One could argue the turf female division was the best pound-for-pound in Thoroughbred racing last season. On Feb. 18, two of the more fearsome members took the first step toward a return to wreaking havoc in 2017.
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Brown will run his first starters at Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet on Saturday.
As the barn areas at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland were abuzz over the excitement on display Santa Anita during the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, results of some races also impcated the upcoming November sales.
European invader Queen's Trust denied Lady Eli a rousing finish to her fairytale comeback from laminitis, getting her nose down just in time to take the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
With her health on point and her talent wicked as ever, Lady Eli remarkably heads into the Nov. 5 Filly and Mare Turf in her usual spot as the one to beat.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire put in his final move in advance of the Nov. 5 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) when he breezed five furlongs in 1:02.85 in company with stablemate Money Multiplier over the inner turf at Belmont Park Oct. 30.
Grade I winner Lady Eli, who returned to top form after missing more than a year due to a bout with laminitis, is among the grade/group I winners consigned to the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.
Lady Eli's emerged in good order from her Oct. 9 victory in Belmont Park's Flower Bowl (gr. IT), the second start of her comeback from a long absence, in which she clinched a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I).
There was no mistaking Lady Eli's will to win the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
The New York Racing Association's racing office was only able to drum up five rivals for Lady Eli in the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) for older fillies and mares Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Flintshire and Lady Eli headed a sizable contingent of Chad Brown trainees breezing at Belmont Park Sept. 12.
Top-level horses and horsemen on the comeback trail were among the big stories the last full week of August, and they found entry to the winner's circle a little harder than it used to be.
The morning after he saddled 18 runners on the Travers Day card, trainer Chad Brown was already looking to the future for Flintshire, Lady Eli, and Sea Calisi.
Lady Eli rebounds from life-threatening injury to finish second by three-quarters of a length in the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (gr. IIT) to Strike Charmer, a Courtlandt Farm homebred by Smart Strike, who won in a stakes record time of 1:38.77.
Chad Brown has a hard time believing his charge has come this far to run in the Aug. 27 Ballston Spa (Gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Undefeated Lady Eli continued to work toward her first start of the year, putting in an 'A+' move Aug. 13 on Saratoga's Oklahoma turf course, according to trainer Chad Brown. She is slated to run in the Aug. 27 Ballston Spa (gr. IIT).
Undefeated Lady Eli is right on course for her expected return in the $400,000 Ballston Spa (gr. II) Aug. 27 at Saratoga following a five-furlong breeze the morning of Aug. 7, trainer Chad Brown said.
Reigning champion turf female Tepin will bypass the Aug. 13 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course and is now possible to face fellow grade I winner Lady Eli in the Aug. 27 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (gr. IIT).
Lady Eli, idle for more than a year after contracting laminitis, will continue her brilliant career in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga Aug. 27.
Sheep Pond Partners' undefeated Lady Eli, who continues her comeback from laminitis, and Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire breezed on the inner turf course July 10 at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.
Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli, who continues her comeback from laminitis, worked a half-mile on the inner turf course at Belmont Park July 3, about a year since her last race at the New York track.
Undefeated Lady Eli is set to take yet another significant step in her recovery from laminitis with a workout scheduled for July 3 at Belmont Park.
Lady Eli continued her long road back from laminitis with her third timed workout, and first going a half-mile, March 14 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
Star filly Lady Eli, who battled laminitis throughout the second half of 2015, recorded her first workout Feb. 29 with a three-furlong breeze at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida.
When undefeated 3-year-old filly Lady Eli jogged 1 1/8 miles Dec. 15 at Palm Meadows Training Center, it represented yet another stage in her courageous journey back from a case of laminitis.
Lady Eli, who stepped on a nail at Belmont Park and came down with laminitis July 4, has returned to trainer Chad Brown at his Palm Meadows Training Center base in Florida.
John Nerud (1913-2015): Steve Haskin remembers the legendary trainer, innovator, and mentor and more in the August 22, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
It appears the worst is behind undefeated turf star Lady Eli, who continues to make significant strides in her recovery from laminitis in her front feet.
Undefeated 3-year-old filly Lady Eli continues to recover from laminitis at trainer Chad Brown's Belmont Park stable, with her connections encouraged that she is doing as well as possible at this point.
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Star 3-year-old filly Lady Eli is battling laminitis in both front feet and her prognosis remains unknown. She stepped on a nail following her victory in the Belmont Oaks and her condition turned worse earlier this week.
Belmont Park, Woodbine, Monmouth, Prairie Meadows, Gulfstream, Finger Lakes and More. View Slideshow
Lady Eli stars on the 4th of July in the Belmont Oaks and more in the July 11, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Lady Eli preserved her perfect record and dazzled in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4, collecting the second grade I stakes score of her career in dominant fashion at Belmont Park.
Trainer Chad Brown has a strong chance to notch his second victory in as many runnings of the Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4 at Belmont Park, in which he will send out three horses led by undefeated Lady Eli.
Lenny Shulman talks with Pete Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds, stud fees of American Pharoah and California Chrome, and shares thoughts on Saratoga. Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions
Churchill Downs, Belmont, Monmouth, Finger Lakes, Japan, Prairie Meadows and More. view slideshow
It took a while for Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli to find room in the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes, but she did just in time to remain undefeated May 31 at Belmont Park.
Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) winner Lady Eli will headline the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles May 31 on the inner turf at Belmont Park.
Trainer Graham Motion said Hilltop Stakes winner Miss Temple City is on schedule to ship to England for the June 19 Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Oaklawn, Keeneland, Japan, Woodbine, Santa Anita; Turf Paradise, Hawthorne and More. View Slideshow
Champion 3-year-old filly Untapable, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and classic winners Palace Malice and Tonalist are among horses nominated to 10 stakes during Kentucky Derby Week at Churchill Downs.
Sheep Pond Partners' undefeated filly Lady Eli looked more than fresh off a five-month layoff with an easy victory in the Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 12 at Keeneland.
Undefeated Lady Eli will be the filly to beat when the daughter of Divine Park makes her 2015 debut in the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT), Sunday, April 12 at Keeneland.
Lady Eli, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), worked five furlongs April 6 over Keeneland's yielding turf course in 1:04 4/5 in preparation for the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes.
The Jockey Club's 2014 Experimental Free Handicap features ties in both the male and female categories: Texas Red and champion American Pharoah top the male list and champion Take Charge Brandi and Lady Eli lead the females.
Comments from connections of 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Lady Eli, including trainer Chad Brown and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
The 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Distaff. View Slideshow
|Trainer||Chad C. Brown|
|Jockey||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|Owner||Sheep Pond Partners|
|Breeder||Runnymede Farm Inc. & Catesby W. Clay|
|Lady Eli View Five-Cross Pedigree||Divine Park||Chester House|
|High in the Park|
|Sacre Coeur||Saint Ballado|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent||Runnymede Farm, agent||$160,000|
|Two-year-old||Jay Hanley||Eddie Woods, agent||$160,000|