British Idiom Wins 2019 2-Year-Old Filly of the Year

Stuart Grant at Eclipse Awards
Stuart Grant & Suzanne Grant

British Idiom was named 2-Year-Old Filly of the Year at the 2019 Eclipse Awards, the annual event to honor achievements in Thoroughbred racing. The award caps off an outstanding year for the undefeated filly, owned by Stuart Grant, Michael Dubb, Sol Kumin and Michael Caruso. This is the second year at the Eclipse podium for the partnership team of Grant, Dubb, Kumin and Caruso – last year their horse Monomoy Girl was named 2018 3-Year-Old Filly of the Year.

Brad Cox, who trains both British Idiom and Monomoy Girl, was also honored at the Eclipse Awards as a finalist for 2019 Trainer of the Year. Cox achieved a banner year with earnings of over $17 million in 2019.


A bargain buy at $40,000, British Idiom has more than proven her worth since breaking her maiden at Saratoga by 3 ½ lengths in August 2019. Following up that win with a notable 6 ½ length Darley Alcibiades Stakes victory at Keeneland, the filly earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita, where she continued her winning streak.

“British Idiom has had an incredible year,” said Stuart Grant, co-owner of the filly. “She made the jump from maiden winner to grade 1 winner to Breeder’s Cup champion in just three races.”

In addition to the success of British Idiom, Grant’s stable, The Elkstone Group, had multiple graded stakes winners and two track record setters.

Homebred gelding Top Line Growth broke the track record for the mile at Laurel Park, beating the previous 39-year record, and won the Iowa Derby. Irony of Reality, by Animal Kingdom, set a track record at Presque Isle Downs, and Social Paranoia placed in the first two legs of the Turf Trinity. In Australia, Whiskey Shooter scored a victory at Rosehill Gardens for renowned trainer Gai Waterhouse.

2020 looks quite promising, with British Idiom’s owners targeting the grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes in February. Monomoy Girl returned to training earlier this month and is expected to race this spring.



British Idiom Lands Juvenile Filly Championship

The speed figure British Idiom earned in her winning debut at Saratoga Race Course gave trainer Brad Cox the confidence to move forward, and the chestnut daughter of Flashback  did the rest. Back-to-back wins in two-turn grade 1 races were more than enough to separate her from the rest of the pack, and she was an easy pick to earn the Eclipse Award as top juvenile filly.

Bred in Kentucky by the late Hargus Sexton, his wife, Sandra, and Steve and Brandi Nicholson’s Silver Fern Farm, British Idiom was a $40,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale purchase by bloodstock agent Liz Crow (signing the ticket as X-Go Ranch).

Racing for Michael Dubb, Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group, Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables, British Idiom debuted Aug. 15 at the Spa in a maiden special weight race for sale horses sold for $45,000 or less. The result was a 3 1/2-length win going six furlongs.

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Horse Racing Nation: British Idiom follows Monomoy Girl’s road to the Kentucky Oaks

Coming off a monster year in which his stable runners earned a career-best $17,547,123, trainer Brad Cox is plotting a course to even more success in 2020.

Fair Grounds’ two-time defending leading trainer counts among his charges The Elkstone Group LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s British Idiom, the 3-for-3 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

British Idiom, who ran down the favored Donna Veloce on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, returned to the work tab Sunday, breezing three furlongs in 37.60 seconds.

“She looked good,” Cox said. “First work back from the Breeders’ Cup and we’ll point for the Rachael Alexandra Stakes.”

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BloodHorse: British Idiom Owners Enjoying Success, Camaraderie

Fans of old-time television sitcoms might remember the memorable intro to the popular series “The Odd Couple.”

It asked whether “two divorced men can share an apartment without driving each other crazy?”

The answer, famously played out from 1970-75, was a resounding “no.”

In horse racing, there’s a different twist on that question that can be mentioned as another presentation of the Eclipse Awards approaches.

This one asks whether four men, highly successful in their professions, can own hundreds of horses together for a decade and remain the best of friends while putting aside their egos and thriving on several fronts as they navigate the turbulent ups and downs of horse racing?

The answer to that much longer query—if you’re talking about Michael Dubb, Mike Caruso, Stuart Grant, and Sol Kumin—is affirmative in every possible way.

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