|Breeder||Martin J. Wygod|
|Owner||HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum|
|Adirondack Breeders' Cup Stakes (2006)
Mother Goose Stakes (2007)
Coaching Club American Oaks (2007)
|Last updated on January 20, 2007|
Octave (foaled April 13, 2004 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred racehorse. She was sired by Unbridled's Song, who in turn was a son of 1990 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled out of the Dr. Carter mare, Belle Nuit.
It seemed that Octave was destined to always be a bridesmaid after her only win as a two-year-old in the Adirondack Breeders' Cup Stakes.
She placed second to Dreaming of Anna in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2006. Then Octave placed second to the great Rags to Riches in the Kentucky Oaks the following spring. She placed also in the Fair Grounds Oaks and the Ashland Stakes.
Finally after five consecutive back-to-back place bids, Octave started winning. Having won the first two races, the Mother Goose Stakes and the Coaching Club American Oaks, in August, 2007, trainer Todd Pletcher set Octave to win the final jewel in the "Triple Tiara", the 1 mile "Alabama Stakes" at Saratoga Race Course. Ridden by John Velazquez, unfortunately Octave was beaten in a tough stretch dual by Lady Joanne and Lear's Princess to come in third, after a steward's inquiry upheld that Lady Joanne did not squeeze out Octave.
Octave's owners pledged a portion of her winnings from the Alabama Stakes to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for charity according to co-owner Don Lucarelli. They pledged 5% of her earnings to the charity.
On September 22, Octave ran in the $750,000 Grade II Fitz Dixon Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park where she placed second behind Bear Now, who wired the race. She then finished a hard-charging third in late October's Breeders' Cup Distaff, held in 2007 at Monmouth Park.