Gamine is Bob Baffert’s latest budding superstar after setting a new stakes record in the Acorn (G1), but is she Kentucky Oaks material? Project Whiskey had her backers feeling drunk with success after her 38-1 upset of the Delaware Oaks. Finally, the well-bred Publication is one to watch in this summer’s turf division. Let’s take a closer look at the fillies.
(Into Mischief - Peggy Jane, by Kafwain)
The budding superstar Gamine dazzled her competition and racing fans with a powerful 18 1/2-length score in the Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. The Bob Baffert trainee’s final time of 1:32.55 was in the shadow of Narjan’s 2003 track record time of 1:32.24 for the mile. However, Gamine shattered the 2002 Acorn stake record of 1:34.05 set by You.
In her second start, a 1 1/16-mile Allowance Optional Claiming event at Oaklawn, she held on to win by a stubborn head over multiple graded placed Speech. The final time was a respectable 1:41.91; however, it may have revealed a concern about Gamine’s distance range. Gamine may have the Test Stakes (G1) on her radar.
Pedigree: Gamine has a sprinter/miler pedigree.
Bred by Grace Thoroughbred Holdings, Gamine went through the sales ring twice. The $220,000 Keeneland yearling was picked up by Grand Oaks and sold at the Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic 2-Year-Old sale for $1,800,000 to her owner Michael Lund Petersen.
Into Mischief needs no introduction as one of the leading sires. The vast majority of his offspring find 1 1/16-miles to be their distance limit. The son of Harlan’s Holiday has six graded/listed winners at 1 1/8 miles, and only two, Vicar’s in Trouble and turf router Beema’s Boy, have successfully navigated classic distances. Into Mischief’s progeny include champion sprinter and 3-Year-Old Filly of 2019 Covfefe, plus this year’s Kentucky Derby and Oaks hopefuls Authentic, Mischevious Alex, and Frank’s Rockette.
Peggy Jane (Kafwain - Seattle Splash, by Chief Seattle) competed as a sprinter who earned minor awards in two of three starts at a mile and farther, including the Windswept Wings Stakes at Aqueduct. The Chad Brown trainee earned $102,050 in eight starts. Her first foals won once in six starts, and the second one was blanked in eleven starts. Gamine is her third foal. Peggy Jane’s 2-year-old son Splashtown (Speightstown) sold for $300,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall yearling. She has an unnamed yearling Ghostzapper filly and an unnamed weanling colt by Kantharos.
Peggy Jane is the only one of three siblings to race to earn blacktype. Gamine’s third-generation includes Canada’s 2014 Champion Grass Horse Dynamic Sky, plus the multiple stakes-winning sprinters Grand Cash, who was a fixture at Calder, and Gamine’s third dam Grand Splash, who was also a multiple stakes winner in Florida.
Kafwain is a multiple graded-winning sprinter/miler, who placed in the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile when it was held at nine furlongs, and later, hit the board in the Santa Anita Derby (G1). Kafwain is the damsire of five graded/listed winners, including Test Stakes (G1) heroine Paola Queen.
(Tapizar - Over the Moon, by Malibu Moon)
Project Whiskey was ignored at 38-1 in the Delaware Oaks (G3) betting pools after two off the board finishes against stakes quality runners in Maryland and at Churchill. Project Whisky pressed the early pace three-wide in the Delaware Oaks. Frankie Pennington pushed Project Whisky in tandem with Dream Marie around the far turn, and the pair battled down to the wire where Project Whisky prevailed by a half-length. The Robert Reid, Jr. trainee traveled 1 1/16-miles in 1:44.04. The Delaware Oaks winner received 50 qualifying points towards the Kentucky Oaks; however, Project Whisky wasn’t an early nomination.
Pedigree: Project Whiskey has a miler/middle distance pedigree.
2012 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Tapizar is best known as the sire of 2018 Champion 3-Year-Old-Filly Monomoy Girl.The son of Tapit has seven U.S. graded/listed winners from five crops of racing age. Monomoy Girl is the only one of his stakes progeny to have success at nine furlongs. None of Tapizar’s offspring have won beyond that distance. I expect that Tapizar may get the odd winner at classic distances, quite possibly over the lawn.
Over the Moon (Malibu Moon - Clever Phrase, by Clever Trick) competed at the Allowance level from 4 1/2-furlongs to 1 1/16 -miles. The mare didn’t earn blacktype, but hit the board in six of eleven starts and earned $67,390 on the Mid-Atlantic circuit. Project Whisky is her second and last foal to compete and the first blacktype earner in the immediate family.
Over the Moon is a half-sister to Grade 2-winning sprinter and sire Ready’s Image. Her half-sister Yingyingying is a Listed-placed turf miler. Project Whisky’s third dam Clever Phrase was the only foal produced by her dam, Turn a Phrase. Project Whisky is a distant relation to multiple Grade 1 winner and sire Came Home.
(Tapit - Filimbi, by Mizzen Mast)
Publication announced her fondness for Belmont’s turf course with a two-length victory to graduate in her second start on July 4. The pretty gray filly settled mid-pack in the early stages. Javier Castellano swung her about six wide at the top of the stretch, and Publication made steady progress down the center of the course to win going away by two lengths. The Chad Brown trainee traveled seven furlongs in 1:22.77 over a firm course.
Pedigree: Publication, a Juddmonte Farms homebred, has miler/middle distance breeding.
Leading sire Tapit gets classy winners at all distances and on all surfaces.
After beginning her career in France, turf miler Filimbi (Mizzen Mast - Flute, by Seattle Slew) competed with the likes of Champion turf mares Dayatthespa and Tepin. In her first stakes start in the U.S., Filimbi beat Dayatthespa by 1 1/2-lengths in the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga. The pretty gray filly earned her only graded victory in the Goldikova Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, yet placed in four Grade 1 events. Filimbi hit the board in 16 of 18 starts, earning $670,763.
Filimbi’s first foal is Publication. Her 2-year-old son Realm of Law had his first breeze at Saratoga the same day that Publication graduated. Filimbi bore yearling and weanling colts, both by Arrogate.
Filimbi is the only blacktype earner from 14 runners foaled from multiple Grade 1 heroine Flute. However, three of her half-sisters have produced blacktype earners, which include 2016 Ashland winner Weep No More, and her half-brother, Grade 3 winner Current.
Flute captured the 2001 Kentucky Oaks after a runner-up finish in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). The daughter of Seattle Slew returned in the summer to earn a runaway victory in the Alabama (G1), capturing the 1 1/4-mile event by 4 3/4-lengths. She’s the most accomplished runner out of the listed winning turf router, Rougeur.
Mizzen Mast is the damsire of six graded/listed winners in the U.S. The majority are sprinter/milers, and a couple, including Ete Indien, have placed at nine furlongs.