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The Kiddie List - August 5, 2014

Samraat after Gotham 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Sue Kawczynski


The Kiddie List will spotlight the top workers and blue bloods breezing four furlongs and farther, plus some entries and results. I’ll cover the New York, Kentucky, California and Florida tracks, and occasionally Arlington, Fair Hill and Monmouth. If a particularly well bred baby shows up at another track, I’ll include that one as well. Due to the enormous number of juveniles, some of these names may show up only once or twice. You can find more of this season’s two year olds on the 2015 Kentucky Derby Contenders and 2015 Kentucky Oaks Contenders lists. 


Saratoga is in full swing.  Let’s take a look at some notable babies running this week.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Race 6 | MSW 6F | 2YO Fillies, state-bred

Four fillies in the field have experience. One, Accelebrate, placed in the state-bred restricted Lynbrook Stakes.


Razia Sultana (Harlan's Holiday - Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie) has been mentioned a few times on the Kiddie List. She’s a half sister to multiple G-3 winner SAMRAAT, plus three stakes placed runners.  She was best of the rest in her debut, finishing a distant six lengths behind Evrybdymstgetstonz. 


Accelebrate (Northern Afleet - Tres Chaud, by French Deputy) was second by a nose in her debut against open company, and then was a very distant second behind WONDER GAL in the Lynbrook.  She drops into this state-bred maiden race.


Hard to Stay Notgo (More Than Ready - Whichwaydidshego, by Storm Cat) is the only filly in the contest racing without Lasix.  Two of her three half siblings are winners. One needed to find the right claiming level while the other placed in his debut.  She’s a half sister to MARK MY WAY (Noonmark) who won two legs of the NY Stallion Series. Hard to Stay Notgo had a strong pre-race breeze of 4F :47.79 (7/85) on August 2.


Zo Zo (Super Saver - Gulch Affair, by Gulch) exits the same race as Razia Sultana.  She raced evenly in her debut and finished fourth, 14 lengths behind the winner. The daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver may need time to find the right distance and class level.


Sweetpollypurebrd  (Parading - Personal Girl, by Personal Flag)  $75K  OBSAPR14  hails from a family of winners.  All eight of her half siblings made it to the races and all except two of them were winners.  One, LONGLEY (Seeking the Gold) is a stakes winner. This is a very precocious female family, all except two winners hit the board or won in their debut.


Always Sarah  (Curlin - Treasure Always, by Summer Squall) is also a member of a prolific family of winners. All except one half sibling has raced and eight of nine are winners. Always Sarah is a half sister to stakes winners ORGANIZER, RAFFIE'S TREASURE, DR. V'S MAGIC and stakes placed Haldane (all by Raffie’s Majesty), plus stakes placed Dauntless Hero (Diligence) and Pin Number (Langfuhr). 



Razia Sultana draws the rail and flashed speed in her debut. Accelebrate drops in class and has shown ability in both of her tries. She had a good pre-race breeze.  Sweetpollypurebrd’s breeding suggests that she’ll hit the board in her debut. Always Sarah’s family likes to win and she shows consistent breezes. 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Race 3 | MSW  1 1/16 miles (turf) | 2YO state-bred

Midnight Nick (Congaree - Midnight Show, by Joyeux Danseur) showed nothing in his debut and wasn’t even in the same zip code as BUSTIN IT in the  Rockville Centre Stakes, finishing 20 lengths behind in third. His pedigree indicates that turf is probably the way to go. His sire is a son of American/French Champion ARAZI.  Midnight Nick’s damsire is a Grade 1 winner over the lawn.  The colt has Rasmusen Factor breeding (line bred to a blue hen within five generations) to FABULEUX JANE, who is Joyeux Danseur’s dam and the second dam of Arazi.


Brother O'Connell (Giant's Causeway - Shared Dreams (GB), by Seeking the Gold) $125K KEESEP13;  His full brother won & placed in both starts and a half sister hit the board in half of her eight starts.  Their dam won the 1 ½ mile Waya Stakes at Saratoga.  The second dam CORETTA won four G-2 races at 1 ½ miles over the lawn. His third dam is also a stakes winner and fourth dam, blue hen and stakes winner BROCADE  bore BC Miler Champ BARTHEA. Brother O'Connell should relish two turns and will just be getting started at 1 1/16 miles.


Thirst for Glory (Lemon Drop Kid - Rumors of Glory, by Storm Cat) was nosed out for second place in his debut sprinting over the dirt.  His dam was also third as a dirt sprinter in her debut, and then won when switching to the turf for the same owner/trainer connections as her son.  Rumors of Glory  is a half to Frizette (G-1) heroine ARTEMIS AGROTERA. Their stakes winning dam is a full sister to Donn Handicap (G-1) winner STEPHEN GOT EVEN.  LEMON DROP KID, a son of international stallion KINGMAMBO, is a strong turf sire.


The following colts are also bred for turf:  Animalia (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Kathleen Mahveryan, by Pentelicus), Chief Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Laca, by Cherokee Run) Startup Nation (Temple City - Pennyrile, by Wagon Limit) and G R's Giant (Frost Giant - Piano Chimes, by Chimes Band). 



Midnight Nick has improving speed figures and is bred for the turf. Thirst For Glory was wide in his debut and still finished third. He posted a recent pre-race work on the lawn. Chief Kitten is trained by Chad Brown for the Ramseys.  Brown has a 27% win rate first time on turf and he’s paired with Castellano to hit the board in 10 of 14 tries this meet.



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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


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