Jena Antonucci

Arcangelo (USA)

Arcangelo (USA)
Age: 3 (Foaled May 11th, 2020)
Breeding: Arrogate (USA) – Modeling (USA) (Tapit (USA))
Trainer: Jena Antonucci
Owner: Blue Rose Farm

“The answer is already within each horse…it’s up to us to listen.”

Jena Antonucci



Belmont Stakes 

Arcangelo wins Belmont Stakes to make Jena Antonucci 1st female trainer to win a Triple Crown race

Arcangelo did everything right as the 3-year-old son of Arrogate finished the 1 1/2-mile race in 2:29.23 and by 1 1/2 lengths in front of favored Fotre, with Tapit Trice third.

“This is a wonderful horse. I’m really happy for her, you know, she’s a really good woman,” Jockey Javier Castellano said of Antonucci. “She’s a good horseman.”

“It’s amazing,” Jon Ebbert said. “What an amazing ride. I’m so proud of the horse. He’s an amazing horse. He’s all heart. We knew he had it in him. Javier rode him perfectly and Jena is an amazing trainer. I’m so lucky to find her. The rest is history.”

Arcangelo paid $17.80, $7.20 and $4.,90 and earned $900,000 for Blue Rose Farm, which is owned by Jon Ebbert.

Peter Pan

Ridden by Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Javier Castellano, Arcangelo won the Peter Pan by a hard-fought head over favorite Bishop’s Bay. As a son of the late Arrogate out of a Tapit mare.  Arcangelo’s third dam, Better Than Honour, produced back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners Jazil and Rags to Riches.

HEADLINES  from Media

Female trainer makes history with Belmont Stakes win with Arcangelo: ‘It’s amazing’

Jena Antonucci made history this past weekend as the first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race, when her horse, Arcangelo, overcame 7-1 odds and beat out the competition in the marathon race. 

Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino

Fox News, America’s Newsroom

Monday NYRA Bets Belmont Stakes Wknd Recap

Brendan Walsh and Jon White

At the Races

History made in racing. Triple Crown Race Winning Trainer Jen Antonucci

Triple Crown Race Winner Trainer Jena Antonucci joins the show to talk about her historic win becoming the first woman trainer to win a Triple Crown race, tactics, planning, her career in the industry, & more.

Ian Smith

Mornings with Ian Smith

Peter Pan – Arcangelo 2023

In the News

‘Never give up’ – Jena Antonucci’s message after becoming the first female trainer to win the Belmont Stakes in its 155 years

Female trainer Jena Antonucci told Tom Rinaldi that she is so proud of Arcangelo for making history and winning the Belmont Stakes.

Tom Rinaldi

Fox Sports

Trainer Jena Antonucci makes history as Arcangelo wins 155th Belmont Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. — It’s only fitting that history was made a half-century after Secretariat’s record-setting Belmont Stakes performance secured the Triple Crown.

Stephen Edelson

USA Today

Belmont Stakes: Arcangelo wins, making Jena Antonucci 1st female trainer to take Triple Crown race

The 2023 Belmont Stakes didn’t have any chance at a Triple Crown winner, but it still made history.

Jack Baer

Y! Sports

Arcangelo wins Belmont Stakes to make Jena Antonucci 1st female trainer to win the race

NEW YORK (AP) — Jena Antonucci turned a Triple Crown marred by thoroughbred deaths on the track and threatened by bad air quality from wildfires in Canada into a celebration for racing and women.

The Associated Press


Arcangelo’s win in Belmont Stakes leaves 3-year-old championship up for grabs

June 12 (UPI) — Arcangelo’s impressive victory in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes produced different winners in each Triple Crown race, leaving this year’s 3-year-old championship up for grabs and promising some great confrontations through the second half of the year.

Robert Kieckhefer


Arcangelo wins 2023 Belmont Stakes in historic triumph for trainer

ELMONT, N.Y. — History was made at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

John Cherwa

LA Times

Arcangelo takes Belmont Stakes, first woman-trained horse to win a Triple Crown race

The milestone caps the third and final jewel of the Triple Crown and ends a tumultuous five-week showcase of thoroughbred horse racing.

David K. Li

NBC News

With Arcangelo, Jena Antonucci to become the 11th female trainer to have a horse in Belmont Stakes

“There’s a lot of phenomenal horse women and men out there … And I am immensely grateful for that opportunity.”

Tom Canavan

AP News

Arcangelo wins Belmont Stakes; Jena Antonucci first woman trainer to win

NEW YORK — Arcangelo took the lead at the top of the stretch and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, making Jena Antonucci the first female trainer to win the race in its 155 years.

ESPN News Services


With Arcangelo, Jena Antonucci makes history as first woman to train Triple Crown race winner

History was made Saturday night at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Cameron Drummond

Lexington Herald Leader

Will Belmont winner Arcangelo, Jena Antonucci have Monmouth Park’s Haskell on their schedule?

To the rest of the sporting world it was the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Stephen Edelson

Asbury Park Press

Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast 5/31/23-Guest Jena Antonucci

Jason welcomes in trainer Jena Antonucci to talk about her Peter Pan Stakes winner Arcangelo as well as some of her other up and coming runners.  Listen to the podcast here

Jason Beem


Jena Antonucci aiming to make Belmont Stakes history

“We’re just going to stay in the moment,” she said.” 

Tom Canavan

AP News

Trade/Sports Industry

Arcangelo Makes History For Antonucci In the Belmont

ELMONT, NY – There wasn’t a Triple Crown on the line in Saturday’s 155th renewal of the GI Belmont S., but the sunsplashed crowd of 48,089 still witnessed a piece of history.

