Friday, July 27, 2012




The offspring of first crop sires Majestic Warrior, Street Boss and Street Hero are in the spotlight this weekend at Del Mar. Dry Summer, Forest Boy and Buckleberry Gray were mentioned on previous Kiddie Lists. On Sunday, watch for a daughter of Smart Strike.

CAMEO APPEARANCE (Majestic Warrior - Sweet Beat, by Tiznow) (C) will no doubt want to go longer, but this Baffert trainee has to start somewhere. By Hopeful Stakes (G-1) winner and first crop sire Majestic Warrior, Cameo Appearance is a half brother to the stakes placed Fire Alarm (by Fusaichi Pegasus). Their dam is a full sister to the Grade 3 winner Kitty in a Tizzy. There’s some class in this female family. The third dam Potridee is an Argentinian Champion and a G-1 winner in the US. He’s a homebred for the Gary & Mary West Stable.

URGENT MATTER (Street Hero - Capotes Cielo, by Capote) by first crop sire Street Hero, this colt is bred to be precocious. His half sister by Silent Name was 3rd in her debut at Del Mar, then won there a couple weeks later. Street Hero has 2 winners from 7 starters. His son Gabriel Charles won a nose decision over the Del Mar poly last Saturday.

BUCKLEBERRY GREY (Unbridled's Song - Elusive Diva, by Elusive Quality) (C) $125K BARMAR 2012. His half-brother by Bernardini won at first asking, but didn’t live up to his pedigree, as he’s currently competing in claiming races at Canterbury. Their dam retired with a 14-6-3-4 ($484,510) record. As a three year old she won the Railbird (G-3) and placed in the Hollywood Oaks (G-2) and La Brea (G-1). At four, she evolved into a G-3 turf stakes sprinter.

DRY SUMMER (Any Given Saturday - Greenstreet, by Street Cry) (C) $120K OBSAPR 2012. This ridgling is the first foal out of his stakes winning dam. Greenstreet won a listed stakes at 1 1/6 miles over the dirt. She’s a half-sister to the stakes winning veteran Seattlespectacular. Coaching Club American Oaks heroine Funny Moon and the multiple graded stakes winner Vanlandingham are part of this distaff family. Dry Summer should be proficient up to middle distances but better over dirt or turf rather than Polytrack.

FOREST BOY (Forestry - Belvedere Miss, by Pleasant Colony) (C) $270K OBSMAR 2012. Forest Boy breezed a furlong in :10.00 at the OBS Select two year old in training sale. One of his two half sisters have started and she’s 0 for 4. Their dam won her second start and was an allowance class dirt miler. Belvedere Miss is a half sister to Hollywood Starlet (G-1) heroine Diplomat Lady, who is by Forestry. Another half sister Dream Play is a G-3 winner. The second dam Playcaller won three listed stakes and forest boy’s third and fourth dams are also stakes winners. Forest Boy has 3 x 2 inbreeding to Kentucky Derby hero Pleasant Colony, indicating that he may prefer running longer distances than the typical progeny of Forestry.

TITLE CONTENDER (Pulpit – Winter Garden, by Roy) (C) $310K KEENOV 2010. This son of Pulpit is out of a multiple G-3 sprinter. None of his half siblings have lived up to their breeding so far. The Baffert trainee’s third dam is Canadian Champion Two Year Old Filly Phoenix Factor.

POWER BROKER (Pulpit - Shop Again, by Wild Again) (C) $360K EESEP2011. His dam needed 13 starts to win her maiden, but placed third in her first three starts. She eventually won a listed stakes. Shop again is a half-sister to Personal Ensign (G1) heroine and G-2 winner Trappe Shot, plus two other stakes horses.

On Sunday, watch for SCARLET STRIKE (Smart Strike – Scarlet Tango, by French Deputy) in race 3 at Del Mar. She’s a half sister to King’s Bishop (G-1) hero Visionaire.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012



Saratoga and Del Mar are starting to get into full swing after successful opening weeks. From now to the end of the year, we’ll see the less-precocious babies, those who may have classic aspirations next year. There are still plenty of speed-heavy types out there, but the races will lengthen in the next few weeks.




July 24

Armor (Stormy Atlantic - Andromeda, by Kris S.) (C) 4F :47.88 (1/28). He’s a half-brother to two stakes placed runners. Their dam is a half-sister to Wood Memorial hero Adonis. Armor’s breeze matches up with Ender Knievel from the Pletcher barn.

Bold Dance (Pulpit - Quiet Dance, by Quiet American) (C) 4F :47.89 (3/28). He’s a ¾ brother to stakes winners Dance Quietly and American Dance. He’s also a half-brother to Champion Saint Liam and the graded stakes winners Quiet Giant and Congressionalhonor. A half-sister produced Mother Goose (G-1) heroine Buster’s Ready. Quiet Dance placed in the Demoiselle (G-2).

Grand Mere (Bob and John - Petite Princess, by Dayjur) (F) 5F 1:00.69 (2/9). She’s a half sister to multiple G-3 winner Raylene and multiple stakes sprinter Princess Janie. Their dam placed in a Group 3 in Ireland and she’s a half sister to Group 1 winner Ad Valorem.


