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The Top Performances of 2019

by Jon White

January 8, 2020

Now that it is 2020, many horseplayers understandably reflect on what occurred on the American racing stage in 2019. With that in mind, I have compiled my list of the Top 10 performances by a Thoroughbred in the United States last year.

A Thoroughbred’s performance can make this list for a variety of reasons, such as:

--A win by a big margin while showing brilliance.

--Recording a fast final time and/or speed figure.

--Being especially game in victory or defeat.

--Overcoming adversity.

--Defeating a particularly strong group of opponents.

--Carrying more weight than usual and/or spotting considerable weight.

--Achieving something historic or unusual.

The importance of the race itself also plays a role in determining whether or not I believe a performance deserves to make the list.

And now, drumroll please, here is my list of the Top 10 performances of 2019:

10. COVFEFE in Pimlico’s Grade III Miss Preakness Stakes at six furlongs on dirt May 17. (A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred Into Mischief filly; owned by LNJ Foxwoods; trained by Brad Cox; ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan.)

In an impressive exhibition of sheer zip, Covfefe sped six furlongs in 1:07.70 to win by 8 1/2 lengths. Her final time shattered the track record of 1:09.00 set by Northern Wolf back in 1990.

Covfefe recorded a 107 Beyer Speed Figure for her Miss Preakness triumph. She proved the 107 Beyer was not a fluke by duplicating that figure when she won the seven-furlong Dogwood Stakes by eight lengths at Churchill Downs on Sept. 21.

In her final 2019 start, Covfefe recorded a 106 Beyer when she won the Grade I BC Filly & Mare Sprint by a half-length at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

Covfefe is a 2019 Eclipse Award finalist in both the 3-year-old filly category and female sprinter category. I will not be surprised if she gets the Eclipse Award in both categories.

9. MAXIMUM SECURITY in Aqueduct’s Grade I Cigar Mile at one mile on dirt Dec. 7. (A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred New Year’s Day colt; owned by Gary and Mary West; trained by Jason Servis; ridden by Luis Saez.)

The significance of this victory by Maximum Security is it likely sewed up a 2019 Eclipse Award for him as champion 3-year-old male.

Maximum Security finished first in seven of eight starts during 2019. He won every race at 3 except for when he was disqualified by the stewards for committing a race foul in the Kentucky Derby and when he stumbled at the start in Monmouth Park’s Pegasus Stakes.

In the Grade I Kentucky Derby on May 4, Maximum Security was disqualified from first and demoted to 17th for causing interference on the far turn. It was the first time in the 145-year history of the Run for the Roses that a winner was disqualified for an incident during the running of the race. In a huge upset, Country House was declared the official 2019 Kentucky Derby winner, returning $132.40 for each $2 win wager.

After Maximum Security had his number taken down in the Kentucky Derby, he made his next start in the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth on June 16. Pounded down to 1-20- favoritism in that 1 1/16-mile affair, he finished second after stumbling at the start. That race was won by 5-1 King for a Day.

Maximum Security gained sweet revenge at Monmouth on July 20 in the Grade I Haskell Invitational, which was run on a brutally hot day. He won the 1 1/8-mile Haskell by 1 1/2 lengths. King for a Day finished fifth, 12 1/4 lengths behind Maximum Security. King for a Day did not race again in 2019.

In the Cigar Mile against older foes, Maximum Security vied for the early advantage with fellow sophomore Spun to Run. In Spun to Run’s most recent start prior to the Cigar Mile, he had registered a clear-cut 2 3/4-length win over Omaha Beach in the Grade I BC Dirt Mile.

In the Cigar Mile, Maximum Security shook well clear in upper stretch to pass the eighth pole with a three-length lead. He went on to prevail by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:36.46.

The Cigar Mile was the best race of Maximum Security’s career from a Beyer Speed Figure standpoint. He recorded a 111 Beyer. His previous top Beyer had been a 106 when he won Belmont’s Grade III Bold Ruler Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths at seven furlongs on Oct. 26, his first start vs. older horses.

8. OMAHA BEACH in Oaklawn Park’s Grade I Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8 miles on dirt when the track was sloppy April 13. (A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred War Front colt; owned Fox Hill Farms; trained by Richard Mandella; ridden by Mike Smith.)

Making an electrifying move on the clubhouse turn, Omaha Beach advanced swiftly from fifth to reach the front soon after entering the backstretch. Once he took over, he settled into a nice, comfortable rhythm rather than get headstrong or rank.

In the final three furlongs, Omaha Beach had to hold off Improbable the whole time. Omaha Beach led by a length at the three-eighths pole, the same margin at the eighth pole and the same margin at the finish. Improbable was second at each of those points. Talk about successfully fending off an opponent,

Omaha Beach completed 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy track in 1:49.91. He was assigned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure. While the final time and Beyer do not get the pulse racing, what made this performance special was the way Omaha Beach came home so strongly despite expending so much energy early.

In Countdown to the Crown, Jeremy Plonk observed what an extraordinary effort it was on the part of Omaha Beach.

Omaha Beach “motored around the clubhouse turn like Secretariat’s 1973 Preakness when [jockey] Ron Turcotte took a gamble blowing past Ecole Etage,” Plonk wrote.

Plonk noted that it would have been perfectly reasonable to think that Omaha Beach had moved too soon. But Plonk pointed out how strongly Omaha Beach still ran his final three furlongs, comparing it to three other prominent Arkansas Derby winners:

Final 3F Winner (Year)

:37.20 Curlin (2007)
:37.35 Bodemeister (2012)
:37.45 Omaha Beach (2019)
:37.78 American Pharoah (2015)

After winning the Arkansas Derby, Curlin ran third in the Kentucky Derby, Bodemeister finished second in the Run for the Roses and American Pharoah swept the Triple Crown.

Unfortunately for Omaha Beach, he missed all three Triple Crown events. He was installed as the 4-1 morning-line favorite in the Kentucky Derby, but was withdrawn due to an entrapped epiglottis, an issue that necessitated surgery.

7. VINO ROSSO in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles on dirt Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. (A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred Curlin colt; owned by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable; trained by Todd Pletcher; ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.)

Fourth early, Vino Rosso charged to the front with a little more than a sixteenth to go, then drew away to win with authority by 4 1/4 lengths in 2:02.80. It actually was an excellent final time on a main track that was deep and quite tiring during both days of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup.

Like a fine wine, Vino Rosso seemed to get better as he aged. He was a pretty good 3-year-old in 2018, highlighted by a victory in the Grade II Wood Memorial during the spring. But he clearly was better last year at 4.

Vino Rosso was credited with a career-best 111 Beyer for his BC Classic victory in the final start of his career. It was his fourth straight triple-digit figure. He did not record a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure in any of his races prior to 2019.

By capturing the BC Classic, Vino Rosso followed in the footsteps of his sire, Curlin. Voted Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008, Curlin won the 2007 BC Classic on a sloppy track at Monmouth Park by 4 1/2 lengths, almost the same 4 1/4-length margin as Vino Rosso in the 2019 BC Classic.

6. OMAHA BEACH in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs on Oct. 5. (A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred War Front colt; owned Fox Hill Farms; trained by Richard Mandella; ridden by Mike Smith.)

This performance when Omaha Beach returned from a layoff was nothing less than superb.

Prior to this Oct. 5 race, Omaha Beach had not started since winning Oaklawn Park’s Grade I Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 13. Omaha Beach’s 2019 campaign hit snag after snag after snag following the Arkansas Derby.

Snag No. 1: Omaha Beach was withdrawn from the Grade I Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4 because of an entrapped epiglottis. Mike Battaglia had pegged the Kentucky-bred son of War Front as the 4-1 morning-line favorite. The throat problem required surgery.

