Mott puts the Breeders' Cup Classic on Elate's radar

NYRA Press Office
August 25, 2019 03:43pm
Mott puts the Breeders' Cup Classic on Elate's radar
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Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Elate, a 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro exiting the narrowest defeats in Saturday's Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga, may switch divisions by year's end in search of more ground.

Elate enjoyed a head advantage at the top of the lane before battling gamely to the wire, where she was nosed by familiar foe Midnight Bisou in the 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign.

Now a winner of 7 of 17 starts with more than $2.25 million earned, Elate could target Belmont Park's Grade 2, $300,000 Beldame, another nine-furlong race for older fillies and mares that would mean a likely rematch with Midnight Bisou.

Trainer Bill Mott on Sunday also offered serious consideration for the 10-furlong Breeders' Cup Classic against the boys. Elate is undefeated in three starts at 1 1/4-miles.

"She's good. We'll have to decide if we go back to the Beldame or if we wait for the Breeders' Cup," Mott said. "If we wait for the Breeders' Cup, we're going to give strong consideration to the Classic.

"It seems like [the farther the better]. It brought her and Midnight Bisou closer together yesterday...real close together."

Mott has won the Breeders' Cup Classic twice, with Cigar in 1995 and again in 2011 with Drosselmeyer. Zenyatta's 2009 score remains the only victory in the race's 35-year-old history by a filly or mare.

Summer Wind Equine's
 Golden Award, another of Mott's trainees, was pulled up in the Personal Ensign. The Hall of Famer said the Grade 3 winner seemed no worse for wear Sunday morning.

"It was a bit of a headscratcher," he said. "We don't see enough to see any reason for what happened."

Mott said
 Aymara, a 3-year-old maiden pulled up in Saturday's finale, also seemed in good order.

"She is. We discovered something with her, but she's okay," said Mott.

China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners'
 Yoshida, a Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf, breezed four furlongs in 49.70 on the Oklahoma training track on Sunday morning. Mott said the versatile 5-year-old Heart's Cry horse is set for Saturday's Woodward (G1), a race he won a year ago.

"He seems to be feeling really good," said Mott. "He'll stay on the dirt this next time."


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