Horse Racing 2023: Jeff Ruby Stakes Day MAR 25Idiomatic © Jessica Morgan/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Idiomatic (USA)

b f Curlin - Lockdown (First Defence)

Date of birth:27th January 2019
Trained by:

Brad Cox

Idiomatic began her career as a three-year-old, making a winning debut over a mile at Turfway Park. She placed again twice, both times over eight and a half furlongs, at Churchill Downs and Turfway Park to close out the season.

Her four-year-old season started early with a win on 4th January, again at Turfway Park but this time over 10 furlongs. After winning another allowance race she opened her blacktype account on 25th March, winning the Latonia Stakes by two and a half lengths. Her next outing saw her step up into Graded company, finishing runner-up to Pass The Champagne in the Gr.2 Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park.

Never off the board in her previous seven outings, Idiomatic went into the Gr.3 Shawnee Stakes at Churchill Downs as second favourite. Setting the pace from the start, Idiomatic extended away in the home straight and hit the line with two and a half lengths in hand for her first Graded victory.

Her next run saw her continue with her impressive form with a gritty victory over Classy Edition in the Gr.2 Delaware Handicap. The two fillies battled neck-and-neck from the top of the stretch with Idiomatic eventually prevailing by a head. Idiomatic made her Grade 1 breakthrough at Saratoga on 25th August making all to win the Personal Ensign Stakes by an impressive four lengths.

Idiomatic continued her ascent to the top of the distaff division with a dominant and front-running tally in the Gr.1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (8th October), a “Win and You're In” qualifier for the Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Distaff. She took clear command form the gate and never faced any pressure all the way to the line, finishing four and a quarter lengths ahead of her nearest challenger.

She made her final start of the 2023 season in the Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. She broke smoothly and took a position behind front-runner Randomized and remained a half-length behind until she edged into the lead in the stretch. She put up a gutsy performance in the final furlong to maintain her lead, holding off Randomized and crossed the line with half a length in hand.

Winning jockey Jockey Florent Geroux said of Idiomatic: "When I needed her most—the last eighth of a mile when I really asked her—she just put her head down and started digging for me really hard. She was all heart in that victory."

The Curlin filly is out of full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches, the dam of Tacitus.

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