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The Kiddie List - July 1, 2014

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The Kiddie List searches for the best and brightest of this next generation of two-year-olds. Dullahan, El Padrino, Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, Creative Cause, Drill, Dreaming of Julia, Beholder, Kauai Katie, Emollient, Fortify and countless other runners were featured on the Kiddie List before they hit the national radar. Many juveniles that were introduced on the Kiddie List rewarded their backers with double digit wins.


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. 



Stanford  (Malibu Moon - Rosy Humor, by Distorted Humor) (C) $550K BESMAR14; mentioned on the June 22 Kiddie List.  In a professional debut at Monmouth Park, the Todd Pletcher trainee was hustled out of the gate, but needed some time to get going.  He was pushed along from fifth, but once Stanford found his stride, he quickly collared the leader around the far turn, took control and drew off by  1 ½ lengths, winning the 5F MSW in a sharp :59.53.  He held a fairly straight path down the lane, but appears to slightly paddle with his left fore.  Stanford has the conformation and pedigree to handle two turns. Stanford is the second of his dam’s of three foals to race. A half sibling was unplaced in one start. The dam was 0-3 in her career, but this female family is a product of careful Claiborne farm breeding.  The second dam Show Me the Roses is a ¾ sister to Champion JOHANNESBURG.


Conquest EclipseConquest Eclipse (Malibu Moon - Grand Traverse Bay, by Repriced) (F) $179K KEESEP13;  zipped gate to wire in a 6F MSW on Sunday at Churchill Downs. She was challenged briefly at the ½ pole, but let out another notch and won comfortably by 1 ½ lengths. Trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Eclipse stopped the clock in 1:11.48.  All of her dam’s three foals have raced, but Conquest Eclipse is the first to win. Her unraced dam is a half to Sweet Damsel, who bore Travers Stakes winner and sire COLONEL JOHN


Holywell (Exclusive Quality - All Saint's Day, by Gold Case) (F) After being outrun in her 5F debut and placing third, Holywell came back two weeks later to score in a 5 ½ F MSW at Guflstream Park on Saturday.  Breaking sharply, the Tracy Pinchin trainee led the whole way, winning by a length in 1:05.22.  Hollywell is a half to John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf winner SINISTER BREW (by Milwaukee Brew).  Her unraced dam is a half to G-3 winner GOLDEN MYSTERY and stakes placed BELOVEDA.







Race 1 | MSW 5 ½ F | Fillies (NY-bred)

ZoZo (Super Saver - Gulch Affair, by Gulch) (F) $100K OBSAPR14;  The daughter of first crop sire Super Saver has a beautiful pedigree.  Her dam is a half to stakes placed Meghan's Joy, dam of graded stakes winners HUNTING, NORUMBEGA and QUIET HARBOR, plus listed winner SEAL COVE.  ZoZo’s third dam, stakes winner WILD APPLAUSE, is the dam of stakes winning sires EASTERN ECHO and ROAR, plus Multiple graded stakes winner YELL. Wild Applause is the grand-dam of GSW CONGRATS and SP Flatter. The fourth dam is dam is blue hen GLOWING TRIBUTE, dam of Kentucky Derby winner SEA HERO, grand-dam of Champion European sprinter MOZART, etc.  ZoZo has a “Formula One” breeding pattern. In a "Formula One" the horse traces back to a foundation mare through the tail-female positions of the sire and the dam (the dam of the Sire and the female line of the Dam). In this case, both Super Saver and Gulch Affair descend from the 1-x female family of La Troienne.  So far, Super Saver’s offspring are 0-8.  They will likely be best as mid – to – late season two year olds and improve with distance and maturity.


Razia Sultana (Harlan's Holiday - Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie) (F) She’s a half to this year’s Withers (G-3) winner SAMRAAT (by Noble Causeway), plus the stakes placed runners Original Fate (Grand Slam), Kaddish (Bernstein) and Screen Legend (Tiznow).  Harlan’s Holiday’s offspring win 13% first time out.



