With the recent performance by reigning three year old champion filly Royal Delta this past weekend, I wanted to reflect on all Breeders Cup winners from last November and see how they have each fared since that weekend.
Royal Delta, won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic by 2 1/2 lengths over It’s Tricky. Since then, she’s finished:
2nd in the Sabin Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on February 25. Lost to Awesome Maria by 8 lengths.
9th in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airlines (G1) at Meydan Racecourse on March 31.
1st in the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) by 8 lengths at Churchill Downs on June 16.
Secret Circle, won the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint by a length over Shumoos. Since then he’s finished:
2nd in the Sham Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita on January 7.
1st in the Southwest Stakes(G3) at Oaklawn Park on February 20.
1st in the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park on March 17.
2nd in the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park on April 14.
My Miss Aurelia, won the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by three lengths over Grace Hall. She won Horse of the Year honors for the two year old filly division. She hasn’t raced since.
Hansen, won the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) by a head over Union Rags. Was voted Horse of the Year for male two year olds. Since then, he’s finished:
2nd in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on January 29.
1st in the Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on March 3.
2nd in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on April 14.
9th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Wrote (IRE), won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) by 2 1/4 lengths over Excaper. Since then, he’s finished:
3rd in the U.A.E. Derby Sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan on March 31.
3rd in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (G2) at Leopardstown on May 13.
7th in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guinea (G1) at Curragh on May 26.
Stephanie’s Kitten, won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) by 3/4 length over Stopshoppingmaria. Since then, she’s finished:
3rd in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on April 7 (all weather surface).
1st in the Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Dowsn on May 4 (turf).
Musical Romance, won the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) by 1 1/4 lengths over Switch. Since then, she’s finished:
4th in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 28.
1st in the Inside Information Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream on March 17.
4th in the Vinery Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
2nd in the Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 5.
Perfect Shirl, won the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) by 3/4 length over Nahrain (GB). Since then, she finished:
2nd in the The Very One Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on February 25.
Afleet Again, won the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2) by 3/4 length over Birdrun at odds of 41/1. Since then, he’s finished:
4th in the Valedictory Stakes (G3) at Woodbine on December 4.
Amazombie, won the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) by a neck over Force Freeze. Since then, he’s finished:
3rd in the San Carlos Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita on February 25.
1st in the Potrero Grande Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita on April 7.
2nd in the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) on May 5.
Regally Ready, won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) by 1 1/2 lengths over Country Day. Since then, he’s finished:
3rd in the Daytona Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on January 8.
13th in the Meydan Sprint Sponsored by Emirates Sky Cargo on March 10.
14th in the Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Emirates NBM (G1) on March 31.
Caleb’s Posse, won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) by 4 lengths over Shackleford. Since then, he’s been hit by the runner-up bug.
2nd in the Tom Fool Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct on March 3.
2nd in the Carter Handicap (G1) at Aqueduct on April 7
2nd in the Met Mile (G1) at Belmont Park on May 28.
St. Nicholas Abbey, won the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) by 2 1/4 lengths over Sea Moon. Since then, he’s finished:
2nd in the Dubai Sheema Turf Classic (G1) Presented by Longines at Meydan on March 31
2nd in the High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes (G3) at Curragh on May 7
1st in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup Sponsored by Investec (G1) on June 2
Court Vision, won the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) by a nose over Turallure at odds of 64/1! That was his last race.
Drosselmeyer, won the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) by 1 1/2 lengths over Game on Dude. That was his last race.
Since that early November weekend at Churchill Downs, these Breeders Cup champions have been in a total of 34 races. Of those 34, there have been 8 wins, 13 second and 5 thirds. A win percentage of 23.5% and in the money percentage of 76.5%. The percentage of wins may not be high, but the consistency of being in the money certainly is impressive.
With the recent win for the Bill Mott trained Royal Delta, she has put herself back into consideration for top older female.
Despite the snake bitten 2012 for Caleb’s Posse, he is still considered one of the top middle distance runners in the country. It is a matter of time before he gets back to the winner’s circle.
There have been recent workouts for undefeated two year old female champion My Miss Aurelia. Trainer Steven Asmussen is eyeing a return for either the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) on July 21 or Alabama Stakes (G1) on August 18, both at Saratoga Race Course.
St. Nicholas Abbey has become one of the best long distance turf horses in the World. A return to the United States for the 2012 Breeders Cup at Santa Anita is not out of the question.
Amazombie has been in the money in all three races including the win on April 7. He is a sprinting force each and every time he takes to the track.
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