2-year-old pedigrees: Sky's the limit for these well-bred fillies

Some very well-bred fillies lived up to their breeding last week. American Pharoah’s daughter Sweet Melania punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.  A half-sister to Liam’s Map put on a thrilling show, and Honor Code got another winner. The sky’s the limit for these promising youngsters. Let’s check them out.



(American Pharoah - Sweet N Discreet, by Discreet Cat)

Sweet Melania vied for the early lead in the Jessamine Stakes (G2) while under a snug hold by Jose Ortiz.  The  Todd Pletcher trainee took opened up in the stretch and stormed home a 5 1/2 - length winner. The final time for 1 1/16-miles was 1:43.13. In her previous outing, Sweet Melania rushed from the back of the pack to miss the victory by a neck in the P. G. Johnson Stakes to Crystalle. The two will renew their rivalry in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.  

Pedigree:  Sweet Melania sold for $600,000 at the KEESEP’18 auction. She has a middle distance/classic pedigree. Expectations are high for the American Pharoah’s babies. So far nine of his 15 winners have done so over turf.  Sweet Melania is the second foal out of a restricted stakes winner. Her dam is a full sister to G2 stakes winner Discreet Dancer and is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter (dirt & turf) Travelin Man.


(Midshipman - Any for Love (ARG), by Southern Halo)

In Sunday’s Anoakia Stakes on Santa Anita’s main track, Leucothea fired out of the gate and grabbed the lead. After clicking off a swift first quarter in :21.87, Abel Cedillo let the filly opened up under her own power.  The Peter Miller trainee cruised under the wire 8 1/2 - lengths in front, getting six furlongs in 10:10.81.

Pedigree: Leucothea has a sprinter/miler pedigree. Her sire was a Champion 2-year-old and his offspring are strong sprinter/milers. The daughters of Southern Halo also produce sprinter/milers. Leucothea is the second blacktype earner in the immediate family. Her half-sister  Distorted Love is multiple stakes placed over dirt and turf. Their dam won a Group 1 sprint in Argentina and is multiple stakes placed in the U.S. Leucothea’s second and third generations are international.  


(Tapit - Miss Macy Sue, by Trippi) nose

Materia loved stretching to a mile on Saturday over Santa Anita’s main track. The Dan Ward trainee pressed the early pace under Drayden Van Dyke. Materia was joined by Gingham while rounding the far turn in the two-path, and the pair hooked up in an exciting battle to the finish. Materia got her nose down at the wire, clocking a final time of 1:39.15.

Pedigree:  Matera has a miler’s pedigree. The $1.4 million Keeneland Yearling graduate is a half-sister to Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile hero and sire Liam's Map, Breeder’s Cup Juvenile runner-up Not This Time, and stakes-winning sprinter Taylor S. Their dam Miss Macy Sue is a graded stakes winner and multiple Grade 1 stakes placed.


(Quality Road - Chapel, by Pulpit)

Gingham was game in defeat to Matera. The Bob Baffert trainee recorded her third second-place finish on Saturday. Gingham tracked the early pace on the inside, then Jean Diaz, Jr. shifted her three-wide around the turn. Gingham took a brief lead before Matera came back late.  

Pedigree: Gingham has a middle distance pedigree. Quality Road was a top 1 1/8-mile specialist and his offspring are following suit. Gingham, a $420,000 Keeneland Sales graduate is a first foal. Her dam is a full sister to stakes-winning turf router Senada, who bore Demoiselle Stakes runner up Layla Noor. Chapel’s half-brother Arthur's Tale placed in the Wood Memorial and Brooklyn Handicap. Gingham’s second dam Owsley is a multiple graded turf star who set a new stakes record in the 2003 Modesty Handicap (G3).



(Honor Code - Wild Idle, by Seeking the Gold)

On Saturday in a maiden sprint event over Santa Anita’s main track, Roadrunner’s Honor chased the early pace on the outside in second place, and under strong a strong ride by Rafael Bejarano, the bay filly gradually wore down the pacesetter to win by 3/4-length. The Doug O’Neill trainee got 5 1/2-furlongs in 1:05.21.

