2017/11/03 14:25
CONTENDERS

Avenge

A full year apart and the exact same result. Avenge won the Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita last year to earn a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and repeated that feat Sept. 30 to earn a return to the World Championships as a part of the “Win and You're In” challenge series.

The five-year-old War Front daughter reeled off three straight victories last year, ending with the Rodeo Drive, before running a solid third in the Filly & Mare Turf after setting the pace.

Given a break after that effort, she ran third behind Lady Eli in the Gamely Stakes in her return to the races in May, but was flat in the Yellow Robbin in August. Her connections now feel she’s back to her old self after returning to her winning ways in the Rodeo Drive.

This feels very good,” Richard Mandella said after the Rodeo Drive. “This is what we do this for. I was impressed that she settled off the leader and that she had such a good finish. I felt better about it at the quarter pole. When she exploded away from there, you could tell it was working. It’s been frustrating because we couldn’t quite get her back to herself until now but, I think we do have her now and we hope we’re in as good of shape as we did last year.”

Owned by Ramona Bass, Avenge was a $650,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale. She has seven wins from 16 starts and earnings over $860,000 heading into this year’s event.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Challenge Series Races Won
2017 Rodeo Drive S.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
September 30, 2017Rodeo Drive S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
No Replay
Available
August 05, 2017Yellow Ribbon H.DEL MAR26
No Replay
Available
May 27, 2017Gamely S.SANTA ANITA PARK13
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
November 05, 2016Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare TurfSANTA ANITA PARK13
No Replay
Available
October 01, 2016Rodeo Drive S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
No Replay
Available
September 04, 2016John C. Mabee S.DEL MAR21
No Replay
Available
July 24, 2016 DEL MAR 1
No Replay
Available
June 26, 2016Desert Stormer II S.SANTA ANITA PARK 5
No Replay
Available
May 21, 2016Mizdirection S.SANTA ANITA PARK 5
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
June 27, 2015Senorita S.SANTA ANITA PARK36
No Replay
Available
May 01, 2015Ultrafleet S.SANTA ANITA PARK 1
No Replay
Available
April 09, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
No Replay
Available
March 15, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
No Replay
Available
February 14, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
No Replay
Available
January 19, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 3
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
November 15, 2014 DEL MAR 5