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Most Valuable Pony (Sept. 14-20): Starship Jubilee

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.