Would Omaha Beach have won the Kentucky Derby? We will never know. Maximum Security finished first in the Run for the Roses, but then was disqualified and placed 17th for causing interference. Maximum Security was credited with a 101 Beyer Speed Figure in the Kentucky Derby. Omaha Beach likewise recorded a 101 Beyer when he won the Arkansas Derby. Those Beyers suggest that Omaha Beach might have won the roses if he’d had the chance.

Snag No. 2: When the post-surgery swelling in Omaha Beach’s throat lingered longer than hoped for, his return to training was delayed. This setback effectively took Saratoga’s Grade I Travers Stakes on Aug. 24 off the table.

After Omaha Beach finally resumed training, he had his first recorded workout at Del Mar on July 23. He worked three furlongs that morning in a bullet :36.60. Mandella announced that the plan was for Omaha Beach to run in Del Mar’s Shared Belief Stakes at one mile on Aug. 25.

Snag No. 3: Omaha Beach was one of a number of horses at Mandella’s Del Mar barn in August that had their training and plans disrupted by a virus. Because of that, Omaha Beach missed the Shared Belief. Mandella then decided to target Churchill’s Grade III Ack Ack Stakes at one mile on Sept. 28 for Omaha Beach’s return.

When Omaha Beach worked seven furlongs in a splendid 1:25.00 at Santa Anita on Sept. 13, it was all systems go for the Ack Ack. Arrangements were made for him to be flown to Kentucky from California on Sept. 24, four days before that race.

Snag No. 4: On Sept. 20, Omaha Beach was scheduled to work seven furlongs again at Santa Anita. However, when this workout “got messed up,” as Mandella put it, the colt’s trip to Kentucky was called off.

On Sept. 22, when Mandella was a guest on Mike Willman’s radio program Thoroughbred Los Angeles, the Hall of Fame trainer explained what happened in Omaha Beach’s Sept. 20 workout.

“Well, it just got messed up about as bad you could do,” Mandella said. “He had warmed up his normal warmup and broke off with his workmate at the six-furlong pole. And about an eighth of a mile into it, a rider fell off ahead of him on the racetrack.”

Omaha Beach and his workmate had to be pulled up. They had to wait for the loose horse to get caught and for the rider to get up and walk away.

According to Mandella, Omaha Beach and the workmate then had to gallop all the way back around the track to again commence the workout. But by then Omaha Beach “was pretty upset and just too strained,” Mandella said. “It was just something he had never done before. He worked a good six furlongs, but a no-good seven.”

Omaha Beach’s time for seven furlongs was 1:27.20, considerably slower than his 1:25.00 drill a week earlier.

“With that, I just didn’t think it was good enough for me to be taking him out of town to run a mile with a long layoff,” Mandella went on to say during his Sept. 22 radio appearance. “So, I decided to just scrap that idea. The Sprint Championship is shorter than I would like to run him. But when I went back to a sprint last February and got his maiden broke, he went seven-eighths pretty well. I think he will run really well [in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship]. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win. But it’s at least a place where I can get him started back.”

In the Sprint Championship, Omaha Beach had to run against fellow 3-year-old Shancelot, a quality sprinter from the East Coast trained by Jorge Navarro. Earlier in the year on July 28, Shancelot had won Saratoga’s Grade II Amsterdam Stakes by 12 1/2 lengths when he completed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.01. He set sizzling fractions of :21.79, :43.94 and 1:07.63. That 1:07.63 clocking was faster than 6-year-old Imperial Hint’s final time of 1:07.92 a day earlier when he won Saratoga’s Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. Imperial Hint’s time of 1:07.92 broke the track record.

Shancelot received a gigantic 121 Beyer Speed Figure for his Amsterdam victory.

Following the Amsterdam, Shancelot finished third when narrowly beaten as a 3-10 favorite in Saratoga’s H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at seven furlongs on Aug. 24. Mind Control won by a nose. Hog Creek Hustle came in second while finishing another nose in front of Shancelot.

