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Fun Facts About Oscar Performance

Oscar Performance Horse Country tour at Mill Ridge Farm, Breeders' Cup winner
Oscar Performance during a Horse Country tour at Mill Ridge Farm, Nov. 2020.

Oscar Performance was a brilliant racehorse known for his multiple Grade 1 wins on the turf. Get to know this Mill Ridge Farm based stallion with these fun facts!

  1. Oscar Performance comes from a family of movie or television related names! His dam Devine Actress got her name from her sire Theatrical (IRE). Devine Actress has seven named foals to race and almost all of them follow this theme: Understudy (2012), Oscar Nominated (2013), Oscar Performance (2014), Emmy Performance (2015), Award Winner (2016), Performing Arts (2018).

  2. He broke his maiden and won his first graded stakes races by large margins. Oscar Performance was sensational in his second career start - he broke his maiden by 10 ¼ lengths at iconic Saratoga Race Course. He then stepped up in class for the Pilgrim Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park, which he won by six lengths!

  3. Oscar’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) win was the first for his jockey Jose Ortiz. Jose Ortiz piloted Oscar Performance to victory in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. Ortiz has since won Breeders’ Cup races with Good Magic and Structor.

  4. Oscar Performance won Grade 1 races at 2, 3, and 4! Grade 1 races are the top level of racing and feature the best horses in the sport. Oscar Performance won the Breeders Cup’ Juvenile Turf in 2016, the Belmont Derby Invitational and Secretariat Stakes in 2017, and the Woodbine Mile Stakes in 2018.

  5. He broke a 20-year old track record at Belmont Park and equaled the world record for one mile on the turf! Oscar Performance’s win in the Poker Stakes (G3) was special for a few reasons - his time of 1:31.23 for a mile on the turf broke Elusive Quality’s 1998 record time of 1:31.63 and it also tied Mandurah’s world record for a mile on the turf that he set at Monmouth Park in 2010.

  6. Oscar Performance raced without lasix. Lasix is a very common medication routinely used to prevent respiratory bleeding in racehorses and is also works as a diuretic. Oscar Performance won all of his races without the use of lasix. He was administered the medication for the first and only time before the American Stakes (G2) and finished 10th - one of the worst performances in his career.

  7. Oscar Performance was born, raised, and stands stud at Mill Ridge Farm. Oscar Performance stands stud for a fee of $15,000 at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the same farm that he was born and raised at.

[Video: Learn about Mill Ridge Farm & see lots of footage of Oscar from our tour in November 2020]


You can meet Oscar Performance by booking a Horse Country Tour of Mill Ridge Farm!

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