July 25

Giant Cats Eye (Giant's Causeway - Unreal Cat, by Unreal Zeal) (F) $300K FTSAUG2011. Race record: 1-0-0-0 ($2,100). 4F :49.59 (12/28). She’s a half sister to Seacliff Stakes winner Cat Tour. Her dam is a half sister to the multiple stakes winner Tour of the Cat, who won $1 million the hard way. She’s also a half sister to juvenile stakes winner Cat on Tour.


July 24, 2012

Equus Prime (Dynaformer - Catchascatchcan (GB), by Pursuit of Love (GB)) (C) $550K KEEAPR2012 2YO. His dam won the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks (12FT). He’s a half brother to BC Mile runner-up Antonius Pius.

Order of Magnitude (Henrythenavigator - Jewel Princess, by Key to the Mint) (C) $435K KEESEP2011.

4F :49.44 (1/4) dirt training. He’s the ninth foal out of Champion mare Jewel Princess. His half brother One Nice Cat is a stakes winner and two half sisters are stakes placed.


July 25, 2012

Bidding War (Grand Slam - Mamselle Nanette, by Southern Halo) (F) 4F :48.56 (18/35). She’s a half sister to the precocious Aspire, who placed in the Sanford and Champagne Stakes.

Dancing for Glory (Exchange Rate - Hard Evidence, by Alleged) (F) $105K EASMAY2012. 4F (T) :48.36 (18/35). She’s a half sister to the multiple stakes turf winner Rapid Proof and the multiple stakes winning steeplechaser Hot Springs.

Norumbega (Tiznow - Meghan's Joy, by A.P. Indy) (C) 4F :48.45 (8/35). He has the pedigree to enjoy classic distances. He’s a half brother to G-3 winners Hunting and Quiet Harbor, also the stakes winner Seal Cove and stakes placed Minister’s Joy. His dam is stakes placed and he descends from the blue hen Glowing Tribute, dam of Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero and multiple G-1 turf star Hero’s Honor.

Antipathy (A.P. Indy - Love Style, by Mr. Prospector) (F) 4F :47.62 (4/54). She’s a half sister to Scat Daddy (Champagne Stakes, FL Derby) and stakes placed Grand Daddy.

Current Event (Curlin - Grand Merger, by A.P. Indy) (F) 4F :48.82 (18/54). Daughter of first crop sire and Champion Curlin is out of a stakes winning mare. Her dam is a half sister to Donn Handicap (G-1) winner and sire Stephen Got Even.

Movision (Monarchos - Vision of Beauty, by Danzig) (F) 4F :49.60 (35/54). Her stakes placed dam is a half sister to Champion Juvenile War Pass and Spinaway (G-1) heroine Oath, dam of multiple G-2 winner Honest Man.

Send an Angel (Street Sense - Leona's Knight, by Suave Prospect) (F) $245K OBSAPR2012. 4F :48.93 (23/55). She breezed a furlong in :10.00 at the OBS April two year olds in training sale. Her half brother is 0-6. Their dam is a veteran of 61 races. She won her first two starts then won or placed in six stakes races at Calder. There is no other blacktype in the first two generations, but this is the female family of multiple G-1 winner Hal’s Hope, Mia’s Reflection, Rexon’s Rose, etc.

Rainbow Dreams (Empire Maker - Jaramar Rain, by Thunder Gulch) (F) Race Record: 1-0-0-0 ($267). 4F :49.47 (10.28). She’s a full sister to Peter Pan (G2, 9F) and Gotham (G3, 8.5F) runner-up Imperial Council. All four of her siblings have raced and are winners. Their dam is a stakes winner at 1 1/8 miles.

Saint Vigeur (Smart Strike - Sweet Way, by Giant's Causeway) (C) $50K KEESEP2011. 4F :49.45 (7/28). He has the pedigree to run classic distances over dirt or turf. His full sister is unraced. Their dam won her debut, but placed only once more in six subsequent starts. She’s a Champion Juvenile Filly Sweet Catomine, BC Distaff heroine Life Is Sweet and the multiple turf stakes winner Calimonco.

Soulsinging (Unbridled's Song - Ticket to Seattle, by Capote) (C) $200K KEESEP2011. 5F (T) 1:00.96 (4/15). He’s the first foal for his dam, a stakes winning sprinter. She’s a half sister to Met Mile and Whitney hero Tizway.

Corail (Indian Charlie - Meteor Miracle, by Twining) (F) 5F :59.27 (1/30) gate. She’s the only filly produced by her dam. She’ a half sister to La Jolla H. (G-2, 8.5F T) winner Meteore. Their dam won her debut and a listed stakes. She’s a half sister to Vosburgh (G-1) winner A Phenomenon and Spinaway (G-1) heroine Seattle Meteor. Meteor Miracle is also a half sister to the dam of Champion Juvenile Filly Pleasant Stage and her full brother, G-3 winner Stage Colony. The multiple graded turf stakes veteran Marsh Side is part of this family.

Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy - Dream Rush, by Wild Rush) (F) 5F :59.27 (1/30) gate. She’s the first much anticipated foal produced by her dam. Dream Rush is a multiple G1 stakes sprinter whose victories include the Test, Prioress, Acorn and Princess Rooney Handicap.

