TrainerWilliam I. Mott
OwnerClaiborne Farm; Adele Dilschneider
BreederClaiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider
Top older mare Elate is just one in a very long line of standout racehorses with a pithy, single-word name bred and campaigned by the legendary Claiborne Farm, often in partnership with Adele Dilschneider. (Think Blame – the only horse to ever beat the storied Zenyatta in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.) Living up to her lofty heritage, the five-year-old Elate secured herself a spot in the starting gate for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita when she captured the June 15 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs as a part of the “Win & You're In” Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was fourth in the Distaff in 2017 as a 3-year-old, but missed the main event last fall when sidelined with a splint injury that put her on the shelf for several months. In fact, Elate had only two starts in 2018, one being a victory in the Delaware Handicap (G2) in July. She defended that title this summer, easily besting her rivals with a more than four-length win under regular pilot Jose Ortiz July 13. "I think she is getting back to her old form," Ortiz said. "Hopefully, she will come out of here well and continue to get better. "She loves a mile and a quarter," Ortiz continued. "I am a little disappointed that there are not more races at the distance. She is the best horse in the Filly and Mare division going a mile and a quarter, but I also think she can cut back to a mile and an eighth (distance of the Distaff) and make it work." Located in the heart of Kentucky horse country, Claiborne Farm has been one of the leading Thoroughbred breeding farms for more than 100 years. They have foaled or raised 23 eventual Hall of Fame horses, been the birthplace of 10 Kentucky Derby winners and Claiborne sires and their progeny have won 29 Breeders’ Cup races. Elate, an earner of more than $2 million, is the third generation of stakes winning fillies bred by Claiborne after purchasing her great-grandmother, Wild Applause, for $1,025,000.
- October 21, 2019
All of the Breeders’ Cup prep races are now done. It’s almost a crime to call these rich graded stakes a prep race for anything. On their merit alone they are all worth winning.
- October 18, 2019
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie finished as the top-rated horse in final polling for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings by a panel of leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel.