Clairiere Goes Back-To-Back In the Phipps

Clairiere | Sarah Andrew

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ELMONT, NY – Stonestreet homebred Clairiere (Curlin) successfully defended her title with a late surge to nail Search Results (Flatter) in dramatic fashion by a half-length in Saturday's GI Ogden Phipps S. at Belmont Park. Played Hard (Into Mischief) finished third.

Clairiere joins Take D' Tour (2006-07), Sightseek (2003-04) and Heatherten (1984-85) as back-to-back winners of the prestigious 'Win and You're In' event for the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff.

“I'm unbelievably proud of her,” said winning trainer Steve Asmussen after registering his fourth Phipps victory in five years. “What a special mare. For her to continue to win races on this level is just incredible. She's always been top class and if anything, she's better than she's ever been. To continue winning is the goal with her, but we know where we're aimed at with the Breeders' Cup [Distaff on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita] as her year-end target.”

Favored at 8-5, Clairiere was content to caboose the field of six as hopeless longshot Gamestonks (Blofeld) showed the way with last-out GI La Troienne S. winner Played Hard and 2-1 second-choice Search Results, third in this race last year, in hot pursuit through very easy early fractions of :24.32 and :48.63 in the 1 1/16-mile affair.

With Gamestonks dropping back sharply, Joel Rosario began to get busy aboard Clairiere approaching the quarter pole as the 2021 GI Acorn S. winner and unlucky GI Kentucky Oaks runner-up Search Results loomed boldly alongside Played Hard.

Search Results looked like a winner close to home, but Clairiere was just getting warmed up. The 5-year-old was produced down the center by Rosario and got there for a well-timed fourth career victory at the top level.

“I was very confident,” Rosario said. “However, you never know. It looked like a second a horse got away from me, but she [Clairiere] was able to put it all together and come with the run that she always does to get it done. She's very special. She really goes out there and does her job. Not many come that way.”

Clairiere's stacked resume also includes wins in the 2021 GI Cotillion S. and the GI Apple Blossom H. last time out Apr. 15. She was unlucky in both of her prior attempts at the Championships, finishing a close fourth after an impossibly wide trip in the 2021 renewal, and was third, beaten just a head, in Lexington last fall.

Pedigree Notes:

Clairiere, the second graded winner on the GI Belmont S. program following champion Elite Power's heroics in the GII True North S., is one of 20 Grade I winners for leading sire Curlin. Broodmare sire Bernardini is responsible for 15 Grade I winners. The Curlin over Bernardini cross is also responsible for GISW Paris Lights.

Clairiere is the first foal out of three-time GISW Cavorting, who won this same race in 2016. She was purchased as a weanling by Stonestreet for $360,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale.

Cavorting's next foal is stakes winner La Crete (Medaglia d'Oro). She has an unraced 3-year-old colt by Curlin named Judge Miller ($550,000 KEESEP purchase by Muir Hut Stables) and, without foals in 2021 and 2022, she produced a colt by Curlin this year.

“I am very proud, and, of course her mother [Cavorting] won this race, too,” Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Stables said. “It's been a family tradition. She does have a late kick and Joel [Rosario] left it just enough to give me a slight coronary condition, but she made it through. We're trying [to win an Eclipse Award]. We were close last year, really close. But maybe this year we'll do it.”

Saturday, Belmont
OGDEN PHIPPS S.-GI, $500,000, Belmont, 6-10, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:43.40, ft.
1–CLAIRIERE, 124, m, 5, by Curlin
               1st Dam: Cavorting (MGISW, $2,063,000), by Bernardini
               2nd Dam: Promenade Girl, by Carson City
               3rd Dam: Promenade Colony, by Pleasant Colony
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred
Holdings LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Joel Rosario.
$275,000. Lifetime Record: 19-8-5-3, $3,106,392. *1/2 to La
Crete (Medaglia d'Oro), SW, $159,460.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree or
the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Search Results, 122, m, 5, by Flatter
               1st Dam: Co Cola (GSP), by Candy Ride (Arg)
               2nd Dam: Yong Musician, by Yonaguska 
               3rd Dam: Alljazz, by Stop the Music
($310,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc.;
B-Machmer Hall (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $100,000.
3–Played Hard, 124, m, 5, by Into Mischief
               1st Dam: Well Lived, by Tiznow
               2nd Dam: Well Dressed, by Notebook
               3rd Dam: Trithenia, by Gold Meridian
($280,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Rigney Racing, LLC; B-Susan
Casner (KY); T-Philip A. Bauer. $60,000.
Margins: HF, 2HF, 3 1/4. Odds: 1.75, 2.25, 4.50.
Also Ran: Pass the Champagne, Secret Oath, Gamestonks.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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