11/02/2010 7:40PM

Breeders' Cup Babies: Juvenile Fillies

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DRF.com handicapping editor Dan Illman, author of "Betting Maidens and 2-Year-Olds," takes an in-depth approach to juvenile racing every year at Saratoga and Keeneland in his DRF Plus columns, Spa Babies and Keeneland Babies.

Welcome to Breeders' Cup Babies. I'll give out the skinny on the 2-year-olds scheduled to compete in the World Championships.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies [ Juvenile Fillies Turf | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf ]

AWESOME FEATHER (Awesome of Course - Precious Feather, by Gone West)
Trainer: Stanley Gold

Foaled March 15, 2008 in Florida...Entered in the Fasig-Tipton Fall, November 2010 auction...Half-sister to BROOKS 'N DOWN (stakes-placed sprinter, 29-2-3-7, $87,097, 0-2 in main track routes, 0-4 in wet)...Sire was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter (14-5-0-0, $152,400, unraced in main track routes, 2-3 in wet)...Dam was a multiple stakes-winner (23-5-7-0, $257,441, 2-8 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Dam a half-sister to PHAR FEATHER (Group 3-placed on turf at two, 7-1-1-1, $33,447, unraced in main track routes, unraced in wet) and RUZNAMA (multiple stakes-winner on turf in England, 9-4-0-1, $61,600, unraced in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Undefeated after five starts at distances ranging from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles...Extremely impressive winning My Dear Girl Stakes at Calder on October 16, completing 1 1/16 miles over two seconds faster than the colt and gelding division…Seems as capable from off the pace as she is when prompting matters.

A Z WARRIOR (Bernardini - Carson Jen, by Carson City)
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Foaled April 30, 2008 in Kentucky...$775,000 RNA as a yearling (Keeneland, September 2009)...Entered in the Fasig-Tipton Fall, November 2010 auction...Half-sister to J Z WARRIOR (multiple stakes-winning sprinter, 21-5-6-3, $329,223, 0-1 in main track routes, 1-2 in wet) and Grade 3 sprint winner E Z WARRIOR (15-3-2-2, $238,468, 0-1 in main track routes, 0-3 in wet)...Sire was a multiple Grade 1-winning router (8-6-1-0, $3,060,480, 6-7 in main track routes, 1-1 in wet)...Dam was a multiple stakes-placed sprinter (17-4-4-3, $137,425, 0-1 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Dam a half-sister to stakes-placed sprinter MARQUESA JEN (25-6-3-4, $193,295, unraced in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Pressed 46-1 longshot over speed-favoring track en route to win in the Grade 1 Frizette, her first start on dirt...Will attempt two turns for the first time at Churchill Downs and the bottom side of the pedigree is geared to speed.

BELIEVE IN A.P. (A.P. Indy - I Believe in You, by Pleasant Tap)
Trainer: Richard Dutrow Jr.

Foaled February 26, 2008 in Kentucky...Sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (11-8-0-1, $2,979,815, 7-9 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Dam was a Grade 1 route winner (4-2-1-1, $244,270, 2-2 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Dam a half-sister to turf stakes-winner READY CASH (11-1-1-4, $40,280, 0-4 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Could have not won maiden any easier at Parx Racing on October 9. She broke well that day, chased a lone frontrunner from the two path, inhaled that one on the far turn, and drew away under wraps. Seems like a true router.

DELIGHTFUL MARY (Limehouse - Deputy's Delight, by French Deputy)
Trainer: Mark Casse

Foaled January 26, 2008 in Florida...Sold for $500,000 as a juvenile (OBS Spring, April 2010, SALE-TOPPER)...Worked a quarter-mile in 20.2 prior to the April auction...Half-sister to Grade 2 route winner DELIGHTFUL KISS (32-7-4-5, $1,093,593, 5-22 in main track routes, 0-2 in wet)...Sire was a multiple Grade 2 winner (21-7-2-3, $1,110,433, 3-12 in main track routes, 0-2 in wet)...Dam was a sprint winner (7-1-4-2, $66,820, unraced in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Second dam is stakes-winner BISHOP'S DELIGHT (27-8-7-6, $308,676, 1-3 in main track routes, 1-4 in wet)...Beaten favorite in the Grade 3 Mazarine at this distance over Woodbine's polytrack on October 9, but earned a competitive Beyer Speed Figure. Was pocketed along the inside early, but had no response when the pacesetting winner spurted away on the final turn.

