2-year-old pedigrees: Natalma Stakes' Top 3 all show promise

September 17, 2019 02:00pm

The top three finishers in a thrilling renewal of Sunday's Natalma Stakes may clash again in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, as all three boast classy pedigrees. Plus, one of Saturday's Pocahontas Stakes (G2) runners has a connection to 2016 champion Classic Empire. Let's get to know them in this week's rundown of 2-year-old fillies and their bloodlines...

(Blame - Solitary Life, by Grand Slam)

Making her third lifetime start, Abscond broke quickly in Woodbine's Natalma. She dueled with Walk In Marrakesh with Fair Maiden just behind them on the outside. As things heated up in the stretch, the three lined up across the track, but the Eddie Kenneally trainee refused to yield, stubbornly fighting down the lane and keeping her nose in front. The final time for the turf mile event at Woodbine was 1:36.51. Abscond earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Abscond should handle middle distances with maturity. Her dam is a half-sister to multiple graded winning turf router Temeraine and to Overarching, who was named Horse of the Season in South Africa. Solitary Life is also a half-sister to stakes-winning turf sprinters Alone at Last and Dead Read. Multiple graded stakes-winning miler Cambodia is part of the second generation.

(Siyouni (FR) - Walk In Beauty (IRE), by Shamardal)

In her U.S. debut, Walk In Marrakesh had the rail trip in the Natalma Stakes, sharing the lead with Abscond. The Mark Johnson trainee fought bravely down the stretch and just missed the nose bob. Walk In Marrakesh won the listed Star Stakes at seven furlongs at England's Sandown Park
and is Group 3-placed in France.

Pedigree: Walk In Marrakesh has a turf miler’s pedigree. She’s the first black type earner in her immediate family. Her distaff line is filled with international group winners, including 2002 Champion European Sprinter Zipping; this year’s English 1000 Guineas and Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Hermosa; and her full sister, multiple Group 1 winner Hydrangea.

(Street Boss - Shieldmaiden, by Smart Strike)

Fair Maiden tracked the Natalma pacesetters on the outside. The Eoin Harty trainee moved to challenge in the stretch but had to settle for a minor award in the three-way photo finish.
Fair Maiden drifted out slightly nearing the wire, which may have cost the previous Catch a Glimpse Stakes winner over this course. 

Fair Maiden should handle middle distances and may go farther with maturity. She’s the first black type earner in the first two generations of her distaff line. Class skips to her third dam, Secret Status, winner of the Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose. She bore Belmont Stakes runner-up Dunkirk. This is the distaff line of Dunbar Road, who was victorious in this year’s Mother Goose (G2) and Alabama (G1), plus the handicap veteran Alumni Hall.


(Paynter - Romantic Intention, by Suave)

Fresh off a fourth-place finish for trainer Doug O’Neill in the Del Mar Debutante (G1), Lazy Daisy broke on top in the
Pocahontas but shared the lead with His Glory. The pair dueled to the wire with Lazy Daisy prevailing by 1 3/4 lengths. The final time for 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs was 1:44.89. Lazy Daisy earned a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

  Lazy Daisy has a miler's pedigree. Paynter shows five graded/listed stakes winners, and none have won beyond a mile. Lazy Daisy is a half-sister to Puerto Rican stakes-placed sprinter Bold Banker. Their dam is a half-sister to stakes-placed turf sprinter Curfew Tower. There’s no other blacktype in the first three generations of the distaff line.

(Mineshaft - Glorious Sky, by Aldebaran)

His Glory fought on the inside of Lazy Daisy but weakened late to settle for second place. The Tom Amoss trainee was third in the Ellis Park Debutante in her previous start.

His Glory also possesses a miler pedigree. Her dam is a half-sister to the dam of 2016 Champion Juvenile Classic Empire, and that one’s half-brother, stakes-winning sprinter Anytime Magic. The second generation includes multiple stakes-winning sprinter Bronx Beauty and listed/restricted winning sprinters Bay Park Boy and Z Smoking Gun. His Glory’s second dam In Her Glory is a stakes-winning sprinter.

(Ghostzapper - Dynarama, by Dynaformer)

Last Friday, Dominga led gate to wire in her debut over the Churchill Downs lawn, opening up by three lengths in the stretch. The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:46.24.

Dominga has the pedigree to run all day. Her second dam is graded stakes-placed at 1 1/8 miles over the lawn. The third generation includes multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Sassy Image and stakes-winning turf miler Extensive. Dominga’s second through fifth dams all own blacktype.
(The Factor - La Song, by Unbridled's Song) 

Making her second start for Norm Casse on Friday at Churchill, Heir of Light grabbed the lead out of the gate and lead throughout, holding off a late charge from Beautiful Trauma. The final time for the mile was 1:37.17.

 Heir of Light has sprinter/miler breeding. She's the first foal out of a graded stakes-placed 2-year-old. Her second dam is a stakes-placed sprinter. The third generation produced Grade 1 winner and sire Currency Swap.

(Bernardini - Elbe (GB), by Dansili (GB))

On Friday at Los Alamitos,
 Eclair discovered the third time was the charm. She bobbled after the start and pressed the pace three-wide. After hitting the front in mid-stretch, the Bob Baffert trainee opened up to win by three lengths, getting 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.74.

Eclair has a miler’s pedigree and may find a home on turf. She’s a half-sister to Grade 3 stakes-placed turf miler Limari. The distaff line is filled with French black type earners, including Just a Game (G1) heroine Antone and French Group 1-winning miler Mutual Trust. Eclair’s second and third dams own turf blacktype.


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