‘A Good Problem To Have’: Attard Debating Between Two Breeders’ Cup Races For Starship Jubilee

Winner of five of her six starts in 2020, Starship Jubilee is preparing to make the trip south from her Woodbine base to Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The 7-year-old daughter of Indy Wind won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile over males in her most recent start, and she won the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes over 1 1/4 miles in 2019, so there are several options for her on Nov. 7.

Her trainer, Kevin Attard, is still waiting to decide whether he’ll enter Starship Jubilee in the Breeders’ Cup Mile or the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, according to the Toronto Sun.

“Obviously we want to give her the best shot of performing her best and (the decision) is going to come down to trying to see who’s running where,” Attard told the Sun. “We’ve got a decent enough idea, but when we watch the pre-entries come out it’s going to be a little more clear in that sense. The good thing about my filly is, she’s very versatile. She’s obviously shown that she can run a mile, she’s shown she can run a mile and a quarter and we’re lucky enough that the Filly& Mile Turf is 1 3/16ths. And that’s within her wheelhouse – a little shorter than the 1 1/4 distance, which I like. But at the same token, she ran such a big race in the Woodbine Ricoh Mile, then you have to consider running her against the boys again one more time. It’s a good problem to have.”

Named the Canadian Horse of the Year in 2019, Starship Jubilee was a $16,000 claim three years ago. She has since won a dozen stakes races, including two Grade 1 races, and earned over $2 million. Her record ahead of the Breeders’ Cup stands at 19-5-3 from 38 starts, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

“You don’t really expect them to be around at seven (years old),” Attard told the Sun. “It’s not really the normal that we see here in racing. But the fact is, she’s arguably at her best now. She enjoys what she’s doing… Every time you think the chapter’s done and the book might be ready to close, she’s on to the next chapter. So I’m enjoying the ride and I’m going to keep going with it.”

Read more at the Toronto Sun.

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