Unrivaled Belle Preps for Ladies Classic

Unrivaled Belle Preps for Ladies Classic
Photo: Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs
Unrivaled Belle

Gary Seidler and Peter Vegso’s Unrivaled Belle tuned up for a run in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (gr. I) on Nov. 5 by working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux at Churchill Downs Oct. 25.

Starting off two to three lengths behind a workmate, Unrivaled Belle clicked off fractions of :23 3/5, :35 2/5, :47 1/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 4/5. Unrivaled Belle was eight to nine lengths in front of her workmate at the wire in the fourth-fastest time for the distance of the morning.

"She worked fantastic; she’s a happy lady," Desormeaux said of the 4-year-old filly, who is trained by Bill Mott. "She has no lack of desire. She wants to run; she likes to run."

Unrivaled Belle, winner of the La Troienne (gr. II) over 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra earlier this year, most recently ran second in the grade I Beldame after a two-month layoff.

Mott saddled Escena to win the 1998 Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs when it was known as the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

 

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