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The Kiddie List - July 9, 2014

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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. 



July 10, 2014

Belmont Park | Race 1 | 6F (T) | 2YO Fillies

Two daughters of first crop sire Eskendereya and one of Temple City vie with four other fillies in this sprint race over the lawn. Todd Pletcher (13% debut turf) and Wesley Ward (12% debut turf) dominate the entries with two each.

Heartofthetemple (Temple City - Color My Heart, by Marquetry) $37K FTKOCT13; top juvenile trainer Wesley Ward conditions this ¾ sister to stakes placed Oh Deanne O (Dynaformer). That one didn’t race until June of her three year old season, but hit the board in her debut. Their dam also placed in her debut. So far, Temple City’s babies are 0-8.  They’ll likely be slower to mature and prefer going long over the lawn. She’s the lower priced of the two Ward-trained babies in here. I like her stablemate better because I think this filly will need a race or two.


Stablemate Cool Comfort (Big Brown - Singing Sensation, by Coronado's Quest) $115K OBSAPR13; Other than a decent gate breeze at Churchill last month, her works have been on the slow side. One half sibling placed in 1 of 3 starts at two and hit the board once in two starts on the lawn. The dam is a half to multiple stakes winner RUBY'S RECEPTION and graded stakes placed Heritage Hall.  Singing Sensation was unplaced in her sole turf start but hit the board in both starts over the Poly.  At 4-1 she's worth a look if one of the other's scratch.


Eskenformoney (Eskendereya - But for Money, by Not For Love) $225K KEESEP13; One of two in here for Pletcher.  She has a fast/slow/fast work pattern.  Eskendereya’s babies are 0-5, and should start enjoying longer distances.  But For Money is a half to Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship heroine SOMETHINABOUTBETTY, dam of juvenile G-3 placed DEWEY SQUARE. Third dam BETTY LOBELIA won the Miss Grillo (G-3) as a 2YO over the lawn.  Contender.


Isabella Sings fillyStable mate to Eskenformoney, Isabella Sings (Eskendereya - Isobel Baillie (GB), by Lomitas (GB)) is a half sister to P. G. Johnson Stakes heroine ALAURA MICHELE (Arch). Not only does Isabella Sings have the best turf pedigree in the field, she has 4x5 Rasmussen factor breeding to blue hen GLORIOUS SONG, who is her fourth dam and also the dam of RAHY, the damsire of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, who sired Eskendereya.  Isobel Baillie placed in a French juvie race. Contender.


On Oaks Day (Malibu Moon - Robbery Suspect, by Tactical Cat) $80K (RNA) KEESEP13; She’s been working very well at Aqueduct, including a last bullet from the gate.  Trainer Rudy Rodriguez is  0-13 in debut turf runners, but there’s always that first time. Robbery Suspect is a half to Triple Bend (G-1) hero POHAVE and a half to the dam of FL Oaks winner TAPICAT. Third dam is Champion TRACK ROBBERY, grand-dam of BC Classic shocker CAT THIEF.  One of On Oaks Day’s half siblings have placed on the lawn, but otherwise, this is a pedigree filled with dirt attributes.  She’s still classy enough to hit the board, but will likely want more distance. Contender.


Suruj Devi (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Darn That Mardell, by Darn That Alarm) $25K (RNA) OBSAPR14; All of her half siblings are gray geldings. Two of four each discovered the winners’ circle once in multiple starts, none over the lawn. There’s no blacktype in the first two distaff generations.  Leroy gets 12% FTS, which isn’t too bad, but the pretty gray filly’s works are on the slow side and trainer Randi Persaud is 0-8 first time turf and is 1-54 with FTS.  Pass.


Nicky's Brown Miss (Big Brown - Nicksappealinglady, by Successful Appeal) $80K (RNA) OBSMAR14;  The only one in the field with experience, she was embarrassed by a combined 21+ lengths in both starts sprinting on the dirt at Monmouth and she’s making her third start since June 6.  Her dam is multiple stakes placed on the dirt, hit the board in 2 of 3 times at two, but was 0-2 on turf.  This is the distaff family of the multiple G-1 winning warrior, LADIES DIN, winner of the Eddie Read (G-1), etc. Trainer Savino A. Capilupi is 0-18 this year. Normally, I would pass, but never discount experience in a field of maidens. She may not win, but she could mess up the exotics at a hefty price.