After the Jerkens, Navarro sent Shancelot to California for the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Navarro wanted the sophomore speedster to have a race over the Santa Anita main track prior to the Breeders’ Cup. The Grade I BC Sprint would be run at six furlongs at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

As expected, Shancelot set the pace in the Sprint Championship. The fractions of :21.87, :44.38 and :56.18 were especially fast on a Santa Anita surface considerably slower than it had been in recent years. After Omaha Beach bobbled slightly at the start, he lurked in third early. It was to Omaha Beach’s credit that he was quick enough to race so close to such a rapid early pace.

Shancelot led by 1 1/2 lengths at the quarter pole. Turning into the stretch, it was clear that he still had much gas left in the tank. But it also was clear that Omaha Beach, at odds of 5-2, was poised to give 3-10 favorite Shancelot a serious run for his money.

“Down at the rail, Omaha Beach is very close. Omaha Beach is firing a big shot in his comeback!” track announcer Frank Mirahmadi said during his call of the race as Omaha Beach set his sights on Shancelot at the top of the lane.

At the head of the stretch, Smith had a decision to make. He could angle out a bit to go on the attack in the lane while racing to the outside of Shancelot, or the Hall of Fame rider could choose the inside path during the stretch run. The inside path had been left open by Shancelot’s rider, Emisael Jaramillo. Smith opted for the inside path.

With a furlong to go, Shancelot still sported a 1 1/2-length advantage and was running strongly. But after passing the eighth pole, Omaha Beach was determinedly bearing down on the favorite.

“Shancelot fully extended, trying to fend off the classy Omaha Beach,” said Mirahmadi. “Shancelot digging in! Omaha Beat at the rail is coming to him!”

For Omaha Beach, it was a darn good thing that the distance of the Championship was not anything shorter than six furlongs. He put his head in front right at the finish.

“What a training job by Richard Mandella!” Mirahmadi exclaimed.


And what a performance it was by Omaha Beach.

5. BRICKS AND MORTAR in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita at 1 1/2 miles on turf Nov. 2. (A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Giant’s Causeway; owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence; trained by Chad Brown; ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.)

With this win, Bricks and Mortar concluded a perfect 2019 campaign. He was six for six last year while racing from January to November. Five of his 2019 victories came in Grade I events.

There were 14 Breeders’ Cup races in 2019, yet none was considered to be in Bricks and Mortar’s comfort zone. He seemed well suited to compete in races from 1 1/8 miles to 1 1/4 miles. Because of the lack of a race with a distance that appeared a perfect fit for Bricks and Mortar, trainer Chad Brown even indicated for a time during the summer that Bricks and Mortar might not be sent to the Breeders’ Cup.

But after Bricks and Mortar won the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 10 to solidify his position as a leading Horse of the Year candidate, it was felt that a trip to the Breeders’ Cup was in order. It also was decided to give the BC Turf a whirl rather than the BC Mile. Running in the BC Turf actually made sense. With Bricks and Mortar being asked to stretch out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time in his career, Santa Anita was an ideal place to do so inasmuch as the first part of the race would be run downhill.

It turned out that Bricks and Mortar did not have the best of trips in the BC Turf. He was bottled up during most of the race. Turning for home, with a little less than a quarter of a mile remaining, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. finally was able to move to the outside to get a clear run.

“Bricks and Mortar now gets a seam and he’s going to be cut loose with a furlong to go,” said track announcer Frank Mirahmadi during his call of the race. “Here comes Bricks and Mortar on the outside. And he is finishing with a flourish! Bricks and Mortar STORMS to the front! United running a giant race. But it’s Bricks and Mortar bringing his brilliance to the biggest stage to win the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf!”

After Bricks and Mortar’s BC Turf victory, accomplished in 2:24.73, he was retired to stud having won 10 of 12 lifetime starts.

Bricks and Mortar is odds-on to be voted a 2019 Eclipse Award as champion male turf horse. He’s also likely to be voted 2019 Horse of the Year.

4. MITOLE in Belmont Park’s Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at one mile on dirt June 8. (A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred Eskendereya colt; owned by William and Corinne Heiligbrodt; trained by Steve Asmussen; ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.)

