The Kiddie List: 2-year-olds to watch in Friday's races

June 21, 2018 04:26pm
Scat Daddy Colt Sells for $950,000 at Keeneland (9-13-17).
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The premier meets at Saratoga and Del Mar are just weeks away. As the racing world ventures into the summer season, the well-bred and talented juveniles will be unveiled like Christmas presents. The more precocious runners have won or placed in their debuts and some own blacktype.

Over the last several years, the Kiddie List has reviewed the best and brightest of the 2-year-old crop, and has featured many accomplished runners and double-digit winners before they hit the national radar.

Due to the enormous number of juveniles, some of these names may show up only once or twice. It’s highly suggested that you use a virtual stable, available through Equibase, to follow the babies in whom you’re most interested.

Here's a look at intriguing runners in for Friday's races.

* Note: Names in all caps and bold are stakes winners; names in title case and bold are stakes placed. Un-bolded names own no blacktype.

Belmont | R1 | 5.5F | 2YO Colts | NY-Bred

Colts to watch:

BRONX BOMBER (Take Charge Indy - Latin Lynx, by Forest Wildcat)

Sales: OBSMAR $140K  

John Kimmel (5% debut mdn)

Pedigree: 2nd Crop Sire Take Charge Indy has 26% winners from FTS (First Time Starter). Bronx Bomber has a precocious sprinter's pedigree. He's half to G1SW sprinter SEAN AVERY (Cherokee Run), who placed in his debut and matured to win the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap as 5YO. Half-sister Stayclassysandiego (Rockport Harbor) placed in the Landaluce S. as a 2YO and half-brother W W American Quiet American was stakes placed as a 3YO. Their dam is half-sister to ZIP QUIK, a multiple SP 2YO. 

Works:  6-15-18 4F :48.8 (19/53) Bronx Bomber looked professional in his last breeze, keeping his head in front of workmate Cromwell Avenue, a 2YO maiden son of Flashback.

LA FUERZA (Flatter - Jonata, by Proud Citizen)

Sales: None

Trainer: Todd Pletcher (22% debut mdn)

Pedigree: Sire has 14% winners from FTS. Colt is a 1st foal. Dam needed time to find the right level as a SP/M. She's a half-sister to SW (9F) JONESY BOY & SW turf miler PINCH PIE. 2nd dam is half to BC Classic winner VOLPONI

Works: 6-17-18 SAR 5F 1:02.2 (6/7) Fastest 2YO breeze of the morning.

LUMBERER (The Lumber Guy - Proven Right, by Vindication)

Sales: None

Trainer: Chris Englehart (6% debut mdn)

Pedigree: 2nd Crop Sire has 5 winners from 11 starters, none won 1st time out. Colt's half siblings won/placed in their first few starts. Best over dirt & mud. Dam is half to MGSW turf router  STANLEY PARK & juvie SW miler  TURF MELODY. Dam's half-sisters bore MGSW (9F-10F) PAID UP SUBSCRIBER & G3SW sprinter TOP KISSER.

6-13-18 BEL tr.t  5F (g) 1:02 (3/18) Fastest 2YO breeze of the morning at the distance.

Churchill | R1 | 5.5F (T) | 2YO Fillies

Fillies to watch:

SOUPER CHARLOTTE (Warrior's Reward - Unbridled Appeal, by Unbridled)

Sales: KEESEP $325K

Trainer: Mark Casse (13% debut turf)

Pedigree: Sire has 9% winners from turf FTS. Filly’s distaff line is very precocious & classy. half siblings are win-early types capable over most surfaces. She's a full sister to Juvie SP sprinter Unbridled Reward &  half-sister to Juvie SP sprinters Belleofthebridle & Southern Parkway. 2nd generation produced G1SW juvie  MANI BHAVAN, SW juvie turf miler Z APPEAL, G2SW miler HEAR THE GHOST & SW turf router  CLOSING BELL.

Works: 6-19-18 KEE 3F (g)  :37.0 (5/9) easily in company with Dazzle Me (Flat Out) mdn filly.

SUPER SIMPLE (Super Saver - Simplify, by Pulpit)

Sales: None

Trainer: Mark Casse (13% debut turf)

Pedigree: Had trouble in her debut, but made up ground to miss 3rd by a head. Filly's immediate family is fairly precocious & capable over all surfaces. Half-sister to juvie SW turf sprinter SIMPLE SURPRISE. Dam won her debut & was SP juvie and later a MSW sprinter. She earned over $260K in 22 starts. She's half to MSW sprinter CLASSIFY.

Works: 6-19-18 KEE 3F (g)  :37.0 (5/9) easily in company with Souper Charlotte (Warrior's Reward) mdn filly.

SCATRATTLEANDROLL (Scat Daddy - Haley's Lolipop, by Cuvee)

Sales: None

Trainer: Bret Calhoun (7% debut turf)

Pedigree:  Sire has 12% winners from turf FTS. Filly could handle multiple surfaces as a SP/M. Both half siblings won/placed as 2YO, best over dirt & mud. Dam is state bred SP juvie & later G3SP sprinter who earned over $100K in 12 starts. She's half to restricted SP juvie sprinter Crazy Uncle Rick & SP miler Tale of the Nile. 3rd generation produced GSW juvie BERN IDENTITY.

Works: 6-15-18 5F (g) 1:03.2 in company, showed speed.

