• The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 12 hours ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 3 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 5 days ago

Miss Besilu Training Well for Ashland

keeneland start

The way Besilu Stables’ Miss Besilu has been training on Keeneland’s Polytrack helped convince trainer Bill Mott and his Keeneland-based assistant, Rodolphe Brisset, that she was ready for Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1).

On Wednesday, the Medaglia d’Oro filly worked a half-mile in :47.60 with Brisset aboard.

“She breezed really, really good,” Brisset said. “We were happy. The breeze went the way we want. We didn’t have much gallop out, but that’s what we want the Wednesday for Saturday – you don’t want to do too much. She looked good this morning.”

Miss Besilu jogged on the training track this morning, and Brisset said, “Every light is green right now.”

A maiden and allowance winner on the turf at Gulfstream Park, Miss Besilu is coming off an 11th-place finish behind Testa Rossi (FR) in the March 8 Florida Oaks (G3) on the Tampa Bay turf course. Testa Rossi is the early favorite for the Central Bank Ashland.

Well before Miss Besilu began her racing career, she made headlines when Besilu’s Ben Leon paid $2.6 million for her as a weanling at Keeneland’s 2011 November Breeding Stock Sale. Miss Besilu was the highest-priced weanling at the sale.

Now she’s on the verge of giving Mott his second consecutive win in the Central Bank Ashland. He won the race last year with Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, who returned here in October to win the Juddmonte Spinster (G1). Brisset said Emollient could be back for the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3), a 1 1/16-mile race on the main track on April 18.

This April, the Mott barn has another notable member, the trainer’s son, Riley, a senior economics major at the University of Kentucky who is working in the barn before classes.



comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories