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Five Maidens To Watch - 2YOs of 2013

SEAMROG 09 COLT by CITY PLACE OBS April 2011 undertack worked 10.1 Galloped out 20.4

A thoroughbred’s first start is truly beautiful. It is the matrimony of a trainer’s careful planning  with a breeder’s superstition, a groom’s hard work with a breaker’s persistence. Countless people are behind every maiden victory, from before the foal was even born, their hard work riding on the hope that someday their horse might turn out to be something special.

I have kept a careful eye out for some of the best unraced two year olds out there, scouring sales catalogs and works, pedigrees and conformation. Now I have narrowed down my selections to just five juveniles, three colts and two fillies, who I will follow and document from their first race to their retirement. Are you ready?

Behedeman (Eddington - Ragtime Hope, by Dixieland Band)

This full brother to Secret Circle kicks us off. The intact chestnut colt has been firing up the Belmont backstretch with two bullet works in the month of June. The colt is a TrueNicks A+ and it’s not hard to see why. Not only is he beautiful, but he’s put together very well and looks very sound too. Eddington and Dixieland Band make this colt sound like a good middle distance runner with plenty of speed, but don’t forget, his grandsire, Unbridled, did give Carl Nafzger his first Kentucky Derby win.

Coolington (Pulpit - Brandy Rose, by Distinctive Pro)

This beautiful blue roan colt may be Doug O’Neill’s best hope for a hat trick in the Santa Anita Derby. By the recently deceased Pulpit, while his mother may have been a sprinter, his dad had the makings of a horse who could just keep on going. It doesn’t get much better than a TrueNicks A++ and that is what Coolington was rated! He is certainly put together nicely, if you can get past his stunning coat. Check out some of his works on the West Coast, he flies!

Gutshot (Hat Trick (JPN) - Summer Forest, by Forestry)

While perhaps not the most eloquently named, Gutshot has talent. Firing a 3 furlong bullet his first work, he has a beautiful build. He may not be the soundest of horses with his mother never racing, but he seems to have speed and it wouldn’t be surprising if Hat Trick threw in a little stamina too. TrueNicks only gives his nicking a B+, but it can be seen there were three Group 1 winners based off this cross in Japan, most noticeably Kizuna.

Fascinating (Smart Strike - Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat)

Ever heard of Bodemeister? This is his little sister! The TrueNicks B+ filly has been heating it up over at Santa Anita, working a quarter alone in an eye popping 23.80 second bullet! The bay filly has speed and stamina and it shows up in her pedigree. My only question is how her precocious mom will combine with her later maturing father. Remember, Smart Strike’s best get tend to be fillies.

Thirteen Arrows (Indian Charlie - Stop Traffic by Cure the Blues)

Cross Traffic is a new name on the scene but his little sister doesn’t look like she’ll be new for long! By sprinter master Indian Charlie out of multiple Grade 1 winner Stop Traffic, Thirteen Arrows looks like she is hitting some targets in the mornings, firing a bullet at Saratoga, the best of 39 other works! TrueNicks gives her a promising A and check this out -- she is bred on a similar cross to Bwana Charlie!

What do you think of these two year olds? Do you have unraced two year olds you’re following?


By: Colin K / Sullivan


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you want a good 2yo,keep an eye on the street cry patrick byrne will be bringing out this summer.all i have to say.
What's the site?
jmac they do got a website that has all that info. Lets you know all 2 year olds currently in training gives there pedigree and who there currently being trained by.
Nicely written, Colin! (cocoa?) I especially like the filly Fascinating as one to watch. She is bred similarly to the 2y/o colt, Ride On Curlin, who ran well at Churchill recently. So, actually, you've started a longitudinal study of sorts--have fun with it!
I wish they'd have a website that has every 2 yr old on it lol this site does it well but you know what I mean.
They will make a hell of a 7F race.. Wheres the real stars hiding?
Wonderful writing, Colin. Definitely will be following these.
Thanks for all of the info about these babies, Colin. I try not to get my hopes up about the siblings of multiple stakes winners, but you have me interested in Secret Circle's brother. What's the story behind his name? No specific favorites of unraced 2 year olds to report, but of course I like the Big Guy's filly, Stop Smiling, that won at BHP in her first start on 7/6, and new to Doug O' Neill's barn, Love Smitten, an Into Mischief filly that won on 6/25 at Presque Isle Downs . For photos of his unraced two year olds, check out Doug O'Neill Racing at fb. One of them is heavy on the chrome, if you like white markings.
Very well written and a great project.
i've been following Aces High, & All In Blue who just recently broke his maiden.
thank you colin- eloquently written and i will be keeping an eye on these babies.

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