Del Mar 2-year-olds: Speedy Baltas juveniles apt to stretch out

August 20, 2019 09:22am

On Pacific Classic Day, fans were treated to big races by a couple of sharp youngsters from the Richard Baltas barn before Del Mar's premier summer meet race ran. Then on Sunday, Bob Baffert and Doug O’Neil unveiled two nicely bred fillies who look eligible for stakes on the west coast. Let's get to know them...

(Into Mischief - Eyes Wide Open, by Unbridled's Song)

The Baltas trainee fought on the lead and then opened up to win by 3 1/4 lengths Saturday. The final time for 5 1/2 furlongs was 1:04.80.

Paid Informant has a sprinter/miler pedigree. Four of her five half-siblings are winners, including a pair of stakes-placed sprinter/milers, Obrigeta and Real Steel. The second generation is filled with a mix of listed and restricted types, including Amandatude, who placed in the Delaware Oaks, and Graduation Stakes winner Tap The Wire. 

(Munnings - Find the Humor, by Sharp Humor)

This Baltas runner was a bargain $35,000 Keeneland September yearling.
Ginobili on Saturday rebounded after finishing fourth in his debut to beat a well-bred field of maidens by 2 1/2 lengths, getting six furlongs in 1:10.81.

Ginobili has a sprinter/miler pedigree. All three half-siblings are winners, including stakes placed sprinter Silly Factor. Their dam was third in the Iowa Oaks (G3), and she’s a full sister to Grade 2-winning miler Quick Wit. His third dam is multiple restricted winner Gammys Alden, who earned more than $270,000 in 51 starts. 

(Tapit - Siren Serenade, by Unbridled's Song)

On Sunday the Bob Baffert trainee was wide the entire way in her six-furlong debut but prevailed by a half length over a determined Buyer’s Remorse.

  Stellar Sound has a miler/middle distance pedigree, and her distaff line is Phipps family royalty. The pretty gray filly is a half-sister to Santa Anita Oaks (G1) runner-up Luminance. Her dam is a half-sister to Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver and Remsen Stakes (G2) winner  Saarland.  Recent Pacific Classic third-place finisher    Mongolian Groom is also a part of this family.

Versailles Treaty, the second dam, is a multiple Grade 1 winner. She was quick enough to capture the Test Stakes (G1) and could carry her speed to win the Alabama Stakes (G1). Versailles Treaty was second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 1991 and 1992. This is the female family of sires Boisterous,
 Gold Fever, Out Of Place, and Bellamy Road.
(Liam's Map - My Special Secret, by Mineshaft)

The O’Neill trainee fought every step of the way on the lead in her debut but couldn’t hold off the determined Stellar Sound. It was another 6 1/2 lengths back to third in a field dominated by the top two.

Buyer’s Remorse has a miler/middle distance pedigree. Three of four half-siblings are winners. The dam is a half-sister to Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Stakes (G3) heroine Ask Me No Secrets, whose third generation includes multiple Grade 1 handicap horse Albert The Great, the classy multiple Grade 1 winning turf mare Rushing Fall, and multiple graded winner James Street.


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