2-year-old pedigrees: Bast, Princesa Caroline standout fillies

October 02, 2019 10:30am

A number of well-bred 2-year-old fillies continued their emergence over the weekend, and a few of them have every right to go on and contend in the upcoming Breeders' Cup. What can we learn from their bloodlines? Read on...

(Uncle Mo - Laffina, by Arch)

Bast gave racing fans a thrilling ride in the Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. The odds-on favorite pressed the pace three-wide under John Velazquez. She then challenged Comical at the quarter-pole, and the two argued all the way to the finish, where Bast stubbornly put her neck in front just before the wire.
 The Bob Baffert trainee got 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.10.  Bast previously impressed in the Del Mar Debutante (G1), and Baffert admitted she may have been a bit short last Friday. She may go to the post of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as the favorite.

Bast is bred to handle middle to classic distances over multiple surfaces. She’s a first foal. The second generation of her distaff line includes a mix of stakes winners capable over dirt and turf, including last year’s Santa Margarita (G1) heroine Fault, who is also a graded winner over the lawn. The family includes graded stakes sprinter Fioretti and turf veteran Mananan McLir. Bast’s second dam, St Lucinda, is multiple stakes-placed over the lawn.

(Into Mischief - Kayce Ace, by Tiznow)

Graded stakes winner Comical fought every step of the way in the Chandelier Stakes under Abel Cedillo. She was game running on the inside of Bast, missing the Grade 1 victory by a neck. After five starts, her resume includes a victory in the Schuylerville (G3) and a distant third-place finish to Bast in the Del Mar Oaks. The Doug O’Neill trainee will likely get a rematch with her rival in the Juvenile Fillies.

Comical has a miler’s pedigree and may go farther with maturity. Her dam is a stakes-placed miler and hit the board in nine of 15 starts. Kayce Ace is a full sister to Travers hero and sire Colonel John and to Santa Anita Derby winner Mr. Hot Stuff. Their half-sister, Caroline's Gold, was third in the 2005 Dogwood Stakes (G3).

(More Than Ready - Uniformly Yours, by Grand Slam)

In her second start, Selflessly stepped up Sunday to break her maiden in the Miss Grillo Stakes (G2) over the Belmont lawn. She stalked the early pace three-wide. Javier Castellano said go at the 5/16 pole, and the Chad Brown trainee angled out five-wide.
 They shook off all challengers and took over a furlong from home, holding the victory over a late-charging Crystalle. The final time for the 1 1/16-miles was 1:42.32. The Miss Grillo is a steppingstone to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Although Selflessly isn’t Breeders’ Cup-nominated, Brown indicated that he would be inclined to take the trip.

Selflessly has a miler/middle distance pedigree. She’s the second foal and second blacktype earner in the immediate family, with her half-sister Enchanted Ghost last seen capturing the Maryland Racing Media Stakes. Their dam is a half-sister to the stakes-winning turf mare Sans Souci Island, who bore graded winning turf miler River Seven, and stakes-placed Henry’s Island. The third generation is filed with international winners, including multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Sky Lantern.

(American Pharoah - Sacre Coeur, by Saint Ballado)

Princesa Caroline didn’t disappoint in her highly anticipated debut on Saturday over the Belmont lawn.
Javier Castellano settled the Chad Brown trainee three-wide just off the pace. She took over from pacesetter Laughable and won the 1 1/16-mile contest by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:41.67.  The future looks very bright for Lady Eli’s little sis.

  Princesa Caroline has a turf middle-distance pedigree. She’s a half-sister to 2017 champion as well as multiple graded turf star Bizzy Caroline. This is the distaff line of 2012 Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Spring In The Air, Grade 1 winners Spiced Perfection and Sweet Loretta, plus multiple stakes veteran and sire Tejano Run.

(Uncle Mo - Coin Broker (IRE), by Montjeu (IRE))

Donna Veloce wowed in her debut on Saturday's Awesome Again (G1) undercard. Flavien Prat sent the bay daughter of Uncle Mo to the front, and the pair dueled early before opening up by 9 1/4 lengths. The Simon Callaghan trainee got 6 1/2 furlongs in
1:16.22, and now Callaghan will consider the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies or Los Alamitos' Starlet (G1) for Donna Veloce’s next start.

A Fasig-Tipton March $800,000 purchase, Donna Veloce has a middle distance/classic pedigree with strong turf influences. Donna Veloce’s dam, Coin Broker, is a half-sister to an Irish listed sprinter. Her second dam is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Cash Run, and her third dam is Grade 1 winner Shared Interest, who also bore established sire Forestry.

(Curlin - Surprises Welcomed, by Storm Cat) 1/2-length

Last Friday at Churchill Downs, Curlinesque out-classed a full field of well-bred maiden fillies to win her debut. The Cherie DeVaux trainee fought three-wide the entire way under Tyler Gaffalione. She remained steadfast in the stretch, holding off Purrfectly Claire by 3/4 of a length. The final time for 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:17.85. Curlinesque should relish longer distances. Is it too soon to dream about the Kentucky Oaks trail?

Curlinesque has a middle-distance/classic pedigree and descends from an illustrious female family. Her dam, Surprises Welcomed, is a half-sister to the dams of Lecomte (G3) winner Guest Suite and stakes-placed turf mare Welcoming. Curlinesque’s second dam, Welcome Surprise, won the Dogwood (G3). The third generation of Curlinesque’s distaff line is racing royalty, with the third dam Rene-de-Course (Superior producer) Weekend Surprise. That one’s offspring includes seven blacktype earners, including champion and legendary sire A.P. Indy, Preakness winner and sire Summer Squall, sires Honor Grades, Eavesdropper, and Saithor, plus blacktype producers Weekend in Seattle, and Weekend Storm, who bore multiple Grade 1 winner and sire Court Vision.

(Munnings - Magical Belle, by Unbridled's Song)

In her debut as the favorite, Purrfectly Claire had a wide trip the entire way. She tracked the early pacesetters and took aim on Curlinesque in the stretch but ran out of oats while hanging late under Julien Leparoux. Expectations are high for the Philip Bauer trainee.

  Purrfectly Claire has a sprinter/miler pedigree. Her dam is a full sister to 2010 Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Unrivaled Belle, dam of two-time champ, Unique Bella. Purrfectly Claire’s second dam Queenie Belle is a multiple stakes earner of more than $620,000 in 22 starts.


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