Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds
2010 BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE COLTS TURF - PEDIGREE PROFILES
This year’s Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Turf field is very contentious and filled with very talented,
well-bred colts. Only three colts are untested over turf, and many of the
European entries haven’t encountered firm turf. Biondetti is the only undefeated contestant.
SUPPORT (Smart Strike – Gaze, by Danzig)
Pedigree: Air Support
is one of the best bred colts in the field.
He’s a half brother to turf stakes placed runners Perusal and Imaging. Air Support’s dam is a half sister to Travers
victor Coronado’s Quest, Maryland Million Sprint Handicap winner Military Look
and Fort Marcy Stakes winner Warning Look. Air Support has a strong
Claiborne/Phipps distaff family and traces back directly to the blue hen
Shenanigans, who is Air Support’s fourth dam.
His third dam Laughter is a half sister to the Champion Ruffian.
Surface: Has won over
yielding and firm turf beyond a mile.
Outlook: Air Support
appears to have a good/bad race cycle. After winning his maiden, Air Support
faced winners in the With Anticipation (G-3). He finished fourth with no
apparent excuse, except that he was a few lengths farther back than usual. A
race later, he bounced back to win the Pilgrim going away by 1 ½ lengths. Air Support could improve further off of that
effort, but cuts back to a mile. His pedigree suggests he’ll want to go longer,
but his pace pressing running style could serve him well at this distance. He’s
a legitimate contender.
(Kitten’s Joy – Cardinalli, by Capote)
Pedigree: Banned has
a turf router over dirt sprinter pedigree mix and evidently takes after his Champion
Turf sire. His dam won two of 12 sprint
races and is a half sister to a stakes placed dirt sprinter, while his second
dam was multiple stakes placed up to 1 1/16 miles over the dirt.
Surface: Banned has won over firm and yielding turf.
Outlook: A winner of
two straight turf races by a combined eight lengths, Banned is jumping from
allowance company straight into a tough Grade 1 race. Banned likes to press the
pace and should have company on the front end.
He has the makings of a nice colt but the “who did he beat” factor comes
into play and he may be up against it in terms of class and experience. He
might deserve a long-shot look.
BIONDETTI (Bernardini - Lyphard's Delta, by Lyphard) *Second
Preference Juvenile Turf
offspring have been surprisingly precocious but have shown the quality one
would expect from a stallion with his talent and pedigree. He is #3 on the
First Crop Sires List. As one would
expect from a Godolphin runner, Biondetti
is impeccably bred. He is a ¾ brother to multiple graded turf stakes
winners Indy Five Hundred and Delta Princess.
His dam is a graded stakes winner at 1 ¼ miles over turf and
second dam Proud Delta was an Eclipse Champion Older Mare. Biondetti
will have no difficulty with the one mile distance of the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Turf and should excel at longer routes.
won over firm, good and soft turf.
Outlook: Biondetti is a brilliant European runner.
He’s unbeaten in three starts including a Group 1 race at a mile in the Italian
Gran Criterium. His running style is flexible, and he has
gone from leading the pack to a one run stalker. He’s comfortable in a large
group and has the experience, pedigree and talent to be the strongest European
hope in the Juvenile Turf, should he enter the race.
DREAMS (Freud – Plinking, by
has carved out a niche for himself as a sire of turf runners. Not unusual
considering that he is a full brother to international sire Giant’s Causeway.
Deciphering Dreams is a full brother to Jung Man Scott who was second in the
With Anticipation (G-3) over the lawn last year. Plinking won two of eight races over turf and
one of eight tries over the dirt. She’s a half sister to the good stakes
warriors Uncle T Seven and Wishful Tomcat.
Successful over the firm going, was third over yielding turf.
Deciphering Dreams made a late run to finish third, 1 ½ lengths behind
Air Support in the Pilgrim Stakes (G-3).
1 1/16 miles to 1 1/8 might be this colt’s best distance, due to his
stalking running style and pedigree. He cuts back in distance and may not be up
to this level of competition.
DUX SCHOLAR (Oasis Dream – Alumni, Selkirk)
Scholar has a speed over stamina pedigree with strong turf breeding. His sire is an English Gr. 1 sprinter and is
also the sire of the late Tuscan Evening, multiple graded stakes winning mare.
Alumni won the Cheshire Oaks (Gr.3) over 11.5 furlongs and is a half sister to
four European stakes winners.
Scholar has won over good going and has placed over good-soft and soft going.
He hasn’t encountered firm turf.
