#SpaStars: AshadoDkb./br. filly, 2001-present, Saint Ballado – Goulash, by Marie’s Book
She won eleven stakes races, including more than half a dozen Grade 1 victories. When she retired, it was as the second highest earning filly or mare in American history. Ashado stepped to the national forefront at Saratoga, and it was here that she collected her first major win. Her first foray into stakes company came in the opening day Schuylerville. She drew off to win on a sloppy track. The dark bay filly came back in the Spinaway, but bettors who thought she might have been aided by a biased track that day dismissed her as the third choice. “She’s tough,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, after she dug in to pull way to a 1 ¼ length win. At three, Ashado joined the long line of “Graveyard of Champions” victims when felled in the Alabama. However, she came back at four for what may have been her most brilliant performance. “She was unbelievable,” in the Go for Wand, said John Velazquez, who rode her to a 9 ½ length win.
Breeder: Aaron & Marie Jones
Owner: Starlight Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Edgar Prado (2), John Velazquez (4)
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