We selected and purchased the 2017 filly by Seville out of Bens Kin, by Dance With Ravens, at the 2018 Timonium Midlantic Yearling Sale on behalf of a client who has since named her Miss Bakersfield.
Miss Bakersfield’s sire, Seville, was Group 1-placed in Europe at 2- and 3-years-old for the Coolmore/Ballydoyle operation, before securing a Group 1 victory in Australia as an older horse. He is a son of the world’s leading active stallion, Galileo, and was Maryland’s most popular stallion by mares bred in his first season at stud.
Miss Bakersfield is out of Bens Kin, a half-sister to the Maryland legend Ben’s Cat, a 32-time winner, 4-time Graded winner, earner of $2.6 million, and who won or placed in a total of 41 stakes races. Bens Kin and Ben’s Cat are out of the stakes-placed winner Twofox, herself a full-sister to Grade 2 winner Thirty Eight Go Go and half-sister to Grade 3 winner Notches Trace. This is also the family of Grade 3-winning Maryland stalwart Ah Day.
As a Maryland-bred, Maryland-sired filly, Miss Bakersfield will be entitled to run for increased state-bred bonuses at Laurel and Pimlico when she begins her racing career. She is currently in Delaware to gain “Delaware Certified” status for her new owner, and will then head to the Middleburg Training Center to begin her early lessons and gain “Virginia Certified” status as well. She will eventually head to the barn of Mary Eppler.