Ross: 2-year-old stakes winners have bright futures

Ross: 2-year-old stakes winners have bright futures
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Six stakes races for the 2-year-old contingent were contested at Saratoga, Del Mar, and Gulfstream Park this weekend.

Perfect Alibi captured the exciting renewal of the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes over Frank’s Rockette.

The pair may hook up in the Spinaway (G1) on Sept. 1.

Out in California, Amalfi Sunrise and Bulletproof One are tearing up the track.

Amalfi Sunrise was clearly the best in the Sorrento Stakes (G2).

Bulletproof One dominated in all three starts by a combined 29 3/4-lengths.

Amalfi Sunrise could be favored for the Del Mar Debutante.

Will we see a match up between her and Bulletproof One?

Meanwhile, at Gulfstream Park, Chance It and Lenzi’s Lucky Lady took their respective first legs of the FTBOA Florida Sire series for 2-year-olds.

(Constitution - Soot Z, by Empire Maker) earned her first stakes victory Saturday in the Sorrento. 

The Simon Callaghan trainee lined up in a group of five vying for the early lead.

She dueled between horses early, then cleared before the 5/16 pole and galloped home six lengths in front under a hand ride from Norberto Arroyo, Jr.

Amalfi Sunrise got her final furlong in 12.79 and traveled six furlongs in 1:10.96.

Pedigree: Amalfi Sunrise has the pedigree to handle sprints to middle distances.

She’s a member of multiple grade one winner Constitution’s first crop.

The son of Tapit is off to a strong stud career.

As of this writing, he has 13 runners who have started 16 times.

Five have won, and eight have hit the board.

Amalfi Sunrise is his first black-type earner.

Amalfi Sunrise is a half-sister to Gotti, who placed in the 2018 UAE 2000 Guineas (G3).

Their second dam is multiple stakes winning miler Bella Chiarra, who earned over $600,000 in 29 starts.

Multiple graded stakes winning turf veteran David Copperfield is part of this family.

PERFECT ALIBI (Sky Mesa – No Use Denying, by Maria’s Mon) became a graded stakes winner Saturday by taking the Adirondack.

The Mark Casse trainee raced between horses while pressing the pace in the early stages.

Around the turn, Perfect Alibi faced a wall of horses.

Under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., Perfect Alibi launched through a seam and took the lead, holding off a late challenge by Frank’s Rockette, who was in tight on the rail.

Perfect Alibi won the 6 1/2 furlong stakes by 1/2 length, getting her final quarter in 25.71 and stopping the clock in 1:18.39.

Pedigree: Perfect Alibi has a sprinter/miler pedigree.

She previously placed in the Astoria Stakes.

The dark bay filly is a half-sister to grade two stakes placed turf router Noble Thought.

Their dam is a stakes winning miler who won and placed over dirt and turf.

Her half-sister the stakes placed turf miler Happy Choice, bore multiple stakes winning turf miler Happy Mesa and stakes placed miler Inspector Eddie.

The third generation includes Test Stakes (G1) heroine Missed the Storm.

FRANK’S ROCKETTE (Into Mischief – Rocket Twentyone, by Indian Charlie) fought gamely while in very tight down on the rail in the stretch.

Pedigree:  Frank’s Rockette has a sprinter/miler pedigree with a precocious pedigree.

The bay filly is a half-sister to stakes placed sprinter Firewater Rocket.

Their dam won the Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3).

This is the family of two-time champion Indian Blessing.


BULLETPROOF ONE (Idiot Proof - Onefunsonofagun, by Decarchy)  On Wednesday won the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Stakes.

The Peter Miller trainee dominated a field of seven other 2-year-old California-bred fillies by 6 1/4 lengths, getting 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.70, as the overwhelming favorite.

So far, Bulletproof One has lived up to her name.

She’s dominated in all three starts by a combined 29 3/4-lengths, including two restricted stakes.

Pedigree: Bulletproof One has a sprinter/miler pedigree.

Her half-brother I Came to the Party placed in two stakes, including the Federico Tesio.

Their dam was well-known on the California circuit and earned over $200,000 in 24 starts. 

She’s a half-sister to restricted stakes winning sprinter/miler Dashkova.

There’s little black-type in the rest of the distaff line.

BIG RETURNS (Mr. Big - Quick Chick, by Orientate) earned a win Friday in the Graduation Stakes thanks to disqualification. 

The Luis Mendez trainee settled on the rail behind a trio of pace setters through a first quarter in 21.87.

Around the turn, Big Returns faced a wall of horses and didn’t get running room until late. 

Final time for 5 1/2 furlongs was 1:06.34.

Pedigree: Big Returns has a sprinter/miler pedigree.

His second dam Kuanyan is a multiple stakes-placed sprinter.

She’s a half-sister to 1995 Tampa Bay Derby winner Gadzook.

The third dam is multiple graded stakes winning sprinter Plate Queen.

SQUARE DEAL (Square Eddie - North Freeway, by Jump Start) raced at the back of the pack early.

He made up ground down the backstretch and flew five wide around the turn. 

Square Deal was a length in front down the stretch, but a sixteenth from the wire he bore in slightly, impeding Pas de Panique who had to check off heels. 

Square Deal was disqualified and placed third after drifting in.

Pedigree: Square Deal has a sprinter/miler pedigree.

He’s a half-brother to Take The One O One, a multiple stakes winner from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles over dirt and turf.

Their dam is a stakes-winning miler.

She’s a half-sister to stakes winner, and multiple graded stakes placed handicap horse Realm.

Square Deal’s second dam Shawnee Country is a multiple graded stakes winning miler.

Square Deal's third and fourth dams are also stakes winners.

CHANCE IT (Currency Swap - Vagabon Diva, by Pleasantly Perfect) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park captured the Dr. Fager Stakes, the first leg of the FTBOA Florida Sire series for 2-year-old colts. 

The Saffie Joseph, Jr. trainee pressed the pace setter from the inside over the sloppy track.

Chance It, the post time favorite, took over just past the 1/2-mile pole and drew clear, galloping home by 3 1/4-lengths while drifting.

Chance It got his final furlong in 13.13, traveling six furlongs in 1:11.22.

Pedigree: Chance It has a sprinter/miler pedigree.

His dam is a half-sister to Aireofdistinction, a multiple stakes winning sprinter who earned over $300,000 in 22 starts.

There’s no other black-type in three generations of the distaff line.

LENZI’S LUCKY LADY (With Distinction - Blue Eyed Sweetie, by West Acre) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park remained undefeated as she took down her second stakes victory in the Desert Vixen Stakes the first leg of the FTBOA Florida Sire series for 2-year-old fillies. 

The Kathleen O’Connell trainee took just off the early pace.

She took the lead by the five-sixteenths pole, and was much the best, winning by 4 1/2-lengths under hand urging.  

She got her final furlong in 13.73 and traveled six furlongs in 1:13.55 over a sloppy track.

Pedigree: Lenzi’s Lucky Lady has a miler’s pedigree, with plenty of precocious black-type throughout the distaff line.

Her dam placed second in the 2010 Desert Vixen Stakes and captured the Lindsay Frolic and Brave Raj Stakes the same year.

She also placed in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf.

The second generation includes My Brown Eyed Guy, winner of two legs of the Florida Sire stakes: the 2013 Dr. Fager and Affirmed Stakes. 

Brown Eyed Sue placed in the Lindsay Frolic, and Domenick’s Duene was third in a turf mile stakes for juveniles.

The second and third dams are stakes placed, and multiple stakes winning turf horse Tannersville is part of this family.

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