Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds
2010 BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES - PEDIGREE PROFILES
This year, six of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly entrants will confront a
dirt racing surface for the first time in their brief careers. Some have the
breeding to enjoy the dirt while others will want no part of it. The field is
fairly contentious and includes four Grade 1 winners, A Grade 3 winner, Graded
stakes placed runners and an undefeated filly.
(Awesome of Course – Precious Feather, by Gone West)
of Course is a fairly obscure
Florida-based sire and he won only a couple of minor sprint stakes races. He is
a half brother to stakes winners Imperfect World, Monsieur Cat, and the dam of
Graded stakes winner Krypton. Awesome
Feather’s dam Precious Feather was a multiple stakes winner and her second dam
Last Feather was a Group 3 winner in France. Third dam Quill was Champion Two
Year Old Filly and blue hen.
Surface: Awesome Feather is undefeated over fast dirt.
She hasn’t encountered an off track, but her pedigree indicates that it
shouldn’t bother her.
Outlook: Awesome Feather is undefeated and basically
untested. She is only the third filly to sweep the Florida Stallion Stakes
series in Florida and has won all of her races by a combined 20 lengths. She’s
won on the lead, pressing the pace and from off of the pace. The “who did she
beat?” question comes into play here, but her winning times are consistent with
the rest of this field.
A Z WARRIOR (Bernardini - Carson Jen by Carson City)
Pedigree: Bernardini’s offspring have been
surprisingly precocious but have shown the quality one would expect from a
stallion with his talent and pedigree. A
Z Warrior’s half siblings EZ Warrior and JZ Warrior are multiple stakes winning
sprint specialists. Both are by sprint sires, but AZ Warrior may want to travel
farther than her siblings. Their dam
Carson Jen is a multiple stakes placed sprinter.
Surface: AZ Warrior won over Cushion Track, was so-so on the
Polytrack and gave her best performance over the fast Belmont dirt. Her sire
has produced winners over the off going.
Outlook: In the Darley Debutante, AZ Warrior was a
fast closing second to Wickedly Perfect over Polytrack, which isn’t A Z
Warrior’s best surface. She was flattered by Wickedly Perfect’s win over a nice
group of stakes fillies in the Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland. A Z Warrior came back in Frizette, where she
galloped away from R Heat Lightning, the recent Spinaway winner. A Z Warrior has the pedigree, experience and
ability to be a serious contender in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
BELIEVE IN A. P. (A.P. Indy - I Believe in You, by
in A. P. has strong stamina and dirt attributes throughout her pedigree. She is
by Breeders’ Cup Classic Champ A.P. Indy and out of a dam by the second place
finisher in the same race. Believe in
A. P.‘s dam was in the money in
all four starts and won the Hollywood Starlet, but her promising career was cut
short due to injury.
over fast dirt, hasn’t encountered an off track but has breeding to appreciate
Outlook: After butting heads with fillies at Saratoga and
Belmont over the summer, Believe in A.
P. was a blowout winner at Philadelphia Park.
Like many of A.P. Indy’s progeny, she probably needed time to mature, but this is a tough spot for a
repeat win. Keep an eye on her next
DELIGHTFUL MARY (Limehouse – Deputy's Delight, by
Pedigree: Delightful Mary has a sprinter/miler oriented
dirt pedigree. Limehouse is a multiple
graded stakes winner from five to nine furlongs. The majority of his offspring
are sprinters. Delightful Mary is a half sister to the multiple graded stakes
winning warrior Delightful Kiss. Her
second dam was also a stakes winner.
Untested over dirt.
Outlook: After trouncing the competition by over 11
lengths in her first two starts, Delightful Mary couldn’t catch a loose on the
lead Wyomia, who is entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Delightful Mary may be talented, but she has
a lot to prove against top class competition that will set faster fractions
than she’s encountered.
HARLAN’S RUBY (Harlan's Holiday - Smiling Eyes,
by Saint Ballado)
Harlan’s Holiday’s offspring are sprinter milers and Smiling Eyes is a
full sister to the G-3 stakes winning sprinter Popular. Harlan’s Ruby has already won at 1 1/16 miles
but may not want to go much farther.
Surface: Harlan’s Ruby is a winner over turf and
placed over the Polytrack at Keeneland. She was unplaced in her only dirt
Harlan’s Ruby was beaten by over nine lengths in her sole dirt attempt
at Churchill. She was no match for Wickedly Perfect in the Alcibiades but finished second, ahead of
some stakes winning fillies. Her stalking running style could
help, but she’s appears to be ducking the stronger Turf division.
INDIAN GRACEY (Indian Ocean – Miz Betty Grace, by
Pedigree: Indian Gracey has a sprinter/miler pedigree with
dirt influences. Her sire is well-bred but hasn’t been very promising at stud.
His offspring are sprinter/miler types and he has yet to get a stakes winner in
two crops. Indian Gracey’s dam is a half
sister to a couple of stakes-placed runners, one of whom produced Grace 2
winning sprinter Warbling.
Outlook: Indian Gracey has been in the money in all four
starts. She finally won her maiden in her third start after stretching out to a
mile. After leading the pack in the Oakleaf Stakes (G-1) , she tired but still
finished third, beaten only 1 ½ lengths. She’s a talented filly who should move
forward over dirt, but she’ll have plenty of company on the front end.
