3-year-old pedigrees: Two Sixty proves her worth sprinting

January 22, 2020 10:34am
3-year-old pedigrees: Two Sixty proves her worth sprinting
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Two Sixty is making a name for herself as a sharp sprinter, plus more on emerging dirt and turf-oriented fillies in this week's look at bloodlines...  

(Uncaptured - Jim's Lonesa, by Put It Back)

Two Sixty earned her second stakes victory on Saturday in Tampa Bay Downs' Gasparilla. Edgard Zayas sent Two Sixty to the lead, and she made all the pace before holding on to win by a neck. The Mark Casse trainee traveled seven furlongs in 1:22.80.
Two Sixty has a 7: 3-1-1 ($409,000) record, including a victory in the Florida Sire My Dear Girl Stakes, plus runner-up finishes in the Florida Sire Desert Vixen, and Sandpiper Stakes. The filly has more than earned back the OBS March 2-year-old in training price of $260,000.

Two Sixty has sprinter/miler breeding. Uncaptured was Canada’s 2012 Sovereign Award Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and 2020 Horse of the Year after winning six of seven starts, including Churchill Downs' Iroquois (G3) and Kentucky Jockey Club (G2). The son of Lion Heart went to stud in Florida in 2015 but was sold to Korea last year. He has four listed/graded winners, all sprinters. The stallion’s offspring may handle sprints to middle distances.  

Two Sixty is a first foal. Her dam, Jim's Lonesa, is a half-sister to Sunshine Millions Classic winner Jay’s Way, stakes-winning turf sprinter Ayoumilove, and to multiple stakes-winning miler Who What Win. The most accomplished runner in the third generation of the family is the gallant gelding Attest, a Grade 3-placed Canadian runner who earned $638,855 in 43 starts. Put It Back is the damsire of five graded/listed winners. None have won a stakes beyond a mile.

(Ghostzapper - I'm Mom's Favorite, by Indian Charlie)

Charming Lady showed her class in her six-furlong debut Friday at Fair Grounds. She broke slow under James Graham, then was pulled to the inside and moved up to follow the pace. Charming Lady shifted to the outside, where she went five-wide around the turn. She passed tired rivals to win going away by 3 1/4 lengths. The Tom Amos trainee’s final time was a good 1:10.81.

Charming Lady has a miler/middle-distance pedigree, and turf could be an option. When we think of Ghostzapper, we envision a later maturing, distance-loving horse. While that’s undoubtedly true, Ghostzapper has also sired brilliant sprinters like 2014 Champion Female Sprinter Judy the Beauty. Ghostzapper’s son, Nucky, won last year’s Del Mar Futurity and is the Kentucky Derby trail, training at Oaklawn Park.

Charming Lady is the third winner out of 2013 Miss Preakness heroine I'm Mom's Favorite. The dam is a half-sister to a pair of stakes-placed sprinter/milers, but the real class is in the third generation of Charming Lady distaff line. Her third dam is the hard-knocking Tout Charmant, a multiple Grade 1 earner of $1,781,879 in 29 starts. Besides capturing the Matriarch and Del Mar Oaks, she finished second in five other Grade 1s, including the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf behind Champion Mare Perfect Sting.

Tout Charmant was gallant in defeat behind Excellent Meeting and traded victories with Tranquility Lake. Besides being a top-notch sire, Indian Charlie is making a legacy as a damsire. His daughters have produced 39 grade/listed winners, including Breeders’ Cup Sprint hero Mitole. None have won a stakes beyond 1 1/8 miles.

(Declaration of War - Hoh Buzzard (IRE), by Alhaarth (IRE))

Declarationwarrior was ready for battle when she graduated in her second start Sunday at Gulfstream Park. The Mark Case trainee stalked the pacesetter before taking command and drawing off by 1 1/4 lengths in a one-mile maiden turf race. Declarationwarrior stopped the clock in 1:35.23.

Declarationwarrior has a miler/middle distance pedigree. Declaration of War, No. 2 on the third-crop sire by earnings, has sired 21 stakes winners, seven of them at classic distances, although none have won beyond 1 1/8 miles in North America. His son Silver Prospector captured the Kentucky Jockey Club and is on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail.

Declarationwarrior is a half-sister to Grade 3-winning sprinter/miler Via Villaggio, plus Little Curlin and Dr. Smarty Jack, stakes-placed milers over dirt and turf. Their dam, Hoh Buzzard, is a Grade 2-winning turf miler who placed in the 1 1/4-mile Santa Barbara Handicap (G2). She earned $319,839 in 18 starts. Hoh Buzzard’s full brother, Ashdown Express, is a Group 3 winner in Great Britain, and he also placed in two Group 1s as a turf sprinter.

Alhaarth, a sharp sprinter/miler, was 1995 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in Great Britain and later earned Champion Older Male honors in Ireland. His daughters’ offspring win at all distances. He’s the damsire of last year’s Providencia (G3) winner Hostess and 2017’s W.L. McKnight Handicap hero Taghleeb.

(Sky Mesa - Kristi With a K, by Petionville)

Highland Glory showed her love for the turf when she graduated in her third start in a maiden event at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. Paco Lopez rated the eager filly in mid-pack before making her move in the stretch. The Barclay Tagg trainee won the one-mile race by 1 3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:33.96. In her debut, Highland Glory was best of the rest behind Wicked Whisper in a six-furlong maiden race. Wicked Whisper captured the Frizette (G1) in her next outing.

Highland Glory has a miler/middle-distance pedigree, although she may go farther, especially over the lawn. Sky Mesa is a solid, established stallion with 62 graded/listed winners to his credit. The bulk of his babies win stakes up to 1 1/8 miles, although a few have won at classic distances as turf routers.

Highland Glory is a full sister to the multiple stakes-winning turf router Highland Sky, who captured last year’s John’s Call Stakes at 1 1/4 miles over the Saratoga lawn. Their dam, Kristi With a K, placed as a turf miler in the Athena Handicap (G3). Kristi With a K is a half-sister to Q.E. II Challenge Cup Invitational (G1) heroine Bit of Whimsey. That one bore two stakes winners, the graded winning turf router Caroline Thomas, and turf miler My Sweet Girl.

(Tonalist - Queen's Award, by Medaglia d'Oro)

Alta's Award was much the best when graduating on Friday in a 1 1/16-mile maiden contest at Fair Grounds. The Steve Asmussen trainee stalked the early pace, then took over in the stretch and widened her lead to three lengths under the wire. The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:45.79.

  Alta's Award has a miler/middle distance pedigree. Tonalist is the No. 11-ranked First Crop Sire. The Belmont Stakes winner’s offspring are later-maturing, and I expect he’ll eventually get winners at classic distances.

Alta's Award is the second runner out of the Queen's Award, a hardy listed winner who earned $244,420 during a 31-race career. She was proficient over dirt, turf, and Polytrack. Queen's Award’s half-sister, Divine Queen, is a multiple stakes-winning sprinter. Another half-sister bore The Player, winner of the Fayette (G2) and Mineshaft Handicap (G3).
 Alta's Award’s second dam Town Queen is a stakes-winning miler who earned $241,964 in 26 starts.

Besides his prominence as a top ten leading sire, Medaglia d'Oro is quickly becoming a notable damsire, with 19 graded/listed winners, led by 2018 Canadian Champion Older Horse Mr. Havercamp. Spinaway Stakes winner Rachel’s Valentina and multiple Grade 1 winning sprinter Rock Fall also claim Medaglia d'Oro as a damsire. 


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