Scholar has been in the money in four of five lifetime starts, including second
and third placings in Group 3 contests. In the John Smith's Extra Smooth Stakes
(Eng-Gr. 3), Dux Scholar sat behind the
pace and made his move two furlongs from the finish, but seemed to hang in the
final stages. He was nipped at the wire by Klammer in a three way head-bobbing
finish. Klammer previously finished a very distant 10 lengths behind the big
buzz horse Frankel last time out. Dux
Scholar has experience in large fields and knows how to battle for a win. He can sit right off of the pace, but has
only one win to his name.
HUNGRY (Limehouse – Cukee,
Langfuhr) (AE List)
Limehouse is a multiple graded stakes winner from five to nine furlongs.
The majority of his offspring are sprinters; however his turf runners go
farther than their dirt counterparts. Humble
And Hungry has a modest distaff family with no black type (stakes horses) in
Humble And Hungry has been successful over firm lawn. He hasn’t
encountered soft going.
Humble And Hungry won his maiden in his third attempt after being
switched to turf. It was a good effort,
but he’s giving up experience and is in against a deep field of winners.
DIARIES (Bring the Heat – Harper N Abby, by Outflanker) * Second Preference
Pedigree: Bring the
Heat is a
descendant of the brilliant but fragile In Excess sire line. Madman Diaries has some turf influences through his damsire
Outflanker, a son of Danzig. His second dam Meafara was second two years
running in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Diaries is untested over turf.
Outlook: Madman Diaries has won or placed in all five
of his starts, including wins in the Victoria Stakes in Canada and Sapling
Stakes (G-3) at Monmouth. This blazing fast colt has set remarkable time
fractions in sprints, but has yet to be tested past six furlongs. He is cross-entered in the Juvenile Dirt. In
either race, expect Madman Diaries to be on or pressing the lead while
stretching out in distance.
(More Than Ready - Dream Lady, by Old Trieste)
Pedigree: Major Gain
has an adaptable pedigree. His sire and damsire were graded stakes winners over
dirt, but both have turf influences within their pedigrees. They are versatile
producers, getting winners over every surface.
Major Gain’s dam was unplaced in three dirt attempts, but won 12 of 15
starts over the turf including stakes races. She is Grade 3 placed over the
Surface: Major Gain is a winner over Polytrack. He is
untested over dirt and Turf. He has worked evenly with Willcox Inn over the
Outlook: Major Gain was up in time to win the
Arlington-Washington Futurity by a length, but his running style worked against
him in the speed-favoring Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. He appears
to have regressed in that race as well, finishing a distant 10+ lengths behind
the winner. He could move forward off of
his last effort, but may not be up to the competition.
MANTOBA (Noverre – Coming Home, by Vettori)
Pedigree: Mantoba has miler speed throughout his turf
oriented pedigree. Both his sire and damsire won Group Stakes up to a mile. His
second dam was a stakes winner and third dam Bonne Ile was a multiple
grade/group 1 winner.
Mantoba is successful over good going. He hasn’t encountered a firm
Outlook: Mantoba won his maiden in his second attempt
then beat a group of allowance winners going a mile over good turf. He likes to
be forwardly placed. Mantoba will be
shipping, trying a new race style and meeting more experienced horses in the
Breeders’ Cup Turf.
MASTER OF HOUNDS (Kingmambo – Silk and Scarlet, by Sadler’s
won’t find better breeding for the lawn than in this colt’s pedigree. Master of Hounds’ dam is a Group 3 winner,
and the son of Kingmambo has inbreeding to the blue hen Special through Nureyev
and his half sister Fairy Bridge. Master
of Hounds has similar breeding to dual Classic winner Henrythenavigator and
two-time English Champion filly Divine Proportions. Master of Hounds shares the
same distaff family as Divine Proportions, as both trace back to a daughter of
the 1909 mare Verve.
most of the European horses, Master of Hounds is successful over good going. He
hasn’t encountered a firm course.
Master of Hounds took four attempts to win his maiden, but was
successful when stretching out to 7 ½ furlongs. He then jumped into Group 3
company in the one-mile Racing Post Trophy and made a strong run from the back
of the pack to claim third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by the winner. Casamento, the winner of the Racing Post
Trophy, was a head shy of being undefeated in 4 starts. His only loss came to
the unbeaten Group 1 winner Pathfork, who was declared out of the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Turf due to injury. Master of Hounds will likely want to go
farther than a mile, but his experience and class fits with this group.
Than Ready – Secret Heart, by Fort Wood)
Pedigree: Pluck has a strong turf
pedigree. His sire has become a sensation in Australia and his damsire was a
Group 1 winner in France. Pluck’s dam
is a South African multiple G1-placed half-sister to Australian Champion
Surface: A two-time winner at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Turf distance of a mile, Pluck has been successful over firm and good turf.