FIGHTRESS (Tapizar - Wild Bout Tiffany, by Wildcat Heir)

Sales: KEESEP $75K

Trainer: Norm Casse (100% debut mdn)

Pedigree:  Sire has 7% winners from turf FTS. Filly's half siblings won early, & best over fast dirt. Dam is a SW sprinter who earned over $235K in 27 starts. 2nd dam is half to GSW & sire MR LIVINGSTON.

Works: 6-16-18 CD 4F (g) 49.2 very quick filly flashing talent in the mornings.

Churchill | R6 | 5.5F (T) | 2YO Fillies

Fillies to watch:

CHOCOLATE KISSES (Candy Ride (ARG) - Brownie Points, by Forest Wildcat)

Sales: FTSAUG $410K

Trainer: Mark Casse (13% debut turf)

Pedigree: Sire has 10% winners from turf FTS. Filly’s half siblings won early in their careers over multiple surfaces. Half sister to MGSW SYNCHRONY (Tapit) a winner up to 9F over dirt & turf. Their dam is a MSW & G1SP over all surfaces & she earned over $950K in 27 starts.

Works: 6-15-18 CD 4F :48.8 (16/42) Filly has been breezing well at CD, wasn’t asked in this work.

(Noble Mission (GB) - Pyramid Love, by Fusaichi Pegasus)

Sales: KEESEP $20K

Trainer: Bret Calhoun (7% debut turf)

1st Crop Sire is a full brother to Superstar Frankel. Noble Mission placed in his sole 2YO start and matured into a MGSW between 8F – 12F on turf. He has 2 winners from 4 starters, one over the lawn. Filly has the pedigree of a turf miler.  Her 2 half siblings are combined 0-7 but placed on turf. Their dam is G3SP and this family produced Euro HOY & sire PEINTRE CELEBRE.

6-16-18 CD 4F :52.2 (99/103) easy breeze, but has flashed speed in previous works.

(City Zip - Harlotry Holiday, by Harlan's Holiday)

Sales: None

Trainer: Mark Hubley (8% FTS grass)

Pedigree: Filly was wide around the turn in her last start and gained about 2 lengths. She has a precocious sprinter's pedigree & turf attributes in her family. She's the second starter in the immediate family. Half-sister placed in 2 of 3 starts as turf SP/M. Dam is half to G1SW juvie SKY DIVA & SW juvie QUICK LITTLE MISS. 2nd dam is half to MG1SW turf router PURE CLAN.

Works: 6-18-18 KEE 3F :37.2

Santa Anita | R4 | 5F| 2YO Colts

Colts to watch:

PIRATE'S PUNCH (Shanghai Bobby - Catch the Moon, by Malibu Moon)

Sales: KEESEP17 $90K

Trainer: Bill Morey (18% debut mdn)

Pedigree: Shanghai Bobby has 22% winners from FTS. Colt has a precocious sprinter/miler’s pedigree. He’s a third foal and a half-brother to COCKED AND LOADED (Colonel John) winner of the Tremont Stakes and Iroquois Stakes (G3) as a two-year-old. Half-brother GIRVIN (Tale of Ekati) won his two-year-old debut, but matured as a three-year-old, capturing the Risen Star (G2), Louisiana Derby (G2) and Haskell Invitational (G1). Pirate's Punch’s sire first time winners from starters and this dark bay/brown colt is conditioned by and will be piloted by Tyler Baze.

Works: 6-17-18 SA 4F :48.6 (15/71) lightly hand ridden.  

HARTEL (City Zip - Madeira Park, by Langfuhr)

Sales: FTFMAR $525K RNA

Trainer: Peter Miller (16% debut mdn)

Pedigree: City Zip has 18% winners from FTS. The first foal out of a multiple stakes winner (8F – 9F) who wasn't precocious but earned over $300K in 30 starts. She's a full sister to the dam of LOOKIN AT LEE, who won the Ellis Park Juvenile, and placed in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland and the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill. Lookin At Lee stretched out to place second in last year’s Kentucky Derby. Lookin at Lee’s half-brother BLENDED CITIZEN won this year’s Peter Pan (G3), and their half-sister Battlefield Angel was third in the Alcibiades (G1) as a juvenile.

Works: 6-19-18 SLR 3F 35.0 (g) (1/17)

PARSIMONY (Dominus - Lil Cora Tee, by Lil E. Tee)

Sales: OBSMAR $400K

Trainer: Doug O’Neill (17% 2YO)

Pedigree: Has the pedigree to handle two-turns and could be capable over multiple surfaces. He was second, beaten a half-length in his debut after chasing the speed 3 and 4 wide.  The colt is a half-brother to restricted multiple SW turf miler LOVELY LOYREE, who spent her career winning at Arlington Park, Hawthorne and Tampa. Their dam is a stakes placed miler.

Works: 6/4/18: SA 4F :47.4 (3/55) Strong move in company and finished strong.

JEFE (Curlin - Warm Embrace, by Street Cry (IRE))

Sales: KEESEP $220K

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux (11% debut mdn)

Pedigree: Curlin gets 18% winners from FTS. Colt has the pedigree to prefer middle to classic distances.  Jefe is a 2nd foal. His half-sister won as 2YO on turf & placed on dirt. Their unraced dam is half to G2SP juvie Big League & 2nd dam is G3SW REUNITED.

Works: 6-16-18 SA 6F 1:16 (g) (11/13) average work, broke well.


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