Grade 1 winner Spiced Perfection returning to the races in 2020

November 07, 2019 03:22pm

Spiced Perfection, who fetched a high bid of $1.35 million on Wednesday at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, will return to training in 2020 having not met her reserve price.

Trainer Peter Miller said Thursday that the 4-year-old by Smiling Tiger will be campaigned with a major race spot in mind.

“Definitely the goal is the Breeders’ Cup again,” he said. “We’ll map out a campaign that gets us there the best way.”

Going second off the layoff, Spiced Perfection most recently ran fourth behind Covfefe in last Saturday's Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Park.

It’s a positive for connections, too, that the championships will return to Keeneland, where the California-bred won twice this season. At the spring meet, Spiced Perfection took the Madison Stakes (G1), and in the fall she returned to score in the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).

Spiced Perfection runs for the partnership of Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch, who purchased her following last December’s breakout win in what was her graded debut, Santa Anita’s La Brea (G1).

Miller didn’t anticipate Spiced Perfection racing again this season. Overall, she’s 8-5-2 in 19 career starts with earnings of more than $1 million.

The Miller barn was also well represented in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, where Belvoir Bay set a track record as she beat the boys. That mare did change hands at Tuesday evening’s Fasig-Tipton sale, going for $1.5 million to agent Mike Shannon for an undisclosed partnership.

Om, another Miller trainee, ran second in that event. He’s a stallion candidate off the effort as a 7-year-old remembered fondly for an Aug. 9, 2014, maiden victory in which the future Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was left in his wake.

Stormy Liberal, the two-time Turf Sprint winner and Eclipse Award champion, ran eighth on Saturday but may not be done just yet.

“He’s sound, he’s healthy and he’s happy,” Miller said. “We may give him another run. Everyone else came out of their races in good shape.”

 

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