2-year-old pedigrees: Dennis' Moment, Decorated Invader lead

2-year-old pedigrees: Dennis' Moment, Decorated Invader lead
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Last weekend's stakes action included another brilliant performance by Dennis’ Moment, plus a dominating victory by Decorated Invader on the turf. Both 2-year-old colts are scheduled next to contest their respective 2019 Breeders’ Cup races. Four other juveniles also put their names on the watch list for future stakes. Let's get to know their pedigrees..

(Tiznow - Transplendid, by Elusive Quality)

Dennis’ Moment followed up his dazzling 19 1/4-length maiden win with another impressive display of dominance and speed in the Iroquois Stakes (G3), winning by 1 3/4 lengths over Scabbard and setting a new stakes record of 1:43.58 for 1 1/16 miles. Unless another colt comes along with a more spectacular performance, the Dale Romans trainee looks like our Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite.

Pedigree: Dennis’ Moment sports a middle distance pedigree, the conformation of a router, and he may handle classic distances with maturity. As a damsire, Elusive Quality gets primarily sprinter/milers. He’s the broodmare sire of four stakes winners at 1 1/8 miles and beyond. Dennis’ Moment is the first foal in his immediate family to race. His dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 stakes-winning sprinter Time’s Mistress and to racing veteran Most Happy Fella, who earned more than $400,000 in 71 starts and was multiple stakes-placed at 1 1/8 miles. The third generation includes Grade 1-winning turf router Henley’s Joy and restricted stakes-winning sprinter Lucky Folie. There are three graded/listed winners as a result of the Tiznow Elusive Quality bloodline cross. They are all sprinter/milers.

(Declaration of War - Gamely Girl, by Arch)

In his third start of the season, Decorated Invader lived up to his name, shipping to Woodbine to easily beat a field of 10 in the Summer Stakes (G1). The final time for the mile over a yielding course was 1:36.34 as the Christophe Clement trainee earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf starting gate.

Pedigree: Decorated Invader is a big, rangy colt with the pedigree and conformation to relish middle to classic distances. He’s a half-brother to stakes-winning turf sprinter Jubliant Girl and to restricted-placed turf miler Cabral. Decorated Invader’s distaff line includes established sires Stormy Atlantic and Bandini, plus this year’s Ashland (G1) heroine Out For A Spin.

(More Than Ready - Cowgirl Mally, by Gone West)

In the Iroquois, Scabbard settled mid-pack near the rail to chase a fast early pace. Corey Lanerie moved the Eddie Kenneally trainee up along the rail but had to steady off heels at the half-mile pole, costing them about five lengths. In the stretch, Scabbard passed tired horses to gain a clear second, 5 1/4 lengths in front of Lebda. Previously, Scabbard finished a clear second to the well-regarded Green Light Go in the Saratoga Special (G2).

Pedigree: Scabbard has a miler/middle distance pedigree. His dam was third in the Schuylerville Stakes (G3). The third-generation includes top California sire General Meeting and Grade 1 winning sprinter Teddy's Promise.

(Curlin - Asiya, by Daaher) 

Ajaaweed made a powerful debut last Wednesday at Belmont Park. He chased the early pace from the rail, swung out for racing room around the turn, found his best stride in mid-stretch and opened up to win by 4 1/4-lengths under a hand ride by Joel Rosario. The final time for the mile was 1:36.44. Plenty of options, including the Champagne (G1), appear open for this Kiaran McLaughlin trainee..

Pedigree: The Shadwell Farm homebred has a miler’s pedigree. Curlin gets winners at all distances, and Ajaawee’d damsire Daaher, despite being a son of Awesome Again, favors his sprint-orientated distaff side. He’s sired only one stakes winner beyond a mile and has yet to be represented by a stakes winner as a damsire. Ajaaweed’s dam hit the board in five of seven starts, including two listed stakes. Class skips to the third generation, which produced CashCall Futurity (G1) hero and sire Liaison and Philip H Iselin (G3) winner Harlan Punch.

(Honor Code - Stella Blue (FR), by Anabaa)

Overlooked by bettors at 23-1, Bama Breeze surprised in his Saturday debut over the Churchill Downs turf. Racing on the rail near the back of the pack in the early stages, Corey Lanerie gradually moved Bama Breeze up the rail, but they faced a wall of horses. Finally finding room in late stretch, the Ben Colebrook trainee pushed by the battling pacesetters to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:44.72.  

Pedigree:  Bama Breeze has a mile pedigree and may handle middle distances with maturity. The gelding’s first-crop sire, Honor Code, was the 2015 Champion Older Dirt Male despite not winning a stakes at 1 1/4 miles. Damsire Anabaa was a champion sprinter in Europe. Bama Breeze’s half-brother is a multiple listed winner in England and earned more than $400,000 as a sprinter/miler. Their dam is a French Group 3-winning sprinter.

(Street Sense - Velvety, by Bernardini)

Making his debut on Saturday at Churchill, Maxfield was off a tick slow. Facing a traffic jam in the full field, jockey Jose Ortiz and Maxfield circled the field, about six to seven wide. The Brendan Walsh trainee powered passed tired horses in the stretch to nail Ghostlore by 3/4-length, winning the one-mile contest in 1:37.13.  

Pedigree: Maxfield has a middle distance to classic pedigree. The Godolphin homebred has an illustrious pedigree and is the first to race in his immediate family. His dam is a half-sister to established sire Sky Mesa. Among the many stakes winners produced by this distaff line are established sires Bernstein, Wiseman’s Ferry, and multiple graded winner Good Samaritan.

(Ghostzapper - Ornate, by Gilded Time)

Ghostlore and Brian Hernandez, Jr. chased the early pace on the inside in Maxfield's maiden special weight flight. They hugged the rail around the turn but were in tight. The Ian Wilkes trainee found racing room in mid-stretch and hit the front briefly before being overtaken late by Maxfield.

Pedigree: Ghostlore has a middle distance to classic pedigree and is a half-brother to three stakes winners; multiple Grade 1-winning miler On Fire Baby; Grade 2-winning miler High Heels, who was third in the 2007 Kentucky Oaks; and listed winner French Kiss, dam of Apple Blossom (G1) heroine Fuhriously Kissed. Another half-sister bore last year’s Grey Stakes (G3) hero Solidify and Peppered, who placed in the 2017 Grey. Ghostlore is bred on the same cross as Santa Anita Handicap champ Shaman Ghost and Illinois Derby (G3) winner Whiskey Ticket.

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Through hands-on work at barns, I learned valuable lessons about Thoroughbred conformation, gait, and temperament and later worked withThoroughbred rescue/re-train organizations. I have committed my passion for horses to the intensive study of pedigree and breeding theory for the last 20 years. 

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