2023 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Recap

The streak continues. Yuugiri has really found her groove and remains undefeated over six furlongs on dirt, extending her sequence to six with an ultra-game victory in the 2023 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.

Breeders Cup Odds

Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes

G2, $350,000, 6f dirt, 3yo+ females

Joy of six for Yuugiri

What a system this is. Give Yuugiri six furlongs on dirt and she is unstoppable, and she took her record in those conditions to six-for-six with a narrow victory in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, defeating Wicked Halo and Last Leaf to claim a spot in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

It is hard work to stay perfect, though, and the 9-5 second-choice had to work very hard here after getting tangled up in a stretch duel with the favored Wicked Halo, who looked to have her measure with an eighth to run.

Yuugiri is as game as they come, though, and she answered every question Flavien Prat asked her, battling back through the final sixteenth to put her nose in front right at the wire. There were five lengths back to Last Leaf in third.

2023 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Race Video

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“She’s got a big heart,” said trainer Rodolphe Brisset. “She always shows up for us.”

Brisset has never had a Breeders’ Cup runner but he certainly has one now, and Yuugiri’s share of the purse means she heads west as racing’s newest millionaire.

2023 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Yuugiri5.763.182.60
2. Wicked Halo2.882.36
3. Last Leaf3.80

Winning time: 1m 10.44s

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