Book Review won July 13's A Gleam Handicap to earn a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Photo courtesy Eclipse Sportswire).
After finishing second in both her starts this year this, Book Review finally shook her bridesmaid status with a win on Saturday.
Taking on a field of good females in California, Book Review won the A Gleam Handicap by 2 ½ lengths over Teddy’s Promise. The win didn’t just solidify her as one of the best sprinting mares in California but earned her a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Book Review started her career on the east coast, losing her debut to eventual Breeders’ Cup placer Stopshoppingmaria. Two starts later, she finally showed her potential, winning her maiden by 4 ¾ lengths over eventual Grade 1 winner Dance Card.
Book Review’s first stakes win came in the Charles Town Oaks when she beat Holiday Soiree by 1 ¾ lengths but her shining moment came after she moved to California.
In her first race for Bob Baffert, owner-breeders Gary and Mary West looked like geniuses when Book Review won her first graded stakes race, the Grade 1 La Brea over Reneesgotzip and My Miss Aurelia.
But it looked like Book Review’s win may have been a lot of luck when she put in a pair of second places in her next two starts. The interesting thing to note with these races is that they were both at route distances, something Book Review doesn’t seem to like. Baffert may have noticed Book Review’s love of seven furlongs when returning the filly to the races after a five month freshening as the A Gleam was at the distance.
“Book Review is all race horse. She loves 7/8. Freshening really helped her today,” Baffert tweeted after the race.
BOOK REVIEW WAS SUCCESSFUL IN HER CALIFORNIA DEBUT, WINNING A GRADE 1
Photo courtesy Benoit & Associates
Giant’s Causeway won from six to 10 furlongs on the turf and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on dirt. The stallion’s foals have won on both surfaces and all distances, showing that the stallion can throw anything. Giant’s Causeway already has a Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner on his resume so if Book Review can win the Filly & Mare Sprint, it will farther demonstrate his ability to sire horses that have the potential to do anything.
Book Review has gotten her dam off to a good start in the shed as she is Clever Babe’s first foal to hit the track. Clever Babe has three foals on the ground, including a 2-year-old full sister to Book Review named Trendy Chic.
While Clever Babe never raced, she has a productive family with half-sister Irish Smoke winning the 2007 Spinaway Stakes and Clever Babe’s dam’s full sister winning the Black Eyed Susan.
All but one of Book Review’s wins have come over seven furlongs, which bids well for her chances in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. While she has lost two of her three starts at Santa Anita, it should be noted that she was going 1 1/16 miles in those races. Book Review has shown that she can run with the best in California at route distances but her preferred distance is obviously seven furlongs.
Book Review’s proven that she can successfully navigate the seven furlongs of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint over Santa Anita, the track the Breeders’ Cup will be held at this year. If she can keep her form going into the fall, it won’t be a surprise if Book Review finds the winner’s circle the first Saturday in November.