Fortify (Distorted Humor - Kotuku (GB), by A.P. Indy) (C) 5F 1:00.12 (4/30) gate. This Darley-bred colt has the pedigree to travel 1 14/ miles. His full sister is 0-3 in France. Their dam went 0-5 in her career, but she’s a half sister to the dam of Ashland Stakes winner Little Belle, who also placed in the Kentucky Oaks, CCA Oaks and Alabama Stakes. The second dam Railbird was highweight older mare in Europe. She’s a half sister to G-1 winners Runup The Colors and Prospector’s Delight, dam of HOY Mineshaft, etc.



Del Mar

July 24, 2012

Lady Katfish (Exchange Rate - Touchallthebases, by Grand Slam) (F) $100K OBSAPR2012. 4F :47.00 (1/42). Her dam is an unraced half sister to Natalma Stakes winner Joustabout, the dam of Grade 2 turf horse Mr. Commons.

Real Heat (Unusual Heat - Chi Chi Nette, by Ole') (C) $100K BAROCT2011yearling. 4F :49.40 (14/32). He’s a full brother to the multiple stakes veteran Mensa Heat. Both Mensa Heat and another full sibling won early in their careers at Del Mar.

Scherer Magic (Doneraile Court - She's a Nasty One, by Touch Gold) (C) 4F :48.6 (8/32). He’s the recent Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G-3) winner.


July 25, 2012

Hard Buns (Rock Hard Ten - Steel Buns, by A.P. Indy) (F) 4F :47.40 (4/50). Her dam won her maiden in her seventh start, but placed in five previous outings. Steel Buns is a full sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Capital Plan. The third dam is Champion Grass Mare and blue hen Dahlia. The fourth dam is blue hen Charming Alibi.

Caballo Del Cielo (Songandaprayer - Queen Majesty, by Regal Classic) (C) $250K BARMAR2012. 5F :59.80 (5/29). He’s a half brother to Skip Away Stakes (8.5F) winner Ponzi Scheme and Super Derby hero Uno Mas. His fourth dam is the great Champion Sprinter Ta Wee who is the dam of Great Above, the sire of Holy Bull.

Dance Team (Dynaformer - Tee Kay, by Gold Meridian) (F) 5F 1:05.80 (29/29). Race Record: 1-0-1-0 ($10,000). She’s a half sister to two time Japanese Horse of the Year Symboli Kris S.


July 24, 2012

Now Hope (Tiznow - Shared Hope, by Gone West) (F) 4F :48.20 (4/24). Her three year old half-sister was unplaced in two starts. Their unraced dam is a half-sister to G-1 winner and sire Forestry. Her half-sister Cash Run won the BC Juvenile Fillies. Another half-sister produced two stakes winners. The second dam Shared Interest won the Ruffian (G-1). Shared Hope has Rasmussen Factor inbreeding to Sequence. She is the grand-dam of Mr. Prospector (the sire of Gone West) as well as New Hope’s fifth dam.

Buckleberry Grey (Unbridled's Song - Elusive Diva, by Elusive Quality) (C) $125K BARMAR2012. 4F :50.40 (17/24). His half-brother by Bernardini won at first asking, but didn’t live up to his pedigree, as he’s currently competing in claiming races at Canterbury. Their dam is a multiple G-3 turf sprinter.


July 25, 2012

Myntz Connection (Candy Ride (ARG) - Zealous Connection, by Unreal Zeal) (F) 4F :51.00 (16/20) She’s a half sister to G-3 stakes winners Here’s Zealous, There’s Zealous and stakes winner She’s Zealous. Their dam retired undefeated in three starts, including a win in the Landaluce Stakes (G-2) as a two year old.

Bornatthetrack (Bernardini - Desert Stormer, by Storm Cat) (C) $190K KEENOV2010 weanling. 5F 1:02.40 (9/20). He’s a half brother to Beaumont Stakes (G-2) heroine Sahara Gold. That one is the dam of Sands Point (G-2) winner Better Lucky and Marine S.(Can-G3) winner Sahara Heat. Another half sister bore Mervin H. Muniz (G-2) winner Casino Host. The dam is a Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G-1) champ.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Schuylerville Stakes BBQ

by Laurie Ross & Steve Thygerson

SchuylervilleStakes07Summer is here and along with it comes the opening of Saratoga Racetrack for another season. Adding to the heat is the barbecue which will be held during the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) . No, not the kind where steaks sizzle over an open fire. This type of barbecue entails seven juvenile fillies all gunning for the lead. Who can endure a broiling pace, who will be baked and which one of them can cool her heels and come from off of the pace?

The filly with the highest Brisnet speed figure is #4 CAN'T EXPLAIN (Not For Love - I Ain't P T, by A.P. Indy), with a 103. She debuted at Belmont back in May and was caught late by Full Living. Can't Explain returned on June 20th and ran them off their feet. She had no problem running the rail and was never touched, widening all the way through the race. Can’t Explain’s full sister Together Indy won the seven furlong Commonwealth Stakes (G-3). Their dam is a half-sister to Black Eyed Susan heroine Acting Happy and the second dam I Ain’t Bluffing is a two-time Grade 1 winner. She’s the most experienced filly in the field with a grand total of two races under her girth. She enters for the powerful Pletcher barn.

There are three daughters of first crop sires entered.

