Three times graded stakes-placed at 2, Frank's Rockette became a stakes winner last weekend at Gulfstream Park, sprinting to a victory in the Any Limit. But will she go longer? The Bill Mott trainee leads off this week's pedigree profiles for emerging 3-year-old fillies.
(Into Mischief - Rocket Twentyone, by Indian Charlie)
Frank's Rockette exploded in the Any Limit on Saturday as the Mott runner expanded her lead with every step and flew under the wire seven lengths in front. She traveled six furlongs in 1:09.51. Her victory wasn't worth Oaks points, but connections said they'll eye a longer spot next time. Last year, Frank’s Rockette was second in the Adirondack (G2), Spinaway (G1) and Frizette (G1). She has won or placed in all five starts and has earnings of $290,883.
Pedigree: Frank’s Rockette has a miler/middle distance pedigree.
The bay filly is the third foal and black type earner in her immediate family. Her half-sister, Firewater Rocket, is a restricted stakes-placed sprinter, while her half-brother Rocknroll Rocket was third in the nine-furlong Manitoba Derby. Their dam, Rocket Twentyone, won the Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3). Frank's Rockette’s second dam, Symphonic Lady, is a stakes-placed turf miler. Class in the third generation includes two-time champion Indian Blessing.
(Uncle Mo - Tiz Miz Sue, by Tiznow)
The Japanese filly placed third in the 1 3/16-mile UAE Oaks (G3) last Thursday after a wide trip, and the daughter of Uncle Mo earned 10 points toward a start in the Kentucky Oaks for it. Serein is trained by Mikio Matsunaga and competes for Koji Maeda's North Hills, the same owner/trainer who campaigned Lani, winner of the 2016 UAE Derby (G2). Racing fans may recall Lani as the quirky Japanese gray colt who contested all three Triple Crown races. Serein previously beat the boys in the Kuretake Sho, a non-black-type stakes at 1 1/8-miles. The filly has a 5-2-1-1 ($221,920) record. Of concern, she was said to have experienced bleeding in her nostrils after the UAE Oaks that could derail plans to travel to Kentucky.
Pedigree: Serein has a classic-oriented pedigree.
Serein is the second foal to race out of the Grade 1-winning miler Tiz Miz Sue. The mare competed at the highest levels for five years, earning $1,129,709 in 32 starts, and won or placed from a mile to 10 furlongs. Tiz Miz Sue’s half brother, Bulletin, won the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and Keeneland’s Palisades Turf Sprint Stakes. Serein’s second dam, Sue’s Good News, was a Grade 3 winner at nine furlongs. Her most accomplished sibling was the gallant Easyfromthegitgo, winner of the Lecomte and Iowa Derby, and who placed in five graded stakes.
(Into Mischief - Verdana Bold, by Rahy)
Lucrezia showed her love for Tampa Bay Downs' main track on Feb. 8 with a dominating five-length victory in the Suncoast Stakes. The Arnaud Delacour trainee traveled one mile and 40 yards in 1:39.99. She previously captured the Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa. Lucrezia earned 10 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points with her Suncoast win. The bay filly has three wins and a second from five starts and has earned $150,800.
Pedigree: Lucrezia has a miler pedigree.
Into Mischief is one of the most accomplished sires of his generation. However, his offspring have distance limitations and are best up to 1 1/8 miles.
On the bottom side, Lucrezia is the seventh foal and third black type earner out of the Grade 3-winning sprinter/miler Verdana Bold. Lucrezia’s half-sister, Ghalia, captured the 2017 Sunland Park Oaks at 1 1/16 miles, and their brother Copperplate is a multiple listed-placed sprinter. Class skips to the third generation, which includes Grade 1-winning sprinter Game Face; multiple stakes winner and sire Holzmeister; and Lucrezia’s third dam, stakes winner and multiple Grade 1-placed Harbour Club.
Not only was Rahy an accomplished sire, but He is also found on the bottom half of 190 graded/listed winners, including Giant’s Causeway, Megahertz, Life at Ten, Declaration of War, and Rutherienne. His daughters’ progeny win at all distances and over all surfaces.
(Congrats - Deherewego, by Dehere)
O Seraphina graduated in a big way Saturday at Oaklawn Park. Martin Garcia sent the daughter of Congrats to the lead at the outset. The pair never looked back as they sailed under the wire 7 1/4 lengths in front. The Joe Sharp trainee traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.33. In her first start of the season, O Seraphina was second by 3 3/4 lengths to the late Taraz in the Martha Washington Stakes, and she earned four Kentucky Oaks qualifying points.
Pedigree: O Seraphina has a miler/middle distance pedigree.
Congrats is known as a “filly sire” because 22 of his 29 graded/listed winners are female. Although he isn’t represented by a Kentucky Oaks winner yet, Congrats’ daughters include Grade 1-winning sprinters Turbulent Descent, Haveyougoneaway, and Emma’s Encore.
O Seraphina is the third foal and first black type earner in the immediate family. Her dam is a half-sister to El Camino Real Derby (G3) hero Uncle Denny, and she is also a half-sister to the dam of multiple graded winning sprinter Limousine Liberal, who earned $1,815,261 in 27 starts.
(Empire Maker - Lochinvar's Gold, by Seeking the Gold )
Finding Fame graduated at first asking on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. She made a five-wide move around the far turn under Javier Castellano and held off Primacy by three-quarters of a length. The Shug McGaughey trainee got six and one-half furlongs in 1:17.44.
Pedigree: Finding Fame is bred to run all day.
The well-bred daughter of Belmont Stakes hero Empire Maker is the fifth foal in her immediate family. Her full sister, Mei Ling, is a multiple stakes-winning miler who placed in the Top Flight Invitational (G3) at nine furlongs and the Rags to Riches Invitational at 1 1/2 miles. Mei Ling also placed in the one-mile Go For Wand (G3). Their dam, Lochinvar's Gold, is a half-sister to the multiple graded handicap horse Master Command, a nine-furlong specialist. Lochinvar's Gold’s half-sister Aurora Lights is a multiple Grade 3-winning miler. Other winners in the second generation include stakes-winning turf miler Street Lad and Castaway, winner of the 2012 Southwest Stakes.
Finding Fame’s classy third generation includes Grade 1 winners Al Mamoon, Honor in War, the sire Lost Warrior, plus La Gueriere, who bore Personal Ensign (G1) heroine Icon Project, and whose descendants include Munnings, Munnings Sister and Lasting Approval.
(Union Rags - Humble, by Valiant Nature)
Primacy gained with every stride down the center of Gulfstream’s main track to just miss graduating in her debut on Sunday. The Chad Brown trainee trailed the field early after being unsettled in the gate.
Pedigree: Primacy shows a miler/middle distance pedigree.
Primacy has 11 siblings, including two gallant veterans. Her half-brother Quindici Man is a multiple stakes winner. He is multiple stakes placed from six to 10 furlongs. The warrior earned $536,666 in 44 starts. Half-brother Spurrier is multiple graded stakes-placed from 1 1/16 miles to 1 1/2 miles. He bested Quindici Man when the pair faced off in the 2011 San Pasqual Stakes, finishing second to Quindici Man’s third. The second generation is filled with numerous black-type earners, including multiple Grade 1-winning miler and sire Wild Rush; multiple graded earner Lewis Bay; sire Winslow Homer; plus European Group 1 winners and sires Shalaa and Hayil.
Valiant Nature is the damsire of only three listed winners. The son of His Majesty set a new stakes record of 1:40.78 in the 1993 Hollywood Futurity and was multiple graded-placed the following year.