Week in Review: More Clairiere vs. Travel Column Rivalries, Please


By T. D. ThorntonTurn the clock back a dozen years and recall when a fledgling filly parlayed a November win in the GII Golden Rod S. into a torrid nine-stakes win streak that culminated in Horse of the Year honors.
That filly, of course, was Rachel Alexandra.
Now it’s 2021, and the Fair Grounds annually honors Rachel Alexandra’s brief (one win, one second) tenure in New Orleans with a Grade II stakes race in mid-February. Saturday’s edition just so happened to feature the one-two fillies from the Nov. 28 Golden Rod S. at Churchill Downs, a race that stood out as the most visually impressive two-turn stakes of 2020 in the juvenile fillies division.

Three months ago, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Travel Column (Frosted) overcame a slow start and multiple logjams in the stretch to bull past fast-finishing Clairiere (Curlin) in the shadow of the wire. The final clocking of that 1 1/16 miles stakes was .54 seconds faster than Triple Crown-aspiring males ran one race later in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., signaling both fillies (separated by only a length) might be worth watching down the road.
Not surprisingly, Travel Column was backed to even-money favoritism in the 3-year-old debut for both rivals in the Rachel Alexandra, while Clairiere went off as the 2-1 second choice. Travel Column, a poised speedstress, broke running from her outside stall and asserted herself near the head of the field with a three-wide bid into the clubhouse turn. Clairiere, comfortable rating from a touch farther off the pace than in previous starts, broke inward from the one hole and hit the gate, so jockey Joe Talamo allowed the bay to settle into stride by her lonesome, eighth and last at the fence.
Travel Column led the main body of the pack while sitting second down the backstretch, six lengths behind a 25-1 breakaway pacemaker who would eventually fade to last. The favorite appeared primed to pounce while getting a gift of a trip, but nemesis Clairiere more arrestingly caught the eye as she began building a wave of momentum five furlongs out with a well-measured uncoiling from the back of the pack that belied her two races of experience.
Rail-running Clairiere inhaled half the field by the time the pack tightened up at the half-mile pole, but Talamo had to tap the brakes a touch over the next furlong because she was momentarily hemmed in. When he cued Clairiere to quicken three-eighths out, her response was instant, and the two shot up the reopened rail on the prowl after Travel Column, who by the midway point on the turn had seized first run on the wilting speed and was obviously the filly to beat.
Turning for home, Talamo expertly vacated the rail and split foes to avoid getting trapped behind the caving pacemaker, then switched back to the fence in upper stretch to keep from running up on the heels of Travel Column. Initially, the body language of the two fillies and the actions of their riders appeared to favor Travel Column, because the even-striding gray had yet to be fully set down by Florent Geroux while Talamo was already imploring Clairiere for more after she had already given plenty.
In fact, Talamo’s decision to switch to Clairiere to the outside of Travel Column at the eighth pole initially had a “one lateral move too many” look to it. But when Clairiere clearly saw her target and took off in determined pursuit, it amounted to a fourth distinct move over the course of a prolonged five-furlong drive, a remarkable in-race tactical progression that is unusual for a newly turned 3-year-old filly to accomplish so deftly. And it wasn’t like Clairiere was reeling in a tired filly, either. Both finished well, but Clairiere finished better. Her winning margin of a neck was augmented by a confident gallop-out that kept her rival at bay well past the wire.
Clairiere’s final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:45.34. She was initially assigned a provisional 83 Beyer Speed Figure (same number as her Golden Rod second), but by Sunday that Beyer got adjusted upward to an 85. Interestingly, the final eighth for the Rachel Alexandra clocked in at 6.28 seconds, slightly faster than the 6.36 final furlong that undefeated older male Maxfield (Street Sense) ran in the same-distance GIII Mineshaft S. two races earlier on the card.
Clairiere is owned and bred by Stonestreet Stables and trained by Steve Asmussen, the same connections who acquired Rachel Alexandra after her 20 1/4-length dismantling of the 2009 GI Kentucky Oaks field. She then, in succession, won the GI Preakness S., GI Mother Goose S., GI Haskell Invitational S. and GI Woodward S.
Clairiere is now on a path that could very well lead to an Oaks berth. She’s certainly bred to cover a distance of ground–both her sire, Curlin, and damsire, Bernardini, were Preakness  victors (among other multiple Grade I stakes they won up to 10 furlongs), and her dam, Cavorting, was a MGISW up to nine furlongs for Stonestreet.
Clairiere shouldn’t be saddled with expectations of turning into another Rachel Alexandra. But right now she and Travel Column are supplying the sport with something sorely lacking across almost every division–a competitive, evenly matched rivalry that is fun to watch play out from race to race. The 1-2-3 finishers from last November’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies have yet to start as 3-year-olds, but these two have already hooked up twice in that interim, delivering a spectacular show on both occasions. Here’s rooting for another rematch in the near future.

