2-year-old pedigrees: Fillies emerge on the Breeders' Cup trail

September 25, 2019 11:20am
2-year-old pedigrees: Fillies emerge on the Breeders' Cup trail
Photo: Courtesy of Laurel Park

A trio of quality stakes fillies plus three promising maiden winners could make noise in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies  and Juvenile Fillies Turf later this fall after promising performances last week. Let's get to know them...

(Speightstown - Shared Account, by Pleasantly Perfect)

In Laurel Park's Selima Stakes run last Saturday over the lawn, Sharing settled off the early pace and took over in the stretch. The rest were no match as the Graham Motion trainee opened up to win by 2 1/2 lengths, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.61. The Jessamine Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles looks like a good steppingstone to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Sharing has a miler/middle distance pedigree. The $350,000 yearling purchase is the third of four in the immediate family to earn blacktype. Her half-brother, Riley's Choice, is a restricted-winning miler, and I’m Pretty Strong is a stakes-placed miler. Their dam, Shared Account, won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.  

(Quality Road - Argue, by Storm Cat)

Facing only three other fillies in last Thursday's Phone Chatter Stakes at Los Alamitos, Quality response stalked the early pace. Joe Talamo took the Bob Baffert trainee four wide in the stretched, and she motored home a 5 1/2-length winner. The final time for 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:16.71. Is Quality Response Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly material? The barn can wait to answer that until after Friday's Chandelier (G1) led by Grade 1-winning Bast.

 Quality Response has dirt and turf affinities a miler pedigree, although she might go farther over the lawn. She’s the first blacktype earner in the immediate family. Her dam is a half-sister to Chat, a stakes-placed turf miler. This is the distaff line of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass, plus Del Mar Oaks winner No Matter What, who bore multiple Group 1 winner Rainbow View, plus graded turf routers Just as Well and Utley.

(Tapizar - Over the Moon, by Malibu Moon)

On Pennsylvania Derby Day, Project Whiskey stretched to seven furlongs and ran away from a full field of well-bred maiden fillies at Parx. The Butch Reid trainee pranced home a 5 1/2-length winner, stopping the clock in 1:27.81. Reid has a number of options for Project Whiskey, including a jump into Grade 1 company in the Alcibiades or Frizette.

 Project Whiskey has a miler/middle distance pedigree, while Tapizar is making a name for himself as a “filly” sire; four of his seven graded through listed winners are females, including his most accomplished runner, the champion Monomoy Girl. Project Whiskey’s dam is a half-sister to Sanford Stakes (G2) hero Ready’s Image. This is the distaff line of Grade 1 veteran Came Home.
(Cairo Prince - Just Lovely, by Medaglia d'Oro)

Joysome blitzed a full field over the Churchill Downs main track on Thursday. Making her third start for Brendan Walsh, Joysome vided for the early lead, then drew off to win by 4 1/2-lengths under Tyler Gaffalione. The final time for six furlongs was 1:10.35.

 Joysome, a Godolphin homebred, has a miler/middle-distance pedigree and may handle multiple surfaces. Her unraced dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Dancing House, who is capable over dirt and turf, plus Tropical Park Oaks heroine Too Charming. Joysome’s second dam, Tout Charmant, is a multiple Grade 1-winning turf router who was second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She earned more than $1,780,000 in 29 starts.

(Congrats - Karmageddon, by Wildcat Heir)

Naked Avenger captured last week's Joseph A. Gimma Stakes for New York-breds by two lengths while racing greenly in the stretch. Tim Hill’s charge stopped the clock in 1:23.27 for seven furlongs. She’s now 2-for-2, and perhaps she’ll target the one-mile Maid of the Mist on October 19 at Belmont.

Naked Avenger has a sprinter/miler pedigree. Her dam is a multiple stakes-winning sprinter who earned over $288,000 in 18 starts. One of her half-sisters bore a restricted stakes-placed sprinter. There’s no other blacktype in the first four generations of the distaff line.

(City Zip - Charity Belle, by Empire Maker)

Alms made her debut a winning one on Thursday over the Belmont Park lawn. Joel Rosario kept the bay filly in fourth place on the outside in the full field before whipping five wide in the stretch and taking over to win by 3 3/4 lengths. The Michael Stidham trainee got six furlongs in 1:09.19.

  Alms has a miler/middle distance pedigree. The Godolphin homebred is a half-sister to turf miler Hallie Belle, and their dam is a stakes-winning French turf miler. The second generation includes Grade 1-winning turf router Personal Diary and multiple graded winner Banker's Gold. The third dam is multiple Grade 1-winning handicap mare Bankers Lady.


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