Pedigree:  Roadrunner's Honor has a middle distance pedigree and may go longer with maturity, plus turf is an option. Honor Code was a strong miler/middle distance competitor and finished third the only time he tried 1 1/4 miles. Seeking the Gold’s daughters bear winners at all distances. Roadrunner's Honor’s second dam is 1996 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Storm Song. Her descendants include English/Irish multiple Group 1 winner and sire Order Of St George, multiple stakes-winning turf router Angel Terrace, and Trojan Nation, who placed in the 2016 Wood Memorial. This is the family of sire High Cotton.  Roadrunner's Honor is inbred to Rene-de-Course (superior mare) Weekend Surprise as she’s the dam of Honor Code’s sire, A.P. Indy, and also the dam of Roadrunner's Honor’s second damsire Summer Squall.



(Lookin At Lucky - My Fancy, by Stephen Got Even)

Stretchthestory third time was the charm for Stretchthestory last Friday. The Christophe Clement trainee chased the early pace on the outside in the six-furlong turf event. She traveled three-wide around the turn and gobbled up ground late under Junior Alvarado to win by 3/4 – length in 1:09.65.   

Pedigree: Stretchthestory is bred to run all day. Her unraced dam is a half-sister to 2000 Canadian Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Catch the Ring. Other notable names in the family include Grade 3 winning sprinter Southern Ring, and turf veteran Forest Uproar. Stretchthestory’s second dam Radiant Ring was a multiple graded stakes earner of over $740,000 in 33 starts.


(Cairo Prince - Great Family, by Harlan's Holiday)

On Saturday, Turtle Trax defeated a full field sprinting 6 1/2- furlongs over Keeneland’s main track.  The Ian Wilkes trainee staked the early pace from third shifted out three-wide around the turn and drew off to win by 3 ¼-lengths. The final time for 6 ½-furlongs was 1:18.12.

Pedigree: Turtle Trax has a miler’s pedigree. She’s a half-sister to stakes-winning sprinter Backtohisroots. Their dam is a half-sister to Oak Leaf (G1) heroine Cash Included, and another half-sister bore the hardy turf sprinter Forever Juanito.


(Mizzen Mast - Donna Getyourgun, by Stormy Atlantic)

After two forays on turf, Mizzen Beau showed Norm Casse that she loved the Keeneland main track last Friday. Under Julien Leparoux, Mizzen Beau pressed the early pace. She shifted out three-wide around the turn, turned back a brief challenge by Tappy Gal, and then opened up in the stretch to win the seven-furlong event by 2 3/4-lengths in 1:24.70.

Pedigree: Mizzen Beau has the pedigree and conformation to enjoy middle distances. She has a smooth stride with nice extension. Mizzen Mast’s stakes-winning offspring are best up to 1 1/8-miles, although six of his babies have won at classic distances. As a damsire, Stormy Atlantic gets the bulk of his stakes winners between a mile to 1 1/8-miles. Five are winners at classic distances. Mizzen Beau is the first foal to race out of a stakes placed turf sprinter. Donna Getyourgun is a half-sister to the multiple graded winning middle-distance mare and good producer Clearly a Queen, whose descendants include Grade 2 winning sprinter Engage, and multiple graded -placed turf sprinter Commute.    

Meet Laurie Ross

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Through hands-on work at barns, I learned valuable lessons about Thoroughbred conformation, gait, and temperament and later worked withThoroughbred rescue/re-train organizations. I have committed my passion for horses to the intensive study of pedigree and breeding theory for the last 20 years. 

I support clients with all aspects of pedigree/breeding analysis, research, sales, catalogue review, and recommendations on claims or private sales. Clients include national leading owners, racing/breeding syndicates, the little guy with one mare, and everyone in between. 10-20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue & retraining groups. Check out my website, Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds, and the IMTBreds blog.

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