2-year-old pedigrees: Silver Prospector leads names to know

December 02, 2019 01:15pm

A number of notable 2-year-olds emerged Saturday on Churchill Downs' Stars of Tomorrow II card and during a stakes-laden afternoone at Gulfstream Park. We'll start with the most high-profile winner.

(Declaration of War - Tap Softly, by Tapit)

The pretty gray announced his arrival on the Kentucky Derby trail with a 3/4-length upset in the
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. The Steve Asmussen trainee traveled 1 1/16-miles in 1:45.94 over the sloppy, sealed track at Churchill Downs. Silver Prospector may show up next year in stakes at Fair Grounds or Oaklawn.

Silver Prospector has the pedigree to handle classic distances, but he has high, choppy leg action that could hinder him as he stretches out. Declaration of War, the leading third-crop sire by number of blacktype winners, has sired 20 stakes winners, seven of them at classic distances, although none have won beyond 1 1/8 miles in North America. Silver Prospector’s dam is a multiple stakes-placed sprinter/miler. There’s little blacktype in this line, although Silver Prospector’s second dam Silentlea won the Astarita (G2), and his third dam Lea Carter was a stakes winner.

(Awesome of Course - Garter Belt, by Anasheed)

Shivaree grabbed the early lead in the six-furlong
Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park and dueled with Went West down the lane. The Ralph Nicks trainee prevailed by a neck over his rival in a final time of 1:09.42 for six furlongs.

Shivaree has a sprinter/miler pedigree and descends from a classy Florida family. He’s a full brother to Twotwentyfive A, winner of the Affirmed, a division of the Florida Sire Stakes series. Shivaree’s full sister Pantyhose is a stakes-placed sprinter. He’s also a half brother to multiple stakes-winning sprinter/miler Garter and Tie. Their dam is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend and to Grande Shores, a multiple stakes veteran of 70 starts. The third-generation includes graded stakes-winning sprinter/miler Fort Loudon.  

(Union Rags - Spectacular Sky, by Sky Mesa)

Went West, brought to you by the connections of Maximum Security, c
hased the early pace on the outside in the Buffalo Man Stakes. He challenged Shivaree at the 1/8 pole and poked his head in front, but the more experienced colt refused to yield and came back to win by a determined neck.

Went West has a miler pedigree. His sire Union Rags gets stakes winners at all distances, although most are best up to 1 1/8 miles. Went West’s dam, Spectacular Sky, is a multiple stakes-winning sprinter who earned $288,985 in 21 starts. Went West’s second dam, La Princesse Jolie, is also a stakes-winning sprinter. The third generation of the distaff line consists of listed/restricted black type sprinters. Sky Mesa is the damsire of a dozen graded/listed stakes winners. The majority are sprinters and milers, although two, Bowies Hero and Harmonize, have won at 1 1/8 miles and farther over the lawn.

(Karakontie (JPN) - Light Blow, by Kingmambo)

Sole Volante settled at the back of the pack in the early stages of the 1-mile 
Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Jairo Rendon and Sole Volante zipped up the rail around the far turn, angled out in the stretch, and captured the turf event going away by two lengths in 1:33.02. I expect we’ll see this talented gelding go on to bigger and better in the years to come.

Sole Volante is a star in the making. The gelding has a middle distance pedigree, although his running style and class will likely take him farther. Karakontie, a son of Bernstein, has sired only two graded/listed stakes winners, both sprinters. Sole Volante is the fourth foal to race and third to earn blacktype in his immediate family. His half-brother Explode is a Canadian Grade 3 winner at 1 1/4 miles. Their half-sister, Light of Joy, is a stakes-placed turf router in England. Sole Volante’s distaff line is filled with international group winners, including 2014 Eclipse Champion Older Male & Champion Turf Male Main Sequence, English multiple Group 1 hero Ulysses and French Group 1 winner Cloth of Stars. Sole Volante has Rasmussen Factor (inbred to a superior mare through siblings within five generations) to Miesque through Karakontie’s second dam Moon is Up, a half-sister to Kingmambo.  

(Commissioner - Eastern Ruckus, by Eastern Echo)

Soros earned his maiden win in the
Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Edgar Prado settled Soros in mid-pack on the inside in the early stages of the one-mile event. The pair angled to the outside and went four-wide around the turn and drew away by 2 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:38.10.

