Flying high: Celebrating Starship Jubilee’s Woodbine Mile win

November 1, 2020

TORONTO, November 1, 2020 – Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year Starship Jubilee may have made just one local appearance this year, but her winning performance in the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile on September 19 was unforgettable.

Starship Jubilee powered to command in the final furlong and became just the third female champion of the Woodbine Mile defeating a Mark Casse trio, including accomplished stars March to the Arch and War of Will, by one length in 1:32.06.

After schooling the boys in the $1 million fall turf classic at Woodbine, the seven-year-old Indy Wind mare is now Breeders’ Cup-bound for local trainer Kevin Attard and Bonnie Baskin’s Blue Heaven Farm.

“When I saw her tip out and I heard Robert Geller call her name, I was watching through my binoculars and then I just put them down and probably screamed as loud as I could because I knew she had a good chance,” said Attard following the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race. “And you started to see her draw away and the other horses just weren’t making up ground. You never want to count your chickens before they hatch, but I knew she had it.

“She’s a filly that seems to thrive around this time of year and get good and everything just fell the way we needed it to fall.”

Jockey Justin Stein celebrates winning the Ricoh Woodbine Mile as Starship Jubilee crossed the finish line at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)
Jockey Justin Stein celebrates winning the Ricoh Woodbine Mile as Starship Jubilee crosses the finish line at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)
Trainer Kevin Attard congratulates jockey Justin Stein aboard Starship Jubilee after winning the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. (Michael Burns Photo)
Trainer Kevin Attard congratulates jockey Justin Stein aboard Starship Jubilee after winning the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. (Michael Burns Photo)
Ricoh Woodbine Mile champion Starship Jubilee and her connections head to the winner's circle at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)
Ricoh Woodbine Mile champion Starship Jubilee and her connections head to the winner’s circle at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)
Newly minted double millionairess Starship Jubilee and her connections in the winner's circle at Woodbine after defeating the boys in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. (Michael Burns Photo)
Newly-minted double millionairess Starship Jubilee and her connections in the winner’s circle at Woodbine after the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. (Michael Burns Photo)
Trainer Kevin Attard shows off Starship Jubilee's Breeders' Cup 'Win And You're In' saddle cloth. (Michael Burns Photo)
Starship Jubilee stamped her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup with her victory in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. (Michael Burns Photo)
Trainer Kevin Attard and jockey Justin Stein hoist the Woodbine Mile trophy. (Michael Burns Photo)
Trainer Kevin Attard and jockey Justin Stein hoist the Woodbine Mile trophy. (Michael Burns Photo)

The Woodbine superstar is the leading lady in a real-life claim to fame story having prospered under the care of the Attards, including Kevin’s father Tino and son Joshua. She’s put together a career record reading 19-5-3 from 38 starts lifetime while amassing $2,478,390 in earnings. The double millionairess boasts nine graded stakes wins, including her initial Grade 1 triumph in the E.P. Taylor Stakes over 1-1/4 miles of turf last year.

Starship Jubilee, who has posted victories over Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay, Saratoga and Woodbine turf, will make her Keeneland debut next weekend in the world championships. She earned a berth to the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday, Nov. 7 and is also pre-entered with first preference in the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (1-3/16 miles).

Prepping for the world stage, Starship Jubilee breezed a half-mile bullet in :47.20 on the training track at Woodbine on Saturday morning with Justin Stein, who was aboard for her latest triumph. She is scheduled to head stateside on Tuesday.

“It was her final tune-up, worked really well – :47 and change, galloped out in a minute – exactly where we want her to be,” said Attard, who campaigned Calgary Cat to a fourth-place finish in his first Breeders’ Cup start in the 2016 Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. “So far so good, she’s going into the race in perfect shape.”

For more information on the 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be contested on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at Keeneland, visit breederscup.com.

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