Breeders’ Cup Distaff Loses 2 Top Fillies

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Cavorting Retired and Cathryn Sophia to be Sold – Both Out of Breeders’ Cup Distaff

The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff is set for Friday, Nov. 4, but the big race will be without a few of its top fillies. Multiple Grade I winner Cavorting has been retired due to cannon bone bruising. The 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini last worked Sept. 26 at Belmont.

Cavorting won her final race in the Grade I Personal Ensign at Saratoga Aug. 27
Cavorting won her final race in the Grade I Personal Ensign at Saratoga Aug. 27

She has not been 100% so we’ve been watching her,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “She has bruising of the cannon bones, so she is out of the Breeders’ Cup. I’m sending her home to Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.”

Cavorting, who would have been in the mix in a tough renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff next month, had posted consecutive wins in the Grade I Ogden Phipps and the Grade I Personal Ensign. Stonestreet Farm said Cavorting will be retired there and added to the broodmare band.

“It is a shame for me because she may have been the greatest filly I’ve ever trained,” McLaughlin said. “She got it done at 2, 3, and 4 and really was having a championship year.”

Cavorting is the best runner out of the graded stakes-winning Carson City daughter Promenade Girl. Stonestreet bought the filly for $360,000 out of the Eaton Sales consignment at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Cavorting completes her career with 8 wins in 13 starts and earnings of $2,063,000. That includes $1.125 million this year with three wins in four starts.

Cathryn Sophia wearing the garland of lilies as Kentucky Oaks champion
Cathryn Sophia wearing the garland of lilies as Kentucky Oaks champion

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff took another blow when it when it was announced last Friday that Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia will pass up the trip to Santa Anita and be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Chuck Zacney purchased Cathryn Sophia for $30,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale at Timonium in 2014.

“Cathryn Sophia does have some value to her. I’ve decided to take some chips off the table and put her through the sale. We have some nice 2-year-olds, and we’ve bought some yearlings. I’m excited about the future.”

Cathryn Sophia won 6 of 9 starts and earned more than $1.2 million. She won the Grade 2 Forward Gal and Grade 2 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park last winter and then moved on to Kentucky, where she finished a close third in the Grade 1 Ashland and then won the Oaks by 2-3/4 lengths.

Her other two stakes wins came in the $150,000 Princess of Sylmar, a race she won easily three weeks prior to the Cotillion, and the Gin Talking at Laurel Park as a 2-year-old.

“It’s a tough game, a rough business,” Zacney said about retiring Cathryn Sophia. “I’m going to miss her a lot but we had a great run. Being center stage at Churchill Downs and winning the Kentucky Oaks was an amazing experience.”

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