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Pedigree Spotlight: Pants on Fire, Anthony's Cross & Comma To The Top

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 40

Pedigree Spotlight written by Scott Dick

The fire is definitely burning in the Kelly Breen barn! The colt Pants On Fire has his trainer smiling, with the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs on his mind. The son of Jump Start did just that, jump started his 3 year old season with his impressive win in the grade II Louisiana Derby. Sitting just off the early speed of long shot Lion Drive, the Breen trainee, under the faithful hands of “Rosie” Napravnick, made his move at the quarter pole. He put away Lion Drive, but then had to deal with Risen Star winner Mucho Macho Man. He battled with Macho down the stretch, finally putting him away, he then had to deal with the oncoming rush of Nehro. He dug in and showed a ton of heart, taking the Louisiana Derby by a neck. His score in the L.A. Derby was only the second victory of his career.

The sire of Pants On Fire is Jump Start. Jump Start was a precocious two year old. He broke his maiden in his first start, he followed that with a win in the grade II Saratoga Special Stakes. He also finished 2nd in the grade II Champagne Stakes, beaten by Officer. Jump Start went on to run in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile, where he suffered a career ending injury. Jump Start has been a fairly useful sire. Most of his progeny has been allowance types, but is the sire of grade I winner and millionaire Rail Trip. Rail Trip set the track record for 10 furlongs at Hollywood Park (2:00.75) He's also sired the grade II winner Sir Whimsey, and the grade III winner's Assessment and Bold Start, as well as, the solid New York bred, Icabod Crane.

The sire of Jump Start is the great A.P. Indy, while his dam is Steady Cat. Steady Cat was just like her name, steady. She was a hard trying sprinter, she won 5 times in 19 starts, hitting the board in 14 of those 19 races. As a broodmare, Steady Cat has produced 4 winners, including the mare Steady Course. Steady Course won 2 races in 7 starts.  She dominated an allowance field at the Fair Grounds at the mile distance, winning by 8 lengths.
The Dam of Pants on Fire, is Cabo De Noche. Cabo De Noche won only a single race in her career, beating a maiden field on the turf at the Fair Grounds. She has produced two winners, Pants On Fire and the gelding Louderthanthunder. Louderthanthunder has won once in 14 starts, with his win coming at the mile distance.

The sire of Cabo De Noche is Cape Town. Cape Town was a multiple graded stakes winner, with wins in the 1998, grade I Florida Derby and the grade III Holy Bull Stakes. Cape Town went on to run a credible 5th in the 1998, Kentucky Derby. Cape Town has been very good in the breeding shed. He is the sire of the filly Bird Town, Bird Town is a multiple grade stakes winner. She won the 2003 grade I Kentucky Oaks, and is also a half-sister to 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone. Cape Town has also sired graded stakes winners, Capside Lady and Southern Africa.

The dam of Cabo De Noche is Key Flight. Key Flight won 1 race in 4 career starts. As a broodmare she has produced 7 winners, including the mare Key Hunter. Key Hunter won 5 races in 13 starts, including a 3rd in the 1997, grade I Coaching Club American Oaks. Key Hunter is the dam of the grade III winner, Liquor Cabinet.

Pants On Fire is coming off a very impressive victory in the Louisiana Derby, but, I do question the talent of the horses he beat. His pedigree definitely says he can get the 10 furlong distance, whether he has the talent to compete with the likes of Uncle Mo, Soldat, and The Factor. He certainly has the earnings to make the Derby, so we'll see what he can do on the First Saturday in May.
 
Anthony's Cross seems to have figured this whole “racing” thing out. He has yet to run a bad race and he's never finished worse than 4th. While running over the Super Speedway that is Santa Anita Park, Anthony's Cross has adapted to a new racing style. He's learned to run closer to the pace, whereas, in his two year old season he liked to make his run from further back. He's now won 2 races in 6 starts, with two 3rd place finishes. Anthony's Cross is coming off a super win in the grade II Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. He pressed a very quick pace, and fought hard down the stretch to beat Riveting Reason by a nose. His time of 1:48. for the 1 1/8th mile distance was also very impressive.

The sire of Anthony's Cross is Indian Charlie. Indian Charlie was a super impressive colt, winning 4 out of his 5 career starts. His only loss came in the 1998, Kentucky Derby, where he finished 3rd to Real Quiet. His biggest win came in the grade I Santa Anita Derby.
Indian Charlie has been a fantastic sire and he seems to be improving with age. He's sired the grade I winners and champion fillies - Fleet Indian and Indian Blessing. He's also sired graded stakes winners - Two Trail Sioux, Pampered Princess, My Pal Charlie, Mr.Nightlinger, Indy Anne, Conveyance, Charlie's Moment, Bwanna Charlie, as well as, the grade I winner and 2 year old Champion, Uncle Mo (who will most likely be favored in this year's Kentucky Derby.) Indian Charlie is known for putting speed into his progeny, but they have also shown the ability to handle the 10 furlong distance.

The dam of Indian Charlie is Soviet Sojourn. Soviet Sojourn won 3 races in 10 starts, with 3 seconds and 3 third place finishes. She won the 1991, grade III Sorrento Stakes. In the breeding shed she produced 4 winners.

