Highway Star ‘Doing Fine’ After Pulling Shoe In Breeze; Set For Ballerina

Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred Highway Star galloped Thursdaymorning for the first time since pulling a shoe during her final breeze for the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina.

Highway Star lost her left hind shoe in a four-furlong bullet move on Monday, where she covered the distance in a sharp 46.88 seconds, the fastest of 90. Trainer Rodrigo Ubillo said he entered the 5-year-old Girolamo mare with the intention of monitoring that foot in the days leading up to Saturday’s race, a seven-furlong “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

“At the moment, it seems like it looked worse than it was. We put the shoe back on and she’s been training OK since then,” he said. “Yesterday, she just jogged, but she galloped very nicely this morning. I’m very happy with her; she’s doing fine at the moment. It’s one of those things; I didn’t want to miss out on the race if I didn’t enter and she turned out OK.”

Highway Star was a game second in last year’s Ballerina, finishing a head behind By the Moon. She came back from that effort to win the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom by a neck that September before finishing 11th to fellow Broman homebred Bar of Gold in the Filly & Mare Sprint.

This spring, the millionaire New York-bred rebounded from a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Heavenly Prize, her seasonal debut, with a much-improved second in the Grade 2 Ruffian. She followed that with a runner-up finish in the Critical Eye for New York-breds on May 28, where she was caught by a nose in the last jump by Holiday Disguise. Highway Star turned around on short rest 11 days later to finish second to fellow Ballerina entrant Lewis Bay in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses on June 8 during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

Overall, Highway Star has a record of 8-5-2 from 19 career starts and earnings in excess of $1.1 million. Ubillo added that she runs well fresh, even if the spacing between the Bed o’ Roses and Ballerina was not necessarily by design.

“I went through the same thing last year when she ran in the Ogden Phipps, there’s nothing in between,” he said. “So, I ran in the New York-bred race, where she got beat by a nose, and then I ran her back. There was nothing else before the Ballerina, so I opted to go. She had only been training for about six days before that race and she got beat by like five lengths or something. It wasn’t an ideal thing; she likes time between races.”

Installed at 10-1 on the morning line for the Ballerina, Highway Star drew the outside post 9. Luis Saez is named to ride.

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