04/15/2014 3:27PM

3-year-old Filly Sprinter to Watch

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She won't be anywhere near the Twin Spires when the top 3-year-old fillies in the land line up for next month's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, but Our Lesmis looks like a promising sprint prospect.

Undefeated from two starts, Our Lesmis, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Yes It's True, captured her seasonal debut in stylish fashion last Tuesday at Parx. Ridden by Frankie Pennington for trainer Cathal Lynch, Our Lesmis was sent away the 2-5 favorite in the four-horse field of statebred 'n1x' performers.

Taken off the inside during the first quarter-mile in order to avoid muddy kickback, Our Lesmis advanced on pacemaker Red Velvet after that Todd Pletcher-trained miss set fractions of 22.29 and 46.05 over the sealed track. Our Lesmis collared Red Velvet turning for home and was hand-ridden through the stretch to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:11.29. Our Lesmis polished off her final eighth in a solid 12.77 seconds and received an 87 Beyer Speed Figure.

Our Lesmis made her career debut for Lynch Racing and Two Hands LLC on September 24, 2013 in a 5 1/2-furlong, statebred maiden special weight at Parx. There wasn't anything fancy about her effort as she simply beat the gate under Pennington. She cleared to the lead on the backstretch and drew away after being a bit late to make her final lead change. Our Lesmis earned a 74 Beyer for that performance, a good number for a debuting juvenile filly. The third-place finisher, favored Disco Chick, returned to graduate 25 days later with a 79 Beyer.

Our Lesmis showed a couple of gears in this race. Not only did she display excellent gate speed, but she kicked clear of the chasers entering the turn, put away Disco Chick when that one ranged up after three furlongs, and drew out again in the final 70 yards.

Bred by Gunsmith Stables, Our Lesmis was foaled on February 7, 2011. Her sire was a crack sprinter, winning half of his 22 starts with lifetime earnings of over a million dollars. Yes It's True scored eight graded sprint events, including the Grade 1 Frank J De Francis Memorial Dash at six furlongs.

Trained by Wayne Lukas for Padua Stables, Yes It's True won six of seven starts between March 13, 1999 (Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream, 103 Beyer) and July 17, 1999 (De Francis, 106 Beyer). One of those victories was a 118-Beyer eruption in the Grade 3 Maryland Handicap at Pimlico. Yes It's True prevailed at distances ranging from 4 1/2 to 7 Furlongs and was 0-3 in route races.

Yes It's True has been a rock-steady stallion with 48 stakes winners (11 graded) from 11 crops of racing age. He is the sire of Grade 1 Champagne Stakes winner Proud Accolade, multiple Grade 2 sprint winner Aikenite, and Grade 3 winners Yesbyjimminy, Actin Good, Off Duty, Nordic Truce, Chandtrue, and Yes He's the Man.

Our Lesmis is a half-sister to Our Fantene, a fourth-generation stakes-winner for Gunsmith that won the $115,000 Sorority and $61,000 New Jersey Futurity as a juvenile filly of 2006. Another half-sister, Our Eponene, is a multiple sprint winner that finished second in the 2009 New Jersey Juvenile Stakes.

Their dam, Our Cozzette (by Cozzene), won her first two starts at two, including the New Jersey Futurity en route to being named New Jersey-bred champion 2-year-old filly of 2001. Our Cozzette is a half-sister to St Averil, hero of the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes at 1 1/16 miles (102 Beyer).

The second dam, Avie's Fancy (by Lord Avie) earned 10 victories from 21 starts for $402,909 in lifetime earnings. Her big triumph came in the Grade 2 Matchmaker Stakes at 1 3/16 miles on turf at Atlantic City. The third dam, Fancy Pan (by Paavo), notched the $35,000 Omnibus Stakes at Monmouth and the $60,000 Lady Baltimore Handicap at Pimlico.

There is a good amount of speed and class in this pedigree and Our Lesmis profiles as a filly that will perform best at distances up to one mile. She has done nothing wrong in her short career and deserves a spot on watch lists for future reference.

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Annie,
I don't think there are any points for the Illinois Derby, I could be wrong but I remember reading that somewhere. Dan?
AZ Wildcat

There will be no Derby points given for the Illinois Derby. Saturday's Lexington Stakes at Keeneland is worth 10 points to the winner, 4 points for second, 2 for third, and 1 for fourth.


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http://www.drf.com/blogs/derby-prep-thoughts

http://www.drf.com/blogs/fishing-opinions

http://www.drf.com/blogs/keeneland-its-spring-again

http://www.drf.com/blogs/sprinter-rise

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