#2 BABY J (J Be K - Lavender Baby, by Rubiano) seems to be the buzz horse coming into this race with a field high 84 Beyer in her debut back in June. She was faltering late but held for the win. Now she gets another sixteenth and will have to repeat her last to get the kewpie doll. Don’t like the slower works post-race but she is capable. Not sure she gets the lead against these which could be problematic, but like Dominguez, Rosario is very good with two year olds. She had the best debut but will need to back it up in a better field. Baby J is bred to be a precocious sprinter. She’s a half sister to a stakes winner and stakes placed runner.

Brown_Eyes_Blue#3 BROWN EYES BLUE (Big Brown - Golden Lips, by Silver Ghost) beat the gate and was gone at this distance at Churchill on June 30th. She is by Big Brown and his foals have hit the ground running winning 50% (3/6) of their races. Her dam is a half sister to the long-winded turf routers Hotstufandthensome,Tacit Agreement and Silver Charades. Brown Eyes Blue is the only one in the field who has run 6F and a substantial progression in her second race could be enough to seal the deal.

#7 SO MANY WAYS (Sightseeing - Happy Scene, by Dehere) she put them away for fun in her debut, drawing off to an eight length win in a 4 ½ furlong race at Parx. Add the last two bullet works and you have a filly who showed exceptional speed first out and looks to progress on her stellar start. Two year olds that have the outside post have a tendency to break out, but this one appears to be able to use her speed whenever she wants and the faster fillies are all on the inside. Although her speed figure is below some I wouldn’t discount one that ran away and hid first out. She’s the first winner for her first crop sire. There’s little blacktype in the first two generations of her female family, although her second dam Really Happy did win a Grade 3 and is multiple graded stakes placed.

#1 SWEET SHIRLEY MAE (Broken Vow - Joyful Chaos, by Rahy) started her career with a nice win at Belmont and has been working well at Saratoga in prep for her stakes debut. She has the rail, which is always an adventure with two year olds but she also has the services of the patient Ramon Dominguez to keep her on the straight and narrow. Wes Ward is a master with freshman and has been working her on Poly so you can expect that she has legged up and will be ready for this test. Her dam was a runner in her own right, earning $233K in her 16 races including a stakes over the lawn. She’s a half to the multiple turf stakes winner Sal the Barber.

#5 FULLY LIVING (Unbridled's Song - Half A. P., by Pulpit) got the best of Can’t Explain by half a length when the two dueled in their first meeting. Fully Living’s dam is a half-sister to Champion Juvenile Halfbridled. Fully Living hasn’t been out since her maiden score, but she owns a sharp set of breezes throughout June.

#6 MR HALL'S OPUS ( Officer - Sala de Oro, by Expelled) comes in really light off of a race in the mud at Belmont, won with a pretty slow time (1:00/2) and Breen is taking his shot I guess. The problem is that you have no idea how that win in the muck fits here. A clue is her bullet work… in the mud. Is she a mudlark? Too soon to tell but it looks like it. Mr Hall's Opus is a half to the stakes winning sprinter Truth and Justice. She would have to pull a quantum progression and I don’t believe in the horse fairy.


Track bias: In the last six editions of the Schuylerville, speed hasn’t held. The winners were all pace pressers or mid-pack runners who made their move in the stretch.

The Schuylerville boils down to which filly can rate and which can’t? We’ll take a shot with the most experienced filly, CAN'T EXPLAIN. BROWN EYES BLUE has a race under her girth at this distance, so we know she’s fit. FULLY LIVING and SO MANY WAYS also have a shot.




#3 BROWN EYES BLUE – longshot pick


Friday, July 13, 2012

Amarish vs. The Rest

Since 2000, five colts completed the Willard Proctor Memorial/Hollywood Juvenile Championship double. The most accomplished winner Squirtle Squirt evolved into a Breeders Cup Sprint hero and a Champion Sprinter.

This year’s Willard Proctor champ AMARISH faces six rivals in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship in his quest to join Squirtle Squirt on the exclusive list. So dominating was Amarish’s performance in the Willard Proctor, that only JUST CALL ME AL , who was 7 ¾ lengths distant in the Willard Proctor will take on Amarish again. The rest remainder of the field is comprised of last out maiden winners and one obligatory maiden.

DIRTY SWAGG (Street Hero - Diversa, by Tabasco Cat) was caught flat-footed at the start in his debut, but rallied to finish within 3 ½ lengths of the winner. Dirty Swagg will appreciate a bit more real estate. He’s a half brother to Vanity Handicap (G-1, 9F) Love Theway Youare. His first crop sire won the Norfolk stakes but was injured before he could show his stuff as a three year old. His offspring should do well through two turns and with age. Dirty Swagg turns around in just 13 days.

Mentioned last month on the Kiddie List, CARSON'S CROWN (Harlan's Holiday - Delicatessa, by Dare and Go) came up between horses to win his 5F debut by ½ lengths. His dam was stakes placed at two and became a multiple stakes winner in Canada. She’s a half sister to two stakes winners, including Sassy Pants, the dam of the Grade 1 heroines Dubai Escapade and Madcap Escapade. Sassy Pants is the grand dam of Darly Debutante winner Mi Sueno. Carson’s Crown has posted three rapid breezes.