The 2019 Met Mile attracted a stellar field of nine. Most considered it to be one of the strongest fields for any race run in this country last year.

Mitole attended the early pace and got the job done by three-quarters of a length. McKinzie had a troubled trip and finished second. Thunder Snow came in third, followed in order by Promises Fulfilled, Firenze Fire, Pavel, Coal Front, Tale of Silence and Prince Lucky.

Mitole ran one mile in a splendid 1:32.75, not far off the track record of 1:32.24 set by Najran in 2003.

“This win with this horse is so special,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “Today is what we had targeted. We know what this race meant; what a tremendous field it had. For him to come out on top against the field today under the pressure that he had, he proved what we believed in him the whole time. . .He’s obviously a very special horse.”

3. GOT STORMY in Saratoga’s Grade II Fourstardave Handicap at one mile on turf Aug. 10. (A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred Got Stormy filly; owned by Gary Barber; trained by Mark Casse; ridden by Tyler Gaffalione.)

It used to be that running a horse back in seven days was not so unusual. But that’s certainly not the case these days, especially when it comes to stakes horses. And so it was unusual to see Got Stormy run in -- and win -- a pair of stakes races over the span of just seven days last summer at Saratoga.

On Aug. 3, Got Stormy won the De La Rose Stakes by four lengths against fillies and mares when she completed one mile on the grass in 1:33.15. She barely missed the course record of 1:33.13 set the day before by the 8-year-old gelding Macagone.

When Got Stormy was entered right back in the Aug. 10 Fourstardave, many were surprised. Not only would she be coming back in seven days, she would be competing against males.

Despite the relatively short period of time between starts, Got Stormy won the Fourstardave by 2 1/2 lengths in a bravura performance. Her final time of 1:32.00 broke the course record. Raging Bull finished second, while the mare Uni came in third. (Got Stormy and Uni had a rematch in the Grade I BC Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. Uni turned the tables, winning by 1 1/2 lengths. Got Stormy finished second.)

There are three primary reasons Got Stormy’s Fourstardave ranks No. 3 among the top performances of 2019. First, she had only seven days between starts. Second, she broke the course record. And third, she became the first filly or mare to win the Fourstardave in its 35-year history.

2. SHANCELOT in Saratoga’s Grade II Amsterdam Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt July 28. (A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred Shanghai Bobby colt; owned by Crawford Farms Racing; trained by Jorge Navarro; ridden by Emisael Jaramillo.)

From a visual standpoint, this performance was nothing less than dazzling. Additionally, when quantifying it from a Beyer Speed Figure standpoint, it was sensational.

Breaking from the outside post, Shancelot blasted to the front at once and improved his position from there, as they say. It was a tour de force by the 6-5 favorite.

On the far turn, Shancelot drew out to a six-length lead at the five-sixteenths pole. After that, he continued to run up the score. His advantage grew to 10 lengths at the eighth pole. At the finish, he was 12 1/2 lengths in front.

Shancelot was responsible for sizzling fractions of :21.79, :43.94 and 1:07.63. The astonishing 1:07.63 clocking for the six-furlong split was faster than Imperial Hint’s final time of 1:07.92 that broke the track record a day earlier when the 6-year-old son of Imperialism won the Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap by four lengths.

Shancelot won the Amsterdam in 1:14.01. I remember that while I was watching Shancelot crush 11 other 3-year-olds in that race, I thought “wow.”

I also recall that when I first saw Shancelot’s Beyer Speed Figure for his Amsterdam victory, I again thought “wow.”

Shancelot’s 121 turned out to be the highest Beyer Speed Figure of 2019 by a pretty substantial margin.

