Jockey (from last start)
BreederRosemont Farm LLC
United is on pace to return to the Breeders’ Cup to tie up loose ends, taking a third shot at the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).
In 2019, he finished second in the championship event, losing by a head to Eclipse Award winner Bricks and Mortar. At 51-1 odds, he caught the attention of the racing world.
The gelding had a blockbuster 2020, with four wins and a second-place effort in Grade 2 contests before finishing eighth in the Turf at Keeneland.
This year, the 6-year-old chestnut has three wins and two fourth-place finishes. Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella described one of his out-of-the-money finishes, in the Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2), as “a terrible race. I've never had him run that bad.”
He bounced back to best even-money favorite Smooth Like Strait to become a back-to-back winner of the Eddie Read Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, the 2021 Breeders’ Cup host track.
United tuned up for this year’s Breeders’ Cup bid by winning the John Henry Turf Championship (G2) by a nose at Santa Anita on Oct. 2. The victory was United’s 10th in 22 career starts and boosted his earnings to more than $1.8 million.
Mandella has amassed nine Breeders’ Cup wins. Four of them came in one day in 2003 at Santa Anita, including the Classic (G1) with Pleasantly Perfect and the Turf with Johar. He also trained champion Beholder, who won three Breeders’ Cup races.
United runs under the colors of LNJ Foxwoods, the racing name of Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth, a parent/daughter team who started in 2012. Larry was a principle of eyewear company Marchon, and Jaime runs the stable. They campaigned 2019 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) winner Covfefe.
United’s sire, Giant’s Causeway, finished second by a neck in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He placed in the top two in every one of his 13 career races.
|October 02, 2021||John Henry Turf Championship S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||1|
|August 21, 2021||Del Mar H. Presented by The Japan Racing Association||DEL MAR||2||4|
|July 24, 2021||Eddie Read S.||DEL MAR||2||1|
|May 29, 2021||Charles Whittingham S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||4|
|March 20, 2021||San Luis Rey S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||3||1|
|December 01, 2019||Hollywood Turf Cup S.||DEL MAR||2||2|
|November 02, 2019||Longines Breeders' Cup Turf||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||2|
|September 28, 2019||John Henry Turf Championship S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||3|
|July 17, 2019||DEL MAR||1|
|May 25, 2019||Charles Whittingham S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||2|
|May 04, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||4|
|April 06, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|February 18, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||8|
|July 22, 2018||WOODBINE||5|
|July 04, 2018||WOODBINE||1|
|May 27, 2018||WOODBINE||5|
- October 22, 2021
For good reason, much of the attention on the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) will be on the international runners who come to Del Mar for the 12-furlong contest. In the last decade, just three winners have hailed from the United States, with the other seven coming from Europe. Since 2000, that split is 16 Europe, six for America.
- October 21, 2021
This is the last of eight weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
- November 7, 2020
His Highness the Aga Khan Studs hombred Tarnawa proved absolutely terrific as she toppled several of the world's best grass runners in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (G1) at Keeneland.