2-year-old pedigrees: Promises Fulfilled's bro excites on debut

September 23, 2019 02:10pm
2-year-old pedigrees: Promises Fulfilled's bro excites on debut
Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Last weekend's races delivered three minor stakes winners, including one closely related to Grade 1 winner Irish War Cry, plus an exciting half-brother to Promises Fulfilled. Let's get to know the pedigrees of these promising 2-year-old colts...

(Tiznow - Marquee Delivery, by Marquetry)

It looks like Bill Mott has a nice one on his hands. On Saturday at Belmont Park, the $600,000 OBS April sales graduate broke from the far outside in a well-bred group of juveniles. Dylan Davis settled the son of Tiznow in fourth position on the far outside. The team took over in mid-stretch to win going away by 3 1/2 lengths on turf. The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:42.58. Tiesto looked good breezing on dirt before his maiden win, so perhaps we'll see him surface going just as long on the main track.

  Tiesto has a miler/middle distance pedigree. He’s a half-brother to Grade 1 winning sprinter Promises Fulfilled, multiple stakes-winning sprinter/miler Marquee Miss and multiple stakes placed sprinter Marquee Cal Gal. Their dam is a multiple stakes-placed miler. Tiesto’s second dam Fast Delivery is a multiple stakes-winning sprinter/miler.

"It was a nice victory from him (Aaturday)," said Leana Willaford, assistant to Mott. "He did most of the preparation for that race in Saratoga and came down here to gallop a few days before the race and did everything right. He's a good looking horse and well behaved. He also seems to have come out of the race well, so it's exciting."

(Sky Mesa - Irish Score, by Even the Score)

After placing second on the dirt in a pair of maiden contests at Saratoga, Irish Mias broke through on Saturday in the Laurel Futurity over turf. The Graham Motion trainee captured the turf event by a head over Torres Del Paine. The final time for the 1 1/6-miles was 1:44.03. The Chestnut colt could target bigger and better next time. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, anyone?

Pedigree: Irish Midas has a sprinter/miler pedigree. He’s a half-brother to stakes-winning turf sprinter Regally Irish, who also placed in a stakes as a 2YO. The dam is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Irish War Cry, turf graded stakes winner Irish Strait, and juvenile stakes placed sprinter Irish Politics. 

(Karakontie (JPN) - Miss Frost, by Curlin)

A rank, hard-to-handle Torres Del Paine set the pace from a rail trip in the Laurel Futurity. The gelding wouldn’t settle for Weston Hamilton, and they drifted out in the stretch, allowing Irish Mias to slip through on the rail. Torres Del Paine was third in the Rosie's Stakes at Colonial Downs last time out.

 Torres Del Paine has a miler/middle distance pedigree as a member of Karakontie’s first crop. The Japanese-bred stallion is a top turf sprinter/miler who captured the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Torres Del Paine is the first foal out of a stakes-winning turf miler. Torres Del Paine’s third dam won the Santa Ana Handicap (G1). This is the distaff line of Champion Turf Horse and sire, English Channel.

(Bourbon Courage - Fullerene, by Quiet American)

Raging Whiskey drag raced out of the chute in Saturday's Capote Stakes at Los Alamitos and drew off to a dominant eight-length victory, getting 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:15.61.
 The veteran of six lifetime starts was unplaced in two stakes tries at Del Mar but placed third in the Sanford Stakes (G3) behind By Your Side. Will the Doug O'Neill trainee step back into graded stakes company next?

Raging Whiskey has a miler/middle distance pedigree, and O'Neill expects to keep him around one turn. His first-crop sire won the 1 1/8-mile Super Derby and is multiple Grade-1 placed. Raging Whiskey’s dam is a half-sister to the stakes-placed sprinter Sapphire Sandy. The third generation includes Grade 1-winning turf miler Designed For Luck, who earned more than $970,000 in 28 starts, and West Virginia Derby (G2) hero Macho Macho. Raging Whiskey’s third dam is multiple Grade 1-winning mare Fantastic Look.

(Overanalyze – Freud’s Irish Miss, by Freud)

The third time was the charm for Complexifier. After placing twice at Saratoga, the Brian Lynch trainee cleared a full field of maidens at Churchill on Friday. Ridden confidently by Julien Leparoux, Complexifier stalked the early pace, made a four-wide move around the turn and drew off to win by 2 1/2 lengths. The final time for six furlongs was 1:09.32.

  Complexifier has a sprinter/miler pedigree and may handle multiple surfaces. He’s a full brother to Psychoanalyze, who placed in the Sanford Stakes (G3). Their dam was stakes-placed as a 2-year-old. His second dam, Unacceptable, won the Astoria (G3). The second generation includes multiple graded winning turf router Sterwins and the multiple stakes sprint veteran Immortal Eyes, who earned more than $1 million in 59 starts.

(Tale of the Cat - Whispering, by Quiet American) 

On Friday, the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes for New York-breds was captured by Cleon Jones In a thrilling three-way photo. The Jeremiah Englehart trainee settled in fourth on the outside through the early pace. Irad Ortiz Jr. moved Cleon Jones three wide around the turn before the pair battled down the stretch with City Man and nailed the victory on the wire by a head, besting Three Jokers and City Man. The final time for seven furlongs over the Belmont main track was 1:22.88. Last time out, Cleon Jones finished second in the Funny Cide Stakes to Three Jokers.

 Cleon Jones has a miler’s pedigree. He owns the only blacktype in the first two generations of the distaff line. The third generation includes Proven Strategies, who placed in the 2019 Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga. Cleon Jones’ third dam Martessa was 1991 was named Germany’s champion 3-year-old filly and champion miler.

(Twirling Candy - Heavenly Humor, by Distorted Humor) 

Three Jokers set the pace in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes but was caught in the shadow of the wire by Cleon Jones.

 Three Jokers sports a miler’s pedigree. He’s a half-brother to Funny Guy, who captured this year’s edition of the Albany Stakes and Times Square division of the New York Stallion Series. Three Joker’s half-sister Super Humor is a stakes-winning miler. Their dam was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter in California.

(Mucho Macho Man - City Scamper, by City Zip)

City Man took a rail trip for much of the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes. Joel Rosario sent the Christophe Clement trainee three wide around the turn. The pair battled down the lane with Cleon Jones and had to settle for a narrow loss by a head and nose.

 City Man shows a miler’s pedigree. He was a runaway 4 3/4-length winner of the Funny Cide Stakes over Cleon Jones in their last meeting. City Man’s dam is a half-sister to the multiple restricted stakes-winning sprinter Alwaysinstilettos, and to stakes placed Always For You. This is the distaff line of multiple stakes veteran, Fox Rules, who earned over $686,000 in 61 starts.


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