HARLAN'S RUBY (Harlan's Holiday - Smiling Eyes, by Saint Ballado)
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek

Foaled May 1, 2008 in Kentucky...$55,000 RNA weanling (Keeneland, November 2008)...$35,000 RNA yearling (Fasig-Tipton Summer, July 2009)...Sold for $40,000 as a yearling (Fasig-Tipton, October 2009)...Sire was a multiple Grade 1 route winner (22-9-6-1, $3,632,664, 7-19 in main track routes, 1-3 in wet)...Dam was a sprint winner (4-1-1-0, $35,800, unraced in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Dam a full brother to Grade 3 sprint winner POPULAR (15-2-1-4, $155,844, 0-3 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Ran well when sixth in a maiden special weight at Saratoga on July 30 when racing in some traffic through the stretch...Broke maiden on grass when a first-time Lasix performers on August 25...Failed to take advantage of closer-friendly polytrack in the Grade 1 Alcibiades on October 8. Needs a Beyer boost on dirt.

INDIAN GRACEY (Indian Ocean - Miz Betty Grace, by Matty G)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Foaled January 16, 2008 in Florida...Sold for $34,000 as a juvenile (OBS Spring, April 2010)...Worked 2 furlongs in 21.1 prior to the April auction...Sire was a Grade 3 route winner...Dam was unraced...Dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed VOLUPTUOUS (25-2-3-2, $103,175, 0-2 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet), multiple stakes-placed sprinter IMPASSION (10-1-0-4, $36,865, unraced in main track routes, 0-1 in wet), and stakes-placed sprinter MISSADRYANNAATTO (9-1-1-2, $69,133, 0-1 in main track routes, 1-2 in wet)...Drifted out during the stretch run of her narrow maiden win at one mile at Del Mar...Could not last the trip after setting the pace in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf, her first try against winners…Looms a pace contender, but may do better at shorter distances.

IZSHELEGAL (Maria's Mon - Unkatzable, by A.P. Indy)
Trainer: Terry Knight

Foaled March 6, 2008 in Kentucky...Sold for $130,000 as a yearling (Keeneland, September 2009)...Sire was a multiple Grade 1 winner (7-4-1-1, $507,140, 2-3 in main track routes, 1-1 in wet)...Dam was a winner (14-3-2-2, $128,736, 1-8 in main track routes, 1-2 in wet)...Second dam is Grade 3 sprint winner KATZ ME IF YOU CAN (24-6-4-7, $410,947, 0-1 in main track routes, 1-4 in wet)...Maria's Mon - A.P. Indy 'nick' produced Grade 1 route winner SUPER SAVER (10-3-2-1, $1,889,766, 3-9 in main track routes, 2-2 in wet) and stakes-winner PARIS VEGAS (6-1-1-0, $54,579, 3-4 in main track routes, 1-1 in wet)...Maiden was devoid of early speed in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf, her first try around two turns, but passed tired horses in the final quarter-mile. She is bred to move forward on a wet track.

JORDY Y (Congrats - Debt Free, by Fly So Free)
Trainer: Wayne Catalano

Foaled April 28, 2008 in Florida...Sold for $52,000 as a yearling (Fasig-Tipton Summer, July 2009)...$57,000 RNA as a juvenile (OBS Select, February 2010)...Worked 1 furlong in 10.2 prior to the February auction...Half-sister to multiple stakes-winning router CAPE TIME (42-6-8-6, $200,615, 6-33 in main track routes, 0-3 in wet) and turf stakes-placed MISSISSIPPI HIPPIE (7-2-1-0, $48,584, unraced in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Sire was a Grade 2 winner (26-7-3-5, $998,960, 5-21 in main track routes, 2-3 in wet)...Dam was a sprint winner (8-1-0-0, $3,249, 0-4 in main track routes, 0-2 in wet)...Dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner DEBIT MY ACCOUNT (34-11-4-5, $448,642, 7-19 in main track routes, 2-3 in wet), multiple stakes-winning router RED N'GOLD (33-5-6-4, $294,212, 5-25 in main track routes, 1-6 in wet), and Grade 3 sprint winner ALKE (10-5-4-0, $619,385, 0-3 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...May have been aided by a fast pace and closer-biased track when second in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie on September 11...Failed to parlay good trip into a victory in the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland on October 9. Saved ground throughout, and had the run of the rails in the stretch, but failed to muster a strong late challenge.

