The Ballerina Stakes
Hilda's Passion, owned by Louisville's Ed Glasscock and Starlight Partners and trained by Todd Pletcher, has earned her way to the Breeders' Cup with a win in the Grade 1 $250,000 Ballerina Stakes held Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The race was one of the Breeders' Cup Win & You're In races that guaranteed the winner a trip to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint to be held November 4th at Churchill Downs.
Sent off as the second choice in the field of six, Hilda's Passion took the field from gate to wire to win the race 9 1/4 lengths over third choice, Tar Heel Mom. Tamarind Hall was third and Bronx City Girl was fourth.
The favorite, Sassy's Image, who is trained by Dale Romans and owned by his brother, Jerry Romans, leapt at the start and drifted wide, never able to get out of last place.
Hilda's Passion paid $7.10, $4.00 and $3.30 for a $2 wager. Tar Heel Mom returned $4.40 and $3.10 for second place and Tamarind Hall paid $4.10. The $2 exacta paid $25.20 and the trifecta paid $107.50.
It was revealed late Sunday by trainer Pletcher that Hilda's Passion suffered a non-displaced condylar fracture of her right front leg coming out of the Ballerina and will miss the rest of the season. Her connections have plans to run her next year as a four-year old.
The TVG Pacific Classic
Acclamation won the Grade 1 $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic held last night at Del Mar racetrack in California. With the win in the Breeders' Cup Win & You're In race, Acclamation earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic to be held November 5th at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela and the 4-1 Acclamation led the field from wire to wire and held off the post-time favorite, Twirling Candy by head as he challenged deep into the stretch. Stately Victor finished four lengths behind the two in third, just a nose in front of Game On Dude.
Acclamation returned $10.80, $5.40 and $5 for a $2 wager. Twirling Candy paid $4 and $3.40 to place, and Stately Victor returned $7 to show. The $1 exacta paid $21.20 and the $1 trifecta paid $378.20.
Photo: Courtesy Breeders' Cup