Race 3| MSW 5 ½ F | Colts

Dinner Time (Montbrook - Potluck Dinner, by Pentelicus) (C) $75K OBSMAR14;  He’s a half to  the precious Delta Jackpot (G-3) winner GOURMET DINNER (Trippi), who also won two legs of the Florida Stallion Series.  Dinner Time is also a half to stakes winner GASTON A. (Concorde’s Tune) and stakes placed I'mroyallymecke'd (Mecke). Potluck Dinner is a half to the stakes winners LADY GIN and SEA OF GREEN, plus the dams of 2011 Champion Female Sprinter MUSICAL ROMANCE and Oak Leaf (G-1) heroine RIGOLETTA.  Despite being a top sire of juveniles, Montbrook’s babies only win about 10% first time out.


Cat Fiftyfive  (Tale of the Cat - Chemise, by Secret Hello) (C) $185K FTSAUG;  He’s a half to stakes winners COQUETTISH (Not For Love) (dam of stakes placed turf sprinter Taking A  Chance), MISS LOMBARDI (Unbridled Jet), and DRESS GREY (Lion Hearted), plus stakes placed G-3 placed Hello Lover (Not For Love).  Tale of the Cat’s babies win 16% first time out.


Machination (Yes It's True - Sala de Oro, by Expelled) (C) He’s a full brother to the multiple stakes winning juvenile TRUTH AND JUSTICE (My Trusty Cat S., Presque Isle Debutante,  Monmouth Sorority), and a half to Monmouth Oaks (G-3) placed Mr Hall's Opus (Officer). Sala de Oro is a juvenile stakes winner and a half to a juvenile stakes placed runner. Yes It's True’s offspring win 14% first time out.


I spent it horseI Spent It (Super Saver - Rateeba, by Sky Mesa) (C)  $600K FTFMAR14; he blazed a furlong in :9.4 at the Fasig Tipton March Two Year Olds in Training sale.  His dam is a half to multiple juvenile stakes winner and sire ZAVTA and San Rafael Stakes (G-3) placed Cocky.  This is the distaff line of sire DIXIE UNION.






June 29, 2014

Algernon (Street Cry (IRE) - Classicism, by A.P. Indy) (C) 4F :51.45 (17/18) All five of this Darley-bred colt’s siblings raced, but only two have won and none own blacktype.  His full brother Neoclassic hit the board once in six starts, finishing third as a two year old.  Classicism is a full sister to 2YO Champion filly TEMPURA, plus French Gr. 3 router EQUERRY. The third dam RAINBOW CONNECTION was a two-time Canadian Champion and Broodmare of the Year.  Algernon has the pedigree to be a classic contender, but so far, this branch of the family hasn’t lived up to their breeding.


Bonnet Plume (Bernardini - Little Bonnet, by Coronado's Quest) (F) 4F :49.11 (9/18);  Stablemate to Algernon.  She’s a half to Hopeful (G-1) hero BOYS AT TOSCONOVA (Officer).  Her stakes-placed dam is a half to RED RANSOM who won the Miesque Stakes (G-3) on the turf as a juvenile.  The second dam VALID BONNET is a G-3 winner and juvie stakes placed and the third dam also owns blacktype. This could be a precocious filly. Keep an eye on her.


First Down (Street Sense - Storm Lily, by Storm Cat) (C) 4F :49.11 (9/18);  Stablemate to Algernon.  He’s a half to the English juvie stakes placed runner Gold City (Pivotal).  Storm Lily is a half to a Gr. 3 stakes placed turf sprinter.  The second dam CRIMPLENE won the Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), Coronation Stakes (Eng-G1) and Nassau Stakes (Eng-G1). We may see First Down debut on the lawn.


June 30, 2014

Amy's Image (Tale of the Cat - Gazzella, by Tiznow) (F) 4F :49.34 (2/38) Turf training;  Both siblings to race visited the winner’s circle.  One is a juvie winner, and her full brother Mr. O'Leary won as a dirt sprinter, but was unplaced in his sole outing on the lawn. There’s no blacktype in the first two generations of the female family, but Cigar Mile (G-1) hero and sire PURGE, multiple G-1 winner JERSEY GIRL, her son, the G-1 miler JERSEY TOWN  and graded stakes winner and sire VALID WAGER are all part of this family.