Soros shows a miler/middle distance pedigree. The offspring of first-crop sire Commissioner, a son of A.P. Indy, are starting to mature. His babies should be capable of winning at classic distances. Soros is a half-brother to three blacktype earners: stakes-winning sprinter Ladyecho, graded stakes placed sprinter Wall Of Compassion and stakes-winning miler Whatdreamsaremadeof, who bore multiple Grade 1 winner Curalina. Canadian Champion 2-Year-Old and Horse of the Year Uncaptured is part of this family. Eastern Echo, a son of the legendary Damascus, is the damsire of 20 graded/listed winners. The bulk are turf sprinter/milers. Tomcito, a classic winner in Peru and Kate Winslet, a French listed turf router, are his sole representatives at 1 1/4-miles and beyond.


(Oxbow - Classicism, by A.P. Indy)

On the Kentucky Jockey Club undercard, Blackberry Wine finally got the job done after finishing third in his previous two starts. The Joe Sharp trainee grabbed an uncontested lead at the start of the fifth race and drew off by 5 3/4 lengths over a sloppy, sealed track. Julien Leparoux geared the colt down at the end of the 1 1/16-mile maiden event, and they crossed the finish line in 1:45.65.

A Calumet farm homebred, Blackberry Wine is bred to run all day. Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, a son of Awesome Again, is a Top 20 third-crop sire by earnings. So far, he’s sired three stakes winners. Though none have been victorious past 1 1/16-miles, Oxbow’s most accomplished runner Coach Rocks, placed in the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan (G2). There’s only one black type earner in Blackberry Wine’s immediate female family. His half-sister bore Classy Act a multiple stakes placed sprinter/miler who is capable over turf and dirt. There are plenty of black type earners in his second generation. Blackberry Wine’s dam is a full sister to 2001 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Tempura. Others in the family include Splashy Kisses, who was third in this year’s Sweet Life (G3), multiple graded stakes placed Convocation and Modern, a multiple stakes veteran of 37 starts. Blackberry Wine’s third dam, Rainbow Connection, was Canadian Champion Filly two years running, and a broodmare of the year.

(Hard Spun - Jenny's Rocket, by Mr. Greeley)

Necker Island made it two straight in winning a one-mile Allowance Optional Claiming contest on the Stars of Tomorrow II card. In the early stages, he pressed the early pace on the outside. It was anyone’s race at the top of the stretch, but Necker Island and Silver State separated themselves and battled through the stretch. Necker Island prevailed by a nose in 1:37.13 over a sloppy sealed track. Conditioned by Stanley Hough, Necker Island sports a 3: 2-0-1 record, with two victories at Churchill Downs. I expect we’ll see him in Kentucky Derby preps next year, probably in Florida.

Necker Island has a miler/middle distance pedigree. Hard Spun is a Top 10-ranked stallion. His progeny win at all distances and over all surfaces. Necker Island’s distaff line is speed-oriented. His dam hit the board in all four starts, and she’s a full sister to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Greeley’s Rocket and a half-sister to Laurie’s Rocket, who is also a multiple stakes-winning sprinter. The third generation of Necker Island’s female family includes Frizette (G1) and Delaware Oaks (G2) heroine Adieu.

(Hard Spun - Supreme, by Empire Maker)

Making only his second start, Silver State chased the pace on the outside in the one-mile allowance race over the sloppy Churchill track and missed the nose bob to the more experienced Necker Island. The Steve Asmussen trainee is an intriguing prospect for next year’s Kentucky Derby preps.

A $450,000 Keeneland September yearling, Silver State has the pedigree to run all day. He’s the fourth foal out of a graded stakes-winning turf sprinter. There’s little blacktype in the second generation of Silver State’s female family, but class has been known to skip a generation; his second dam is a full sister to Kentucky Derby hero Monarchos.

(Flatter - Sun Salutation, by Include)

The day after the Stars of Tomorrow II, Alex Joon grabbed the fans at Churchill Downs with an eye-catching 8 1/4-length score in a one-mile maiden race. In a textbook ride by Julian Leparoux, Alex Joon settled on the outside near the back of the pack early, about four lengths off the pace. He made up ground while going five-wide around the far turn and coasted home under a hand ride in 1:37.36 over a fast track. Steve Asmussen has a slew of promising 2-year-olds. It will be interesting to see how they sort themselves out next year.

Alex Joon has the breeding to handle middle to classic distances. The established Flatter gets winners at all distances, including Travers victor West Coast, Cigar Mile winner Flat Out and Humana Distaff heroine Taris. Alex Joon is the first foal out of an unraced full sister to Redeemed, who captured the Brooklyn Handicap (G2) and Greenwood Cup (G3), both at 1 1/2-miles, and earned $832,140 in 13 starts. Alex Joon has Rasmussen Factor (inbred to a superior mare through siblings within five generations) to Glowing Tribute through the full siblings Wild Applause, the second dam of Flatter, and Alex Joon’s third damsire, Hero’s Honor.


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