Maiden claimers were no match for SCHERER MAGIC (Doneraile Court - She's a Nasty One, by Touch Gold) last month. Since his 7 ¼ length score, Scherer Magic has worked strongly. His full sister won her debut, but was unplaced in two subsequent juvenile stakes races. There’s some minor blacktype in the second distaff generation.

Third time was the charm for STRONG WIND (Tribal Rule - Chalk Face, by Memo) when he trounced state-bred maidens by over six lengths. He’s a full brother to juvenile stakes placed Tribal Face. His dam is a full sister to a stakes winner and G-2 placed runner.

Still a maiden, CONFEDERATE RECON (Salute the Sarge - Building Bridges, by Indian Charlie) has been bested by Carson’s Crown and Just Call Me Al. Bred to be a precocious sprinter, Confederate Recon’s first crop sire won the 2007 Hollywood Juvenile Championship. Confederate Recon carries no blacktype in his first two generations.


Track bias: Front runners dominate sprint races at 44% this meet.

It’s Amarish’s race to lose. The undefeated colt has made no mistakes. Trainer John Sadler claimed Scherer Magic and the colt has been working strongly. The Sadler barn gets 29% wins off of the claim. Carson's Crown has a classy pedigree and he owns the best works of the field. Dirty Swagg also has a good pedigree and with a good break, he should be competitive.




#1 DIRTY SWAGG – longshot pick


Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Tomorrow and Thursday we get a glimpse of the future. Well-bred maidens at Belmont and Monmouth Park start their careers with an eye towards future stakes races. Perhaps we’ll catch a superstar in the making.

Notable Entries

July 4

Belmont, Race 5, MSW 5F, Fillies

Ruby Lips (Hard Spun - Its a Ruby, by Rubiano) She’s a half sister to juvenile stakes winner Win and Reign, plus the two year old stakes placed runners Cool Gator and Like A Gem. The latter is the dam of juvenile stakes winner Hard Not To Like, who is by Hard Spun.

Minx (Tapit - Rutledge Affair, by Colonial Affair) She’s a half sister to juvenile stakes winner Colonel Rutledge and Rutledge Cat, who placed in the Laurel Futurity at two. With Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affiar, Triple Crown hero Affirmed and the great HOY Sir Ivor as her first three broodmare sires, the pretty gray Minx will likely prefer running two turns.

Native One (Indian Charlie - Lady Diplomat, by Silver Deputy) She’s a half sister to Astoria Stakes heroine Glacken’s Gal and stakes winner Banker’s Buy. Their dam is a stakes placed juvenile and the second dam is also a stakes winner.

Form Fitting (Tapit - Fashion Girl, by Tactical Cat) this pretty gray filly is a half sister to Colin Stakes placed The Bear Vow. Their dam won the Colleen at two and she’s a half sister to Norfolk (G-1) champ Shepherd’s Field.

Distortion (Distorted Humor - Misty Rosette, by Stormin Fever) her dam won the Sandpiper Stakes at two and the Old Hat (G-3) at three.

Dixiluna (Dixie Union - Dundrummin', by Gone West) her dam is an unraced full sister to the sire Proud Citizen, who placed in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Dixiluna has Rasmussen Factor inbreeding to Natalma through Dixie Union’s second tail sire (grandpa on dad’s side) Northern Dancer and his full sister Arctic Dancer, who is Dixiluna’s fourth dam.

Sweet N Discreet (Discreet Cat - West Side Dancer, by Gone West) She’s a full sister to Discreet Dancer, who placed in last year’s Fountain of Youth. Their half brother Travelin Man won the Swale Stakes (G-2). This distaff branch has produced Saratoga Special winner Bite the Bullet and European Champion Older Mare Duke of Marmalade. The fourth dam is blue hen Lassie Dear, grand-dam of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, Lemon Drop Kid, etc.


Monmouth Park Race 5 MSW 5F, Fillies

Indy's Magic Money (Broken Vow - She's Indy Money, by A.P. Indy) she’s the first foal out of her dam, who was stakes placed at two and won the Ontario Matron at three. The second dam Nanny’s Sweep won the G-1 Santa Monica Handicap and the third dam was a multiple stakes winner and Calder favorite.

Sailinginforthewin ( Mizzen Mast - Lemon Maid, by Lemon Drop Kid) Race Record: 1-0-1-0 ($8,000). Her dam is a G-3 winning sprinter and the second dam is also a g-3 winner.

Insolvent (Big Brown - Refrain, by Unbridled's Song) her half-sister Girlfriendontheside won her debut and placed in the Astoria and Schuylerville Stakes at two. The second dam Inlaw was also a juvenile stakes winner.

Pink Traffic (More Than Ready - Stoneway, by Storm Boot) she’s a full sister to juvenile stakes placed Caminadora, who won the Regret (G-3) at three. Their dam was a listed stakes winner.

Back to Class (Montbrook - Cut Class Leanne, by Cutlass) Race Record: 1-0-0-0 ($2,700). She’s a full sister to the brilliant juvenile and precocious sire Chapel Royal (Sanford & Flash winner, BC Juvenile placed, etc.). Her other full and half siblings haven’t done much on the track and have no notable blacktype.

