Stellar Wind is in good hands with trainer John Sadler, who had a specific plan for the Curlin filly’s 2016 campaign, and so far it’s been going exactly as mapped out. Now they face one of the bigger challenges of the year in the form of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), where she will go up against fellow champions Songbird and Beholder.
In order to prepare for the Distaff, Sadler wanted to get in three workouts. The first one took place early today, where Stellar Wind ran a half-mile at Santa Anita Park in a time of :48 2/5. “It was a nice, easy half,” said Sadler. “Right on her routine. She’s obviously right where she’s supposed to be.”
The end goal was always a spot in the Distaff and Stellar Wind’s four-year-old campaign has gone off without a hitch to this point. It started with a second-place finish in the Vanity Mile (gr. I) and then won two straight races in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) and Zenyetta (gr. I). She lost to Beholder in the first race, but left Beholder in second in both her wins.
“What’s nice is we haven’t had any glitches. Everything is right on plan,” said Sadler. “She hasn’t missed any days, she’s eating great—everything is just super.
“It’s gone exactly like we wanted—unless we could have beat (Beholder) three times,” said a chuckling Sadler. “Everything has gone like we hoped and we’re going into the race with a fresh horse… I always thought she could be better at 4 and she’s proven me right.”
While the current plan is to let Stellar Wind race in her age-five campaign, she does have a reserved spot in the Keeneland November sale, which Sadler labels “flight insurance.”