This year’s crop of 2-year-olds is
taking their first step toward the 2020 Breeders’ Cup and, ultimately,
next year’s Triple Crown. The very early
precocious types already have a start or two under their girth. Join Horse
Racing Nation as we unveil the 2021 Kentucky Derby contenders and 2021 Kentucky Oaks contenders.
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Here are some already accomplished juveniles to keep an eye on.
DR. SCHIVEL (Violence – Lil Nugget, by Mining For Money)
Dr. Schivel rolled to a 1 3/4-length victory in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) on closing day. The Luis Mendez trainee vied three-wide for the lead for much of the race. Down the stretch, he put away Spielberg and opened up. Dr. Schivel traveled seven furlongs in 1:24.16.
Dr. Schivel is the first black-type winner for his dam, Lil Nugget. The mare is a half-sister to Grade 1 winning sprinter/miler Ultra Bend (Richly Blended).
VEQUIST (Nyquist – Vero Amore, by Mineshaft)
Vequist, a daughter of Champion 2-Year-Old Nyquist, dominated the Spinaway (G1) by eight lengths at Saratoga on Saturday, getting seven furlongs in 1:22.29. Vequist is the first blacktype earner out of Black-Eyed Susan (G2) runner-up Vero Amore. First-crop stallion Nyquist is also the sire of Spinaway third-place finisher Lady Lilly.
PRINCESS NOOR (Not This Time – Sheza Smoke Show, by Wilko)
Princess Noor ruled the Del Mar Debutante (G1) on Sunday by 6 1/2 lengths. The Bob Baffert trainee gave a hint of things to come with a 2 1/2-length maiden victory.
The $1.35 million OBS April sales graduate is the second foal to race for Sheza Smoke Show, winner of the Senorita Stakes (G3) at a mile on turf. Princess Noor’s second dam and third dam are stakes winners.
Churchill Downs winners
The same connections that launched the careers of graded stakes-winning juveniles Not This Time (Giant’s Causeway) and Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow) captured the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) with Girl Daddy, then followed up with a victory in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) with Sittin On Go.
The Iroquois and Pocahontas are “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies, to be contested at Keeneland in early November. The Iroquois is also a 2021 Kentucky Derby qualifier and offers points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers.
GIRL DADDY (Uncle Mo – Cara Marie, by Unbridled’s Song)
The $500,000 KEESEP yearling lived up to her lofty price tag in the Pocahontas Stakes (G3). After breaking a step slow and getting a wide trip, Girl Daddy prevailed by two lengths, getting a mile in 1:34.94 over a fast track at Churchill.
Girl Daddy is the second foal and first to race out of Cara Marie, a stakes-winning turf sprinter who placed third the 2015 Lake George Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.
Girl Daddy’s second generation includes Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) runner-up Comicas (Distorted Humor); Buy Land And See (Cairo Prince), winner of last year’s Awad Stakes at Belmont for juveniles; and 2010 Irish Oaks (G1) runner-up Miss Jean Brodie (Maria’s Mon).
Girl Daddy is bred on the same Uncle Mo/Unbridled’s Song cross as Los Alamitos Derby (G3) winner Uncle Chuck.
SITTIN ON GO (Brody’s Cause – Set'n On Ready, by More Than Ready)
Sittin On Go made a five-wide rally in the stretch to capture the Iroquois Stakes (G3) on the Kentucky Derby undercard by a handy 2 1/2 lengths. He traveled a mile over a fast track in 1:35.00. The Dale Romans trainee earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He’s also the early points leader for next year’s Kentucky Derby.
Sittin On Go is the third foal out of Set'n On Ready, herself a restricted stakes-winning juvenile. The third generation of the family is filled with a variety of stakes winners, including 1998 Louisiana Derby (then a G3) hero and sire Comic Strip (Red Ransom), the ultra-constant graded winning turf mare Morticia (Twirling Candy), Speaktomeofsummer, this year’s Lake Placid (G2) winner at Saratoga, and Lucayan Prince (Fast Play) England’s 1996 Champion 3-Year-Old Sprinter, and Ireland’s 1997 Champion Older Male Sprinter.
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