Abel Tasman, winner of the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), put on another last-to-first showcase when she shot up the rail and withstood a challenge from Salty to capture the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (G1).
- Bay Filly
- Born 2014
Abel Tasman will cut back in distance when the daughter of Quality Road tries the one-turn mile of the Acorn Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Abel Tasman emerged none the worse for wear following her 1 1/4-lengths Oaks triumph and could resurface in the June 10 Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park should she continue to enthuse her Hall of Fame conditioner with her ability to bounce back.
China Horse Club bloodstock manager Michael Wallace predicts Abel Tasman's Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) victory May 5 at Churchill Downs would make waves in China.
Connections of Kentucky Oaks winner Abel Tasman talk about their big win.
Claire Novak recaps Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms' Abel Tasman rallied on the outside in the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory May 5 in the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Abel Tasman went on the work tab for seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5, but was asked for more run after the wire by jockey Martin Garcia and continued to run strongly well into the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita Park.
Following in the footsteps of former stablemate Beholder, the lightly raced daughter of Union Rags romped by 11 3/4 lengths April 8 in the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G1).
In the days following four-time champion Beholder's departure from the barn of Richard Mandella, the Hall of Fame trainer was asked a simple question—what's next?
China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms' Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Abel Tasman has been moved from trainer Simon Callaghan to the barn of Bob Baffert, Callaghan said March 9.
Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella finally got a challenge March 4 in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3), but shrugged it off in the final furlong to reestablish her standing as the current favorite for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Unique Bella will take on two fresh grade 1 winners in her next step toward Churchill Downs on the first Friday in May in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) March 4 at Santa Anita Park.
China Horse Club has bought into grade I winner Abel Tasman, China Horse Club's racing and bloodstock manager Michael Wallace confirmed Jan. 2.
Clearsky Farms' Abel Tasman continued her upward trajectory with an upset victory in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 10 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and Starlet Stakes (gr. I).
|Jockey||Mike E. Smith|
|Owner||China Horse Club International Ltd. and Clearsky Farms|
|Abel Tasman View Five-Cross Pedigree||Quality Road||Elusive Quality|
|Vargas Girl||Deputy Minister|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Clearsky Farms, agent||($65,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.