2-year-old pedigrees: Eight Rings leads colts to watch

2-year-old pedigrees: Eight Rings leads colts to watch
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A number of well-bred 2-year-old colts 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...


(Empire Maker - Purely Hot, by Pure Prize)

After Eight Rings ducked in and lost the rider in the Del Mar Futurity (G1), Bob Baffert outfitted the $520,000 Keeneland Sales yearling graduate with a shiny new set of blinkers in the American Pharoah (G1). He was rewarded with a runaway six-length victory. Eight Rings got the 1 1/6-miles in 1:45.41 ahead of facing Dennis' Moment in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Eight Rings has a middle distance/classic pedigree and could be capable over multiple surfaces. He’s a second foal. His dam is a Grade 3-winning sprinter who earned more than $400,000 in 32 starts. She’s a half-sister to stakes placed sprinter Steamy Hot. The third generation is filled with mostly listed/restricted sprinter/milers. Eight Rings’ third dam, Wood So, is a multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter. Eight Rings is bred on the same bloodline cross as American Pharoah, 2016 champion 2-year-old Classic Empire, Spinster (G1) heroine In Lingerie and dual classic-placed Bodemeister -- to name a few.


(Currency Swap - Vagabon Diva, by Pleasantly Perfect)

Chance It dominated the In Reality Stakes for Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park on Saturday by 7 1/4 lengths in his two-turn debut. Tyler Gaffalione settled the colt off the flank of the pacesetter, before turning the Saffie Joseph Jr. trainee loose. Chance It got the 1 1/6-miles in 1:44.26. Joseph indicated that the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is a strong possibility for Chance It.

Pedigree: Chance It has a miler’s pedigree and may go farther with maturity in the right company. He’s the second foal in the immediate family. His dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Aireofdistinction, who earned close to $330,000 in 22 starts. There’s no blacktype in the third generation of the distaff line, but multiple stakes-winning sprinter Buffythecenterfold is part of the family.


(Palace Malice - Miss Always Ready, by More Than Ready)

Structor, an $850,000 OBS March 2-year-old, lived up to early expectations with a narrow head victory in the Pilgrim Stakes (G3) over the Belmont lawn. Irad Ortiz Jr. kept Structor on the outside as the pair stalked the pace three to four wide. Structor hit the front around the 3/16 pole and bested Andestie by a head. The Chad Brown-conditioned Structor traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.46. While not a Breeders’ Cup "Win and You're In" race, the Pilgrim has long been a steppingstone to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.  

Pedigree: Structor has a miler/middle distance pedigree. He’s the first foal out of a full sister to 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine More Than Real. Miss Always Ready’s half-sister is the second dam of Cassies Dreamer, who placed in last year’s Frizette (G1) and Spinaway Stakes (G1). Structor’s second dam, Miss Seefens, is a multiple listed sprinter who earned over $500,000 in 26 starts.


(The Factor - Ahh, by Saint Liam)

In the early stages of the Pilgrim Stakes, the pretty gray Andesite stalked the pace from the rail. Around the turn, Andesite faced a wall of horses. Javier Castellano pushed the colt through a narrow opening around the 3/16 pole, where he brushed No Lime and lugged in on the tiring Tuggle, forcing that one to steady. Once the Brad Cox charge straightened out, he made a strong challenge to finish second.  Andesite previously placed third in the With Anticipation (G3).

Pedigree:  Andesite has a miler/middle distance pedigree. His half-sister, Ahh Chocolate, is a multiple graded stakes winner at 1 1/8 miles, and she earned more than $400,000 in 15 starts. The second generation includes Bashford Manor (G3) hero Lone Star Sky and graded stakes turf veteran Rahystrada. Andesite’s third dam is the multiple graded stakes earner Funistrada.


(Kitten's Joy - Alexandra's Grace, by Hard Spun)

Graceful Kitten once again proved to be the best turf 3-year-old in Florida with a two-length victory in the  Armed Forces Stakes on Saturday over the Gulfstream turf. The Amador Sanchez trainee wired the field by two lengths under the guidance of Hector Berrios. Graceful Kitten traveled a mile in 1:35.92. The bay son of Kitten’s Joy sold for just $8,500 at the OBS April 2-year-old auction and proved to be an astute purchase, as he’s earned over $126,000 in three starts. Sanchez stated that Graceful Kitten will head to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Pedigree: Graceful Kitten has a pedigree perfect for classic distances. His dam hit the board in four of nine starts and is a half-sister to stakes-placed sprinter Russdiculous. Graceful Kitten’s second dam Mycatcandance is a stakes-winning full sister to multiple graded winner and sire Consolidator. Her full sister is the second dam of the speedy multiple stakes winner and sire Gentlemen's Bet.

(Hard Spun - Supreme, by Empire Maker) 

Silver State was off a tick slow in his debut over the main track on Friday at Churchill Downs. Ricardo Santana Jr. quickly got the Steve Asmussen trainee into contention moving up on the inside. Silver State swung five wide around the turn and closed like a shot down the lane to dead heat with pacesetter Relentless Dancer, who had distanced himself by 9 3/4 lengths from the rest of the field. Silver State got his final half-furlong in an excellent 6.36, and he galloped out in front past the wire. The $450,000 Keeneland yearling purchase got 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.44. Silver State has a later maturing pedigree. Keep him on your watch list as a 2020 Kentucky Derby trail contender.

Pedigree:  Silver State is bred to run all day, and could be proficient over dirt or turf. His dam is a stakes-winning turf sprinter. Silver State’s second dam Mon Belle is a full sister to Kentucky Derby hero and sire Monarchos.


(Midshipman - Passion for Words, by Benchmark)

Making his second start, Relentless Dancer set the pace under Florent Geroux in the 6 1/2-furlong maiden event at Churchill. He extended his lead to 9 3/4 lengths, but the Mike Maker trainee was nailed on the wire, having to share the victory with Silver State. Relentless Dancer could make noise in the 2020 sprinter/miler division.

Pedigree:  Relentless Dancer has a sprinter/miler pedigree and may handle multiple surfaces. His half-brother, Rock N Sake, is a stakes-winning turf miler and half-brother My Kay Sara is restricted stakes-placed at a mile. Their dam is a half-sister to El Cajon Stakes hero Rush with Thunder. The third generation is filled with California restricted/listed stakes earners, most of whom made double-digit starts.


(More Than Ready - Sense to Compete, by Street Sense)

Street Ready made his initial start over the Churchill lawn a winning one when he swept to a 2 3/4-length victory over a full field of maidens. Under Chris Landros, Street Ready stalked the early pace, then shifted four-wide around the turn and drew clear. The Ian Wilkes trainee got a mile in 1:38.71. This one may be well worth watching for next year’s upcoming stakes.

Pedigree:  Street Ready has a middle distance/classic pedigree. His only other sibling to race is stakes-placed turf miler, Robin Hood. Their dam placed at 1 1/8 miles in a minor stakes event over the lawn and was in the money four of five starts. Her 3/4-sister by Street Cry bore multiple Grade 1 handicap horse Diversify, who earned close to $2 million in 16 starts. Sense to Compete’s half-sister Lady Digby captured the All Along Stakes (G3) at Colonial Downs.

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