Outlook: In two of
his three turf races, Pluck won going away with a very strong move in the
stretch. He has speed and stamina mixed throughout his pedigree and his speed
figures have been slowly improving in every start. Don’t leave this one out of
SAILING (Mizzen Mast – Moussica, by Woodman) (AE List)
Pedigree: Rough Sailing physically resembles his damsire,
Woodman, the Irish Champion Juvenile. He receives turf attributes from his sire
Mizzen Mast, a son of Champion Turf Horse Cozzene, as well as Woodman and his
second and third damsires (The Minstrel and The Axe). Rough Sailing’s dam is a half sister to
multiple stakes winner Wild Zone.
over firm turf. Hasn’t encountered off going.
Sailing’s only victory came in his debut, going a mile over the turf. Switching
to Polytrack, he was a strong second in the Arlington Washington Futurity, but
bombed in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity over the Keeneland conveyor belt. He’ll be making his run from off of the pace,
but at this point, he may not be up to this level of competition.
SILVER MEDALLION (Badge of Silver – Another
Vegetarian, by Stalwart) (AE List)
Pedigree: Silver Medallion is a half brother to Sweet
Talker, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G-1) over the
lawn. His sire Badge of Silver is
represented by his first crop this year and has three winners over the turf.
His dam Another Vegetarian is a half sister to a stakes winner.
over good turf, unplaced over firm going.
Medallion won his turf debut, but has been beaten soundly in two graded
stakes. He found some minor trouble at
the start of one race and was rank in his last contest. He’ll be cutting back
in distance and facing tougher here.
SOLDAT (War Front – Le Relais, by
Pedigree: Although first crop sire War Front was a dirt
sprinter, he is a son of the international sire Danzig and has produced winners
over the lawn. Soldat’s second damsire Apalachee was a Champion two year old in
England and Ireland.
Surface: A winner at
1 1/16 miles, Soldat has been successful over firm going and was second over
Outlook: Soldat was a
strong three lengths winner of the With Anticipation, but had a rough trip in
the Pilgrim. He still managed to close to within 1 ½ lengths of the winner,
finishing second. Like others in this race, he’s cutting back to a mile, but
his near the pace running style should help. He’s another colt that shouldn’t
TYPHOON SLEW (Stormy
Atlantic – Hepatica, by Slewpy) (AE List)
Slew is a half brother to Lexington Stakes (G-2) winner Slew’s Tizzy and his
full brother, stakes winning Slew’s Tiznow.
Three of five of the dam’s stakes winning siblings were winners over the
Surface: A winner
over firm turf, hasn’t encountered off going.
Outlook: Typhoon Slew blew away his rivals at Ellis Park in
a one mile turf contest by over ten lengths, but tired to be trounced by over
13 lengths when facing stakes company in his last two starts. Maybe the cut back in distance will help, but
he looks up against it from a class standpoint.
UTLEY (Smart Strike – No Matter What, by Nureyev)
Pedigree: Utley has one of the best pedigrees in the
field. His sire is an international sensation and it is rare to see Nureyev
this close up in a modern (post 1999) pedigree. Utley is a half brother to the
multiple Group/Grade 1 winners Rainbow View, Just As Well and Grade 3 winner
Winning View. Their dam won the Del Mar Oaks (G-1) at 1 1/8 miles over
Surface: Victorious over soft fast going, Utely
hasn’t tried firm turf.
winning his maiden in his second attempt, Utely was tossed into strong
competition in the Prix Jean-luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium-G1) at seven
furlongs. He faded in the last 100 yards and finished fifth, six lengths behind
the winner. He’ll be adding some
distance, but could fit with this group.
INN (Harlan’s Holiday - De Aar, by Gone West)
Pedigree: Harlan’s Holiday’s offspring are sprinter
milers. Most are at their best over Dirt, Polytrack and Cushion Track. Harlan’s
Holiday’s turf winners are mainly allowance level, but he does have two graded
stakes placed runners over turf. Willcox Inn’s dam is a stakes placed
half sister to graded stakes winning warriors Cetewayo and Bowman Mill, as well
as last year’s Beverly D. winner Dynaforce.
Surface: Willcox Inn
has won and placed over Polytrack and is untested over turf.
winning his debut at 1 1/16 miles over the Arlington Polytrack, Willcox Inn
made up ground over the speed favoring Keeneland Polytrack to finish a distant
third. Most of his works have been over Polytrack, but he recorded one five
furlong work over the Keeneland turf, which, while slower than his previous
works over Polytrack, was the fastest of four moves for the day, including one
by Cozy Kitten. Willcox Inn has the
pedigree to be proficient over every surface, but there are others in this race
that show stronger form.