2-year-old pedigrees: Lake Avenue leads new Oaks hopefuls

December 10, 2019 02:12pm
2-year-old pedigrees: Lake Avenue leads new Oaks hopefuls
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Four royally bred fillies who emerged over the weekend will do their best to ensure a lively 2020 Kentucky Oaks trail into next year. Two stakes winners, Lake Avenue and Antoinette, are conditioned by Bill Mott. Meanwhile, Michael Stidham unleashed a pair of powerhouses at Tampa Bay Downs. Let’s get to know the pedigrees of these up and coming 2-year-old fillies.

(Tapit - Seventh Street, by Street Cry (IRE))

Lake Avenue took command shortly after the start of the
Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct and drew off to a comfortable four-length victory. The Bill Mott trainee traversed 1 1/8 miles in 1:54.44 after previously annihilated maidens by 12 3/4 lengths. The Chestnut daughter of Tapit is definitely one to watch on next year’s Kentucky Oaks trail.

This Godolphin homebred could run all day. We know that Tapit gets everything from speedy sprinters to Belmont Stakes winners. Lake Avenue is a half-sister to Marking, who placed in the Malibu (G1) and Belmont Sprint Championship (G3), while their dam, Seventh Street won or placed in nine of 10 starts, including victories in the Apple Blossom (G1) and Go for Wand (then a G1).

The second generation includes Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) hero Reynaldothewizard and multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter American Gal. Lake Avenue’s second dam, Holiday Runner, is a multiple stakes-winning sprinter. Street Cry is found on the bottom half of pedigrees of over 54 graded/listed winners, including recent Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Vino Rosso, handicap veteran Diversify and 2018 Cartier Horse of the Year Roaring Lion.

(Hard Spun - Shuruq, by Elusive Quality)

Antoinette showed a new dimension while conquering the
Tepin Stakes at Aqueduct. Originally scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf, the Tepin was switched to one mile over the main track. Fresh off a maiden victory over the lawn, Antoinette didn’t let the change faze her. Joe Bravo kept Antoinette between horses while following the pace early pace. They faced a wall of horses around the turn but dove through a hole on the rail. Once she saw daylight, Antoinette opened up under a hand ride to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths, with her ears pricked. The Mott trainee got the mile in 1:38.87, perhaps giving him another to watch on the Oaks trail.

This Godolphin homebred has a middle distance pedigree. Hard Spun is a Top 10-ranked stallion, and his progeny win at all distances and over all surfaces. As to be expected, Antoinette has an international distaff line. Her dam, Shuruq, is a multiple group winner in the UAE, and her victories include the UAE Oaks and Al Maktoum Challenge. Her half brother, Space Blues, and their dam, Miss Lucifer, are listed winning turf sprinters. They own the only black type in the top three generations of the distaff line.

Antoinette’s damsire, Elusive Quality, is the broodmare sire of more than 100 listed/graded winners, including two-time Champion Sprinter Roy H, last year’s Breeders’’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint heroine Shamrock Rose, and 2020 Kentucky Derby hopeful Dennis’ Moment.

(Medaglia d'Oro - Golden Velvet, by Seeking the Gold)

Embossed carved out a 4 1/2-length victory against maiden fillies at Tampa Bay downs last Wednesday. After tracking the pace three-wide, Pablo Morales challenged the leaders at the 3/4 pole and drew clear to win by 4 1/2 lengths. The Michael Stidham trainee finished a mile and 40 yards in 1:40.85.

This Godolphin homebred has a classic-oriented pedigree. Songbird, Rachael Alexandra, Marketing Mix, Elate, and Plum Pretty are all daughters of Medaglia d'Oro. Embossed is a half-sister to two graded winners: turf veteran Lucullan, winner of this year’s Lure and Knickerbocker Stakes, and Innovative Idea a Grade 3 winning dirt miler. Their dam, Golden Velvet, earned $341,309 in 15 starts, including victories in the Grade 3 events Sabin and Sixty Sales Handicaps, and runner-up positions in the Ogden Phipps and Rampart, and Top Flight, all between a mile to 1 1/8 miles. Golden Velvet is a half-sister to established sire Sky Mesa, and her half-sister bore this year’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity hero and Kentucky Derby hopeful Maxfield.

(Uncle Mo - City Sister, by Carson City)

You never know where a promising youngster will pop up. That was the case Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. Sent off as the favorite in a field of 10 maidens, Mo City, also under Morales, drew off to a 5 1/4-length score in the six-furlong event. The Michael Stidham trainee flashed under the wire in 1:10.35.

  Mo City has sprinter/miler breeding. Surprisingly, nobody wanted this daughter of Uncle Mo when she went through the sales ring. She failed to meet her reserve first as a Keeneland September yearling, and then the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale.  Uncle Mo has established himself as a strong sire in a relatively short time. His babies win at all distances and over all surfaces. Mo City is a half-sister to three blacktype earners; 2010 Demoiselle winner Dixie City, who bore this year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile third-place finisher Blue Chipper; multiple listed winning sprinter Win the War, and restricted stakes placed Union City, who is the dam of Unified, winner of the Peter Pan (G2), Bay Shore (G3), and Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3). Multiple stakes-placed City Sister is a half-sister to Grade 3-winning miler Fast Decision, and the third generation of this family includes 1993 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and established sire Dehere.


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