The fields for the 14 races that comprise the Breeders’ Cup World Championships actually start to come back into focus in summer season and fall and this common characteristic will provide a snapshot profile of one of many earlier weekend’s standout stars.
Blue Stripe punched her ticket to the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff with a win within the $400,000, Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Aug. 7 at Del Mar. The Distaff is the marquee filth race of the yr for older feminine racehorses in the USA.
Blue Stripe was a Group 1 winner in her native Argentina who got here to the USA in late 2021 with a file of 4 wins from six begins along with her defeats a pair of thirds in Group 1 races. She confronted a mighty problem in her U.S. debut for coach Marcelo Polanco within the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 6, 2021, at Del Mar, and was not fairly as much as the duty when seventh, overwhelmed by 16 ¾ lengths by winner Marche Lorraine.
Remaining in Southern California with Polanco, Blue Stripe has emerged as among the best of the West Coast older filth feminine division with wins within the Grade 2 Santa Margarita Stakes in April and the Clement L. Hirsch final weekend. She additionally posted a runner-up end to Non-public Mission within the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes in June.
Within the Clement. L. Hirsch, she defeated the aforementioned Non-public Mission together with among the best older females in coaching in Shedaresthedevil to earn an expenses-paid berth to the 2022 Longines Distaff Nov. 5 at Keeneland. Polanco informed Del Mar media that he was contemplating the potential of coaching Blue Stripe as much as the Distaff and foregoing a further prep race, which might give her a three-month break between begins within the Clement Hirsch and Distaff.
Whereas she disillusioned in that race a yr in the past, listed below are 4 the explanation why Blue Stripe’s outlook within the Distaff is considerably higher in 2022:
- In 2021, Blue Stripe entered the Distaff off a layoff of six months. That race calls for a peak efficiency to win, and it’s protected to say that’s robust to count on in a racehorse’s first begin in half a yr.
- Blue Stripe’s velocity figures are on the rise from an 88 Equibase Velocity Determine in final yr’s Distaff to a 93 and 100 in her first two begins in 2022. She earned a career-top 101 Equibase Velocity Determine within the Clement L. Hirsch, and likewise earned a career-best 92 Beyer Velocity Determine for that victory.
- The older filth feminine division was stacked a yr in the past. Whereas the 2021 Distaff didn’t play out as many anticipated when Japanese invader Marche Lorraine pulled off a 49.90-1 upset final November, the standard of the sphere was very good. Most of the identical runners are again in coaching in 2022, however a number of, comparable to Letruska, Malathaat, and Shedaresthedevil, have been considerably much less constant. The race seems large open in early August.
- Blue Stripe’s pedigree suggests she may enhance considerably with age and expertise. Her half-sister (identical dam [mother]), totally different sire [father]) Blue Prize completed fourth within the Distaff as a 5-year-old in 2018 and got here again to win the Distaff as a 6-year-old by 1 ½ lengths at Santa Anita Park in 2019.