by Jeremy Plonk
September 21, 2020
Each Monday, I’ll select my Most Valuable Pony from the previous week’s racing action around the country. Who won the week? It could be a breakout performer, a known stakes commodity or the horse lifting the most loot. Chime in on Twitter @Xpressbet with your thoughts on who should be each week’s MVP.
September 14-20, 2020
MVP: Starship Jubilee
Owner: Blue Heaven Farm
Trainer: Kevin Attard
Jockey: Justin Stein
Performance: The 7-year-old mare turned in one of the best performances of her remarkable career on Sept. 19, capturing the $1 million Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in her homecoming. Canada’s 2019 Horse of the Year defeated a cast of male rivals that included last year’s Preakness winner War of Will. The victory marked her 19th from 38 career starts and pushed her earnings over the $2 million plateau. Snagged for $16,000 on Feb. 12, 2017, this daughter of Indy Wind has gone on to become of the most successful claims in North American history.
On Tap: Trainer Kevin Attard mentioned his decision will come down to the Breeders’ Cup Mile vs. the boys or the Filly & Mare Turf against Starship Jubilee’s own peers, but at a trip three-sixteenths of a mile farther. While she’s yet to compete in a Breeders’ Cup race, the past success of Woodbine Mile alumni in the BC Mile might be the best barometer of which direction to turn next.
Honorable Mentions: French Oaks alumnae Magic Attitude displayed an eye-catching turn of foot in winning the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational on Sept. 19. The Arnaud Delacour trainee could have the Grade 1 QE2 at Keeneland on her radar or the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf … The Breeders ‘Cup Turf Sprint division got a wildcard addition Sept. 20 at Belmont Park when Fiya streaked straight into consideration. The sophomore advanced to 3-for-3 on the season with a blistering allowance win (6 furlongs in 1:06.70) for Tom Albertrani … Millionaire West Virginia-bred Runnin’toluyva registered his 15th win from 24 tries in the Sept. 19 Frank Gall Memorial at Charles Town. The 6-year-old also won that race in 2018 and was runner-up a year ago.