She was purchased for $5,000 from the Manitoba Yearling Sale. Her sire, Going Commando, stood for just $990. Some jokingly asked if that stud fee came from Walmart.
Trainer/owner Don Schnell says other trainers were laughing it up pretty good but they weren’t laughing after the $100,000 La Canada Stakes in Santa Anita when she won by five and a half lengths. In a script written by Walt Disney, the storybook tale heroine won eight of her 11 starts in 2017. In 2018 she won nine races in a row by no less than four and a quarter lengths. Now, she’s one-for-one in 2019 with career earnings of $423,500.
This 2019 Canadian Thoroughbred article covers the amazing career of Escape Clause and compares it to some other Manitoba bred runners, such as Fancy As, Liz’s Pride and Gold Strike. Now it’s Escape Clause’s turn and the hope is to win the 2019 Sovereign Award. “She just keeps getting better and better,” said Schnell of the big, powerfully-proportioned mare with an insatiable desire for peppermints.