A full year apart and the exact same result. Avenge won the Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita last year to earn a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and repeated that feat Sept. 30 to earn a return to the World Championships as a part of the “Win and You're In” challenge series.
The five-year-old War Front daughter reeled off three straight victories last year, ending with the Rodeo Drive, before running a solid third in the Filly & Mare Turf after setting the pace.
Given a break after that effort, she ran third behind Lady Eli in the Gamely Stakes in her return to the races in May, but was flat in the Yellow Robbin in August. Her connections now feel she’s back to her old self after returning to her winning ways in the Rodeo Drive.
“This feels very good,” Richard Mandella said after the Rodeo Drive. “This is what we do this for. I was impressed that she settled off the leader and that she had such a good finish. I felt better about it at the quarter pole. When she exploded away from there, you could tell it was working. It’s been frustrating because we couldn’t quite get her back to herself until now but, I think we do have her now and we hope we’re in as good of shape as we did last year.”
Owned by Ramona Bass, Avenge was a $650,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale. She has seven wins from 16 starts and earnings over $860,000 heading into this year’s event.
|November 04, 2017||Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf||DEL MAR||1||14|
|September 30, 2017||Rodeo Drive S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||1|
|August 05, 2017||Yellow Ribbon H.||DEL MAR||2||6|
|May 27, 2017||Gamely S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||3|
|June 27, 2015||Senorita S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||3||6|
|May 01, 2015||Ultrafleet S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|April 09, 2015||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|March 15, 2015||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|February 14, 2015||SANTA ANITA PARK||4|
|January 19, 2015||SANTA ANITA PARK||3|
|November 15, 2014||DEL MAR||5|