Airdrie Stud's-homebred filly Proud Spell has been nominated to the Triple Crown.
A daughter of Proud Citizen, Proud Spell most recently won the Fairgrounds Oaks (gr. II), defeating previously unbeaten juvenile filly champion Indian Blessing. She began her sophomore career by finishing second in the Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.
At age two, she won the Matron (gr. II) and was runner-up in the Gray Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). She is slated to make her next start against fillies in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5 at Keeneland.
"Like so many of the Proud Citizen's, this filly just keeps improving with age and the added distance,” said Brereton Jones, owner of Airdrie Stud. “Larry and Cindy Jones have her happy right now and we really believe she's pretty special. We have so much respect for Pyro (leading Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) candidate), and the fact that she ran a better Beyer and Sheet number than he did at the same distance on Louisiana Derby (gr. II) day speaks very highly of her. Obviously, her sire ran a monster race on Derby Day, and we just want to keep all avenues open if she runs a big race in the Ashland."
Proud Spell, produced from the Langfuhr mare Pacific Spell, has a career record of 4-2-0 from six starts. She has earned $888,770.