|Breeder||Allen E. Paulson|
|Owner||Guy and Diane Snowden|
|Trainer||William I. Mott|
|Escena is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Claxton's Slew by Strawberry Road. She was born around 1993 in the United States, and was bred by Allen E. Paulson.|
Breeders' Cup wins:|
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1998)
|American Champion Older Female Horse (1998)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Escena (foaled 1993 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred filly racehorse. Bred and raced by Allen Paulson, she was out of the mare Claxton's Slew, a daughter of 1977 U.S. Triple Crown champion, Seattle Slew. Her sire was the great international runner Strawberry Road who was the 1983 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year and the 1984 German Champion Older Male Horse. Strawberry Road also sired Allen Paulson's Champion filly and 1997 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner, Ajina.
Trained by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, William I. Mott, Escena raced from age two through age five. She won two of her three starts in her debut season at age two, then at age three earned her first Graded stakes race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas with a win in the 1996 Fantasy Stakes. After finishing second in three Grade I races in 1996, the following year she got her first Grade I win in the Ramona Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. She went on to finish third in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Distaff behind winner and stablemate, Ajina.
At age five, Escena blossomed into a racing star under jockey Jerry Bailey. She won the Grades 1 Vanity Invitational and Apple Blossom Handicaps plus at Churchill Downs, and the Grades II Louisville Breeders' Cup and Fleur de Lis Handicaps. She capped off her 1998 campaign with a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff and was voted American Champion Older Female Horse honors.
Escena was retired at the end of her 1998 racing campaign and sold to Guy Snowden for $3.25 million at the January 1999 Horses of All Ages Sale at Keeneland. It was the highest price ever paid for a broodmare or broodmare prospect in Keeneland's history. She remains in service at Allen Paulson's Brookside Farm (now Diamond A Farm) near Versailles, Kentucky where she was born.