The Kiddie List: A Romans trio and winning 2-year-olds

July 13, 2018 09:43am

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.

We’ll review the fastest workers and blue bloods breezing four furlongs and farther on the New York, in the Midwest, California and Florida circuits. Perhaps next year’s classic contenders will be among them.

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.

* 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.



(Tapit - My Conquestadory, by Artie Schiller)

Auction: KEENOV $410K

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Pedigree: Bourbon War is the first foal out of a multiple graded stakes-winning turf mare. A brilliant 2-year-old, MY CONQUESTADORY captured the Summer Stakes (G2) against the boys, and the Darley Alcibiades (G1), both over Polytrack. The following year, she placed in three graded stakes, including the Del Mar Oaks (G1) at 1 1/8 miles over the lawn. The dark brown colt’s second dam Golden Artemis placed in the Astoria as a two-year-old.

Works: Despite his “turfy” pedigree, Bourbon War has been breezing consistently with older horses over the Belmont dirt.


Explorationist horseEXPLORATIONIST

(Pioneerof the Nile - Assateague, by Stormy Atlantic)

Auction: FTFMAR $825K

Trainer: Mark Casse

Pedigree: Explorationist breezed 10.1 for a furlong at the Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Sale. He’s the first foal out of a multiple stakes-winning turf miler who earned close to $400,000 in 18 starts. The colt has the breeding to handle middle distances. Although his dam won over the lawn, her half siblings won over all surfaces. Assateague is a half-sister to the multiple stakes winning turf routers KINDERGARDEN KID and RAINHA DA BATERIA. She’s also a half-sister to 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up He's Had Enough. Explorationist’s second dam is a half-sister to the dam of 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero BAYERN.

Works: Explorationist is stabled at Churchill Downs and has a few steady half-mile breezes under his girth.

A sneak peak into Dale Romans’ barn discovered a trio of well-bred babies:


(Declaration of War - Eagle Sound, by Fusaichi Pegasus)

Auction: KEESEP $900K

Trainer: Dale Romans

Pedigree: Camp Buckner is bred to handle middle distances, and has strong turf affinities, although his half siblings won over all surfaces. He’s a half-brother to Fayette Stakes (G2) winner PICK OF THE LITTER. This is the distaff line of COMPETITIVE EDGE, who won the Hopeful (G1) as a juvenile and the Pat Day Mile (G3) the following year.  

Works: Camp Buckner has been training steadily at Churchill Downs.

Caroline Louis horseCAROLINE LOIS

(Paynter - Polite Smile, by Distorted Humor)

Auction: KEESEP $27K

Trainer: Dale Romans

Pedigree: Caroline Lois has the breeding to handle middle distances. Despite her inexpensive purchase price, the dark bay filly is very well-bred. She’s the first foal out of a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winning sprinter AMERICAN ANTHEM. Her second dam is a half-sister to 1998 Champion 3-year-old filly BANSHEE BREEZE. This family produced fan favorite Patch, who placed in the Louisiana Derby and Belmont Stakes. 

Works: Caroline Lois is breezing at Churchill Downs.


Liberty's Pursuit horseLIBERTY'S PURSUIT

(Curlin - Allude, by Orientate)

Auction: KEESEP $850K

Trainer: Dale Romans

Pedigree: Liberty's Pursuit has a sprinter/miler’s pedigree. Most in his immediate family won as 2-year-olds, and three of six own blacktype. The most accomplished is IMPLY, a multiple stakes-winning earner of over $400,000. His half-sister DANCINGINTHECIRCLE placed in the Arlington-Washington Lassie, and won a restricted stakes sprint the following year, while half-brother ADVERT is a stakes winning miler. Liberty's Pursuit’s second dam is a half-sister to the great HOLY BULL.

Works: The muscular, flashy Chestnut colt has recorded a string of three-furlong breezes at Churchill Downs.



Previously highlighted in the June 21 Kiddie List:


(Flatter - Jonata, by Proud Citizen) was mentioned in the June 21 Kiddie List article. The New-York bred won his debut on June 22 by 7 3/4 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee was naturally the favorite and returned $3.10. La Fuerza breezed 4F in :50.49 in company with Tremont Stakes runner-up Sombeyay in preparation for Saturday’s Rockville Centre Stakes at Belmont.


Fightress horseFIGHTRESS

(Tapizar - Wild Bout Tiffany, by Wildcat Heir) was originally scheduled to run 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf on June 22, but the race was switched to the main track. No matter, as the daughter of Tapizar proved she could handle Churchill’s muddy track. The Norm Casse trainee fought for the lead, and then drew off in the stretch win her debut by 4 3/4 lengths over SUPER SIMPLE who was also highlighted on The Kiddie List. Super Simple is trained by Mark Casse. Fightress rewarded backers with $11.60 for the victory. The Casse – Casse exacta paid $40.40.

On the same day a few races later, CHOCOLATE KISSES (Candy Ride (ARG) - Brownie Points, by Forest Wildcat) slipped up the rail to take the early lead over a 5 1/2 furlong off the turf maiden event. She tired slightly in the stretch behind Blame the Frog (Blame - One Fast Frog, by First Samurai), but continued on valiantly to place second.

On June 22 at Santa Anita, PARSIMONY (Dominus - Lil Cora Tee, by Lil E. Tee) stalked the pace in his five-furlong debut, but couldn’t get to the lose on the lead winner Carotari (Artie Schiller - Soother, by Rahy) and had to settle for second. JEFE (Curlin - Warm Embrace, by Street Cry (IRE)), another Kiddie Lister, made up ground from last place and was just getting warmed up when he ran out of real estate. He finished in third place, 1 3/4 lengths behind Parismony, and galloped out in front of the rest.

So, are you ready for Del Mar and Saratoga? Next week’s Kiddie List will feature juvenile maiden races from both tracks.

Photo of Caroline Louis used by generous permission of Gwen Davis, Davis Innovation.

Photo of Fightress used by generous permission of Sarah Campion.


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