Going up against 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Indian Blessing on her home track was a tall order for Ventura in the 2008 Filly & Mare Sprint, but the dark bay and jockey Garrett Gomez were equal to the task. The rangy speedster came from 10th on the backstretch to explode down the lane for a four-length victory in the eye-stopping time of 1:19.90 for seven furlongs on the Pro-Ride surface.
The victory gave Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel his sixth Breeders’ Cup win and the homebred provided Juddmonte Farms with its third triumph in the World Championships in this second edition of the $1 million stake. Originally sent to Europe, Ventura came to the U.S. at the end of her 3-year-old season and ended up winning six graded stakes here.
Ventura returned to race in 2009 and won three Grade 1 stakes, but was thwarted in her bid to repeat in the 2009 Filly & Mare Sprint when she finished second to Informed Decision.