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Spectacular Abel Tasman dominates Ogden Phipps S. (G1)
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Abel Tasman earned her fifth career Grade 1 win and topped the $2 million earnings mark in Saturday's $750,000 Ogden Phipps S. (G1) at Belmont Park, rolling to a 7 1/2-length win.

Ridden confidently by Mike Smith, Abel Tasman moved from third to first on her own shortly after the first quarter-mile was run. Still in hand at the top of the stretch, Smith finally urged Abel Tasman on with about a furlong to run, and she sped away from the field with a tremendous turn of foot.

The final time of 1:40.36 was just a second off the track record and earned the 4-year-old filly a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 100.

The winner is owned by Clearsky Farms (also her breeder) and China Horse Club. Saturday's win upped her earnings to $2,412,385 and her record to 7-4-0 in 13 starts.

"I'm so proud of her," her trainer Bob Baffert said. "She's one of my favorite all-time horses."

Abel Tasman was last year's 3-year-old filly champion, with wins in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Acorn S. (G1), and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1). She also won the Starlet S. (G1) as a 2-year-old.

Abel Tasman was Baffert's first Ogden Phipps winner, but kicked off an incredible Saturday at Belmont for the trainer, who also won the Brooklyn Inv. (G2) with Hoppertunity and the Belmont S. (G1) and Triple Crown with the immortal Justify.

 

 

 


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