Bell's the One after winning the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 9, 2021. Keeneland/Coady Photography.

Bell’s the One to Bypass Breeders’ Cup; Will Likely Stay in Training for 2022

By Alicia Hughes

Grade 1 winner Bell’s the One, who captured the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at Keeneland on Oct. 9, will bypass the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Del Mar, trainer Neil Pessin confirmed on Oct. 22.

In immediate aftermath of his charge’s victory in the six-furlong TCA, Pessin hesitated to commit to a run in the Breeders’ Cup citing concerns over having to ship Bell’s the One via FedEx to San Diego, a process that would involve her having to be crated in the plane without a member of Pessin’s staff allowed to fly with her. 

Following a four-furlong workout in :47.80 at Churchill Downs Friday morning, Pessin said the 5-year-old daughter of Majesticperfection will instead be pointed to the $300,000 Dream Supreme Stakes beneath the Twin Spires on Nov. 13 with the long-term goal of getting her to the 2022 Breeders’ Cup when it returns to Keeneland. 

“That was the whole thing,” Pessin said when asked if the shipping concerns was the main decision maker. “Hopefully we do ourselves proud on Nov. 13 at Churchill and then we’ll give her a little vacation and get her back ready for the (Grade 1) Madison at Keeneland next year. That was kind of the talk we had yesterday and today, I think she’s going to stay in training for another year.”

Owned by Lothenbach Stables, Bell’s the One finished third to eventual champion Gamine in the 2020 Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland. The bay mare has racked up another consistent body of work in 2021, winning three of six starts including the Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) at Saratoga Race Course on July 28.

Bell’s the One earned her top-level victory when she captured the 2020 Derby City Distaff Stakes (G1) last September. She has ten wins from 21 starts overall with $1,336,825 in earnings.