In July and August, the distances of the races for two year olds start to lengthen. Precocious pedigrees still rule, but we begin to see the unveiling of juveniles who will eventually prefer running two turns. Every day on this blog from now until the end of the Saratoga and Del Mar meetings, I’ll point out blue blooded babies from my Kiddie List database that are entered to race or have a series of decent works.
ENTERED TODAY (7/14):
Belmont Race 4 6F inner turf.
ISRA (Easing Along - Constant Companion, by Relaunch) was a distant second to Alaura Michele in their debut in June (video). Isra is a full sister to Champion Turf Mare Together Forever. All four of her siblings to race have won. Three won their maiden in their first attempt, but they all started in the fall of their two year old season. An interesting note, both sisters to race are stakes horses, while the colts haven’t earned blacktype.
Sisterhood (Kitten's Joy - Caterette, by Cozzene) is a full sister to juvenile stakes placed runners Becky’s Kitten and Cozy Kitten. Becky’s Kitten needed a few starts to get her maiden win, but Cozy Kitten was victorious at first asking, going a mile over turf.
St Pancras (Scat Daddy - Marylebone, by Unbridled's Song) worked a bullet 5F in 1:00.96 over the turf last week. She is a daughter of Matron Stakes (G1) heroine Marylebone. St. Pancras has two half siblings, one unraced and the other went 0 for 3. Marylebone is a full sister to the dam of Santa Ynez Stakes winner Alpha Kitten.
ON THE WORK TAB (7/13):
In Deep (Tiznow - Beholden, by Cat Thief) breezed 5F in 1:00.20 from the gate at Hollywood. He has a precocious distaff family. In Deep is the second foal for his dam. His half brother Behold De buy won the Gold Rush Futurity as a juvenile. His second and third dams were juvenile stakes winners.
Unusual Heatwave (Unusual Heat - Miss Alphie, by Candi's Gold) worked 5F handily in 1:00.60 at Hollywood. He’s a half brother to Alphie’s Bet, who was stakes placed at two and won the Snow Chief and Sham Stakes at three.
Conjure the Spirit (Lawyer Ron - Atlantic Ocean, by Stormy Atlantic) went 5F in 1:02 handily at Hollywood. She’s the third filly produced by her dam. One half sister made it to the races and won her debut, but is 2 for 8 overall. Conjure the Spirit’s dam was a $2.9 million purchase. She won the Miesque (G3) over the turf and the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at two.
ON THE WORK TAB (7/14):
Rainbow Blossom (Exchange Rate - Ever Lasting, by General Assembly) breezed 5F in 1:03.80 from the gate (13/19. Her full sister never made it to the races, but her five half siblings are winners, including two stakes winners. Her dam is a multiple listed stakes winner and a half sister to two listed stakes winners.
Tiz Spring (Tiznow - Spring Is Here, by Gulch) worked 4F in :50.19 (5/10) at Belmont. He’s the first foal for his French Group stakes winning dam. Spring Is Here is a half sister to the La Habra Stakes heroine Squall City. That one is the dam of the multiple stakes placed Big Tiz, Vindy City and Lady Chance.
Wound Up (Hard Spun - Meadow Flyer, by Meadowlake) breezed 4F in :50.31 (7/10) working in company wth Great Call at Belmont. He’s a son of the hot new sire Hard Spun. Wound Up is a half brother to the second crop sire Henny Hughes, who as a juvenile won the Saratoga Special and placed in the BC Juvenile. At three, he won the King’s Bishop, Vosburgh and Jersey Shore Stakes.
Great Call (Bernardini - Fortune Pending, by Fortunate Prospect) posted a 4F work in :50.31 (7/10). His second crop sire is a promising strong sire. Great Call is a half brother to G3 winner Palmeiro and multiple stakes winner Slew’s Final Answer. That one is the dam of the Ballston Spa Handicap heroine Dynaslew and Vinery Turf Classic winner Slews Answer.
Wildcat's Smile (Forest Wildcat - Serenity's Smile, by Dixie Brass) went 5F in 1:01.15 from the gate at Belmont. She’s the third foal from her dam. Her half sister Stormy’s Smile won the Maid of the Mist while her half brother Johannesburg Smile placed in multiple state-bred races in New York.
Franderella (Henny Hughes - Sierras Kiara, by Moscow Ballet) breezed a bullet 5F in 1:00.60 (1/18). She’s bred to be precocious. Her half sister Rasierrap placed in the Arlington-Washington Lassie at two and won a listed stakes at three. Franderella’s other half siblings, two colts, have no blacktype but are winners.
Activist Investor (Mr. Greeley - Queenie Cat, by Storm Cat) went 5F in 1:02.00. She’s the second foal for her unraced dam. The first, Chance Buy, was unplaced recently in her debut. Their dam is a half sister to Champion Juvenile and sire Vindication, graded stakes winning first crop sire Scipion, and multiple graded stakes placed Blackberry Road.
Bargain Blitz (Rahy - Freedom of Speech, by Danzig) zipped 4F in :47.40 (1/40) for the Neil Howard barn. She was a promising second in her second start. Bargain Blitz should improve with racing maturity. She’s a full sister to turf veteran T. D. Vance. Their second dam is Test (G1) heroine Finder’s Fee and third dam is the blue hen Blitey.
Call Ahead (Harlan's Holiday - Another Vegetarian, by Stalwart) had the second breeze over the Fair Hill dirt getting 4F in :51.80. She’s a half sister to Sweet Talker, winner of the Caressing as a juvenile and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at three. Her half brother Silver Medallion won his debut at Saratoga then was victorious in the Eddie Logan Stakes.
Mana Pools (Gone West - Shop Again, by Wild Again) breezed 4F in 48.20 (2/13) She’s the second foal for her stakes winning dam. This is a fairly precocious family. Her dam won at first asking and she is a half sister to the multiple graded stakes winners Miss Shop and Trappe Shot. Another half sister produced the juvenile stakes winner Fifth Avenue.
Wahoo Gold (Medaglia d'Oro - High in the Park, by Ascot Knight) worked 4F in :53.00 (12/13). She’s a half sister to Met Mile hero Devine Park. Five of her six half siblings that have made it to the races are winners.
McKinley Square (Street Cry (IRE) - My Boston Gal, by Boston Harbor) worked 4F in :51.75 (1/2) over a wet fast main track. He’s the second foal from Golden Rod Stakes winner Boston Gal. His half brother is Group 3 placed in France. Champions Flanders and Surfside are part of this distaff family.
Dancing Solo (Giant's Causeway - Dancing Alone, by Kingmambo) breezed 4F in :49.93 (3/22) over the deep training track. She’ll undoubtedly wind up on the turf. She’s the first foal for her unraced dam. Dancing Alone is a full sister to multiple G1 turf mare Voodoo Dancer. A half sister produced Stephen Foster victor Pool Play.
Oddjob (Giant's Causeway - Honey Ryder, by Lasting Approval) worked 4F in :52.91 (21/22) over the training track. He’s the eagerly awaited first son of the top race mare Honey Ryder, heroine of the Flower Bowl (G1), E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1), etc. Honey Ryder was precocious enough to place in the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes as a juvenile.