Merriebelle Stable’s two-time Juddmonte Spinster (G1) winner Blue Prize (ARG) breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 over a fast main track Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in her final serious Keeneland preparations for her next engagement. The 6-year-old daughter of Pure Prize has been pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, marking her second start in the race.
Keeneland clockers caught Blue Prize in :12.80, :25.60, 1:01.40 and out 6 furlongs in 1:13.23. (Click here for a video of the work.)
“We are very happy with the way she worked,” trainer Ignacio Correas IV said.
The work was the second for Blue Prize since she won the Juddmonte Spinster on Oct. 6. She breezed 4 furlongs in :49.40 on Oct. 18.
Correas said he “can’t feel better” about Blue Prize as she is about to embark on a trip to the West Coast. She is set to leave Keeneland Saturday.
“She always handles everything well, so I hope she will handle it the same way,” he said.
Blue Prize, who began her career in Argentina and was a Group 1 winner there, has won nine of 22 starts and earned $1,592,253. Fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last year at Churchill Downs, she has two wins in five starts this year. Her other victory was the Aug. 18 Summer Colony (L) at Saratoga.
“Probably one of the best horses I’ve trained in my life,” Correas said. “I’m blessed to have her.”
Another Breeders’ Cup pre-entrant working this morning was Ron Paolucci Racing and Leigh Anderson-Butler’sHeavenhasmynikki, who covered 5 furlongs in 1:04.80. Winner of her past three races, including the Vagrancy (G3) at Belmont Park, the 4-year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior was pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 2. She is trained by Bob Hess.