JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr.
OwnerApogee Bloodstock, Mike Anderson Racing LLC
In her two-year-old season, Abscond grew into a portion of her name quickly, learning how to move hurriedly, but not secretly.
The bay filly won her career start, a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on turf at Ellis Park. In her follow-up effort, covering the same distance, the Eddie Kenneally-trainee finished second in the Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga to heavily-favored Kimari.
The Kentucky-bred leapt up in class and stretched out to a mile for her third start, the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine. At 9-1 odds, she nosed out the competition and earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), where she could rematch Kimari.
The Irish-born Kenneally has saddled six Breeders’ Cup contenders and is looking for his first victory in the championship series.
"I'm really impressed with her," Kenneally's assistant Kelly Wheeler said. "She's done everything right since she broke her maiden. Really, we've asked a lot of her shipping her up to Saratoga—she handled that great. So we shipped her up here, it looked like a good spot, and she came through."
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who was aboard for Abscond’s last start, agrees.
"She was acting really good. She broke out of there and she broke sharp and just stayed in the middle of the turf course and she was relaxed," Ortiz said. "She was going relaxed in the middle of the track so I left her there, I didn't fight too much with her.
"She's a fighter. She fought with the outside horse and came back on the inside. She fought back and she put a head in front in the last couple of jumps. Everything worked out good for us."
Abscond’s father, Blame, was in the money each of his thirteen starts. He won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and eight other races, including the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill and the Whitney Handicap (G1) at Saratoga.
- October 29, 2019
A field of 14 fillies will contend this year’s running of the always-competitive Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. A solid mix of American and European runners have entered this event, which will go off as race eight on Friday, November 1, at Santa Anita Park. They will all be going 1 mile for a piece of the $1,000,000 purse.