#7  Isabella Sings

#4  On Oaks Day

#2  Eskenformoney

#6  Nicky's Brown Miss 



JULY 2, 2014


Alltheleavesrbrown (Big Brown - Vickey Jane, by Royal Academy)  (C) $10K KEESEP13;  4F :38.00 (2/34); He’s a half to Eddie Logan Stakes winner YANKEE BRAVO (Yankee Gentleman), who won his only start at two and made his career on the lawn and Poly. Two other half siblings to race are also winners. The female family is Brazilian and the second dam is a full sister to Hollywood Gold Cup & Santa Anita Handicap hero SIPHON.  Alltheleavesrbrown should handle poly just fine and love the turf.


Her Emmynency (Successful Appeal - Chic Dancer, by Joyeux Danseur) (F) $115K KEESEP13; ;  4F :38.00 (2/34); two of her three half siblings are winners and hit the board as two year olds. Their dam won the G-3 Modest at 1 3/16 miles and the 1 1/16 mile Flawlessly both over the lawn. There isn’t much blacktype in the first two distaff generations, but the second dam is a half sister to 3 time California Champ BEST PAL.  Both of Her Emmynency’s half siblings won over a variety of surfaces and she has the pedigree to be versatile too.


One Go All Go (Fairbanks - See Ashleigh Run, by Marquetry) (C) $40K FTMMAY14; 4F :38.00 (2/34);  two of his three half siblings are winners and one found the winner’s circle as a two year old. It will be interesting to see how this one fares over the Poly, since Fairbanks has 7% winners over the surface. His unraced dam is a half to the turf stakes winners CROWN POINT and FRISCO BELLE.


Got Winged (Posse - Just Call Me Angel, by Devil's Bag) (C) $30K OBSAPR14; 4F :48.80 (9/34);  Possie is a superior Polysire.  Got Winged is a half to New York Oaks heroine AFLEET ALEXANDRA (Northern Afleet). There’s no other blacktype in the first two generations, but just about every runner in the family is a winner.


Queen of Chicago (Artie Schiller - Sweet and Steady, by Steady Growth) (F) $20K FTKOCT13;  4F :48.60 (6/34) Handily from the gate;  She’s a half to Princess Stakes (G-2) winner SWEET AND READY (El Prado) dam of the multiple stakes placed turf router SWEET AND FLAWLESS. Three other half siblings are stakes placed Shaunavon  (El Prado), Sweet and Firm (Peteski) and Proud and Steady (Proudest Romeo). The latter is juvenile stakes placed. Their dam is stakes placed.


Watusi (Awesome Again - Haka, by Dynaformer) (F) $40K OBSAPR14;   This Claiborne Farm bred filly has the pedigree to run all day. She’s the first foal born of her dam. HAKA placed in the Las Virgenes  (G-1) and Santa Ysabel (G-3) at three and won the Doubledogdare (G-3) at four.  The second dam is a half to Forego Stakes hero AMERICAN CHANCE.



July 5, 2014

Call Daddy (Scat Daddy - Hold All Calls, by Caller I. D.) (C) $175K OBSAPR14;  4F :48.34 (7/19) dirt training;  four of his five half siblings raced and found the winner’s circle, three won/placed as two year olds.  Call Daddy has a good pedigree for the lawn or polytrack. Three of his siblings won/placed over both surfaces and dirt, so this colt may emulate them. The dam is a half to three minor stakes winners and the second and third dam own blacktype.  Champion Turf mare FOREVER TOGETHER and the sires BROKEN VOW and PEAKS AND VALLEYS are part of this distaff line.


In Spite of Mama (Speightstown - Mama Theresa, by Carson City) (F)  4F :47.15 (2/19) gate breeze. Previously mentioned on the June 22 Kiddie List.  This filly is bred to be a drag racer. Speed on the top, speed on the bottom and more speed in between.  Her dam and half sibling won/placed in their debut.  The dam is a stakes placed half-sister to   HAYNESFIELD, hero of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G-1) over BLAME, the Suburban (G-2) and Discovery Handicaps (G-3).  In Spite of Mama’s fourth dam is the blue hen COOL MOOD, grand dam of Belmont Stakes winner TOUCH GOLD and Canadian Triple Crown victor WITH APPROVAL. In Spite of Mamma may be nearing her debut. She’s one to watch.


Delightful Erin (Rock Hard Ten - Song and Delight, by Songandaprayer) (F) $110K OBSAPR14;  4F :48.32 (6/19) dirt training;  two of her three half siblings raced, one is a winner and the other placed as a two year old.  Her dam is a half to the multiple graded stakes veteran DELIGHTFUL KISS, stakes winner DELIGHTFUL MARY who also placed in the BC Juvenile Fillies,  and stakes placed Honor the Deputy and Trust the Deputy. This is the distaff line of the multiple stakes winning veteran SHADOW CASTER and the speedy KELLY KIP.  Although her sire was a multiple G-1 winner over dirt (Santa Anita Derby, Malibu Stakes, etc.)  his offspring are superior turf and synthetic horses. No surprise as ROCK HARD TEN’S second sire is the Champion Euro ROBERTO.  If Delightful Erin shows up on the lawn, take note.


