Race Mares Top the Weekend Headlines

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By Emily Shields

While racing action continued throughout the country on TVG Sunday, three grand mares topped the weekend headlines.

Early Sunday morning, the legendary Zenyatta, winner of 19 of 20 starts and the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), produced a chestnut Candy Ride (Arg) filly at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky. Zenyatta’s first two foals to race, the Bernardini son Cozmic One and the Tapit colt Ziconic were unable to win, but she has a three-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly in training at Santa Anita Park named Zellda.

The birth announcement comes on the heels of two great performances by mare over the weekend. 2018 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) heroine Monomoy Girl made her long-awaited return to the track on Saturday in an allowance race at Churchill Downs, the site of both of her biggest scores. She won by 2 ¾ lengths over 32-1 shot Red Dane (Ity) and Miss Bigly over a mile on the dirt. The five-time Grade 1 winner is trained by Brad Cox and was ridden by Florent Geroux. Monomoy Girl, by Tapizar, has won 10 of 12 starts and earned over $3 million.

Over in Japan, world standout Almond Eye won the Grade 1 Victoria Mile, a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. The grand mare by Lord Kanaloa had previously gone to defend her title in Dubai when the Carnival was abruptly canceled and she had to return home. She was none the worse for wear, however, winning the one-mile race in 1:30.6, which was 0.1 off the stakes record. It was the seventh Grade 1 win in 12 starts for the 2018 Japanese Triple Tiara winner, who added the Japan Cup (G1) over older males later that year.

Yet another top race mare, multiple Grade 1 winner Spiced Perfection, has been transferred from Peter Miller to Mark Casse in Kentucky after being sold to Haruya Yoshida. She is expected to race at Churchill Downs May 30 in the Winning Colors Stakes (G3).

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