar – the location of this year’s Breeders’ Cup – is one of her favorite tracks.
Her love affair with Del Mar goes back to 2018 when she won going a mile over it in her third start. Her only bad race at Del Mar has come on the turf, with the filly never running worse than second on the Del Mar dirt for four Del Mar placings.
Proud Emma has been a part of Peter Miller’s barn since early in her 3-year-old year and will be looking to give him his sixth Breeders’ Cup victory. Four of those came from two horses – Roy H and Stormy Liberal, who gave him Breeders’ Cup doubles in 2017 and 2018.
Miller scored his fifth win in 2019 when Belvoir Bay was a feel-good winner of the Breeder’s Cup Turf Sprint. Her track record-breaking win came less than two years after disappearing for several days during the devastating San Luis Rey Downs fire in 2017.
The Kentucky-bred filly is set to become the 18th Breeders’ Cup runner for her breeder Brereton C. Jones. That breeder registered his only winner in 2000 when Caressing won that year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
|December 06, 2020||Bayakoa S.||LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE||3||1|
|October 31, 2020||Kathryn Crosby S.||DEL MAR||7|
|September 27, 2020||Zenyatta S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||4|
|August 28, 2020||Tranquility Lake S.||DEL MAR||1|
|August 16, 2020||DEL MAR||2|