I Am Discreet (Discreet Cat - Silk Concorde, by Concorde's Tune) her dam was a precocious sort, winning the Susan’s Girl Stakes and placing in the two other legs of the FL Stallion Stakes series for juveniles. This is the distaff family of Preakness hero Louis Quatorze, G-1 winning top FL sire Wildcat Heir and the popular stakes winning veteran Awesome Gem.

Entrada ( Mineshaft - Dance On the Green, by Green Dancer) she’s a half sister to the popular stakes winning veteran Formal Miss, stakes winner Gold Pirate and two juvenile stakes placed runners.

July 5

Belmont Park Race 6, MSW 6F (Inner Turf)

Horsepower (Bernardini - Moroccan Rose, by Carson City) (C) $420K KEESEP’11. Mentioned in the June 5 Kiddie List. This colt has a precocious distaff family, but he should handle two turns without difficulty. His dam won her debut and placed in a stakes race. His second dam Rose of Wendover was a MSW and won a juvenile stakes race. There’s some quality in this family. Trained by Steve Asmussen for Fox Hill Farm, Horsepower should be one to watch at the upcoming Saratoga meet.

Bye Bye Bernie (Bernstein - Eternal Grace, by Gilded Time) (C) His half sister won in her second start and their dam placed in the Sorority Stakes. The second dam won the Forward Gal Stakes at two.

Redwood Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Chianti Red, by Woodman) (C) He’s a full brother to juvenile stakes winner Lisa’s Kitten and stakes winner Artemus Kitten.

Pallasus (Tapit - Midday Runner, by Real Quiet) (C) Two of his four half-siblings placed in their debut. Their dam is an unraced half sister to Travers hero and sire Ten Most Wanted.

Qeyaas (Haafhd (GB) - Shawahid, by A.P. Indy) (C) He has Rasmussen Factor breeding to the Champion Filly and blue hen Height of Fashion through her son Unfuwain (Haafhd’s second sire) and Height of Fashion is Qeyass’ third dam. Qeyaas’ dam is an unraced half sister to 1000 Guineas & Coronation Stakes (ENG-G1) winner Ghanaati. This is the family of Champion Turf Mare Lahdood, as well as prominent sire Nashwan, Nayef, Unfuwain and Mukddaam.

Gladhander (Congrats - K. D.'s Shady Lady, by Maria's Mon) (C) He’s a half brother to two juvenile stakes winners and their dam is G-3 stakes placed.

Copper Beeches (Big Brown - York Woods, by Mining) (C) He’s a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Middlesex Drive, who placed in his debut. Their dam won her debut and is a stakes placed juvenile.

Bernie the Jet (Bernstein - Amaretta, by Woodman) (C) He’s a half brother to the precocious juvie stakes filly Bourbonstreetgirl. Their dam placed in the G-3 Regret Stakes. He has Rasmussen Factor breeding to the blue hen Busanda through her daughter Finance (Berstein’s third dam) and Buckpasser, damsire of Woodman.

Lemon Drop Dream (Lemon Drop Kid - Dreamlike, by Storm Cat) (C) He’s a half brother to the multiple G-3 winner Denomination. Their unraced dam is the Champion Turf Mare Flawlessly. This is the direct female family of the blue hen Cosmah and her dam, the influential blue hen Natalma, dam of Northern Dancer.

Special Skills ( Bernstein - Kentucky Whisper, by Southern Halo) (C) He’s a half brother to the multiple stakes winning turf mare Love to Tell and a stakes placed runner. Third dam Eternal Search was Champion Older Mare and Sprinter in Canada.

Sarjinsky (Raven's Pass - Dinka Raja, by Woodman) (C) He’s a son of first crop sire and BC Classic hero Raven’s Pass. He’s a half brother to the brilliant juvenile Carry On Katie, winner of the Cheveley Park S. (GB-G1). This is the distaff family of Multiple G-1 heroine Nashoba’s Key and Santa Anita Oaks winner Ariege.


July 2, 2012 – July 3, 2012

Santa Anita

Irish Surf (Giant’s Causeway – Surfside, by Seattle Slew) (C) 6F 1:15.80 (2/3). He’s a full brother to Giant Surf, a Russian G-3 winner and to Shark, a multiple stakes placed turf sprinter. Their dam and second dam Flanders are Champion fillies and the fourth dam Cinegita is a blue hen.



Endless Chatter (First Samurai - Orate, by A.P. Indy) (F) 4F :51.22 (13/15). This Claiborne Farm-bred filly;s half sister Star Presence has a nice 11-2-4-1 record as an optional claimer. Their dam is a full sister to the multiple G-2 winner and prominent sire Pulpit. A full sister produced the stakes winner Nunnery. Second dam Preach won the Frizette S. (G-1) at two and the third dam Narrate was also a stakes winner and blue hen.

Soulsinging (Unbridled's Song - Ticket to Seattle, by Capote) (C) $200K KEESEP2011. 4F :49.73 (7/15). He’s the first foal for his dam, a stakes winning sprinter. She’s a half sister to Met Mile and Whitney hero Tizway.

Brilliant Jewel (A.P. Indy - Sapphire n' Silk, by Pleasant Tap) (F) $400K KEESEP2011. 4F :51.03 (50/66). She’s a full sister to Kentucky Cup Classic S. (G-2,9F) hero and sire Shaniko and a half sister to the stakes horses Silky Smooth and Miner’s Claim. Their dam is a multiple graded stakes winner and half sister to Affirmed H (G-3) winner Golden Itiz and to Silk N Sapphire, dam of BC F&M Turf heroine Shared Account.

