06/06/2016 11:56AM

Trophee has solid-gold pedigree


As a half-sister to two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve, Trophee is already nearly priceless as a broodmare. But she will look to further burnish her credentials with a graded stakes victory of her own in the Grade 2 New York Stakes on Friday at Belmont Park.

Trophee, a 5-year-old daughter of Mr. Sidney bred by the Head family’s racing operation, made her first four starts in France before coming to the U.S. in 2014 to join trainer Christophe Clement. Since then, she has won three of 12 starts and has finished in the top three eight times. The mare was an $825,000 buyback at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall select mixed sale last November; she was subsequently privately sold to Bridlewood Farm, which has made major moves to build up its broodmare operation in recent years.

The New York will be Trophee’s fourth attempt at a graded stakes score. She finished a creditable fourth in both the Dowager and Red Carpet stakes and fifth in the La Prevoyante last year, all Grade 3 events. Following a brief freshening, she won an allowance race in April at Aqueduct by 3 1/2 lengths.

“It’s a bit ambitious, but she is doing well,” Clement said. “It will be fun to try it.”