The 2-year-old tandem of Princess Noor and Get Her Number were two of four Kentucky-bred horses to earn automatic berths into the Breeeders’ Cup over the last weekend of September.
Princess Noor, who has been brilliant in winning all three of her starts, romped to an 8 1/4-length victory in the Chandelier S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park, garnering a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
A daughter of leading First-Crop sire Not This Time, Princess Noor previously won the Del Mar Debutante (G1) with ease and will go to the Breeders’ Cup as the prohibitive favorite. She is the most expensive juvenile by her sire to date, selling for $1.35 million to owner Zedan Racing Stables at this year’s OBS Sale of 2-year-olds. She was bred by Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding, Inc.
Get Her Number is on his way to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) after his upset win in the American Pharoah (G1), also Saturday at Santa Anita. After making two starts of the turf, the Dialed In colt is now a Grade 1 winner on the dirt after defeating Rombauer by three-quarters of a length. After selling for $45,000 to his trainer Peter Miller on behalf of owner Gary Barber, Get Her Number has earned $219,000. Out of the Bernstein mare Fancier, the bay colt was bred by Philip and Brenda Robertson.
Improbable, who was already Breeders’ Cup bound by virtue of his Whitney S. (G1) win on Aug. 1, got his third straight Grade 1 win in Saturday’s Awesome Again S. (G1), also at Santa Anita. A 4-year-old son of the late City Zip, Improbable has four Grade 1 wins to his credit and has earned $1,709,520 for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing. Improbable is scheduled to take up stud duty at WinStar in 2021. He was bred by St. George Farm and G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. and sold for $200,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling sale.
Sunday at Santa Anita the 3-year-old filly Harvest Moon bested her elders in the Zenyatta S. (G1) to earn her way into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). The daughter of Uncle Mo was making her first Grade 1 start after winning the Aug. 22 Torrey Pines S. Harvest Moon was bred by Alice Bamford, who co-owns the bay filly with Michael Tabor.
Next weekend is a major Breeders’ Cup prep weekend, with 18 automatic berths on the line. Nine of those races are at Keeneland, where the Breeders’ Cup will be held on Nov. 6-7.