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The Kiddie List - June 23, 2014

Bessie's Boy, winner of the 2014 Tremont Stakes
Photo: NYRA Photo


The Kiddie List searches for the best and brightest of this next generation of two-year-olds. Formerly, I covered the Kiddie List at the Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds blog.  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. 


June 21, 2014 |BELMONT

Araqeel (Tapit - August Storm, by Storm Creek) (C) $180K KEESEP13;  4F :48.19 (2/26);  This pretty gray colt is a half brother to Nashua Stakes winner BREAK WATER EDISON (by Lemon Drop Kid). Three of his four half siblings to race at age two hit the board, and their dam won a stakes race in her second start, so this is a precocious family.  After a steady stream of three furlong works at Saratoga, Araqeel transferred to Belmont for his latest work. 


Unnamed (Malibu Moon - Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) (C)  !1 Million KEEAPR14; 4F :48.46 (4/26); This million dollar baby is a half brother to leading sire Tapit. His breeding is extremely close to Tapit, as Tapit is by Pulpit, a son of A.P. Indy out of a mare by Mr. Prospector.  Malibu Moons is also a son of A.P. Indy out of a mare by Mr. Prospector. Despite this close breeding, 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 this unnamed colt stays sound and fulfills the promise of his pedigree.


Unnamed  (Medaglia d'Oro - Victory Ride, by Seeking the Gold) (C) $770K KEEAPR14; 4F :48.46 (4/26); 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.  Hurry up and name this colt – he has a good pedigree for the Derby – any derby!


G R's Giant (Frost Giant - Piano Chimes, by Chimes Band) (C) $50K FTNAUG13;  4F :48.46 (4/51) dirt training track;  He doesn’t have as an illustrious pedigree as some of the others.  His dam placed in two listed stakes as a 2YO.  All five of G R's Giant’s half siblings made it to the track, four are winners and two hit the board in their debut.  This guy has been working very strongly and his sire’s 2YO win at an astounding 63%.  


In Spite of Mama (Speightstown - Mama Theresa, by Carson City) (F)  4F :49.07 (10/51) gate breeze.  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.


Myfourchix (Henny Hughes - Stellaluna, by Tapit) (F) $90K OBSAPR14; 4F :48.24 (2/51) gate breeze. Her half-brother by Cowboy Cal has hit the board in both starts. Her dam is a half to Hawthorne Gold Cup winner FAIRBANKS and to Coolmore Lexington Stakes victor KEATS. This is the female family of stakes winner DARN THAT ALARM and Breeders' Cup Marathon hero AFLEET AGAIN.


June 22, 2014 |BELMONT

Face the Music (Stormy Atlantic - Voyage, by Rahy) (C) 4F  :49.67 (17/30) gate breeze.  He’s a Phipps family homebred out of an unraced half-sister to multiple G1 winners PINE ISLAND and POINT OF ENTRY. This is the distaff family of BC Distaff winner PLEASANT HOME and graded stakes winners COUNTRY HIDEAWAY, BOCA GRANDE and VACATION. Conservative trainer Shug McGaughey conditions Face the Music and this colt has posted some very quick works. 


Security Risk (War Front - Smuggler, by Unbridled) (C) 4F  :49.67 (17/30) gate breeze.  Stablemate to Face the Music.  Despite being bred to the best stallions, Champion 3 YO Filly SMUGGLER has yet to produce a blacktype runner. All four babies raced, two are winners. Smuggler is the most accomplished offspring of Champion Older Mare INSIDE INFORMATION. Smuggler’s half-sister by Mr. Prospector bore Pennsylvania Derby (G-2) winner GONE ASTRAY.


Just too Perfect (Pleasantly Perfect - Winter Tide, by Tale of the Cat) (F) 4F :48.55 (7/30) gate breeze.  She’s a full sister to Pleasant Miss who placed in four stakes at two, including the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf.  Four half siblings raced and three are winners. All won/placed at age two.


Reality (Super Saver - Dianehill (IRE), by Danehill) (C) $150K OBSMAR; 4F :49.10 (12/30) gate breeze.  He’s a half to U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas winner SPLASH POINT (by Street Cry).  Reality’s second dam is BC Sprint winner VERY SUBTLE.  KY Derby winner and Freshman Sire Super Saver has four starters, no winners. Expect his offspring to start winning around August and improve with distance and maturity.


Stanford  (Malibu Moon - Rosy Humor, by Distorted Humor) (C) $550K BESMAR14;  :59.55 (1/12) dirt training. He’s the second of three foals to race. A half sibling was unplaced in one start. The dam was 0-3 in her career.  The second dam is a ¾ sister to Champion Johannesburg.


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Leaders failed to fight back
Was on track to see Stanford, impressive debut. Will be following him
Correction on below date... should be June 29th, not 26th.
Just watch Stanford break his maiden in debut @ Mth R9 (June 26th)... WOW! The middle move was quite impressive, passing half of the field on the turn, winning geared down.
One of those slips, I suppose.
Again, sorry, should say "Click" not lick.
tv, in the upper right hand corner of this main page, lick on the little magnifying glass symbol where it says "Search" or click on the search "box" and hit "enter". Next, You will see, to the right, a box that says, "Add to the HRN wiki". You can chooses a category such as race or track or organization, and start a new topic. Great photo. It should be shared. I really like it. Not sure which category to use for "Tailing". You may have to post it under people. Make sure to scroll down and save your entries.
Just a question... where did you pick up an interest in the Victory Ride and Tap Your Heels colts? As well as Just too Perfect, a filly who has never worked impressively or really even fast
QUESTION: How do I start a new topic? I have some gate shots from Hastings that I want to put up but cannot get them to upload...Want to show the "tailing" that many in the grandstands never see from behind the gate.
Very nice work!
I was looking forward to this list, Thanks! Waiting to hear anything about Coz or Rachel Alexander's 2 year old.
Laurie, thanks for doing the hard work. We all want to have access to this kind of information on the 2YO crop.

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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.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
I welcome your questions regarding pedigree, handicapping and breeding. If you would like me to cover a specific topic please contact me at lross@horseracingnation.com.

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