Todd Pletcher, as usual, is overstocked with 2-year-olds; Chad Brown, Bill Mott, Linda Rice (queen of the turf sprints) and Nick Zito have their share.
Other horsemen listed some of their 2-year-olds to watch:
Mike Hushion said a Barry Schwartz colt named Will Geer Road could be ready soon.
John Kimmel said he has “a really nice group of babies.” They include the New York-bred fillies Newbie (by Bernardini), Strike Accord (by Smart Strike) and Kibosh (by Discreet Cat); and a “nice roster of colts.” Among these are Give Peace a Chance (by Pulpit out of Missamerica Bertie); Fire on Ice (by Unbridled’s Song); and a son of Street Sense out of Andora Springs that Kimmel calls “as nice a 2-year-old as I’ve been around in a long time.”
He also tabbed a filly by Scat Daddy out of Evangelical; another named Phantasticus (by Yes Its True); and Splurgess (by Purge).
Shug McGaughey’s barn is strong with royally-bred fillies: Party Interest (by Bernardini out of Search Party); Spare Change (by Bernardini out of Finder’s Fee); Coasting (by Smart Strike out of Cat Cay); Raise the Flag (by Awesome Again out of My Flag); Sea Island (by Pulpit out of Resort); Trophy Wife (by Giants Causeway out of Pleasant Home); and Gloat (by Mr. Greeley out of On Parade).
Ken McPeek likes the fillies Illegally Blonde, Volcat and Dream Pegasus, who is pointing for the P.G. Johnson on turf.
“We have some nice youngsters, including a War Front colt named State of Play that will sprint on the grass early in the meet, and a very nice Manduro filly, Vapour Musing, that will run long on grass,” Team Valor’s Barry Irwin said.
Barclay Tagg didn’t name names, but said of his 2-year-olds, “I have some really nice ones.”
Jimmy Toner gave us an unnamed Dixieland Band filly out of Ellie’s Moment, and a Hardspun colt, Candy Feat, that is a half-brother to the turf stakes winner Masseuse.
Rick Violette, whose 2-year-olds are “behind schedule,” named colts by Congrats, Henny Hughes and Citizip as being the most advanced.