July 6, 2014

Aldrin coltAldrin (Malibu Moon - Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) (C) $1 Million Dollars KEEAPR14;  4F :47.15 (5/72);  Mentioned on the June 22 Kiddie List.  The ¾ brother to top sire TAPIT zipped a furlong in :9.4  at the two year old in training sale. Tap Your Heels’ offspring haven’t fared well on the racetrack. Out of nine foals of racing age, five made it to the track and only two, Tapit and his half sister Overandabeauty (by Grand Slam) found the winner’s circle.  Here’s hoping Aldrin stays sound and fulfills the promise of his pedigree.


Ebreeq (More Than Ready - Grande Annee, by Gone West) (C) $270K KEESEP13;  4F :48.55 (25/73) gate breeze.  He’s the first foal out of a half sister to FRIESAN FIRE who swept the Louisiana Derby preps and went into the KY Derby as the favorite, where he finished second to last after trouble.  Grande Annee placed in her debut and won her second start over the Poly in England.  The second dam BOLLINGER was a Group 1 winner in Australia and the third dam BINT MARSCAY was a Champion 2YO in the same country. Ebreeq is stabled in Kiaran McLaughlin’s barn and is reported to be breezing very well. 


Ludicrous coltLudicrous (Medaglia d'Oro - Victory Ride, by Seeking the Gold) (C) $770K KEEAPR14; 4F :47.15 (5/72);  Mentioned on the June 22 Kiddie List.  This son of a Test Stakes (G-1) heroine is a half brother to Magical Ride (by Storm Cat), who placed in the Adirondack Breeders' Cup S. [G2] as a juvenile. Does her name sound familiar?  It should. She’s the dam of this year’s Preakness runner-up RIDE ON CURLIN (by Curlin).  Although Victory Ride was a sprinter/miler, there’s plenty of stamina in this distaff line.  Ludicrous has a good pedigree for the Derby – any derby!


Astron (Flatter - Bridge Edition, by Editor's Note) (C) $23K OBSAPR14;  5F 1:02.30 (10/24); His full sister Rettalfa placed in two of three starts as a two year old and is a dirt sprinter. All four half siblings raced, won and two won/placed as juveniles. Astron has plenty of quality Claiborne breeding in his pedigree. G-1 winning sprinter ZENSATIONAL, multiple stakes winner PROM SHOES, Plus stakes winners DEPARTING, TRIP, LAITY, JOKE and TOUR can be found a generation back. Flatter’s babies only win 9% first time out, but if it rains, take a closer look at Astron, Flatter is a superior mudsire and so is Editor’s Note.  Astron’s only half sibling to race over a sloppy track won.  


Dariel (Kipling - Delamination, by Silic (FR)) (F) $25K OBSAPR14;  5F 1:02.10 (7/24) Dirt training.  By the same sire as Breeders’ Cup Mile hero Kip Deville out of a mare by a Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Dariel has a strong turf pedigree. His dam is a half to a French Group 3 placed runner.  Third dam KOSTROMA was multiple group placed in Europe and won the Yellow Ribbon (G-1) in the U.S.  She’s the dam of Santa Anita Oaks heroine ARIEGE.  The multiple Grade 1 winner NASHOBA’S KEY is a member of this distaff family.  Dariel has 3 x 4 Rasmussen Factor inbreeding to the blue hen Weekend Surprise, as she’s the second dam of Kipling and she’s the dam of Dariel’s second damsire A.P. Indy.


July 7, 2014

Bernstein Flambe (Bernstein - Peach Flambe, by Flying Chevron) (F)  4F :48.41 (1/33) Gate breeze.  This filly is bred to be precocious.  Her dam won her debut and Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Calder as a two year old. As she matured, PEACH FLAMBE won/placed in five other stakes including the Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes. There is little notable blacktype in the rest of this distaff line.  Bernstein is noted as a win-early sire.  Keep an eye on Bernstein Flambe, two year olds who breeze a bullet out of the gate as their last or second to last prep before a race usually hit the board.


Clothes Fall Off (Daaher - Tequilas Dayjur, by Dayjur) (F) $150K OBSMAR14;  4F :49.12 (9/33); Here’s another promiscuous, I mean, precocious miss.  Daaher’s babies win 34% first time out. He’s a highly under-rated sire.  Tequilas Dayjur won her debut and won/placed in three stakes.  Tequilas Dayjur is the most accomplished horse in two generations of this distaff line and there isn’t much in the way of blacktype, but this filly is one to watch. 


