Ashado was one of the most famous horses who made her mark on the track by a steady track record that was an absolute success. Her achievements were highlighted in the record-breaking $9 million price she got when she was offered as broodmare during November 2005.
As a daughter from Saint Ballado by Halo, Ashado was purchased for $170,000 as a yearling at the 2002 Keeneland September sale. The Wolf’s Starlight Stable, Paul Saylor and Johns Martin owned her.
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Ashado was purchased at the Keeneland the sale of yearlings in September for $170,000. This was an offer that appeared likely to pay off quickly as she won her first three starts. Her consistent excellence earned her the Eclipse Award for champion filly 3 years old and her title as the champion older girl.
The Breeders”Cup” Distaff that confirmed her status as the nation’s most desirable filly. Pletcher claimed the Breeders’ cup for the first-time, and also the first triumph for Starlight Racing, Paul Saylor, Wolfs and John Martin.
She was the winner of all of her races in the 21 she ran and won seven Grade 1 races, and had 3931,440 dollars in bank. The champion was awarded to an older mare in 2004 and 2005. on April 25th, 2014, the National Museum of Racing announced that Ashado and Curlin were selected by a panel as two of four current horsemen who were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Ashado became the very first mare in 20 years to be awarded back-to back Eclipse Awards for champion 3-year-old filly and champion older female. Her steady running was another factor. Her record included 12 winners Seven of them were grade 1 stakes.
She was not better than third just twice, and was a winner in dry and wet conditions. Ashado is a stylish endurance racer is an independent, professional runner for many years.
2004 was the year she was in 2004 the Kentucky Oaks winner and Coaching Club American Oaks champion. Her reputation in the field as”the “queen of distaff racers” was attributable to her and she became the most popular choice for the Breeders Cup Distaff.
She gave Starlight Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher their first Kentucky Oaks victory, and made Pletcher the first Breeders’ Cup champion as well. In 2014, Ashado was inducted in the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.
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Ashado, trainer by Todd Pletcher, was a two-time Eclipse Award winner who won 12 of her 21 starts and finished worse than third just twice. Three of her Grade 1 wins included the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff, as well winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Ashado’s racing career has been one of continuous excellence, resulting in her being named a finalist for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Her parents were Aaron as well as Marie Jones, whose stable has been a major stakes winner including Housebuster, Invasor and Lure.
Ashado is a daughter of Saint Ballado and the late horse of Taylor Made, was bought through Wolf’s Starlight Stable, Laurie Jack Wolf as well as Paul Saylor, and Johns Martin in the amount of $170,000. She was then sold to Darley Stud for an unprecedented 9 million dollars at the Keeneland Nov Breeding Stock Sale.
It was an Eclipse Award winner and became the first filly in history to win at least the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff. As a 2-year old she took home three Graded Stakes victories and was awarded Champion Older Female.
Training under Todd Pletcher for owners Starlight Stable (Laurie and Jack Wolf), Paul Saylor as well as John Martin, Ashado dominated her 3-year-old year with wins from the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, Fair Grounds Oaks as well as Cotillion Handicap. Ashado was strong and determined athlete who handled slippery and fast surfaces with ease However, she had a difficult time with sticking surfaces.
Her first visit to the Breeders Cup in 2003, placing second behind the then unbeaten Halfbridled during the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Park. She ended the year with a gutsy nose victory in the 1 1/8-mile Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct.