By Bill Finley
The New Jersey-bred star Horologist (Gemologist) will be supplemented to the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff at a cost of $160,000, her co-owner Cameron Beatty confirmed Wednesday.
The decision came after her owners participated in a conference call Monday, at which time they also decided to bring her back for another campaign next year at age five. Horologist is cataloged to sell as hip 29 through Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at next month’s Keeneland November sale.
The decisions came after Horologist scored the biggest win of her career Sunday at Belmont in the GII Beldame S. Taking on a group of challengers that included Grade I winner Dunbar Road (Quality Road), Horologist scored a surprisingly easy three-
length win as the longest shot on the board at 7-1. After struggling for much of the year, Horologist has won two of three starts since being turned over to trainer Bill Mott.
In addition to Beatty’s There’s A Chance Stable, Horologist is owned by Parkland Thoroughbreds, Medallion Racing and Abbondanza Racing LLC.
“Bill Mott was really pleased with how she came out of the Beldame,” Beatty said. “At the end of the day, we decided we had to give her this opportunity. She’s run really, really well since she’s been with Bill Mott. He’s turned her around and made her into a really nice filly. We wanted to give her the opportunity to get some recognition and to run against the big girls.”
The Distaff favorite could be Eclipse Award winner Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), who defeated Horologist into third when they met in the Sept. 4 GI La Troienne S., a mile-and-a-sixteenth race at Churchill Downs.
“We didn’t get demolished by Monomoy Girl when we raced against her,” Beatty said. “We ran a nice third. I think given the added distance, she’ll be right there with the top horses like Monomoy Girl. I think she has proven already that she can compete with those horses.”
Horologist is a horse who appears to just now be nearing her peak. The filly and mare division next year will not include Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) and is unlikely to include Monomoy Girl. Those were among the reasons why the owners have decided to bring Horologist back for a 2021 campaign.
“As long as she is sound and healthy, we will keep going with her next year,” Beatty said. “She doesn’t have a pimple on her. We think she could be the top of the crop next year. She loves to run and we see that every time we run her.”