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
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.
Photo by Mary Cage
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
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.