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California Equestrian Enthusiast’s $938,400-Worth Horse Secures Victory in Grade 1 Stakes Race

Published 09/24/2023, 6:03 PM EDT

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In equestrian sports, certain moments stand out as defining achievements, and on a memorable day at Parx Racing, California shipper Ceiling Crusher etched her name into the annals of racing history. With a burst of speed from the gate, unyielding determination, and a resolute will to win, Ceiling Crusher soared to victory in the $1-million Cotillion (G1), a race that showcased her exceptional talents to a captivated audience.

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Ceiling Crusher, the remarkable 3-year-old filly from California, carries an illustrious pedigree. With lineage tracing back to her sire, Mr. Big, and her dam, the Indian Charlie mare named Palisades Princess, she has shown extraordinary promise. Under the expert guidance of trainer Doug O’Neill, Ceiling Crusher has not only triumphed in this race but, perhaps even more impressively, she has effectively repelled the relentless challenges posed by the hard-trying favorite, Pretty Mischievous.

Equestrian triumph: Ceiling Crusher dominates Cotillion


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Ceiling Crusher showcased her exceptional talent in the Cotillion. She stormed through the challenging 1 1/6 mile race at Del Mar, overcoming the adversity of a sloppy, sealed track. She asserted her dominance right from the start, setting the pace with remarkable early fractions of 0:23.31 for the opening quarter-mile, 0:47.64 for the half-mile, 1:112.98 for six furlongs, and 1:39.16 for one mile. Ceiling Crusher’s remarkable performance culminated in a triumphant finish, clocking in at 1 minute and 45.69 seconds, securing her victory in the Cotillion and adding $564,000 to her lifetime earnings, which now stand impressively at $938,400.

The odds of 3-1 favored Ceiling Crusher in a competitive field of nine 3-year-old fillies, and she did not disappoint, delivering a thrilling spectacle for her supporters. Her victory returned $8.60 for those who had faith in her abilities. While Ceiling Crusher claimed the top spot with authority, the race saw other notable performances. Pretty Mischievous, who steadily progressed from a sixth-place position, finished 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, securing second place. Occult, coming from the rear, displayed an impressive rally to clinch third place.


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Following the race, Doug O’Neill said“She handled everything perfectly. Edwin has gotten to know her. She has no accelerator stuck to her at all. She is not a run-off. Being in the two-hole, he did not want to get caught up in a lot of traffic. He rode her away from there and I just thank God no one else went on a suicide mission to stop her. She has that high-cruising speed and she carried it all the way to the wire. She does not have a huge turn of foot. She has a high cruising speed, a grinder, a lot of heart. He used all that to a T.” Her list of accomplishments at her age is extensive, and this victory in the race is just one more accolade in her impressive career.

Ceiling Crusher’s remarkable achievements


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Ceiling Crusher, aptly named, has been nothing short of spectacular on the West Coast dirt. With a record of five wins in just six career starts, this three-year-old daughter of Mr. Big has consistently dominated her competition, boasting an impressive average margin of victory at 8.8 lengths. Her recent back-to-back triumphs in California-bred Stakes races left onlookers in awe, as she romped to victory by an astonishing combined margin of 32 ½ lengths.

We thought early on she had some real talent”, says trainer Doug O’Neill. “She may have not faced the strongest group in the Cal-bred Stakes races, but she hinted in those races that she had another gear we hadn’t seen yet.” Ceiling Crusher’s journey continues to captivate, promising even more thrilling chapters in her remarkable career.


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At Parx Racing, Ceiling Crusher, the California sensation etched her name into racing history by winning the $1-million Cotillion (G1). Under the expert guidance of trainer Doug O’Neill, the 3-year-old filly’s remarkable speed and determination prevailed against formidable rivals, solidifying hero status as a standout in horse racing.

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Maleehah Shakeel


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Maleehah Shakeel is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports.She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing. A holder of a master’s degree, Maleehah has created a penchant for all things and delved into the world of sports.
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