The Kiddie List: 2-year-old fillies at Belmont and Churchill

The Kiddie List: 2-year-old fillies at Belmont and Churchill
Photo: Mary M. Meek/Eclipse Sportswire

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The Kiddie List reviews upcoming 2-year-old races and morning works, seeking the best and brightest of this next generation.

In previous years, the Kiddie List discovered Tiz the Law, Jackie’s Warrior, Shedaresthedevil, Finite, Frank’s Rockette, Comical, Shoplifted and many more before they became stars.

Thursday, there are races for maiden 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs.

At Belmont Park in race 3, six maiden fillies will travel 5 1/2 furlongs over the main track. Below are notes on some of the contenders.

The only one with race experience is Lemieux (Nyquist - Polish a Diamond, by The Factor).  The Mark Casse trainee showed good gate speed but spent the race chasing the spectacular Happy Soul, who recently captured the Astoria Stakes by 11 1/2 lengths. Lemieux turned back a brief challenge and was best of the rest by 4 3/4 lengths.

Pedigree: Lemieux’s half-sister Brilliant Cut was third in this year’s Santa Ynez Stakes. Their unraced dam is a half-sister to Grade 1-winning turf miler Diamondrella and 2019 Curlin Stakes winner Highest Honors.

The most expensive filly in the field is Velvet Sister (Bernardini - Backslash, by Sharp Humor), who sold for $500,000 at the Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training auction. One of Velvet Sister’s four half-siblings won their debut.

Pedigree: Velvet Sister’s half-brother My Boy Tate is a multiple-stakes-winning sprinter who earned $584,988 in 24 starts.

Gerrymander (Into Mischief - Ruby Lips, by Hard Spun) was a $375,000 Keeneland September Sales yearling purchase who might need a start or two. Trained by Chad Brown, she enters with a pre-race bullet 4-furlong gate breeze of 48.66.

Pedigree: One of Gerrymander’s three half-siblings hit the board in their debut, and her full brother Public Information, also conditioned by Brown, was eighth in his debut. He later won around two turns on the lawn.

Gerrymander’s half-brother Lone Rock was a late-blooming router who captured the Brooklyn (G2) when he was six. Their dam was a Grade 3-placed juvenile. Her half-sister bore multiple Grade 1-winner Hard Not to Like.

One who might be better suited to turf is Queen de La Creme (Bayern - Sweet Queen, by Twirling Candy). Her dam, Sweet Queen, won her 2-year-old debut on dirt but became a multiple stakes-placed turf miler, and the blacktype in this female family is turf-oriented. The Dermot Magner trainee might be one to watch for next time.

Churchill Downs

At Churchill Downs, a full field of nine 2-year-old fillies are entered in race 5, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint over the main track.

Four fillies have experience. Three are worth a second look.

Gata Runz (Runhappy - Secret Kitten, by Discreet Cat) has the best Brisnet speed figures of the four. In a five-furlong race on May 20, the Travis Murphy trainee tracked the early pace two wide on the outside. She had no answer for the winner, Cartel Queen, who raced next to Gatta Runz early. Runhappy’s daughter was a little green in the stretch, not keeping a straight lane and switching back to her left lead late.

Two fillies, Stella Grace and My Girl Steve, had trouble in their last starts.

In her debut, at Churchill Downs on May 23, Stella Grace (Bernardini - Bacopa Breeze, by Visionaire) was bumped off stride shortly after the gates opened. She was four wide early before Tyler Gafflione took her to the inside. Stella Grace slowly ran out of oats down the stretch but managed to snag fourth place. The Mike Maker trainee returns off of 18 days of rest.

My Girl Steve (Trappe Shot - Harlan's Darlin, by Harlan's Holiday) rallied for second in her Keeneland debut, beaten three lengths. After a trainer switch to Anna Meah, My Girl Steve faced a full field at Churchill. She reared slightly at the start as the fillies on either side came in on her; My Girl Steve had to steady hard, costing her nine lengths. The brave filly made up ground through the stretch to finish seventh, 4 1/2 lengths behind Lady Mila.

Lady Mila (Into Mischief - That's a Lady, by City Zip) showed little in her debut. She chased the pace while getting a cushy rail trip. The daughter of Into Mischief was green and never switched leads. The Steve Asmussen trainee recorded a series of moderate three-, four-, and five-furlong breezes.

First Timers

Freudian (Overanalyze - Freud's Irish Miss, by Freud) has one of the most precocious pedigrees in the field. Two full-siblings hit the board in their debut and the third placed fourth, while a half-sister was second in her debut. Freudian’s full brother Psychoanalyze was third in the 2017 Sanford Stakes (G3), and another full brother, Complexifier, was third in the Buffalo Man Stakes for 2-year-olds at Gulfstream Park. Their dam was multiple stakes-placed as a juvenile.

We might quickly discover whether Hazy Command (Mastery - Justasprinkle, by Gilded Time) has what it takes. The Tom Amoss trainee recently breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59.40.

Only two of her five half-siblings hit the board in their debut, but both evolved into multiple-stakes winners. Justalittlesmoke earned $737,870 in 24 starts as a sprinter, as well as honors as Ohio’s champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old filly. Half-sister Portals earned $194,500 in 23 starts and was a multiple stakes winner at 2, 3 and four.

According to Stats Race Lens, first-crop sire Mastery is represented by four starters. None have hit the board. Amoss has 22 percent winners with 2-year-olds making their debut in dirt sprints.

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