Chase Lane  (Distorted Humor - Tejareb (IRE), by Sadler's Wells) (C) 4F :49.65 (5/38) Turf training;  His dam went 0-4 in her career. She’s a half to the English stakes winner SOLDERA, dam of Lexington Stakes (G-2) winner EXHI.  Third dam FANFRELUCHE is a blue hen and the dam of three Canadian Champions.  Although he posted a bullet on the dirt in his previous breeze, turf is a no brainer for this one.


Dubai Sky (Candy Ride (ARG) - House of Danzing, by Chester House) (C ) :49.86 (7/38) Turf training.  This is a full brother to MGSW TWIRLING CANDY winner of the Malibu (G-1), Del Mar Derby (G-2) etc. He’s also a half to ETHNIC DANCE (Tribal Rule) who won the Del Mar Derby.   Juvie SW CHOCOLATE CANDY (Candy Ride) is a member of this female family and the blue hen Won’t Tell You, dam of the great AFFIRMED is Dubai Sky’s fourth dam.


Happily Ever (Smart Strike - Happiness Is, by Dynaformer) (F) 4F :49.95 (8/38) Turf training.  Bred to go long on the turf, she’s the first foal out of her stakes winning dam. The second dam MCKAYMACKENNA is a multiple stakes winning veteran of almost $600K. They own the only blacktype in the first three distaff generations.


Coral Beach  (Tale of the Cat - Coral Genius, by Smart Strike) (F)  4F :48.87 (10/42);   She’s a half to the Chilean multiple Group winner DESERT POWER (Newfoundland).  Her dam is a half to Fountain Of Youth (G-2) hero and freshman sire COOL COAL MAN and to multiple stakes winner KATHLEENS REEL.  The fourth dam is the blue hen SOUTH OCEAN, dam of the top sire STORM BIRD.


Touch the Moon (Malibu Moon - Touch Here, by Touch Gold) (F) $450K FTFMAR14;  4F :47.67 (2/432 gate breeze;  Mentioned on the 6/25/14 Kiddie List.  Her dam is a half sister to KY Oaks heroine SUMMERLY and to stakes placed Let ’em Go.  The second dam Here I Go placed in the Golden Rod at two.  Touch the Moon has the pedigree to prefer longer distances.  This was her first gate breeze and she shows a series of strong works. Keep an eye on her.


Find Fault (Blame - Lucida, by A.P. Indy) (F)  $260K KEESEP13;  4F :48.85 (2/36) dirt training;  She’s a first foal. The dam won once in 11 tries. She’s a half to G-3 winning turf mare LOVE N' KISS S.  This is the female family of Sprint Champ ELLIO, King's Bishop hero GYGISTAR, and multiple graded stakes veteran FLAT FLEET FEET. Despite all of the speed in the third generation of her pedigree, Find Fault is bred to run all day.  First crop sire Blame has 1 winner from 5 starters.


Lemon Royal (Kiss the Kid - Chinoiserie, by Deputy Minister) (F)  4F :48.04 (1/36) dirt training; Only one of her four half siblings to race found the winner’s circle. There’s no blacktype in the first two generations of her female family, but her second dam is a half to Champion Juvenile and sire ARAZI and Group 1 winner and sire NOVERRE.  First crop sire KISS THE KID, a son of LEMON DROP KID, has no starters. He was a fairly precocious baby who matured into a multiple graded stakes winner.


Poetry (More Than Ready - Mrs Kipling (IRE), by Exceed And Excel (AUS))  (F) $310K KEESEP13; 4F :48.85 (2/36) dirt training; She’s a second foal. Her half sister is unraced.  MRS KIPLING won the Senorita Stakes and placed in the Providencia S.(G2) over the lawn. The third dam Quinpool finished third in the KY Oaks and fourth dam SQUAN SONG was a multiple stakes winner of almost $1 million dollars. Poetry should find herself at home on the lawn.


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Silver City is a new sire y'all need to keep an eye on. His first crop are 2yos currently, and although he has very few named foals, he already has a stakes winner and a graded stakes placed fill and gelding.
Lots of well bred babies to follow this summer and fall. This will be especially useful for the upcoming SAR and Del Mar meets.
Zozo finished fourth in his maiden race, as a $48 horse won. I Spent It won the other MSW at Belmont on Wednesday.

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