2-year-old pedigrees: Top filly Finite knows no bounds

December 03, 2019 12:01pm
2-year-old pedigrees: Top filly Finite knows no bounds
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The unrivaled Finite is a filly to watch on the 2020 Kentucky Oaks trail after earning her second straight stakes victory over the weekend. Meanwhile, a trio of talented fillies in Florida may dip their hooves into graded stakes company during Gulfstream’s winter meet. Let’s get to know their bloodlines.

(Munnings – Remit, by Tapit)

After setting a new stakes record of 1:35.53 in the one-mile Rags to Riches Stakes, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:36.29 set by Monomoy Girl in 2017, the Steve Asmussen-conditioned Chestnut filly’ followed up with a 3/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile
Golden Rod Stakes (G2) on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Breaking from the rail, Finite tracked the early pace from third place. Ricardo Santana Jr. shifted the filly outside at the half-mile pole, and the pair went three-wide around the turn. Finite repelled a serious challenge by Moutu while lugging in slightly in response to the right-handed whip. Finite sailed under the wire in a final time of 1:45.99 over a sloppy sealed track. Finite figures to join her stablemate Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner Silver Prospector, in wintering at Fair Grounds.

Finite has a miler pedigree, but her talent, class, and training could carry her through the Kentucky Oaks' 1 1/8 miles. Munnings is noted for siring precocious sprinter/milers. Of course, there are always exceptions, such as I’m a Chatterbox, who won the Delaware Handicap at 1 1/4-miles, and Om, who captured the Del Mar Derby over the lawn early in his career. Finite is a half-sister to Mine That Bird Derby winner Reride. Their dam is a multiple stakes-winning sprinter/miler who earned $257,556 in 20 starts. Remit is a full sister to three stakes winners: freshman sire Tapiture, stakes-winning juvenile Retap, who placed in the 2008 Kentucky Cup Juvenile, and to Super Derby hero Rotation.

(Paynter - El Bank Robber, by Eltish)

Motu broke outward from the far outside in the Golden Rod Stakes and lost some ground while Brian Hernandez Jr. straightened her out. Motu went four-wide on the first turn and then settled into seventh place down the backstretch. The Kenny McPeek trainee gradually made her way past horses, going widest of all around the far turn. She steadily made up ground but couldn’t get by Finite, settling for second, 3/4 of a length behind. It was 6 1/2-lengths back to the third-place horse, Lady Glamour.

Motu shows a miler pedigree. Classic-placed Paynter has sired six graded/listed stakes winners. None have won beyond 1 1/16 miles. Motu is a half-sister to Grade 2 stakes-placed sprinter Rprettyboyfloyd. Her half-sister bore a restricted stakes-placed sprinter. Their dam, El Bank Robber, is a multiple stakes-placed sprinter miler over dirt and turf. The distaff line is comprised of sprinter/miler types who are capable over various surfaces. Motu’s damsire, Eltish, is represented by four graded/listed winners as a broodmare sire. Only one has been successful beyond 1 1/16 miles.

(Tonalist - Hitechnoweenie, by Harlan's Holiday)

Tonalist's Shape tracked the early pace under Samy Camacho in the
Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream Park before taking command around the far turn. She completely dominated the field by nine lengths, getting a mile in 1:36.62. The Saffie Joseph Jr. trainee is perfect in three starts. Tonalist's Shape will likely show up on the graded stakes scene at Gulfstream this winter.  

Tonalist's Shape should handle 1 1/8 miles. By Belmont Stakes winner and first-crop sire Tonalist, Tonalist's Shape is the first foal out of the stakes-winning miler Hitechnoweenie. Tonalist's Shape’s second dam, Hi Tech Honeycomb, is a stakes-winning turf miler who placed as a turf router at the graded stakes level. Harlan’s Holiday is the damsire of 16 graded/listed winners. None have won beyond 1 1/8 miles. There are two graded stakes winners bred on the Tapit/Harlan’s Holiday bloodline cross, Gazelle Handicap heroine My Miss Lilly and Adirondack Stakes winner Just Wicked.  

(Bodemeister - Kuhlu, by Ghostzapper)

Cheermeister led the field on a merry chase in Gulfstream's 
Wait a While Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She set an un-pressured pace under Emisael Jaramillo and was never threatened. The Armando De La Cerda trainee won by two lengths, with her final time for the turf mile was 1:34.22. Cheermeister is now 2-for-2.

Cheermeister should easily handle 1 1/8 miles and farther. Dirt may be an option, as one of her half-siblings is successful over all surfaces. The bulk of Bodemeister’s offspring are best up to 1 1/8 miles, but two have won at classic distances: Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and listed stakes-winning turf router O Dionysus. Cheermeister’s dam, Kuhlu, is a half-sister to Alysheba Stakes winner Giant Gizmo, stakes-placed sprinter Slick Pardoned Me and to French Group router Tableaux. The second dam Golden Antigua is a multiple stakes-winning veteran of 41 races, mainly over the lawn.


(Creative Cause - Ocean Foam, by Mineshaft)

Spanish Point, piloted by Emisael Jaramillo, tracked the early pace on the inside during Gulfstream's 
House Party Stakes. The pretty gray filly slipped to the outside around the turn and took command at the 1/8 pole. She repelled a challenge by Sound Machine and captured the six-furlong race in 1:10.79 by 1 3/4 lengths.

Spanish Point has a sprinter/miler pedigree and may handle multiple surfaces. Creative Cause’s babies are best as milers, although three have won at 1 1/8 miles. Spanish Point’s dam is a half-sister to stakes-winning miler Super Marina and to Laddie Boy, who was second behind Tapiture in the 2013 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Spanish Point’s second dam Lils Lassie is a multiple stakes-placed miler. Spanish Point is bred on the same bloodline cross as multiple graded winning miler My Boy Jack


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