Emollient (Empire Maker - Soothing Touch, by Touch Gold) (F) 4F :50.90 (44/66). Juddmonte –bred filly is the first foal out of her dam. Soothing Touch went 0-6. She’s a daughter of French listed winner Gila. The third dam Coup de Genie was Champion 2YO Filly in France and produced Denebola, also a French Juvenile Champ, plus she’s the grand-dam of French Champion Juvenile and Arc hero Bago. Fourth dam Coup de Folie is a blue hen and the dam of the influential sire Machiavellian. Emollient will likely find her best stride over turf as a late juvenile or three year old.

Gustavia ( Pulpit - Summer Rainbow, by Summer Squall) (F) 4F :51.00 (47/66). She’s a half sister to Inside Information Stakes winner Hard Mystery. This is the distaff family of San Rafael Stakes (G-3) hero The Pamplemoose and Hollywood Futurity (G-1) Champ Stormello.

Magnificent Shirl (Heatseaker – Fantastic Shirl, by Fantastic Light) (F) 4F :51.11 (23/33). A daughter of first crop sire Heatseeker (by Giant’s Causeway), this filly may be at her best going long over turf. She’s a half sister to Fantastic Song, who placed in the Pilgrim (G-3, 8.5FT) as a juvenile. Their dam was a stakes winning turf miler and is a half sister to last year’s BC F&M Turf heroine Perfect Shirl, multiple G-1 wining sire Shakespeare, and his full sister graded stakes winner Lady Shakespeare. The second dam Lady Shirl won multiple stakes, including the Flower Bowl (G-1).

Python (EmpireMaker – Escena, by Strawberry Road) (C) $320K KEESEP2011. 4F :52.11 (30/33). He’s a half brother to the stakes placed turf horse Indy Scent (a personal favorite). Their dam won the 1998 BC Distaff in a thrilling finish over Banshee Breeze to be named Champion Older Mare.


Sunday, July 1, 2012


The summer season of racing is upon us. The conclusion of the Triple Crown means that this blog turns its attention to the two year olds of 2012 as we attempt to find the best and brightest of the crop. Last year, we pointed out Dullahan, El Padrino, Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, Creative Cause, Drill and countless other runners before they hit the national radar. Many juveniles that were highlighted on the Kiddie List rewarded their backers with double digit wins.

The Kiddie List will cover the best juvenile workers breezing four and five furlongs. We’ll post the top five workers and blue bloods from Aqueduct/Belmont/Saratoga, Arlington, Fair Hill, Monmouth, Keeneland/Churchill, Santa Anita/Hollywood Park and Del Mar. If a particularly well bred baby from the database shows up at another track, we’ll include that one as well. Due to the enormous number of juveniles, some of these names may show up only once or twice. It’s highly suggested that you use a virtual stable, available through Equibase, DRF or Brisnet to follow the babies in whom you’re most interested.

June 28


Alpha Dude (Dixie Union - Run Sarah Run, by Smart Strike) (C) HOL 3F 36.80 (7/24). He’s a half-brother to First Dude.

Justaframeofmind (Distorted Humor - Unbridled Elaine, by Unbridled's Song) (C) HOL 4F :53.80 (14/14). He’s a half-brother to Nashua (G-3) and Monmouth Cup (G-2) winner Etched and Sham Stakes (G-3) hero Out Of Bounds. Their dam won the BC Distaff.


Secret Bid (Street Cry – Inside Information) (C) SAR 3F :37.66 (7/20). A son of a Champion mare and half brother to multiple grade 1 heroine Smuggler (Mother Goose, CCA Oaks).

Biker Chick (Tiznow - Dance Away Capote, by Capote) (F) $25K KEESEP2011. SAR 3F :37.56 (3/20). Her dam won the Irish Sonnet S. (Del Mar,7F) at two, and became a MSW.

Corporate Culture (English Channel - Treysta, by Belong to Me) (F) $180K KEEAPR2012. SAR 3F :30.09 (17/20). Half-brother Bridgfield placed in UAE 2000 Guineas Trial. Their dam is a half - sister to MGSW and sire Hard Spun.

In Todd We Trust (Tiznow - Horns Gray, by Pass the Tab) (C) SAR 3F :39.40 (19/20) He’s a half-brother to multiple G-1 winner Awesome Humor. She won the Spinaway (G-1), Adirondack (G-2) and Debutante (G-3) at two.

Jet Away (Mr. Greeley - Resort, by Pleasant Colony) (F) SAR 3F :37.66 (7/20) She’s a half-sister to Peter Pan Stakes winner Sightseeing. Their dam is multiple G-1 stakes placed.

Artfully (A.P. Indy - Magnificience, by Stormy Atlantic) (F) 4F :52.76 (7/7). She is the first foal out of the brilliant but fragile Magnificience. Her dam set a new stakes record for 6 ½ furlongs 1:14.61, in the Santa Paula Stakes (G-3).

June 29

Fair Hill

Guts and Glory (Mr. Greeley - Private Feeling, by Belong to Me) (C) Fair Hill 4F :49.40 (1/2). He’s a half- brother to Champion Lookin At Lucky.


