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Past the Grandstand

Streaming: Racing's Newest Starlet

Streaming 615 X 400
Photo: Benoit Photos

Although declared out of the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Streaming remained on my watch list, as she was one of the horses I selected from the first session of the world’s largest yearling auction. She remained with her breeders, Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Edward McGhee, and was placed in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in Southern California.


I was fortunate enough to watch Streaming train one morning at Santa Anita while visiting for the Breeders’ Cup. The filly displayed impressive muscularity and composure for a two-year-old, galloping about the track in an easy manner. Upon this impression of her, my hopes only increased that she would become something special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Streaming
Photo by Mary Cage

 

Twelve days later, Streaming made her racing debut at Hollywood Park, facing nine others in a six-furlong maiden special weight over the all-weather track. Sent off as the heavy favorite that only included three fillies with racing experience, Streaming tracked the race while racing a few paths off the rail. As a quick pace was set, Streaming remained a handful of lengths off the leader as the field continued down the backstretch.


Given room to run, Streaming was guided to the outside of the pacesetters around the far turn, racing very wide as the field swung into the homestretch. Traveling so far to the outside cost Streaming ground at the top of the lane, but once she changed leads, she regained her momentum,
growing even with the second choice – Abide in Me – outside the eighth pole. Digging in gamely, Streaming kicked clear, drawing away to score by 1 ½ lengths.


Streaming’s debut victory gave her connections enough hope to test her against grade one company. Three weeks after her initial career start, Streaming faced a tough field of seven other fillies in the final Hollywood Starlet Stakes (GI) held at Hollywood Park. Fast-closing third place finisher of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI), Rosalind, graded stakes winner Untapable, and impressive Santa Anita maiden winner Taste Like Candy were among her competitors in the mile and one-sixteenth contest over the all-weather oval.


Streaming was dismissed at odds of nearly 11-to-1 as she loaded into the gate for the Starlet, but, oddly enough, she was the shortest-priced Bob Baffert trainee in the field, as the other – Be Proud – was sent off at 30-to-1. Breaking from the seventh gate in a field of eight, Streaming was bumped by a rival on each side of her, but lost no momentum as she dashed to the vanguard.


Going wide into the first turn, Streaming joined second choice Taste Like Candy on the front end, settling one length behind the leader as the two-year-old fillies entered the backstretch. She began to inch closer to the pacesetter while on the far side of the track, pressuring Taste Like Candy as she cut her lead to a half-length.


Growing even with Taste Like Candy as the fillies began to round the far turn, Streaming seized the lead outside the quarter pole. With dazzling acceleration, she extended her lead to one length as she led the field into the homestretch. Taste Like Candy continued to fight along the inside, but Streaming dug deep, finding more as she drew clear to a 1 ½-length victory with Martin Garcia aboard.


Streaming’s victory in the Starlet was among the most impressive graded stakes wins by a juvenile filly this year, but perhaps even more remarkable than this triumph is her pedigree, as Streaming is as royally bred as they come.


A daughter of two-time leading sire Smart Strike, Streaming is out of a Storm Cat mare that happens to be out of the great broodmare Better than Honour. Some of the most legendary sires and dams in Thoroughbred breeding lace just the first five generations of her pedigree alone, including Mr. Prospector, Deputy Minister, Native Dancer, Blushing Groom, Classy ‘N Smart, Terlingua, and Geisha.


As a daughter of Canadian Hall of Famer Smart Strike, Streaming shares her sire with the champions Curlin, English Channel, Lookin At Lucky, My Miss Aurelia, and Soaring Free. Smart Strike is a son of Mr. Prospector, one of the most influential stallions to ever live. The Mr. Prospector sire line has produced an astounding number of champions, including six Horse of the Year honorees in the United States.


Streaming is a daughter of Teeming, who is also the dam of the stakes-winning Cascading and the stakes-placed Distracting. Teeming is a daughter of the Reine de Course broodmare Better than Honour, who was named 2007 Broodmare of the Year. This makes Teeming a half-sister to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Jazil and Rags to Riches, as well as Breeders’ Cup Marathon victor Man of Iron and the graded stakes-winning February Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Casino Drive.


Streaming’s broodmare sire is the legendary stallion Storm Cat. Not only was Storm Cat an outstanding sire of racehorses and sires, but he has also proven to be a terrific sire of broodmares. He is the damsire of many brilliant horses, including the champions Folklore and Speightstown, as well as a multitude of grade one winners, such as Bodemeister, Dialed In, Sky Mesa, and Sidney’s Candy.


The future looks very bright for this talented filly. Not only do her racing endeavors and pedigree suggest further success, but, as a victress of the Hollywood Starlet, she joins a notable list of female stars. Streaming looks to follow in the shoes of previous Starlet winners like Blind Luck and Serena’s Song – both of which went on to be honored as Champion Three-Year-Old Fillies. Streaming has a long road ahead, but she is certainly one to keep an eye on.

 

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Good eye, Mary. It looks like you picked out a good one!

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About Mary Cage

 

Mary Cage, an 18-year-old avid fan of horse racing, has been around horses all her life, having owned, shown, and judged them for as long as she can remember. She began writing her own horse racing blog, Past the Grandstand, in August 2011 and has since been published with the BloodHorse's website, the American Quarter Horse Association's magazine "America's Horse", and Southern Racehorse Magazine. Blogging about the sport of horse racing combines her love for horse racing and writing. In her personal horse experience, she has won several horse judging contests at major stock shows and, in the show ring, is a Texas 4-H State Champion and Appaloosa Youth World Championship Show Top Ten finalist. 

 

Mary has always aspired to have a career with horses and since her love for horse racing began, she has dreamed of pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry, possibly as a writer. With this blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan as she writes about assorted horse racing topics.