The $100,000 six-furlong Rick Violette Stakes at Saratoga on Wednesday isn’t the New-York-bred stakes of old. The field of six includes offspring by Tapit and More Than Ready.
#3 Coinage (Tapit - Bar of Gold, by Medaglia d'Oro) brought $450,000 at the Keeneland yearling sale. After finishing third in his debut, the Mark Casse trainee strode to a powerful 7 3/4 -length victory over state-bred maidens after dueling in the early part of the race. Three of five rivals in that race returned to finish in the money in their next start. Coinage fired a post-race bullet 4 furlongs in 47.40 at Belmont.
Pedigree: The Chestnut son of Tapit is the first foal to compete out of Bar of Gold, the 2017 dual Champion New York Female Sprinter and Older Dirt Female. The mare earned $1,551,000 in 25 starts, including a victory in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
D.J. Stable and Chester and Mary Broman's Coinage won his second start for trainer Mark Casse, taking a 5 1/2-furlong maiden test for New York-bred 2-year-olds by 7 3/4 lengths June 17 at Belmont Park. Coinage outran the rival and continued on to the wire in 1:05.37#HorseRacing pic.twitter.com/D9YeExFVYV— Horse Racing Tote (@HorseRacingTote) June 21, 2021
#5 Ready A. P. (More Than Ready - Girlaboutown, by A.P. Indy) was a $125,000 yearling, and she’s taking on the boys after destroying a field of state-bred maidens in her debut by 8 1/4 lengths. Two weeks later, Christophe Clement gave Ready A. P. a sharp 4-furlong gate work of 48.03, the second-best of the day. The filly breezed with Sugar and Speights (unraced 2-year-old Speightster filly) and was much the best of the pair.
Pedigree: The primary black type earner in the family is Ready A. P.’s second dam Carmandia, a multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter who earned over $300,000 in 19 starts.
#2 Barese (Laoban - Right Prevails, by Successful Appeal) was a $150,00 2-year-old in training purchase. Laoban’s son tracked the pace from the far outside in his debut and was up in time to score by a half-length. Coinage chased Barese down the lane but wasn’t able to keep up and had to settle for third place. The Mark Casse trainee had a moderate pre-race work in company with the older claimer Malthael. Barese targeted his stablemate and closed the gap slightly but never passed. He switched leads a few times in the stretch over a chewed-up track. This looked like a training and maintenance work to keep him happy.
Pedigree: Barese’s unraced dam is a full sister to Closing Argument, winner of the Holy Bull (G2) and second in the 2005 Kentucky Derby.
#1 Run Curtis Run (Summer Front - My Magic Moment, by Forest Wildcat) turned his debut in an off the turf event into an exciting match race with Surprise Boss. The pair hooked up early and had an Affirmed and Alydar type stretch drive to the finish. In the end, Run Curtis Run on the outside poked his head in front at the wire. It was eight lengths back to the rest. The Mike Maker trainee bounced back with a 4-furlong bullet in 47.00
Pedigree: Run Curtis Run has a “turfy” pedigree. Summer Front, a son of War Front, is a multiple graded winner on the lawn. Run Curtis Run’s dam Magic Moment won the Missy Moo I Love You Stakes as a juvenile over the Belmont turf. She also placed in the restricted turf mile Dam Little Stakes over the same course.
#4 Surprise Boss (War Dancer - Chimichurri, by Elusive Quality) had tough beats in both starts. He was green in his debut and was no match for Coinage. However, as juveniles often do, Surprise Boss improved next out against Run Curtis Run. He fought valiantly on the inside, which can be intimidating for a young, inexperienced colt.
Pedigree: War Dancer, a son of War Front, is a multiple graded-winning turf router. Only one of Surprise Boss’ half-siblings own black type, Christina’s World, a stakes-placed sprinter. However, his half-sisters are strong producers, whose offspring include Grade 1 winners Hard Not to Love, Secret Spice and Canadian sensation Wonder Gadot, 2017 champion 2-year-old filly, 2018 champion 2-year-old filly, and that year’s Horse of the Year. Surprise Boss’ dam Chimichurri won the Tempted (G3) as a juvenile and placed in three graded stakes, including the Prioress (G1) at 3.
Christophe Clement rarely jumps his 2-year-olds into stakes competition in their second start, and they hit the board 76 percent of the time when he does. So how much confidence does he have in his filly Ready A. P.? She looked phenomenal in her debut and shows signs of progressing in the Rick Violette Stakes.
#5 Ready A.P. (9-5)
#3 Coinage (5-2)
#2 Barese (2-1)