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Raven's Pass

Raven's Pass
Sire Elusive Quality
Dam Ascutney
Grandsire Gone West
Damsire Lord At War
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2005
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Stonerside Stable
Owner Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein & Darley Racing
Trainer John Gosden
Record 12: 6-4-1
Earnings US$3,658,556 (equivalent)
Raven's Pass is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Ascutney by Elusive Quality. He was born around 2005 in the United States, and was bred by Stonerside Stable.
Major wins

Winkfield Stakes (2007)
Solario Stakes (2007)
Celebration Mile (2008)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2008)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic (2008)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Raven's Pass (foaled February 17, 2005 in Kentucky) is an English Thoroughbred racehorse most notable for being the first English-trained winner of the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.[1][2]

Out of the mare Ascutney, Raven's Pass was sired by Elusive Quality, who also sired 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones.

Raven's Pass was trained by John Gosden, and was ridden to victory in the Classic by Frankie Dettori. He was bred and raced by Stonerside Stable of Paris, Kentucky until the farm and its bloodstock were sold in September of 2008 to Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, daughter of King Hussein I of Jordan and a wife of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who owns Darley Racing, owner of the other half-interest in the horse.[2]

He had previously raced in England and France, notably winning the Group I Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Raven's Pass was a finalist for the Eclipse Award's American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse for 2008.

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities ranked Raven's Pass as the third best thoroughbred racehorse of 2008, one pound behind the joint leaders Curlin and New Approach.

2007 Campaign

Raven's Pass began his career as an unconsidered outsider in a Maiden race at Yarmouth in July, which he won at odds of 20-1. Later in the same month he confirmed his ability with a five length victory over better opposition in the Listed Winkfield Stakes at Ascot. His progress continued when he stepped up to group race level for the first time and won the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown by seven lengths. In his final start as a two-year-old he was sent off as second favourite for the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, but could only manage third place behind the juvenile champion New Approach.

2008 Campaign

The first half of Raven's Pass's three-year-old career was marked by a run of excellent performances, narrow defeats and the establishment of a long-running series of battles with the Irish colt Henrythenavigator. In April he warmed up for the first Classic of the season by running a short-head second to the top class Twice Over in the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket. Three weeks later he returned to Newmarket for the Group One 2,000 Guineas. In one of the strongest fields of modern times he ran fourth- four and a half lengths behind Henrythenavigator. The pair met again in the Group One St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Henrythenavigator prevailed again, but the margin was reduced to three quarters of a length. After a slightly disappointing trip to France, in which he finished runner-up to Tamayuz in the Group One Prix Jean Prat, he lined up for a third crack at Henrythenavigator in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in July. The result was the same as before, but this time the margin of victory was only a head. In August Raven's Pass was dropped down a level and gained an easy, confidence-boosting win in the Group Two Celebration Mile at Goodwood, before a fourth clash with Henrythenavigator in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. At last Raven's Pass managed to get the better of his old rival and register his biggest win in Europe. The final showdown between Raven's Pass and Henrythenavigator came a month later and thousands of miles away in the Breeders' Cup Classic. In a dramatic race, both European colts galloped past the American champion Curlin, with Raven's Pass claiming the victory, becoming the first English-trained winner of the Classic.



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