Most years, you’re happy to show up to Breeders’ Cup weekend with a live chance. Coming away with a win? Amazing. Coming away with two? Unbelievable.
It all started on Friday with BSW public auction purchase British Idiom, who was purchased for $40,000 out of the Fasig-Tipton October sale by Liz Crow on behalf of Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group, Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables. Coming into the race as one of the favorites off a dominating win in the G1 Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland, the chestnut daughter of Flashback encountered enough trouble into the first turn to think her race was over. However, she regained her composure and began to edge into contention as they hit the far turn.
Once into the stretch, she was set down by jockey Javier Castellano, beginning a stretch-long duel with race favorite Donna Veloce. In the final 1/16 of a mile, British Idiom edged clear, winning by a neck and cementing herself as the like Eclipse Award winner for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. She’ll now receive a break before commencing her three-year-old campaign as an early favorite for the G1 Kentucky Oaks.
In the Breeders’ Cup Mile the next day, Uni, coming into the race off a scintillating victory in the G1 First Lady at Keeneland, was sent off as the second betting choice behind Got Stormy. After breaking well from the gate, she maintained a good position down the backside before being steered several paths off the rail in preparation for her devastating turn of foot. Once she hit the top of the lane, she hit top gear, storming past Got Stormy to take the race by a widening 1 1/2 lengths.
This win marks Uni’s first victory over the boys and also puts her in the conversation for top Female Turf Horse honors at next year’s Eclipse Awards. She was purchased privately in the spring of 2017 by BSW Bloodstock in conjunction with Mandore Agency on behalf of Head of Plains Partners, Michael Dubb and Robert LaPenta.