2-year-old pedigrees: Kentucky Derby 2020 types emerge

2-year-old pedigrees: Kentucky Derby 2020 types emerge
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A number of last week’s 2-year-old male maiden winners figure to resurface in November and December, either preparing to or hitting the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail. They include winners from the first crop of American Pharoah and Honor Code, so let's get to know them...


(Into Mischief - Well Spring, by Coronado's Quest)

Ashaar won his debut Saturday in a seven-furlong maiden event over Belmont Park's main track. He was quick out of the gate and eager to go on, but Joe Bravo pulled him back to rate behind the pacesetter Extreme Force. Ashaar breezed past Extreme Force with long, fluid strides in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths. The $650,000 Keeneland September sales graduate, stopped the clock in 1:22.52 with the Nashua (G3) possibly next, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

Pedigree: Ashaar has a miler/middle distance pedigree. He’s a 3/4 brother to Mendip, a Group 2 winner in Dubai, and is also a 3/4 brother to Grade 2-placed sprinter Paddle Board. Their half-brother Dig Deep is a stakes-winning sprinter. Ashaar’s second dam is multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Chaposa Springs, who earned more than $760,000 in 23 starts. This is the distaff line of Met Mile (G1) hero and sire You and I.


(Honor Code - Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush)

After placing second in his sprint debut at Del Mar, Honor A. P. enjoyed stretching to a mile over Santa Anita’s main track on Sunday. The large, flashy colt grabbed the lead and took a rail trip under Mike Smith. They skimmed the rail around the turn and turned back a half-hearted challenge from Tiz a Magician. The John Shirreffs trainee galloped under the wire 5 1/4 lengths in front, getting the mile in 1:37.94. The Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) is a strong next-out possibility.

Pedigree:  An $850,000 Fasig-Tipton August Yearling, Honor A. P. has a miler/middle distance pedigree. He displays high knee action and a choppy stride, which could hinder him as he stretches out further on dirt, although he could transfer his form to turf. Honor A. P.  is a member of the first crop of champion Honor Code. He was a strong miler/middle distance competitor and finished third the only time he tried 1 1/4 miles.  Honor A. P. has a classy distaff line. He’s a half-brother to the stakes placed milers Miss Hollywood, Hollywood Star and Hoorayforhollywood. Their dam is a multiple Grade 1 winner from a mile to 1 1/8 miles, and she earned more than $1 million in 27 starts.

(American Pharoah - My Dixie Doodle, by Dixie Union)

Prince of Pharoahs dominated a field of maidens Sunday over Belmont’s main track. The Linda Rice trainee dueled with Jack of Clubs for lead while saving ground on the rail. At the top of the stretch, Prince of Pharoahs widened his lead under Jose Lezcano while still under a hand ride, winning the mile race by five lengths in 1:37.06. We could see Prince of Pharoahs in the Nashua, Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) or Remsen (G2) before the end of the year.

Pedigree:  Prince of Pharoahs sports a middle distance/classic pedigree. Many of American Pharoah’s offspring have been prominent over the lawn, but his later-maturing babies are proving just as capable over dirt. There is no blacktype in Prince of Pharoahs’ immediate distaff family, while his dam is a 3/4 sister to listed stakes-winning miler Southern Success. She’s also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes placed sprinter/miler Taste Like Candy. The third generation includes multiple Grade 1-winning warrior Affirmed Success, who earned more than $2 million in his illustrious 42-race career.


(Munnings - Madeira Park, by Langfuhr)

On Friday over Keeneland's main track, Beverly Park, piloted by Dean Sarvis, lead throughout a seven-furlong claiming event. He withstood a challenge from Lonely Private pass and won by a neck. The Dane Kobiskie charge stopped the timer in 1:24.63. A $150,000 claiming race these days in Kentucky is closer to a maiden special weight. Yes, the horses can be had for a price, but a hefty one. Beverly Park sold as a yearling for $200,000. There were no takers, and we probably won’t see Beverly Park offered for a tag in the foreseeable future. 

Pedigree: Beverly Park has a sprinter/miler pedigree and, like most in his distaff line, is capable over dirt and turf. He’s a second foal. Beverly Park’s half-brother Hartel was second in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes. Their dam is a multiple stakes winner and captured the Ballerina (G3) at 1 1/8-miles. There’s plenty of blacktype earners in the second generation, including Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin’ at Lee, and his half-siblings Peter Pan (G3) hero Blended Citizen and turf miler Battlefield Angel. The later bore multiple stakes placed sprinter Manny Wah.


