Pedigree Analysis: 2-year-old winners at Saratoga, Del Mar

July 30, 2019 11:29am

A number of exciting 2YO colts and fillies were unveiled this past week at Saratoga, Del Mar and, yes, even Ellis Park. The racing world was buzzing over Arrogate’s little sister, Immediate Impact; the eye-catching Dennis’ Moment; Wrecking Crew, who topped the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old works list; and winners from the first crops of American Pharoah and Carpe Diem.

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(Into Mischief - Bubbler, by Distorted Humor)

She faced four overmatched fillies in her debut on July 28 at Del Mar. The Bob Baffert trainee dueled three-wide in the initial stages, took command around the 5/16 pole, and galloped home by 6 3/4-lengths, getting 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.72.

  Immediate Impact has a miler/middle distance pedigree. She’s a half-sister to champion Arrogate and to stakes-winning turf router Osare. Their dam is a multiple stakes winner, and the third dam is champion 2-year-old Meadow Star.

(Tiznow - Transplendid, by Elusive Quality)

He embarrassed a full field at Ellis Park by 19 1/4 lengths on Saturday in a seven furlong event. Breaking from the far outside, the Dale Romans trainee grabbed the lead and widened the gap with every stride. He stopped the clock in 1:21.95 and was never seriously asked at any point in the race.

Dennis’ Moment has a miler/middle distance pedigree. He’s the first foal in his immediate family to race. His dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 stakes-winning sprinter Time’s Mistress and to racing veteran Most Happy Fella, who earned more than $400,000 in 71 starts and was multiple stakes-placed at 1 1/8-miles. The third generation includes Grade 1-winning turf router Henley’s Joy and restricted stakes winning sprinter Lucky Folie.

(Sky Kingdom - Truelladeville, by Yes It's True)

He was the buzz horse at Fasig-Tipton's March sale of 2-year-olds when he breezed a furlong in 9.4, which was the co-fastest work. The ridgling son of Freshman sire Sky Kingdom lived up to the hype in his debut at Del Mar on July 27. The Peter Miller trainee sat off the early pace, then took control rounding the turn and was never threatened. Wrecking Crew flashed under the wire 1 3/4 lengths in front, getting six furlongs in 1:12.22.

  Wrecking Crew has the pedigree and build of a two-turn horse. He’s a well-conformed colt who resembles his sire. Sky Kingdom is a multiple Grade 3 stakes-winning turf router. The first crop sire babies will need time to mature, and Wrecking Crew is his first winner from seven starters. There is little blacktype in Wrecking Crew’s distaff line. His second dam, Devil’s Bride, is a stakes-placed sprinter. She’s a half-sister to stakes winning turf router Carpenter’s Halo.  

(Carpe Diem - Millennia, by Milwaukee Brew)

She pressed the early pace and asserted herself in the stretch, winning a one-mile turf event Saturday over the Del Mar Turf in 1:37.55.

A Thousand Dreams has a miler’s pedigree. Her dam is a stakes-winning turf miler and is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Fatal Bullet, who was second in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The third generation includes two-time Canadian Sprint Champ Pink Lloyd. A Thousand Dreams’ second and third dams are stakes placed.


(American Pharoah - Retraceable, by Medaglia d'Oro)

He broke sharply from the rail and was never seriously threatened, traveling 5 1/2-furlongs Wednesday in a strong 1:03.33. The race was originally scheduled for the turf but was contested over a fast main track at Saratoga.

 Another Miracle has the pedigree to handle a mile to classic distances. Our first Triple Crown winner in a gazillion years is showing signs of being a strong sire. He has six winners from 22 starters, with two winning on dirt and five over the lawn. Another Miracle’s dam was a stakes-winning juvenile and earned more than $370,000 in 26 starts at Woodbine. Others in the second generation include multiple graded stakes-winning turf horse Passion for Action, and stakes-winning miler Maritime Pulpit. Another Miracle’s second and third dams also own blacktype.  

(Sky Mesa - Irish Score, by Even the Score)

Running in Another Miracle's flight, he reared slightly coming out of the gate, which cost him about six lengths. He played catchup throughout, skimming the rail along the backstretch. Rajiv Maragh guided the Chestnut colt to the outside. Once in the clear, Irish Mias gained ground with every step and galloped out in front of Another Miracle.

Irish Midas has a sprinter/miler pedigree. He’s a half-brother to stakes winning turf sprinter Regally Irish, who also placed in a stakes as a 2-year-old. The dam is a half-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner Irish War Cry, turf graded stakes winner Irish Strait, and juvenile stakes placed sprinter Irish Politics. 

(Into Mischief - Shopit, by Yes It's True)

He chased the early pace Saturday at Saratoga, then in mid-stretch rolled by tiring leaders, going on to prevail be 4 1/2-lengths. Shoplifted also galloped out much the best. He traveled 5 1/2-furlongs in a sharp 1:03.99 over Saratoga’s main track.

  Shoplifted has a sprinter/miler pedigree. His dam is a half-sister to stakes-winning juvenile Fifth Avenue, who also placed in the Adirondack Stakes (G2). Another half-sister bore Grade 2 stakes-winning turf sprinter Imprimis. This is the distaff line of Grade 1 stakes-winning juvenile Power Broker, stakes winner & sire Trappe Shot, and Grade 1 stakes winner Miss Shop. 


(Kitten's Joy - Perfect Agility, by Perfect Soul (IRE)

Are You Kitten MeHe contested the early lead on the inside Saturday at Saratoga, then took a breather down the backstretch, easing back to sit in third, a length off the pace setter. In a furious scramble down the stretch, Are You Kitten Me held off Sul Moon by a determined nose. The bay colt survived an objection lodged by Junior Alvarado, the jockey of Sul Moon. Are You Kitten Me stopped the timer in 1:44.33 for the 1 1/16-mile turf race at Saratoga.

Are You Kitten Me has the pedigree of a turf router. Both his sire and damsire are descendants of Sadler’s Wells, one of the best sires in the world. The bay son of Kitten’s Joy has ho blacktype in the first two generations of his distaff line. However, his second dam is a half-sister to the dam of Secretariat Stakes (G1) hero Admiral Kitten.

(Malibu Moon - Tashzara (IRE), by Intikhab)

In Are You Kitten Me's flight, he settled in mid-pack on the outside in the early stages. Sul Moon had to go five-wide around the turn and raced as a team with the winner down the stretch.

Pedigree: Sul Moon has a sprinter/miler pedigree. His dam is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winners and sires Excelebration and Lancaster Bomber, who also captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and to multiple Group 3 winner Mull Of Killough.

(More Than Ready - Highway Mary, by U S Ranger)

He made his debut on Sunday at Del Mar in a one-mile turf race, settling in mid-pack near the rail in the early stages. Joe Talamo got the bay colt to the outside, and they made a furious run down the stretch. The Dan Blacker trainee stormed under the wire 1 1/4-lenghs in front and stopped the clock in 1:37.00.

Hit the Road has a miler’s pedigree. He’s the first foal out of an unraced mare. The majority of his distaff line is filled with international stakes winners. His dam is a half-sister to Group 1 stakes-winning turf sprinter War Command and to French Group 3-winning miler Naval Officer. Hit the Road’s second dam, Wandering Star, captured the E.P. Talylor Stakes (G1) as a turf router.


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