Blue Prize (ARG)
OwnerMerriebelle Stable, LLC
BreederBioart S. A.
DamBlues 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.
|October 10, 2016||Seleccion||HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO||1||1|
|September 03, 2016||Polla de Potrancas||HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO||1||2|
|August 06, 2016||General Luis Maria Campo||HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO||2||2|
|May 30, 2016||Especial Juan P. Artigas||HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO||1|