Blue Prize (ARG)

  • Jockey
  • Trainer
    Ignacio Correas
  • Owner
    Merriebelle Stable, LLC
  • Breeder
    Bioart S. A.
  • Sire
    Pure Prize
  • Dam
    Blues 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.

Lifetime Stats

Challenge Series Races Won
2019 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Fleur de Lis
2018 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

October 06, 2019Juddmonte Spinster S.KEENELAND11
August 18, 2019Summer Colony S.SARATOGA 1
July 13, 2019Delaware H.DELAWARE PARK23
June 15, 2019Fleur de Lis H.CHURCHILL DOWNS22
May 03, 2019La Troienne S. presented by Inside Access from ChaseCHURCHILL DOWNS13
November 03, 2018Longines Breeders' Cup DistaffCHURCHILL DOWNS14
October 07, 2018Juddmonte Spinster S.KEENELAND11
September 15, 2018Locust Grove S.CHURCHILL DOWNS31
June 16, 2018Fleur de Lis H.CHURCHILL DOWNS21
May 18, 2018Allaire DuPont Distaff S.PIMLICO32
April 15, 2018Top Flight Invitational S.AQUEDUCT 1
March 17, 2018Azeri S.OAKLAWN PARK27
November 23, 2017Falls City H.CHURCHILL DOWNS21
October 08, 2017Juddmonte Spinster S.KEENELAND13
September 16, 2017Locust Grove S.CHURCHILL DOWNS32
August 20, 2017Summer Colony S.SARATOGA 2
July 24, 2017 SARATOGA 2
June 11, 2017 CHURCHILL DOWNS 2
September 03, 2016Polla de PotrancasHIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO12
August 06, 2016General Luis Maria CampoHIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO22
May 30, 2016Especial Juan P. ArtigasHIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO 1

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