LOUISVILLE, KY – Multiple Grade 1 winner Spiced Perfection posted a bullet 4-furlong work in :47 flat Sunday morning as she nears making her debut for her new connections.
The California-bred 5-year-old Smiling Tiger mare has earned $1,223,705 in 21 starts to date, placing her 40th all-time among fellow state-bred runners. Her first 14 starts were for trainer Brian Koriner, who saddled her to victory in the 2018 La Brea Stakes (G1) in her final appearance while under his care.
She sold privately that winter to new owners Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable, and Peter Deutsch, who placed her in the Peter Miller barn. Miller sent her all over the country in 2019 so that she could win the Madison Stakes (G1), the TCA Stakes (G2), and the Go for Wand Handicap (G3).
Following a fourth-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) last fall, Spiced Perfection entered the Keeneland November sale as a racing/broodmare prospect. When bidders failed to meet her $1.35 million reserve price, her ownership at the time opted to keep her in training while leaving the option of privately negotiating a future sale on the table.
New owner Haruya Yoshida pulled the trigger after Spiced Perfection finished fourth in January’s Inside Information Stakes (G2). Now under the care of newly-elected Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse, her first start will likely be the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on May 31.
“She was privately purchased by Haruya Yoshida over the winter and she’s been a great addition to our barn,” Casse said. “I think we’re going to be on target for the Winning Colors and get her 5-year-old campaign going at Churchill.”