Blue Prize (ARG)
OwnerMerriebelle Stable, LLC
BreederBioart S. A.
DamBlues for Sale (ARG)
Merriebelle Stable’s 6-year-old Blue Prize surged to the front at the eighth pole and then held off a bid from even-money favorite Midnight Bisou by 1 1/2 lengths to win the 2019 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by Joe Bravo, Blue Prize covered the mile and one-eighth on a fast main track in 1:50.50. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Correas and Bravo.
Eleven horses went postward for the Distaff and Serengeti Empress shot out to an uncontested lead with Paradise Woods, Mo See Cal and Ollie’s Candy in closest pursuit, with Blue Prize and Midnight Bisou racing in seventh and eighth down the backside.
Approaching the far turn, Bravo and Blue Prize got the jump on the favorite and began reeling in horses and hit the top of the stretch making a four-wide move that got her to the front at the eighth pole. Midnight Bisou moved into second but never threatened the winner.
“Down the backside, she was going by everybody, ”said jockey Joe Bravo, who at age 48 collected his first Breeders' Cup win. “Dreams come true. She broke a little slower than I expected, but she was moving up on the backside nice. I looked over and saw Mike Smith kind of asking Midnight Bisou a little soon. Blue Prize was really running her race. When we turned for home, she went on with it."
Fourth in the Longines Distaff last year at Churchill Downs, Blue Prize is an Argentine-bred daughter of Pure Prize out of the Not For Sale mare Blues for Sale (ARG). The victory was worth $1,100,000 and increased Blue Prize’s earnings to $2,692,253 with a record of 23-10-8-3. It was her third Grade 1 victory. She came into the Distaff after winning the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 9.
One day after winning the Distaff, Blue Prize was back in Kentucky where she was sold for $5 million to OXO Equine at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, and was then retired to Taylor Made Farm.
|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|
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