Mr. Monomoy and Silver Prospector looked prominent among Kentucky Derby 2020 contenders over the long weekend, while trainer Bob Baffert unveiled Charlatan, his latest hype horse that leaves us asking how far he'll want to go.
(Speightstown - Authenticity, by Quiet American)
Charlatan graduated at first asking Sunday over Santa Anita Park's main course when he dominated three maidens by 5 3/4 lengths. The Baffert trainee zipped six furlongs in 1:08.85.
Pedigree: Charlatan has miler/middle distance conformation and pedigree.
Speightstown captured the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and is the sire of 78 graded/listed winners in North America. The majority of his stakes winners are sprinter/milers. However, five of his offspring have won at 10 furlongs, three of them over dirt.
Charlatan is a second foal. His half-sister, Hanalei Moon, is a restricted winning turf miler with earnings of $295,090 in 14 starts. Their dam, Authenticity, is a multiple graded winner at 1 1/16 miles and won one of three tries at 1 1/8 miles. She also placed in four Grade 1 events and earned $883,362 in 12 starts.
Charlatan’s second generation includes two black type earners, Grade 3-placed sprinter Brielle’s Appeal and Tiz Alluptome Now, a multiple stakes-placed dirt sprinter. Charlatan’s third dam, Appealing Missy, was a multiple graded winner in France and California from 1 1/16 miles to 1 1/8 miles.
Quiet American is the damsire of 72 graded/listed winners in North America. His daughters’ offspring have no distance limitations, although the majority are best between a mile to 1 1/8 miles. For the most part, their progeny reflect their sire’s affinities for distance. Quiet American’s daughters' most notable offspring include 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam and 2006's champion 3-year-old male, Bernardini.
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(Palace Malice - Drumette, by Henny Hughes)
Mr. Monomoy used a third-place finish in the Lecomte (G3) to springboard to a 2 1/2-length victory in Division 1 of last Saturday's Risen Star (G2). The Brad Cox trainee traveled 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.43.
Pedigree: Mr. Monomoy has a middle distance pedigree borderline for classic distances.
Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice is the No. 2 Second Crop sire. The son of Curlin’s offspring includes Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Structor and P.G. Johnson Stakes heroine Crystalle.
And of course, Mr. Monomoy is a half-brother to 2018 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Monomoy Girl. Their dam is a half-sister to graded winning turf veteran Drum Major, a winner from seven to nine furlongs. Mr. Monomoy’s second dam is the stakes-winning miler Endless Parade.
Grade 1-winning sprinter Henny Hughes is the damsire of nine graded/listed winners. The majority are sprinter/milers. Three, including Mr. Monomoy, have won at 1 1/8-miles.
(Declaration of War - Tap Softly, by Tapit)
Silver Prospector improved off his fourth-place finish in the Smarty Jones to capture the Southwest Stakes (G3) on Monday at Oaklawn Park. The Steve Asmussen trainee beat eight competitors by a length and traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.01.
Pedigree: Silver Prospector has the pedigree to handle classic distances, but he has high, choppy leg action, which could hinder him as he stretches out and may explain his early start on turf.
Declaration of War earned honors as the 2013 Champion Older Male in England and Ireland, and he placed third, beaten a nose and head, in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic in his only start on dirt. His offspring have no distance limitations, although none have won beyond 1 1/8 miles in North America. The son of War Front has sired 21 graded/listed winners overall, with eight in the U.S.
Silver Prospector is the fifth foal and first black type earner in his immediate family. His dam, Tap Softly, is a multiple stakes-placed sprinter/miler. She earned $207,696 in 24 starts. There is little blacktype in Silver Prospector’s distaff line, although his second dam Silentlea won the Astarita (G2) and his third dam Lea Carter was a stakes-winning sprinter.
(Hard Spun - Aristra, by Afleet Alex)
The third time was the charm for the later-maturing Attachment Rate. He graduated on Saturday over Gulfstream Park’s sloppy main track, besting rivals by a showy 6 1/4 lengths. The Dale Romans trainee traveled one mile in 1:35.03. Last month, Attachment Rate finished second, narrowly beaten by the Todd Pletcher buzz horse Market Analysis.
Pedigree: Attachment Rate has a middle distance/classic pedigree.
He is the fourth foal to race in the immediate family, and none of his half-siblings own black type. However, his dam Aristra’s half-sisters bore 2017 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Caledonia Road, Maker's Mile (G1) hero Data Link and Donn Handicap (G1) winner Hymn Book.
Attachment Rate hails from the same female family as Money Moves, the winner of Saturday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park. Both descend from the mare Sunset Service. She is Attachment Rate’s second dam and Money Moves’ third dam.
(Candy Ride (ARG) - Citizen Advocate, by Proud Citizen)
Money Moves graduated in his debut on Saturday by in 1 1/4 lengths in a six-furlong maiden event over Gulfstream Park’s sloppy main track. The Todd Pletcher trainee got the distance in 1:11.76.
Pedigree: Money Moves has a miler/middle distance pedigree.
He is the second foal out of Citizen Advocate, a multiple listed-winning sprinter capable over dirt and turf. She earned $327,450 in 13 starts. Citizen Advocate’s half-sister produced 2017 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Caledonia Road and One of a Kind, a listed winning miler. The third generation of this family includes Maker's Mile (G1) hero Data Link, and Donn Handicap (G1) winner Hymn Book.
(Tapit - Hystericalady, by Distorted Humor)
The later-maturing Tapage graduated in his sixth start in an exciting off-the-turf maiden contest when at 1 1/8 miles on Saturday over Gulfstream Park’s sloppy main track. He moved into contention four-wide around the far turn, battled outside two rivals down the stretch and edged clear by a half-length. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee finished 1 1/8-miles in 1:52.17.
Pedigree: Tapage is bred to handle middle to classic distances.
The Godolphin homebred is the sixth foal out of Hystericalady, who was successful from five to 10 furlongs, and from the listed to the Grade 1 level. Hystericalady faced the starter 23 times, winning or placing in 17 starts, and she earned $2,390,556. Her most successful foal is Tapage’s half-sister Lady Montdore, who captured the Glens Falls (G2) at 1 3/16 miles over the lawn. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro placed in the 1 1/4 mile Flower Bowl (G1) and two French stakes at 1 1/2 miles. Tapage’s second dam Sacramentada was Champion Older Mare in Chile.
(Medaglia d'Oro - Grace Hall, by Empire Maker)
Or'effice just missed graduating by a half-length in his third start and first attempt around two turns in Saturday’s seventh race at Gulfstream Park. Or'effice engaged Oxide at the head of the stretch and was in tight between that rival and Tapage, but couldn’t hold off Tapage to his outside. The Mark Hennig trainee finished fourth in two previous attempts at a mile, once over the lawn.
Pedigree: Or'effice is bred to handle classic distances.
He is the first foal to race out of Grace Hall, a multiple graded winner who was successful from seven to nine furlongs. The mare earned $1,546,360 in 16 starts. Grace Hall received her class from her third dam (and Or'effice’s fourth dam) who won or placed in 20 of 27 starts, 20 of them graded, including the Kentucky Oaks, Mother Goose (G1), Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), Gazelle (G1) and Ladies Handicap (G1).