Bloodlines: Belvoir Bay Goes Out In A Blaze Of Speed

If you wanted to race very fast, you needed to be at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup, and if you wanted to race fastest of all, you needed to be Belvoir Bay (by Equiano), racing at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over five fast furlongs.

The 6-year-old bay mare won for the 12th time in 28 starts, and the BC Turf Sprint was the mare’s third victory of the year from six starts. She started 2019 with victories in the Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita in January and the Wishing Well in February. She went to Dubai in March, when she was a good second G1 Al Quoz Sprint, then returned to her home track for the G3 Monrovia. There, the mare had a bobble at the start, and as a result, did not get her customary position at the front of the race but managed to finish second by three-quarters of a length to second favorite S Y Sky.

A venture to Belmont Park for the six-furlong Jaipur matched the mare with some of the very fastest horses in the country for that G1 stakes, and the winner World of Trouble (Kantharos) beat Belvoir Bay out of the gate, then led her at every call to the stretch, when the colt was ahead by 1 ½ lengths, and Belvoir Bay tired to finish fourth. The freakishly fast World of Trouble set fractions on Belmont’s turf course of :21.99, :43.85, :54.80, and 1:06.37 for the six furlongs.

Even World of Trouble (now retired) would have needed his fastest running booties on Nov. 2, as Belvoir Bay broke first and set all the fractions of :21.47, :43.43, and :54.83 (final time) to win by 1 ¼ lengths from the high-class performer Om (Munnings), who had finished second in the Jaipur.

Bred in England by Mrs. R.D. Peacock, Belvoir Bay has been a good horse from the beginning. After selling out of the Manor House Stud consignment at the Tattersalls October yearling sale in 2014 for 21,000 euros to Peter and Ross Doyle, the filly won three of seven starts, including the Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita in her final start at 2, when she had already changed hands and was racing for Team Valor and Gary Barber.

Belvoir Bay won G3 stakes at 3 and 4, then added the G2 Monrovia Stakes to her resume at 5 when she also went to the Fasig-Tipton November sale and brought $625,000, with Justin Casse as agent for Gary Barber, who now owns the mare outright. In 2019, Belvoir Bay has earned $1,117,620 for total earnings of nearly $1.7 million.

The mare is expected to return to the Fasig-Tipton sale on Tuesday, now a G1 winner, and that brings to mind the question of what kind of pedigree such a racemare has and what glimmerings of grandeur she might possess as a broodmare.

One of two G1 winners by her sire Equiano (Acclamation), Belvoir Bay has been a graded stakes winner each season from 2 through 6, and she came to her grandest success later in her career. The other G1 winner by Equiano was The Tin Man (GB), not the animal by the same name sired by Triple Crown winner Affirmed. The Tin Man (GB) won three G1s: the British Champions Sprint Stakes at 4, the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot at 5, then Haydock’s Sprint Cup at 6, coming back at 7 to be second in the same race.

Their sire Equiano won the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot as a 3-year-old and again at 5, when he was also second in the July Cup. Like his two best representatives, Equiano was a fast horse with a great deal of longevity on the racecourse, indicating both soundness and a competitive mental attitude.

Belvoir Bay is also the best racer out of her dam, the Rock of Gibraltar mare Path of Peace. She is out of the Persian Bold mare Persian Song, who got nine winners from 10 starts, including Please Sing (Royal Applause), who won the G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes, as well as the stakes-placed full siblings Mountain Song (3rd in the G1 National Stakes) and Rain Dancing (3rd in the G3 Princess Margaret).

Persian Song was a full sister to Bold Arrangement, an English-bred colt who came to Kentucky for the classics in 1986 after being the highweighted colt in France the preceding season. Presumably, his connections believed the pickings in the American classics were easier than among those in Europe. They were very nearly right.

Bold Arrangement ran a strong third in the Blue Grass Stakes, his first start in the States and a month after his seasonal debut at Doncaster. Racing right back in the Kentucky Derby nine days later, Bold Arrangement was a bang-up second behind Ferdinand (Nijinsky). Bold Arrangement returned to the racing environment he loved and finished third in the Hollywood Derby at the end of the year and unplaced (seventh) in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Belvoir Bay picked up greater speed from her sire to add to the quality and success of her female family and set a track record at Santa Anita in what appears to be her career finale.

Frank Mitchell is author of Racehorse Breeding Theories, as well as the book Great Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks. In addition to writing the column “Sires and Dams” in Daily Racing Form for nearly 15 years, he has contributed articles to Thoroughbred Daily News, Thoroughbred Times, Thoroughbred Record, International Thoroughbred, and other major publications. In addition, Frank is chief of biomechanics for DataTrack International and is a hands-on caretaker of his own broodmares and foals in Central Kentucky. Check out Frank’s lively Bloodstock in the Bluegrass blog.

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