Read full article here

Steve Sherack


Belmont Stakes Day 155

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, June 11, 2023–“He walks tall,” uttered Kelly Dorman on national television following the running of the Metropolitan Handicap, a race inaugurated in 1891.

John Pricci


Three Triple Crown Winners Muddle 3-Year-Old Picture

Cox casts vote for Forte as leader after runner-up finish in Belmont Stakes.

Read full article here

Bob Ehait


Belmont Stakes Clocker: Arcangelo gets stamina work

“Off  today’s effort, he may prove capable of both handling the added ground and moving forward once again in the final leg of this year’s Triple Crown.”

Read full article here

Mike Welsch


‘Horse Forward’ Approach Takes Antonucci to Belmont

A longtime horsewoman even before she ever saddled her first racehorse in 2010, Jena Antonucci is watching the results of her patient and “horse forward” approach soar into fruition with Blue Rose Farm’s Arcangelo

Read full article here

Molly Rollins

BloodHorse Daily

Patience helped get Arcangelo to Belmont Stakes

“I fell in love with the speed, the athleticism, the perceived lack of politics.”  Yes, Antonucci has a sense of humor.

David Grening


Barn Tour: Antonucci says Arcangelo is figuring it out

But a look at her website indicates her involvement in racing goes well beyond training. There’s a description of her approach to training, as expected, but there’s another tab called Bella Inizio Farm and one called horseOlogy.

Read full article here

Carolyn Greer

Horse Racing Nation

Arcangelo Puts Trainer Antonucci In History Books With ‘Fiercely Determined’ Victory In 155th Belmont Stakes

Legendary race caller Tom Durkin, who saw so many Triple Crown attempts fall short in his years as track announcer for the New York Racing Association, came out of retirement on Saturday and finally got to call a history-making Belmont Stakes on the FOX television broadcast when Arcangelo made a determined run down the stretch while making trainer Jena Antonucci the first female to saddle a winner of the Test of the Champion.

Read the full article here

Paulick Report Staff

Paulick Report

‘A Chance’ Was All Antonucci Needed With Arcangelo

“Every owner is her friend,” owner Jon Ebbert said.

Read the full article here

Byron King


“Antonucci, who has a division in Florida, has three horses stabled at Belmont Park; she plans to keep Arcangelo here for the time being. Depending on where Antonucci decides to run Arcangelo next may determine if he stays at Belmont or ships to Saratoga, where he will be stabled for the summer.” Read the full article here

David Grening


Belmont Stakes 2023: Peter Pan winner Arcangelo is a definite

“We’ve kept in true form with Arcangelo, letting us listen to him and lead the way,” Antonucci said in a video announcing the decision. “He’s come out of his work yesterday really well.”

Read full article here

Carolyn Greer

Horse Racing Nation

“This year the Peter Pan Stakes went to the lightly raced Arcangelo , who was making his stakes debut and running for only the fourth time in his career. ” Read the full article here

Alan Porter


“The horse is just built different,” said Antonucci. “I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s my job–our job–to stay out of his way. Mr. Ebbert [owner] has done a great job to give the horse time and let him mature. He’s a May foal. We never had a focus on doing early season. We let the horse grow and mature and here we are.”  Read the full article here

Thoroughbred Daily News

Male 3-year-old division title remains up for grabs this summer

ELMONT, N.Y. – It could be a fun summer in the 3-year-old division.

Read the full article here

David Grening


Team Arcangelo Enjoying Belmont Victory

The team around Arcangelo (Arrogate) was still basking in the glory of his GI Belmont S. victory Sunday morning, even as trainer Jena Antonucci admitted no future plans had been mapped out for the gray colt who was taking a power nap nearby.

Read the full article here


National Media Teleconference – Belmont Stakes Preview

Jim Gluckson:  Great. I just want to jump back on the Peter Pan, where Archangelo’s tremendous performance to get by Bishop’s Bay at the end. And I just wanted to talk to you about that race and what that performance told you about him.

Jena Antonucci:  I think it told the world more than it told us. Not being coy, but we’ve thought he was pretty special for some time, and just letting him develop into that. The grit and determination, deep stretch is the horse. That can’t be taught.

Read full interview here

Jim Gluckson


“He’s doing super and he’s happy – all good stuff,” said Antonucci. ” Read the full article here

NYRA Press Office

Past the Wire

“He was trained by Jena Antonucci and has raced for Blue Rose Farm, ” Read the full article here

Horse Racing Nation

“Jon just fell in love with this horse,” Antonucci said. “Clearly Arrogate wasn’t hot then, and since he was a May foal, he was kind of a sum of parts. He wasn’t flashy or pretty, and there was a lot to still come together. There was nothing offensive, he just needed the time.”

Ebbert liked the colt so much that he gave him a name of great personal importance. Arcangelo means “archangel” in Italian; the colt is named for a former employee of Ebbert’s at his farm in Pennsylvania.”  Read the full article here

Chelsea Hackbarth

Paulick Report

Arcangelo Breezes Five Furlongs Toward Belmont Stakes

Antonucci said she is taking the opportunity to start her first contender in a Triple Crown race in stride as Arcangelo looks to become the first Peter Pan winner since Tonalist in 2014 to take Belmont.

Read full article here

BloodHorse Staff

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Owner of White Lilac, Katie Miranda, was born and raised in Ocala, Florida – Horse Capital of the World. Both Katie’s parents were an integral part of her development into a horsewoman. Her father was a jockey and raised his daughter to love and respect horses. Katie and her mother traveled the east coast together, attending horse shows. Her parents owned and operated a thoroughbred training center, and she grew up in the family business.

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Originally from County Kerry in Ireland, Fiona grew up in a large family on the family farm. She was raised around horses; her father was a top showjumper. Her father's drive reinforced Fiona's development for perfection and attention to detail which is necessary for success.

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