Bred: Millsec, LTD.
Sire: First Defence
Dam: Rising Tornado, by Storm Cat
An undefeated filly from the pairing of Juddmonte and Bill Mott, Close Hatches won her maiden by seven lengths and her second start by 1 1/4 lengths. In her stakes debut, the Gazelle Stakes (G2), she made herself a Kentucky Oaks contender by winning by 3 1/4 lengths over highly touted Princess of Sylmar. After an unplaced finish in the Kentucky Oaks, she went on to place second in the Acorn Stakes (G1) behind Midnight Lucky.
Close Hatches lived up to her potential in June when she scored her first Grade 1 victory in the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park by 7 1/4 lengths. With confidence, she won her next run at Parx Racing, the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes.
Close Hatches' is from the first crop of Grade 1 winner First Defence and her second dam (mother) is a sister to European champion Xaar. She comes from the famed Juddmonte female family of Cityscape and Bated Breath.