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Posted on 9:27 pm

Clairiere ทำงานสายการเดินทางใน Rachel Alexandra


วันเสาร์ที่ 13 กุมภาพันธ์ 2564 เวลา 19:02 น. | กลับไปที่: ข่าวเด่นอัปเดต: 13 กุมภาพันธ์ 2021 เวลา 19:10 น. Clairiere (f, 3, Curlin – Cavorting โดย Bernardini) รองชนะเลิศจากคอลัมน์ท่องเที่ยว ‘TDN Rising Star’ (Frosted) เมื่อเห็นครั้งสุดท้ายที่ GII Golden Rod S. ใน Churchill Downs 28 พฤศจิกายนคู่แข่งในการเปิดตัวครั้งที่สองของเธอพลิกตารางและวิ่งผ่านเข้าไปในเงาของด้ายเพื่อทำคะแนนให้คอในการเอาชนะ 2-1 Moon Swag (Malibu Moon) เป็นอันดับสาม ครั้งสุดท้ายสำหรับ 1 1/16 กิโลเมตรคือ 1: 45.34 Clairiere กลายเป็นผู้ชนะ Blacktype ครั้งที่ 74 / ผู้ชนะอันดับที่ 36 ของโลกสำหรับ Curlin พ่อชั้นนำ Clairiere เป็นฟูลแบ็คคนแรกจาก Cavorting ที่เก็บชัยชนะในเกรด I ได้สามนัดในอาชีพการงานของพวกเขาสำหรับ Stonestreet Stables เบอร์นาร์ดินีผู้เป็นพ่อของบร็อดแมร์ยังเป็นตัวแทนของผู้ชนะ GIII Mineshaft S. ที่ไม่พ่ายแพ้ Maxfield (Street Sense) ในอันเดอร์การ์ด บันทึกอายุการใช้งาน: 3-2-1-0. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (Ky); T-Steve Asmussen ไม่ใช่สมาชิก? คลิกที่นี่เพื่อลงทะเบียนเพื่อรับการแจ้งเตือน PDF รายวัน เรื่องราวนี้ถูกโพสต์ในข่าวยอดนิยมและติดแท็ก Cavorting, Clairiere, Curlin, Fair Grounds, Rachel Alexandra, Steve Asmussen, Stonestreet, Travel Column

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Posted on 12:36 am

Travel Column and Clairiere Meet Again in Rachel Alexandra


Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:00 am |
Back to: Shared News Updated: February 12, 2021 at 2:16 pm

The expensive Travel Column (Frosted) and regally bred Clairiere (Curlin), who finished one-two in the GII Golden Rod S., face off again Saturday at Fair Grounds in the GII Rachel Alexandra S., presented by Fasig-Tipton, which offers 50 points towards the GI Kentucky Oaks. Tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after an impressive score in her career bow sprinting at Churchill Sept. 4, the $850,000 FTSAUG purchase was third when trying two turns for the first time in Keeneland’s GI Darley Alcibiades S. Oct. 2. The gray was last seen rallying to victory in the Nov. 28 Golden Rod and has been working in company with champion juvenile colt Essential Quality (Tapit) leading up to this, most recently covering five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 (4/51) in NOLA Feb. 7.
“I loved her going into the race, I was concerned during the race, and I loved her even more after the race,” trainer Brad Cox said. “It was a little bit of a worry. We saw it in the Alcibiades too, she breaks a little slow and had to make a premature move. But once she gets going, she’s a really, really nice filly and she’s shown it time and again.”
The first foal out of MGISW Cavorting (Bernardini), Stonestreet homebred Clairiere made a powerful late run to win at first asking in a 1 1/16-mile test at Churchill Oct. 25 and came up just a length short in the Golden Rod.

“She’s a very good, lightly-raced filly with a huge pedigree,” conditioner Steve Asmussen said. “It’s the right spot to start her back and we’re really looking forward to it. But obviously we have our eye down the road [towards the Kentucky Oaks] with her too.”
Another of interest in this field is Cosmic Racing’s Zoom Up (Upstart), who is two-for-two over this track. Hitting the board in her first two tries in Kentucky last fall, the dark bay broke through in a local sprint Dec. 19 and followed suit with an optional claimer score Jan. 18.

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This story was posted in Shared News and tagged Charlie’s Penny, Clairiere, Fair Grounds, Golden Rod Stakes, Kentucky Oaks, Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Travel Column, Zoom Up.

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Posted on 10:56 am