(Street Sense - Czechers, by Indian Charlie)

On Sunday at Keeneland, Czechmight rocketed out of the gate in a 1 1/6-mile event over the main track. Jose Ortiz moved Czechmight to rail and set the early pace. The Rodolphe Brisset trainee was very determined in a battle through the stretch, prevailing by a head over Elite Class over the main track. traveled 1 1/16-miles 1:45.76.

Pedigree: Czechmight has a miler/middle distance pedigree. He’s a half brother to multiple graded sprint specialist Switzerland. Their dam is a multiple stakes winner and graded paced turf sprinter/miler. She’s the most accomplished competitor in three generations of the distaff line.


(Will Take Charge - Composition, by Malibu Moon)

Elite Class settled on the rail and followed Czechmight through the early stages. He had to steady near the quarter pole as Jose Ortiz on Czechmight closed the hole rounding the turn. As that one came out very slightly, Corey Lanerie pushed Elite Class through a small opening on the rail. The pair were in very tight as they fought to the wire. The Brendan Walsh trainee is a fighter and looks to have a promising future.

Pedigree: Elite Class has the pedigree to handle 1 1/8 miles and could go further over turf or with maturity. His sire, Will Take Charge, was Champion 3-Year-Old, yet he wasn’t a true 1 1/4-mile horse.  Elite Class’ dam is a stakes-placed turf miler. The second generation of his distaff line includes stakes earners capable over multiple surfaces such as multiple Grade 1-winning filly Bast, 2017 Santa Margarita (G1) heroine Fault, grade 2 winning sprinter Fioretti, and the veteran stakes horses Mananan Mclir and Big Sur.


(Shackleford - Cupids Revenge, by Red Ransom)

Last Thursday, Party Town tested the new narrow five-furlong turf configuration at Santa Anita. Party Town traveled on the rail just behind the leaders. Tyler Baze found them running room in mid-stretch, and the Val Brinkerhoff trainee turned on the speed, winning by two lengths under a hand ride in :56.07.

Pedigree: Party Town has a sprinter/miler pedigree. His immediate family is filled with stakes earners, including multiple stakes-winning turf sprinter/milers Latent Revenge and Restrainedvengence, as well as dirt sprinters B G Suavecito and Watch Me Burn. Their dam, Cupids Revenge, was a sharp sprinter who set a new stakes record of 1:09.47 in the Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Multiple graded sprinter Rightly So, earner of over $480,000 in 11 starts, is part of this family.


(Declaration of War - Tap Softly, by Tapit)

On Sunday at Keeneland, Silver Prospector announced that he much preferred dirt to turf to trainer Steve Asmussen. The pretty gray colt placed in one of three previous starts on the lawn. In the 6 1/2-furlong event over the main track, however, Silver Prospector broke sharply on top but was content to press the early pace just to the outside. Under Ricardo Santana, Jr., Silver Prospector took on the pacesetter Telephone Talk, and the pair argued through the stretch. Tail flapping in resentment to the whip, Silver Prospector inched clear to win by two lengths. The final time was 1:16.32.

Pedigree: Silver Prospector has the pedigree to handle classic distances, but he has high, choppy leg action, which could hinder him as he stretches out. His dam is a multiple stakes-placed sprinter/miler. There’s little blacktype in this line, although Silver Prospector’s second dam Silentlea won the Astarita (G2) and his third dam Lea Carter was a stakes winner.


(Quality Road - Ketel Twist, by Dixie Union)

On Sunday, in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden event over Santa Anita’s main track, High Velocity stalked the pace through the 1/8-pole under Jean Diaz, Jr., then gradually wore down the leader Prince Magician to win going away by two lengths. The Bob Baffert trainee stopped the timer in 1:04.60.

Pedigree: High Velocity has a miler/middle distance pedigree.  He’s the first foal out of a multiple stakes placed mare. His dam is a half-sister to Catrageous, a restricted stakes-winning turf miler. High Velocity’s third generation is filled with mostly restricted/listed earners but includes Masseuse, a multiple graded turf router who earned over $439,000 in 14 starts.

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