Agreed. I was pleased to hear they had made the decision and from the sound of things he should have a well-deserved nice, cozy retirement. :)
The Frankel half-sister to Lope De Vega starts the day at Saint-Cloud off well by winning her debut maiden!
3/13: Race 4 @ Compiègne looks like it should be very interesting! Mightily is a half-brother to Manduro and is the first Dubawi colt out of Mandellicht. Mandellicht hasn't had much success as a broodmare aside from Manduro and his half-sister Mandela, but she's spent most of her broodmare career visiting Monsun and other German-based sires as well as Danehill-line sires. It looks like Godolphin are thinking positive with this guy as he has several tentative big race entries including the Poule D'Essai Des Poulains, Prix Du Jockey Club and Grand Prix De Paris.
He'll be up against a Galileo colt out of dual-G2 winner Banimpire, Lutenist, who has some tentative entries of his own in the Prix Du Jockey Club and the Grand Prix De Paris. Another potential Grand Prix Du Paris entrant in this race is a Manduro colt out of Grand Lodge mare Moortown named Optimizer.
Also supplemented is a Distorted Humor colt out of Buster's Ready named Stand Up. He has a great pedigree, but unfortunately all evidence suggests he won't be likely to amount to much if he remains racing in France.
This race looks like it could be a big test for any of these colts.
Well, that's disheartening to hear.
Nothing yet, but it's still early days.
I'd say it's more about the money to be made off of a stallion as opposed to a mare rather than any detriment to the filly being raced against the colts. With colts there's always that chance of one of them becoming a great sire that commands high prices. Why would a large breeding/racing operation enter a filly in the derby when what they really want is one of their colts to win and hopefully become a lucrative stallion in the future? They wouldn't. So they don't.
Outside of the U.S. it isn't unusual for fillies to race against colts even at top level in graded stakes from the age of 2 years on up. The Prix Morny in France is open to both genders at the age of 2 years old and was won last year by the U.S.'s own Lady Aurelia! Other fillies that have more recently won the Prix Morny are Divine Proportions, Silca's Sister, Coup de Genie, and Hoh Magic. Running against the colts as 2 year olds did nothing to harm their broodmare careers - Coup de Genie is the dam of another French 2 year old champion filly, Denebola, and is the dam of Snake Mountain. Coup de Genie's daughter, Moonlight's Box, is the dam of Maxios and Bago, two champion colts. Both Coup de Genie and her daughter, Moonlight's Box, have the prestige that grants them to visit the best sires their owners can afford - Galileo, Sea The Stars and Frankel! Divine Proportions has also been to Galileo several times and she has a G3-winning son at stud. Not too bad. Another G1 race in France for 2yo colts and fillies is the Critérium de Saint-Cloud which is 1¼ miles and was previously won by Escaline, Goldamix, and Paita (the latter of which was bought by the Japanese and bred to their best sire, Deep Impact).
What a lovely filly! Thanks for posting this. :)
The entire reason I said you were wrong is because you're acting like all trainers in Europe do that and it's simply not true.
Your two close friends are not the entirety of the trainers in Europe. I know trainers in Europe and have seen a diverse variety of training, sometimes even different types with different horses. I know of one trainer who not that long ago had a sprinter that wouldn't do gallops at all. He'd be on the walker for a bit a day, but mostly he'd be turned out in his pen and that worked best for him.
I know of another trainer who has his riders out in the morning and they ride the horses through the town to where they gallop them for a distance, but never 3 or 4 miles. I do know of one trainer who actually will have his horses go a full 5 miles.
And I wish they actually bred for bone density and stamina all over in Europe! Unfortunately, it's not all that rosy and Europe has many unsound sires as well. Some sires are notorious for throwing foals with problems and tend to require more sturdy mares than others, but there's been an increasing desire to import sprint stallions from Australia. Europe also regularly imports U.S. bred foals to race in Europe with the hopes that they'll eventually become sires.
So far Germany is the only country that really has rules that encourage sturdy breeding. It doesn't stop them from racing horses that aren't a part of their breeding program, though.
I am, however, looking forward to Dunaden's first crop. I hope he does well.
I don't think it's a necessity to prove greatness, but in fillies and mares going after the most prestigious races and winning those races they are adding to their own greatness and leaving their names amongst a long list of elite racehorses that have won those races before and since.
Dolniya, The Fugue, Black Caviar, Snow Fairy, Treve, Minding, Zarkava, Estimate... if none of those had gone up against their male counterparts would we be as excited about them racing? Would we look forward to their offspring so much if they hadn't built up a prestigious reputation for themselves? Some of us would still look forward to it, but I don't think that same edge of anticipation would be there.
And fyi-- I'm a huge fan of several mares and fillies that never took on the males in graded stakes company like for example Wild Coco, and I love her regardless. She didn't need to win any big races against the colts for me - I followed her from her debut and I'm hoping to follow her offspring as well.
It always baffles me how nowadays I see so many Americans commenting about fillies not being strong enough to race against colts or needing some sort of specific training in order to do so. There are plenty of fillies and mares through time that have outrun their male counterparts that it seems a bit odd to suggest that it's out of the ordinary.
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