An affinity for Churchill Downs should serve Blue Prize well come November, and it came in handy June 16 as well.
On a surface where she’s never been worse than second, Merriebelle Stable’s daughter of Pure Prize employed a perfect stalk-and-pounce technique to win the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2), a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event for the Nov. 3 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at the Louisville track.
“She was in a good spot the whole way,” Ortiz said. “She broke well and saved all the ground. When we passed the three-eighths pole, I started working to take her out, and I knew I had a lot of horse under me. She’s very tactical. She can be close or she can be third, fourth, or fifth, just depending how fast they go in front of me.”