Three-time G1 winner Up to the Mark began his racing career breaking his maiden at first asking in a Saratoga MSW on the dirt by 4 1/4 lengths at three.
He began his four-year-old campaign with back-to-back wins at Gulfstream Park, before placing third in the G1 Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland after a wide trip in his first start at the G1 level. His follow-up performance on Kentucky Derby day in the G1 Turf Classic resulted in his first win at the highest level. Winning by 3 3/4 lengths, he earned a 103 Beyer for the impressive performance.
Making his next start on Belmont Stakes day, he earned his second G1 victory by daylight in the G1 Manhattan S., earning back-to-back triple-digit Beyer figures with a career best 105, the top Beyer speed figure in 2023 at a mile and a quarter on the turf.
Up to the Mark added his third consecutive G1 victory in the Turf Mile at Keeneland defeating G1 winners Master of the Seas (GB), Atone, Set Piece (GB) and Annapolis. He earned a 100 Beyer for the determined effort. He next took on European invaders in the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 1/2 miles. He finished an impressive second by only 3/4 of length in a deep field, earning a 105 Beyer and boosting his earnings to $2,511,050.
WON Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga (6f, by 4 ¼ lengths defeating Citizen Mack, Frat Pack, etc.), 3rd Allowance at Saratoga (1 mi, by 1¼ lengths)
WON Turf Classic S. [G1] (1 1/8 mi by 3 ¾, defeating Hong Kong Harry, Spooky Channel, Ocean Atlantique), Manhattan S. [G1](1 ¼ mi, defeating Soldier Rising, Ottoman Fleet, Red Knight, etc.), Turf Mile [G1] (1mi by a nose, defeating Master of the Seas, Set Piece, Annapolis), 2nd Breeders' Cup Turf [G1] (1 1/2 mi) 3rd Maker’s Mark Mile S. [G1](1 mi)