Head of Plains Partners, Michael Dubb, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables’ 5-year-old mare Uni roared past favored Got Stormy, the only other female in the race, to score a 1 1/2-length victory in the 2019 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile for 3-year-olds and up at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Joel Rosario, Uni, the 7-2 second choice, covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:32.45. For Rosario it is his second victory on the Championships’ weekend and second in the Mile having won previously on Tourist in 2016. It is Brown’s 14th Breeders’ Cup victory and second of the weekend.
Hey Gamon and El Tormenta led the field of 14 through the early going with Got Stormy in mid-pack and Uni a bit further back. Coming off the final turn, Got Stormy launched a four-wide move to the front only to be quickly joined by Uni who was moving five-wide.
The two ran as a team to inside the sixteenth pole where Uni pulled away.
“We had a perfect trip,” said Rosario. “The speed got away from me a little on the backstretch, but she was comfortable and in a good spot so I just sat still with her. I asked her at the three-eighths pole and she gave me a strong run. That’s when I knew we would win. But when we got alongside of her (Got Stormy), she fought back a little. For a minute I thought ‘oh-oh,’ because she’s a very nice filly who beat us this summer. But, my filly still had more left and we pulled cleared her in the last sixteenth.”
Uni, a British-bred chestnut daughter of More Than Ready out of the Dansili mare Unaided (GB) won her 10th race in 18 starts, and her third Grade 1 score. She came into the Mile off a 2 ½-length win in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland, against fillies and mares, on Oct. 5 at Keeneland. She got a late start in 2019, opening the year in late June with a win in Perfect Sting at Belmont Park. Brown came into care of Uni when she was shipped to the U.S. in 2017. She won the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar in December of 2018.