These were the highest Beyers of 2019:

Beyer Horse (Date, Race, Track)

121 Shancelot (July 28, Amsterdam, Saratoga)
114 Come Dancing (April 5, Distaff Handicap, Aqueduct)
114 Imperial Hint (July 27, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Saratoga)
112 City of Light (Jan. 26, Pegasus World Cup, Gulfstream Park)
112 Mitole (Nov. 2, BC Sprint, Santa Anita)
111 McKinzie (Aug. 3, Whitney, Saratoga)
111 King Jack (Sept. 21, Gallant Bob, Parx Racing)
111 Vino Rosso (Nov. 2, BC Classic, Santa Anita)
111 Maximum Security (Dec. 7, Cigar Mile, Aqueduct)

When Shancelot won a seven-furlong maiden special weight race at first asking last Feb. 16 at Gulfstream, he recorded a 91 Beyer Speed Figure. When he won a six-furlong allowance/optional claiming race June 23 at Monmouth Park, he improved to a 100 Beyer. For Shancelot to then get a 121 Beyer in just his third career start when he won the Amsterdam was quite a feat.

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening noted that Shancelot’s 121 was the highest Beyer Speed Figure in a race shorter than one mile since Midnight Lute recorded a 124 when he won the Grade I Forego at Saratoga in 2007.

1. CITY OF LIGHT in Gulfstream Park’s Grade I Pegasus World Cup at 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy main track Jan. 26. (A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Quality Road; owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Warren Jr.; trained by Michael McCarthy; ridden by Javier Castellano.)

City of Light put an exclamation point on his racing career that concluded with this brilliant performance.

A pace factor from the outset, City of Light splashed away from his opponents in the stretch and won this $9 million event by 5 3/4 lengths at 9-5 in the wagering. Seeking the Soul, who was sent away at 34-1, ran second. Accelerate, the 3-2 favorite in the field of 12, finished third.

City of Light and Accelerate were both coming off a Breeders’ Cup victory at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. City of Light won the Grade I BC Dirt Mile. Accelerate captured the Grade I BC Classic.

After the Pegasus, City of Light and Accelerate both headed off to stud at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky.

McCarthy was pardonably proud that City of Light had performed so admirably in the Pegasus. But, not surprisingly, the trainer also was disappointed that City of Light’s racing career had come to an end. It would have been fun to see what City of Light could have accomplished during the rest of 2019.

“He’s the horse of a lifetime,” McCarthy told Gulfstream publicity the day after City of Light’s final race. “I don’t know what else I can say.”

A compelling case can be made that City of Light’s Pegasus was the best race he ever ran during a career in which he posted six wins, four seconds and a third from 11 starts. He was credited with a career-best 112 Beyer Speed Figure for his Pegasus performance. His previous top Beyer had been 110 when he won the 2018 BC Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs.

City of Light’s 112 Beyer turned out to be the highest of the entire year in a dirt race longer than one mile.

It is true that Shancelot was credited with a much bigger Beyer Speed Figure, a 121, when he trounced his foes in the Amsterdam. But Shancelot’s 121 came in a race restricted to 3-year-olds. City of Light’s 112 Beyer came in a race for 3-year-olds and up. Also, the vanquished in the Pegasus included 2018 Eclipse Award-winning older male Accelerate.

City of Light’s scintillating Pegasus triumph occupies the top spot on my list of the best performances by a Thoroughbred in this country during 2019.

Below are my top performances of the year going back to 2004:

2004 Ghostzapper in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic
2005 Afleet Alex in the Grade I Preakness Stakes
2006 Barbaro in the Grade I Kentucky Derby
2007 Rags to Riches in the Grade I Belmont Stakes
2008 Big Brown in the Grade I Kentucky Derby
2009 Zenyatta in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic
2010 Blame in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic
2011 Animal Kingdom in the Grade I Kentucky Derby
2012 I’ll Have Another in the Grade I Preakness
2013 Dreaming of Julia in the Grade II Gulfstream Park Oaks
2014 Wise Dan in the Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap
2015 American Pharoah in the Grade I Belmont Stakes
2016 Arrogate in the Grade I Travers Stakes
2017 Gun Runner in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic
2018 Justify in the Grade I Kentucky Derby
2019 City of Light in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup