(Edited press release)
Ashado, last year's champion 3-year-old filly and the winner of six grade I races, will be offered later this year at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Taylor Made Sales Agency will consign the daughter of Saint Ballado on behalf of her owners Jack and Laurie Wolf of Starlight Stable, Paul Saylor, and Johns Martin.
"She is a once in a lifetime filly and we have been honored to own her as she has fulfilled every racehorse owner's dream,." Jack Wolf said. "We are in the business to race horses and the timing is right for us to sell her to someone who can see her fulfill her immense potential as a broodmare."
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Ashado is the only runner to ever win both the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in the same year. She has scored other grade I wins in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I), Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), and the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I).
Ashado's owners plan to run the filly next in either the Personal Ensign (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 26 or the Ruffian (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Sept. 11. Her ultimate goal will be her defense of the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff title at Belmont.
"We are privileged and delighted that Ashado is coming full circle back to Taylor Made," said Mark Taylor, Taylor Made's vice president of public sales. "She is like a family member to us. We stood her sire, Saint Ballado, raised her and sold her as a yearling for her breeders, Aaron and Marie Jones. Her accomplishments on the track put her in rare company and her genetic makeup is that of a breed-shaping mare of the future."