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Breeders' Cup 2017

Miss Besilu Training Well for Ashland

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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.

 

 

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