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The Kiddie List will spotlight the top workers and blue bloods breezing four furlongs and farther, plus some entries and results. I’ll cover the New York, Kentucky, California and Florida tracks, and occasionally Arlington, Fair Hill and Monmouth. If a particularly well bred baby shows up at another track, I’ll include that one as well. Due to the enormous number of juveniles, some of these names may show up only once or twice. You can find more of this season’s two year olds on the 2015 Kentucky Derby Contenders and 2015 Kentucky Oaks Contenders lists. Let's review two opening day baby races at Saratoga.
SARATOGA RACE 2 | MSW
5 ½ F | FILIES
AIMONE (Lemon Drop Kid - Silken Sash
(IRE), by Danehill) $210 OBSMAR14; Half
sister to Sands Point stakes winner RAW
SILK (Mallibu Moon) has a pedigree better suited to turf routes, but she
has very strong works that match to stablemate Neilinger (AE).
(Midnight Lute - Legion of Merit, by Danzig) $87K KEESEP13; No blacktype in her immediate family. Two of three half sibs won at two. Only one in the field with experience. She was one-paced in a 5F sprint at Belmont,
finishing fourth. Experience and
distance should help.
BY THE MOON (Indian Charlie - By the Light, by
Malibu Moon) Her precocious dam won all four starts at two, including three
stakes races. Works are average. This
filly will ultimately want to go longer, but this is a good start.
(War Front - Seeking Simplicity, by Seeking the Gold) $410K KEESEP13; No blacktype in her immediate family. Second dam is a G-3 winner, and she hails
from the family of Jockey Club Gold Cup hero ALBERT THE GREAT. Filly
has very solid, consistent works, including a sharp 3F lung opener pre-race
work. Mott is only 8% FTS, but when they
work like this, watch out.
SISTERS (Zensational - Red Cognac, by Hennessy) No
blacktype in her immediate family. Her dam needed three starts to win her maiden.
Works are nothing to get excited about. Lukas is 5% with FTS and the sire gets 5% FTS. She may need a race or three.
VINOLICIOUS (Zensational - Ethan's
Car, by Cat Thief) $125K FTSAUG13; A half sibling won her debut. The dam won second time out and is multiple
stakes placed. Second – fourth dams all
own blacktype. This is a fairly precocious female family. Her works are steady and fairly fast. Ward trains, so you know she’ll put forth her
best at low odds.
RING KNOCKER (Birdstone - Pearls, by Black Tie
Affair (IRE)) $52K FTKJUL13; Pretty gray
filly has the pedigree to prefer two turns. Her dam is a half to the multiple
G-2 winning sprinter BANK AUDIT and second dam MOSQUERA is a stakes winner. Ring Knocker had a decent gate breeze
two back, but she’ll likely need a few starts to be at her best.
WALL STREET LADY (Speightstown - Epistle, by Deputy
Minister) $230K KEESEP13; One half
sibling won at two. Her dam is a full to
Ashland Stakes (G-1) heroine WELL CHOSEN,
the dam of two-time Sword Dancer victor TELLING. Wall Street Lady has a steady string of five
furlong works and should be ready. Her
sire gets 15% FTS.
AE OVERSPENDING (Harlan's Holiday -
Marfa's Squall, by Marfa)
$340K OBSMAR14; She’s a full sister to stakes winner WICKED DEED and a half to multiple
stakes winner WESTERN
PRIZE (Pure Prize). This is a precocious family, Five of seven
half siblings won/placed at two or in their debut at three. Harlan's Holiday gets win early types and 15% FTS. It’s a Pletcher baby, so you know she’ll be
ready to roll at short odds.
NEILINGER (Tapit - Pursuit of
Glory (IRE), by Fusaichi Pegasus) $205K OBSAPR13; She’s a first foal and the best bred baby in
the field. Her dam was Group 1 placed in
England as a 2YO. She’s a half to a
French listed winner. Second dam SOPHISTICAT is an English Group 1 winner and a full sister to graded winners and
sires GRAND REWARD, SCHRAMSBERG,
plus a half to HARLINGTON, SERENA’S TUNE, dam of stake winners VOCALIZED
and SERENA’S CAT. She’s also the grand-dam of 2yo graded stakes winners HONOR
CODE and NOBLE TUNE. Third
dam is Champion SERENA’S SONG.