Spartan Emperor (Freud - Evil Empress, by Devil His Due) (C) $4K (RNA) KEESEP13; 4F :48.41 (1/33) Gate breeze. Unfortunately, his full brother hit the board only once in four starts; however, three half siblings found the winner’s circle and were successful over dirt, mud and synthetics. One is a 2YO winner. None own blacktype.  Their dam is a half to stakes winners DANCING RHYTHM and SKEET. The latter placed in two juvie stakes races at Woodbine. This is the female family of Champion Two Year Old and sire HOIST THE FLAG. Spartan Emperor has  4 x 5 Rasmussen Factor inbreeding to the blue hen Ballade through the full siblings GLORIOUS SONG, dam of RAHY, who is Freud’s damsire and Ballade is the dam of DEVIL’S BAG, sire of DEVIL HIS DUE.  Freud has two winners from three starters out of   Devil His Due mares so here’s hoping Spartan Emperor will be more talented than his older brother.


Irish Causeway (Giant's Causeway - Lady Diplomat, by Silver Deputy) (C) $250K KEESEP13;  5F 1:00.97 (3/17);  He’s a half to the Juvie stakes winner GLACKEN’S GAL (Smoke Glacken), plus stakes winners CITY DWELLER (Carson City) and BANKER’S BUY (Distorted Humor).  Three of nine half siblings won/placed at two. The dam placed in her debut and won her second start. She also placed in a listed juvenile stakes.  - Lady Diplomat is a half to two stakes winners and the second dam MERCEDES MISS is a stakes winner. Irish Causeway will likely prefer the turf.



July 8, 2014

Make the Sun Shine (Malibu Moon - Sunshine for Life, by Giant's Causeway) (F) $700K OBSMAR14; 5F 1:00.04 (1/11). The Mark Casse trainee was second in her 5 ½ furlong debut by 1 ¼ lengths and this bullet work was her first breeze back.  Her work matches to that of TENPIN, winner of the G-3 Delta Princess Stakes.   Her dam SUNSHINE FOR LIFE won the Athenia Handicap (G-3) over the lawn. This female family has a smattering of blacktype winners, mainly European based.  Make the Sun Shine will benefit with longer distances and may eventually find a home on the lawn.


Conquest Pacemaker (Eskendereya - Heart Rate, by Mr. Greeley) (C) $150K OBSMAR14;  5F 1:01.60 (3/11);  His first crop sire has five starters, no winners.  Not to worry, Eskendereya’s babies don’t have precocious pedigrees and should start maturing over the next few months. Conquest Pacemaker is a first foal and his dam Heart Rate is an unraced half to a juvie stakes placed runner.  There isn’t much blacktype in this distaff line, but the few winners/placers generally earned their blacktype in juvenile stakes races.


Conquest Superstep (Super Saver - Dance Alexa, by Southern Halo) (F) $250K FTKJUL13;  5F 1:01.60 (3/11);  He’s a half to Santa Ynez (G-2) heroine DANCE DAILY (Five Star Day) and multiple stakes placed Mission Viejo Halo (Luhuk).  Dam Dance Alexa is a half to the multiple stakes winner HAY LET’S DANCE, who is by another son of Halo, Hay Halo.  First crop sire KY Derby hero Super Saver has one winner from ten starters.  His babies should start rounding into form this fall and improve with age.



July 7, 2014

Unnamed (Tapit - Tough Tiz's Sis, by Tiznow) (F) 4F :48.00 (2/7);  She’s the third foal out of this multiple G-1 winner (Ruffian S., Lady’s Secret S, etc.).  Both half siblings are by Midnight Lute. One placed in her debut but the other was off the board in his only start. The pretty gray unnamed miss has been working very well and is one to watch. Name her already!


Twilight Rose (Smart Strike - La Rosa, by Wild Again) (F)  4F :48.00 (2/7);  She’s a half sister to multiple stakes winner and juvenile stakes placed TAITTINGER ROSE (Menifee) and Pegasus Stakes (G-3) winner LE BERNARDIN (Bernardini). Their dan won the Demoiselle (G-2) at two and second dam is BC Juvenile Fillies heroine TWILIGHT RIDGE.  Twilight Rose will likely perform best around two turns, but she’s been working well and could win or hit the board early on.


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Isabella Sings ... Winner!
Some well-bred babies coming soon for sure. I hope Cool Comfort runs well. As you mention she is from the Ruby’s Reception family. My friend bought Ruby in 2001 after 9-11 when prices were so affordable. She won her debut and was 7-3-2-1 in her two year campaign. She won a stakes at Ellis that year, and placed in both the KY Cup Juvenile and Alciabiades earning about $210,000 that year. Laura do you know who is training the filly out to Tough Tiz's Sis? Baffert?

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