The first weekend in November, we were in Los Angeles to see In Lingerie make her first foray on the grass in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Her win in the Spinster at Keeneland had given her a free pass to either the Ladies’ Classic or any other race with a purse of $2 million or less. Our managing partner and In Lingerie’s trainer spent a lot of time deciding which race would give her the best opportunity, and they eventually came down on the side of the turf race, although she had never raced on the grass before. She had performed well on both dirt and polytrack, and horses with that versatility can often do equally well on turf. The deciding factor, we think, was the presence in the Ladies’ Classic of some of the best fillies now running, including the powerhouse Royal Delta (who won impressively, as it turned out).
In Lingerie looked beautiful on race day and was the subject of a feature TV piece by Bob Neumeier, the NBC racing analyst. She ran a strong third until the stretch, when she wasn’t able to keep up the pace and finished ninth. We were proud of her effort, though, and glad that she came out of the race healthy. She never ran as a two-year-old and performed spectacularly for us all year, and as our managing partner said, “She doesn’t owe us anything.”
After briefly considering a 2013 racing career for her, the partnership was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: In Lingerie will go to England early in the new year to be bred to Frankel, the two-time European Horse of the Year and possibly the greatest horse any of us will see in our lifetime. This will be his first year at stud, and our filly is one of only five U.S. never-bred fillies to be chosen for breeding to him. We are very excited about this and of course eager to see the foal that In Lingerie produces in 2014. The plan is to sell her in foal next November, but we hope the new owner will send us pictures of mother and baby for this web site.