Her works match stablemate Aimone, but her pedigree is more precocious
than that ones.
#1A NEILINGER (6-1)
#9 OVERSPENDING (8-5)
#6 VINOLICIOUS (5-2)
#4 LADY OF VICTORY (6-1)
RACE 3 |SCHUYLERVILLE STAKES (G-3) | 6F | 2YO FILLIES
Summer 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 five 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?
All five youngsters enter this Grade 3 event off of
a victory. The trainer with the most
victories in the Schuylerville is Wayne Lukas. He owned the race from 1986 –
1988, won it again in 1995, 1999 and his latest triumph was in 2004 with
Classic Elegance. This year, Lukas has
entered the very well-bred TAKE CHARGE BRANDI who has been mentioned on The Kiddie List a few
times. Her dam is a half
to Florida Derby winner TAKE
CHARGE INDY and multiple G-1 winner WILL TAKE CHARGE. By Giant’s Causeway out of a Seeking the Gold
mare, Take Charge Brandi is bred to relish two turns, but she showed her class
and her heels to a group of maidens at Churchill traveling 4 ½ furlongs in :52
1/5. Lukas has only a 8% win rate with his stakes horses, but never, ever count
him out, as his horses will ruin your exotics when least expected. He’s sneaky
assistant Todd Pletcher is no stranger to the winner’s circle at Saratoga. He’s
won the Schuylerville four times, the last was in 2011 with Georgie’s Angel. This year, he’s brought a nicely-bred daughter
of Old Fashioned. FASHION ALERT, a half-sister to
Santa Ynez Stakes (G-2) winner RENE’S
TITAN, skipped the maiden races and went straight for the blacktype. The
daughter of Old Fashioned made all of the pace in the Astoria Stakes. Although
the Pletcher trained miss raced greenly, Fashion Alert made short work of her
opponents in the 5 ½ furlong race, winning by 4 ¾ lengths. She’s posted three very strong post-race
works and will be tough to beat.
remaining three trainers, Gary Contessa, Richard Mettee and John Robb, are all
looking for their first Schuylerville
EVRYBDYMSTGETSTONZ surprised a
field of state-bred maidens at Belmont by rolling gate to wire, getting 5 ½
furlongs in 1:05 2/5 while six lengths in front. In her last breeze, she had a
strong 3 furlong “lung opener” of :35 1/5 (2/13). She’s entering back after
only 16 days.
TULIRA'S STAR is a daughter of
Congrats and a half sister to multiple stakes winning veteran MOUNTAIN GENERAL and
Challenger Stakes winner TULIRA
CASTLE. She won her debut over the
Arlington Poly and has since switched to the barn of Richard Mettee. She’s 5-2
morning line, but her trainer is 0-11 with two year olds this year.
Breaking from post one is MAST COVE. The daughter of Cowboy Cal
is the most experienced filly in the field, with three starts under her
girth. She’s posted improving speed
figures in every start against maiden claimers. Mast Cove is the first of her
dam’s foals to race. Her dam Crafty Melissa is a half to Oake Tree Derby (G-2)
winner MUNY. Mast Cove has fired three post-race bullets
and her race fractions are comparable to the other contestants. John Robb is
22% with shippers.
The last five winners of the Schuylerville
either sat mid-pack or pressed the pace. MAST COVE and TULIRA'S
shown the ability to sit off of an early pace. On paper, FASHION ALERT is the fastest filly in the race. She could wire the
field, but given that there are only five fillies entered, it’s unlikely that
she’ll establish a clear lead. Let’s tab
TAKE CHARGE BRANDI for the upset.
Lukas knows how to get them ready for a big race. She breaks outside of all of the speed and
her pedigree should enable her to go wide without effort.
#5 TAKE CHARGE BRANDI (6-1)
#4 FASHION ALERT (3-5)
#2 TULIRA'S STAR