Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

New Racing Partnership Living Up to Its Name

DEL MAR, CA - With a tip on 2-year-old first-time starter Ocean Size (Maclean's Music), Jake Ballis watched with interest--and a win wager--on the fifth race at Colonial Downs Aug. 17. When Hidden Connection (Connect)--the co-second choice at 5-2 on the morning line for Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies--ran away to a daylight score carrying the colors of Hidden Brook Farm with Ocean Size back in second, the frontman for the fledgling partnership Black Type Thoroughbreds quickly switched gears. "When she drew off at the eighth pole, I looked...

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Liam's Map Filly Impressive in Alcibiades

Albaugh Family Stables's Juju's Map (Liam's Map) threw her hat in the ring among what appears to be a solid juvenile filly division with a powerful victory in Friday's "Win and You're In" GI Darley Alcibiades S. at Keeneland. Reined in to avoid a speed duel heading into the first bend, the rail-drawn bay sat in a clear second as Runup (Runhappy) zipped along through splits of :22.75 and :46 flat. The 2-1 favorite took over midway on the home bend, and was briefly challenged by her stablemate Matareya (Pioneerof...

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Easy Money in Chandelier

'TDN Rising Star' Ain't Easy (f, 2, Into Mischief--Ameristralia {Aus}, by Fastnet Rock {Aus}) put on a show to remain unbeaten while punching her ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in Friday's 'Win and You're In' GII Chandelier S. at Santa Anita. Electric Ride (Daredevil), a runaway debut winner at Del Mar Aug. 28, was second; second out Del Mar maiden winner Desert Dawn (Cupid) was third. Heavily favored GI TVG Del Mar Debutante S. heroine Grace Adler (Curlin) never factored while fifth. Ain't Easy, a sharp 5...

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Eclipse Winner Caressing, Dam of Champion West Coast, Dies

Caressing (Honour and Glory--Lovin Touch, by Majestic Prince), the dam of Eclipse Award winner West Coast (Flatter), passed away due to laminitic conditions at Hermitage Farm Sept. 14. She was 23 years of age and was laid to rest between the paddocks and next to the foaling barn at the Kentucky nursery. Bred by Brereton C. Jones, Caressing was purchased by Hermitage's Carl Pollard for $180,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and was a maiden winner at second asking before adding a seven-length victory in the Bassinet S....

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Vequist Breezes at the Spa

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Swilcan Stable's reigning champion juvenile filly Vequist (Nyquist) breezed a half-mile in :47.77 on Saratoga's main track Friday under Jose Lezcano in preparation for a potential seasonal debut at the end of the Saratoga meet. According to trainer Butch Reid, Jr., the filly will target Parx's GI Cotillion S. Sept. 25. Winner of the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile fillies at Keeneland last fall, last summer's GI Spinaway S. winner finished ninth in her season return in the GII Davona Dale S. in February. "She did...

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Banner Year Decades in the Making for Wachtel

The 2020 racing season was fraught with many challenges, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and halted racing in New York for about three months, continuing to wreak havoc with on-track attendance at many of the nation's racing venues throughout the remainder of the year. And while for many it was a time of turmoil and struggle, it proved to be a banner season for Wachtel Stable, campaigning not one but two Eclipse champions in 2020--Vequist (Nyquist, Champion Juvenile Filly) and Channel Maker (English Channel, Champion Turf Male). "Unfortunately, I...

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Champion Vequist Kicks Off Sophomore Season in Davona Dale
Champion Vequist Kicks Off Sophomore Season in Davona Dale

Eleven rivals will be waiting to take on recently crowned champion Vequist (Nyquist) in Saturday's GII Davona Dale S. going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream Park. The GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine, campaigned in partnership by Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and breeder Swilcan Stable, earned her diploma at second asking with a daylight tally in Saratoga's GI Spinaway S. Sept. 6. Second behind Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief) as the 4-5 favorite in the GI Frizette S. at Belmont Oct. 10, she turned the tables on that rival with a two-length...

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Princess Noor Retired With Soft Tissue Injury

Dual Grade I winner Princess Noor (Not This Time--Sheza Smoke Show, by Wilko) has been retired from racing with a soft tissue injury after being pulled up as the heavy favorite in Saturday's GI Starlet S. at Los Alamitos, owner Zedan Racing Stables reported Sunday morning. "She's a star and a very talented filly," said Amr Zedan. "She had the race and most probably a few more Grade Is to her name. Our focus now is to get her healthy and off to Kentucky to be the best mom she...

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Nyquist's Vequist Upsets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Swilcan Stables's Vequist (Nyquist) put an exclamation point on a very strong freshman season for her sire (by Uncle Mo)--a winner of the track-and-trip GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 2015--while posting a mild 6-1 upset in Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. The market's fifth choice behind the unbeaten foursome of 'TDN Rising Star' Princess Noor (Not This Time), GI Frizette S. victoress Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief), local GI Darley Alcibiades S. heroine Simply Ravishing (Laoban) and 'Rising Star' Girl Daddy (Uncle Mo) broke alertly and...

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Big Day at the Office for Hamm Friday

With more than 1300 wins and $30 million in career earnings, a training center in Florida and a breeding operation in Ohio, Tim Hamm has already done plenty to prove his skills as a horseman and businessman. But on Friday, he'll get a chance to showcase his program on the biggest stage when he sends out unbeaten and more or less untested Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief) to take on the household barns in the GI Juvenile Fillies. It will be his first runner, as a trainer at least, in the World...

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Princess Secret Denied Entry Into Breeders' Cup

Princess Secret (Khozan), winner of the Susan's Girl S. and My Dear Girl S. for owner and trainer Daniel Pita, was denied entry into Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies after testing positive for a banned substance. An Oct. 26 blood test administered by the Breeders' Cup Out-Of-Competition program turned up the presence of Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid expressly prohibited by Breeders' Cup under its conditions of entry. According to Breeders' Cup constructs, any horse that tests positive for anabolic steroids or any ARCI-prohibited substances in any out-of-competition sample within...

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Dayoutoftheoffice Drills in Keeneland Mud

Blazing Meadows Farm and Siena Farm's three-for-three GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies hopeful Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief) turned in her first published breeze since annexing Belmont's GI Frizette S. in the Keeneland mud Friday, covering five panels in 1:00.40 (1/3). The dark bay worked solo through splits of :12.80, :25.40, :37.00 and galloped out in 1:12.80 and 1:27 flat. "I think it was her best work. She finished up really strong and galloped out great," said trainer Tim Hamm, who co-owns the filly under his Blazing Meadows banner. "I weighed working...

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