With his scintillating win in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park, Vino Rosso became the sixth consecutive winner of the race to be bred in Kentucky, and the 25th in the 36 runnings of the race.
Horses hailing from Kentucky won five of the nine Breeders’ Cup races run Saturday, including likely Horse of the Year Candidates Bricks and Mortar and Mitole.
Vino Rosso, a son of Curlin bred by John Gunther and out of the Street Cry mare Mythical Bride (a half-sister to Commissioner), won the Gold Cup (G1) at Santa Anita and was second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) this year. He is scheduled to join the Spendthrift Farm stallion roster upon retirement. Currently, his earnings stand at $4,803,125. He originally sold to his owners Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable for $410,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling sale.
Bricks and Mortar, bred by George Strawbridge, Jr., remained undefeated in six starts this year with his win in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Five of the wins came in Grade 1 races, the other in the Mervin Muniz H. (G2). Owned by Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway has earned $7,085,650. He sold for $200,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Bricks and Mortar’s dam Beyond the Waves has also produced Grade 3 winner Emerald Beech and two-time stakes winner Beyond Smart.
Mitole turned in another excellent performance, winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to give his six wins in seven outings in 2019. He also collected G1 wins in the Forego S., Met Mile, and Churchill Downs S. during the campaign. Bred by the late Edward Cox, the son of Eskendereya sold to Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt for $140,000 at the 2017 OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds. Saturday’s win upped his record to 10-2-2 from 14 starts with earnings of $3,104,910. The 4-year-old is also scheduled to retire to Spendthrift Farm at the end of his racing career.
Covfefe, winner of the Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), has been spectacular this year as well, winning five of six starts, including the Test S. (G1) and the Miss Preakness S. (G3), when she crushed the track record in a hand ride. The 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief was bred by Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds and is out of Antics, a sister to Grade 1 winners Acoma and Arch. Covfefe became a millionaire with Saturday’s win, with earnings of $1,110,025 for her owners LNJ Foxwoods. She sold for $250,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling sale.
Spun to Run, by Hard Spun, won the $1 million Dirt Mile (G1) in front-running style, giving the 3-year-old his first Grade 1 win. He also achieved millionaire status, at $1,010,520 for owner Robert Donaldson, who purchased his for $64,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale. Bred by Sabana Farm, Spun To Run is out of the stakes winner Yawkey Way and is a half-brother to stakes winner Tap It All..