Tapicat (Tapit - Zealous Cat, by Storm Cat) (F) $725K KEESEP2011. SAR 3F :36.55 (1/26). Her dam is a half-sister to MGSW Pohave; The third dam is Champion Track Robbery.

True Fortune (Yes It's True - Fortuesque, by Fortunate Prospect) (F) SAR 3F :37.89 (1/4). She’s a half- sister to the hard trying multiple graded stakes winner Musket Man. Their stakes placed dam is a half-sister to the dam of multiple G-1 hero Ron The Greek.


June 30


Carnival Court (Street Sense - Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy) (F) $650K KEESEP2011. SAR 4F :49.09 (6/13). She’s a half-sister to Champion Mare Royal Delta. She has a classic pedigree, but her female family is precocious. She’ll likely be a late season juvenile and if she has the talent, is one to add to your early Oaks list.

Incognito (A.P. Indy – Octave, by Unbridled’s Song) (C) SAR 4F :49.90 (9/13). He’s the second foal produced by his dam. His full brother has a 1-1-0-0 record. Octave placed in the BC Juvenile Fillies and counts the BC Distaff amongst her many graded stakes wins.

Rugged (Distorted Humor – Composure, by Touch Gold) (C) SAR 3F :37.12 (4/8). His half-brother Tranquil Manner placed in the Woodward Stakes (G-1). Their dam won the Oak Leaf Stakes (G-1) and placed in the BC Juvenile Fillies at two, then evolved into a MG1 winner at three.

Summer Sands ( Tiznow - Surf Song, by Storm Cat) (C) 4F :49.90 (14/90) His dam is a half sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero Midshipman and multiple graded stakes winner Fast Cookie. The second dam Fleet Lady was a multiple G2 winner.

Reef Road (Henrythenavigator - Cloakof Vagueness, by El Prado) (F) $170K (RNA) OBSAPR2012. 4F :49.33 (5/15) dirt training. From the first crop of the top turf miler, Reef Road’s dam is a multiple stakes winner and a half sister to the multiple turf stakes winners Dynameaux and Wesley.


Elnaawi (Street Sense – Pilfer, by Deputy Minister) (C) $500K KEESEP2011. 3F :36.20 (3/25). He’s a half-brother to MGSW To Honor And Serve (Nashua, Remsen, Cigar Mile, etc.). Fourth dam Java Moon is a blue hen.

Liberty Girl (AP Warrior - Champagne Glow, by Saratoga Six) (F) $130K KEENOV2010 Weanling.  4F :47.40 (3/50). She’s a half-sister to multiple G1 winner Champagne D’Oro and Belmont Stakes hero Ruler On Ice.

Derby Eve (Tiznow - Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman) (F) 4F :49.00 (23/50). She’s a full sister to Travers and Santa Anita Derby hero Colonel John.


July 1


Beat the Drums (Smart Strike - Storm Flag Flying, by Storm Cat) (F) 4F :51.12 (65/72). This filly is Phipps family racing royalty and will eventually want to run two turns. Her dam is a Champion Juvenile, her second dam My Flag was a Champion Juvenile, and her third dam was the great Champion Personal Ensign. To top it off, Beat The Drum’s third and fourth dams are blue hens. Beat the Drums’ half brother Colors Flying won only once and retired with a 7-1-1-3 record.

Decoder (War Front - Database, by Known Fact) (F) 4F :51.12 (65/72). Another Phipps family bred filly, she’s a full sister to G-1 winning turf miler Datalink. A half brother Wiki, is stakes placed. Their dam won her debut going 7F over the dirt and later won a listed stakes at 1 1/8 miles over dirt. Database is a full sister to the stakes winning Vespers, dam of Donn Handicap (G-1) hero Hymn Book. Another half sister produced G-3 stakes winner Strike The Bell.


Meydan Magic (Tribal Rule - O K Topless, by Old Topper) (G) 4F :48.80 (18/84) gate. He’s a full brother to Ruler of Dubai, winner of the Graduation and I’m Smokin Stakes, both sprints held over the Del Mar Polytrack. Their dam needed four tries to win her maiden, but hit the board in her three previous attempts. She placed in two listed stakes and ended her career with a good 29-3-8-7 record as a dirt sprinter. There’s no other blacktype in the first two distaff generations.

Visualization (Unbridled's Song - Eyes On Eddy, by Touch Gold) (C) $70K RNA BARMAY2012. 4F :50.60 (62/84). He’s a full brother to Landaluce winner Repo. Their dam was a hardy 30 start multiple stakes winner between 1 1/16 and 1 1/8 miles.

Carson's Crown (Harlan's Holiday - Delicatessa, by Dare and Go) (C) 5F 1:00.20 (1/58). Race Record: 1-1-0-0 ($30,000). He came up between horses to win his 5F debut by ½ length. This is his second consecutive bullet post race. His dam was stakes placed at two and became a multiple stakes winner in Canada. She’s a half sister to two stakes winners, including Sassy Pants, the dam of the Grade 1 heroines Dubai Escapade and Madcap Escapade. Sassy Pants is the grand dam of Darly Debutante winner Mi Sueno. I expect we’ll see this John Sadler colt in upcoming stakes at Del Mar.