Catching Up with 2021 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Winner Corniche

To celebrate the 40th running of the Breeders' Cup, the TDN will share a photo and catch up with a past winner in each of the 40 days leading up to the event. Today, we have Juvenile winner Corniche. | Sarah Andrew

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The time Corniche, a $1.5-million OBS topper and 'TDN Rising Star', spent on the track might have been brief, but it was bright. Undefeated in three starts at two and a dual Grade I winner, he was simply better than the rest.

Corniche was always a dominating colt on the farm and so good looking as a foal,” said Leah O'Meara of Stonehaven Steadings, who co-bred the Juvenile winner. “We always had high hopes for him. He gave us the first round of excitement when he breezed so well and went on to top the OBS April 2-year-old sale. But truly, the most impressive shock we were able to witness was his Breeders' Cup win… the way he broke strongly outside in post 12, was able to clear the field, and take an inside trip truly blew us away. Then of course he held on to take the 2-year-old championship and subsequently the Eclipse Award–we are truly blessed to have had a hand in a horse as great as him!”

Corniche (2019 bay colt, Quality Road–Wasted Tears, by Najran)

Lifetime record: Ch. 2yo colt, MGISW, 4-3-0-0, $1,263,500

Breeders' Cup connections: B-Bart Evans & Stonehaven Steadings (KY); O-Speedway Stables LLC; T-Bob Baffert; J-Mike Smith.

Current location: Coolmore America/Ashford Stud, Versailles, Ky.

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