IZSHELEGAL (Macho Uno – Unkatzable, by A.P. Indy)
Pedigree: Izshelegal has a pedigree to appreciate dirt
and a route of ground. By Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Macho Uno, Izshelegal’s distaff family is a long list
of whose who and includes multiple graded stakes winners Katz Me if You Can and
Cuddles as her first and second dams. Northern Afleet and the classy Tap to
Music are also part of this family.
Outlook: Izshelegal is still a maiden after four
starts. She stared her ambitious career with a second place finish in the
Landaluce Stakes, but has been off the board against Grade 1 winners in her
last two attempts. She has a one-run style and should enjoy the switch to dirt,
but she may be up against it class wise. She might be worth a longshot look.
JORDY Y (Congrats – Debt Free, by Fly So
Free) *Second preference Juvenile
Congrats is the leading first crop sire and has several stakes
horses. His offspring are winning over
all surfaces and distances. Jordy Y is a half sister to stakes winner Cape Time
and stakes placed Mississippi Hippie. Her dam is a half sister to the graded stakes
winning sprinter Alke; stakes winners Debit My Account and Red and Gold.
Jordy Y has spent her career running on Polytrack. She has a strong dirt pedigree and should do
well over the surface.
Jordy Y tried to make up ground over the speed favoring Keeneland track
in the Alcibiades in a futile
effort. She was only beaten 2 lengths and finished third. Her off the pace style and experience at the
race distance will help her in the Breeders’ Cup Fillies. Coincidently, her
connections won this race in 2006 at Churchill with Dreaming of Anna, who
prepped for the race over the Woodbine Polytrack.
(Tapit – Wild Lucy Black, by Wild Again)
Pedigree: Tapit, a
son of Pulpit, is known for producing classy fillies. Joyful Victory has a very modest but durable
distaff family and one half sibling has raced 67 times.
over fast dirt.
Outlook: After winning her debut, Joyful Victory found
herself in the deep end of the pool facing winners in the Frizette (G-1). She
was a steady third all the way around, beaten by over three lengths. She can
move forward off of that race, but this field appears too strong for her
R HEAT LIGHTNING (Trippi – Yellow Heat, by Gold Fever)
Pedigree: R Heat Lightning’s sire and damsire are sons
of Forty Niner. R Heat Lightning is a
full sister to stakes placed Hot Trip. Her dam won three of five starts as a
Surface: R Heat Lightning is successful over a fast
dirt track. She hasn’t encountered an
off track. Trippi’s offspring are
average in the mud.
Outlook: The dominant four length winner of the
Spinaway Stakes, R Heat Lightning couldn’t catch A Z Warrior in the Frizette,
but finished up well to place second, by 1 ¾ lengths. She has the ability to sit off of the pace
and could rebound in this race.
SOUNDWAVE (Friends Lake - Echo Echo Echo, by
has a dirt sprinter’s pedigree. Her sire Friends Lake never won past a mile and
hasn’t sired a graded stakes winner. Most of his progeny are sprinters, but he
gets the occasional two turn winner.
Soundwave is a half sister to the stakes winning Letgomyecho and another
half sister produced last year’s Sapling winner, Western Smoke. Her dam is a
stakes placed sprinter.
Surface: A winner
over a fast track.
has won three of four starts, including the Monmouth Park NATC Futurity. Her only defeat came in her debut over the
Churchill dirt. She will try to stretch
her speed while contesting the lead in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
TELL A KELLY
(Tapit – Evrobi, by Tabasco
Tapit, a son of Pulpit, gave us Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly winner
Stardom Bound, Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Larah and Alabama Stakes winner
Careless Jewel. Tell a Kelly’s damsire won the Preakness and Belmont
Stakes. He is the damsire of Florida
Derby winner Ice Box (by Pulpit) and last year’s Brooklyn Handicap (G-2) winner
Eldaafer (by A.P. Indy), a multiple winner at 1 ½ miles. Adding more stamina to the mix is Tell a
Kelly’s second damsire Alydar. Tell A
Kelly’s dam is a half sister to an Irish stakes placed runner.
Grade 1 winner over Polytrack, Tell A Kelly is also Grade 1 placed over Cushion
Track. Her sire and damsire have dirt
pedigrees, but Tell A Kelly’s dam won or was in the money in half of her turf
starts and none of her dirt attempts.
Tell A Kelly was an easy 4 ½ length winner of the Darley Debutant over
Wickedly Perfect, but offered no resistance to Rigoletta in the closing stages
of the Oak Leaf Stakes in her first attempt at two turns. Now that she has
experience at the distance, Tell A Kelly should be fitter and could rebound in
the B.C. Fillies.
- Heat Lightning, by Summer Squall) *First Preference Juvenile Fillies
Pedigree: Theyskens' Theory has one of the best
pedigrees in the field. Her Champion sire is getting winners over all surfaces.
Theyskens' Theory is a half sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Stevie
Wonderboy. Her dam is a half sister to the Group 2winner Fair Judgment and her
second dam Mystical Mood won the Schuylerville. Theyskens' Theory has
inbreeding to the blue hen Weekend Surprise through the half brothers A.P. Indy
(Bernardini’s sire) and Summer
won over good to soft turf. Untested over dirt
Outlook: Theyskens' Theory is a Group 3 winner and was
1 ½ lengths shy of a Group 1 win in the Meon Valley Mile. Her pedigree is geared more towards dirt, but
this talented filly appears to be flexible. She has experience, class and
should take to the dirt. Theyskens'
Theory can be a threat wherever she’s placed.