Bred: Stud TNT (Ky)
Sire: A.P. Indy
Dam: Ile de France, by Storm Cat
Racing without blinkers for the first time, this daughter of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy spoiled what was supposed to be a showdown between champion and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) winner Royal Delta and multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky when she upset the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) in August.
In earning her first top-level victory, Love and Pride continued the tradition of her regal bloodlines. Her mother, Ile de France, by influential sire Storm Cat, is a half sister to champion Bernardini as both have the same mother, the Grade 1-winning mare Cara Rafaela.
Love and Pride was offered at the 2010 Keeneland April sale of selected 2-year-olds in training but failed to meet her reserve after bringing a final bid of $380,000.
The dark bay filly showed precocity once she hit the track, winning three of her first four starts. Described by trainer Todd Pletcher as a “tricky” filly to ride, Love and Pride doesn’t like to be hit with, let alone shown, the whip as jockey John Velazquez learned during his vigorous hand ride in the Personal Ensign. She stamped herself one of the top older females in the U.S. in 2012 when she won the Zenyatta Stakes (G1) by open lengths in September in her final tune-up for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.