The dam of Anthony's Cross is the unraced Screening. As a broodmare she has produced 2 winners out of 3 foals. Besides Anthony’s Crossing, she produced Fugitive Angel. Fugitive Angel won 4 races in 8 starts and captured purse money exceeding $220,000. She won the 2010, grade III Valley View Stakes at Keeneland.

The sire of Screening is Unbridled. Unbridled was an awesome race horse. In his 3 year old season alone, he captured the grade I Kentucky Derby, the grade I Florida Derby and the grade I Breeder's Cup Classic. He was named 3 year old champion colt in 1990.

Unbridled has proven just as special in the breeding shed. He sired champions - Anees, Banshee Breeze, Halfbridled and Smuggler. Other sons and daughters of Unbrideled include Belterra, Broken Vow, Connections, Eddington, Empire Maker, Exogenous, Grindstone, Harlington, Manistique, Mustanfar, Red Bullet, Red Chili Pepper, Saarland, Santa Catalina, Surya, Unbridled Hope, Unbridled's Song, and Unshaded.

The dam of Screening is Recording. A winner of 3 races in 9 starts, the highlight of her career was her win in the grade III Sands Point Stakes. Recording has produced 5 winners, including the grade II winner Smart Bid. Smart Bid has won over $540,000 in his career.
Anthony's Cross seems to be improving with every race. He's coming off his first graded stakes win, with his victory in the grade II Robert Lewis Stakes. His pedigree is regal and his bloodlines suggest he can go the 10 furlong distance. He has a lot of improving to do to compete with the likes of Uncle Mo, but he's very versatile and can run close to the pace or rally from off. He has a win over the Churchill Downs surface, which will help him come Derby day. I could see this colt spicing up the exotics on the First Saturday in May.
 
Comma To The Top is one of the most experienced runners in the Derby picture. He's raced 12 times with 6 wins. As a two year old he captured 3 straight stakes, with his big win in the grade I Cash Call Futurity capping off his season. The speedy Peter Miller trainee has yet to win as a 3 year old. He disappointed as the favorite in the El Camino Real Derby, sitting just off the pace, he lacked the late punch to win. He faded and finished a well beaten 4th. Miller decided to take a shot in grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita next, and Comma To The Top pressed a suicidal pace (22.3,44.2) to the top of the stretch, where he briefly took the lead, but the quick fractions were just too much. He faded to 4th, beaten 9 ½ lengths by Premier Pegasus. He actually ran a lot better than it seems on paper. The top three finishers all came from well off the pace, while the other pace setters faded badly, finishing last and next to last.

The sire of Comma To The Top is Bwana Charlie. Bwana Charlie was a tough little horse who was best sprinting. He won 4 races in 19 starts, with earnings exceeding $388,000. His biggest win came in the 2004, grade II Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga. Bwana Charlie is a relatively young sire, and Comma To The Top is his top earner. He's sired 32 winners so far in his young career.

The dam of Bwana Charlie is Shahalo. Shahalo was unplaced in 2 career starts. She has been an extremely useful broodmare. She's produced 5 winners, including the grade II winner - My Pal Charlie and the grade III winner - Bwana Bull.

The Dam of Comma To The Top is Maggie’s Storm. Maggie’s Storm only raced 4 times and recorded just one 2nd place finish. Comma To The Top is Maggie’s Storm's only winner to date.

Maggie’s Storm is sired by Stormy Atlantic. Stormy Atlantic won 6 times in 15 starts. but he has been incredible as a sire. Stormy Atlantic has sired numerous graded stakes winners, including Atlantic Ocean, Bittel Road, Gators N Bears, Icy Atlantic, Leonnatus Anteas, My Princess Jess, Quite A Bride, Ren, She Says It Best, Stormello, Twice As Bad.

The Dam of Maggie’s Storm is Maggie’s Pistol. Maggie’s Pistol won 7 times in 28 career starts. The highlight of her career was her win in the grade III Virginia Handicap. As a broodmare she has produced 7 winners. She is the dam of Dumaani Of Course. Dumaani Of Course won 8 races in 27 starts, he captured purses exceeding $172,000. He was a hard trying horse who was able to win around two turns.

Comma To The Top is a speedy colt, but he lacks a win so far this season. He seems to be a few notches below the likes of Uncle Mo and Soldat. His running style doesn't seem to fit the 10 furlong distance and his pedigree says he'll be better around one turn. He has the earnings to make the derby, but, in my opinion, he will only be an annoyance to the early speed of The Factor.
 

 

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Older Comments about Pedigree Spotlight: Pants on Fire, Anthony's Cross & Comma To The Top...

Good write up again. Always interesting to see what info you dig up as you trace back. Like Anthony's Cross and think he could be a factor this year in major races.
Waya,I actually agree with you entirely. Comma To The Top is an over-achiever, who will most likely show early speed then fade in the Derby. But we have to check them out since they will be running.
I honestly can't see Pants on Fire doing much in Kentucky, Comma does not want 10 furlongs, and Anthony's Cross will have to step up to make me believe, although he is working great.

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