JOYFUL VICTORY (Tapit - Wild Lucy Black, by Wild Again)
Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Foaled February 2, 2008 in Ontario, Canada...Sold for $60,000 as a short yearling (Keeneland, January 2009)...Sold for $400,000 as a juvenile (Fasig-Tipton, February 2010)...Worked 1 furlong in 10.4 prior to the February auction...Sire was a Grade 1 route winner (6-3-0-0, $557,300, 3-6 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Dam was a route winner (7-1-0-0, $25,701, 1-4 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Dam a full sister to stakes-placed FINE IMPRESSION (35-5-7-5, $231,104, 3-9 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Tapit - Wild Again 'nick' has produced WAR ECHO (Grade 3 route winner, 12-4-0-2, $284,387, 4-11 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Overcame post 12 to win career debut around two turns at Delaware Park...Tracked the leaders while three wide over speed-favoring track in the Grade 1 Frizette, and was late to change leads when finishing evenly.

R HEAT LIGHTNING (Trippi - Yellow Heat, by Gold Fever)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Foaled April 23, 2008 in Florida...Full sister to stakes-placed router HOT TRIP (8-2-2-1, $91,050, 2-3 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Sire was a Grade 1 sprint winner (14-7-1-2, $666,220, 1-3 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Dam was a sprint winner (5-3-0-1, $91,350, unraced in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Dam a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed sprinter EAST BREAKS (23-7-5-3, $238,067, 1-4 in main track routes, 0-5 in wet)...Broke inwardly when the beaten favorite in the Grade 1 Frizette in first route appearance, then seemed extremely eager while chasing the pace along the inside. Was boxed behind horses turning for home, but rallied belatedly once clear to finish second...Bred for speed on both sides of the pedigree, the two-turn distance of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies provides a stern test.

SOUNDWAVE (Friends Lake - Echo Echo Echo, by Eastern Echo)
Trainer: Ronny Werner

Foaled February 23, 2008 in Kentucky...Sold for $75,000 as a weanling (Keeneland, November 2008)...Half-sister to Grade 2 sprint winner LETGOMYECHO (4-3-0-0, $136,200, 0-1 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Sire was a Grade 1 route winner (7-3-0-1, $696,400, 2-5 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Dam was a stakes-placed sprinter (30-5-3-2, $152,342, 0-1 in main track routes, 2-10 in wet)...Third dam is multiple stakes-placed TATALLAH (20-3-4-3, $31,406)...Tracked the pace while in between horses in the filly division of the NATC Futurity at Monmouth on September 26 before attacking dueling leaders from three wide on the final turn. Pulled clear to win that six-furlong event, but is questionable at this distance.

TELL A KELLY (Tapit - Evrobi, by Tabasco Cat)
Trainer: John Sadler

Foaled May 6, 2008 in Florida...Sold for $45,000 as a yearling (Keeneland, September 2009)...$95,000 RNA as a juvenile (OBS Open, March 2010)...Worked 2 furlongs in 22.2 prior to the March auction...Sire was a Grade 1 route winner (6-3-0-0, $557,300, 3-6 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Dam was a turf winner (9-1-2-1, $34,765, 0-1 in main track routes, 0-2 in wet)...Dam a half-sister to stakes-placed turf runner SUBLINE BEAUTY (19-3-6-4, $66,050, unraced in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Has shown flashes of brilliance in Southern California with some explosive mid- and late-race bids. Saved ground throughout in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf, squeezed through a narrow opening in between rivals at the quarter-pole, and made the lead in upper stretch. Was outfinished in the final sixteenth in her first try at this distance...Not the biggest dog in the fight, but has a good amount of natural ability.

THEYSKENS' THEORY (Bernardini - Heat Lightning, by Summer Squall)
Trainer: Brian Meehan

Foaled May 6, 2008 in Kentucky...Sold for $250,000 as a yearling (Fasig-Tipton Select, August 2009)...Half-sister to Grade 1 route winner STEVIE WONDERBOY (6-3-2-1, $1,058,940, 1-2 in main track routes, unraced in wet)...Half-sister to stakes-placed turf performer QUEEN JOANNE (16-3-2-1, $161,466, 1-2 in main track routes, 0-1 in wet)...Sire was a multiple Grade 1-winning router (8-6-1-0, $3,060,480, 6-7 in main track routes, 1-1 in wet)...Dam was placed (13-0-1-3, $18,020, 0-4 in main track routes, 0-2 in wet)...Dam a half-sister to Group 2 turf winner FAIR JUDGMENT (18-5-4-0, $277,766, unraced in main track routes, unraced in wet), and stakes-winning router LINDA COQUETA (25-4-6-4, $123,698, 4-17 in main track routes, 0-3 in wet)...A Group 3 winner on turf in Europe, she prompted the pacesetter from the two-path in the early stages of the Group 1 Fillies' Mile at Ascot on September 25 before taking over the lead in the homestretch. She tired in the final furlong to finish third....Reportedly an able-bodied filly, she is bred to handle dirt and additional distances...Likes to race on or near the lead, but may have to rate in the Juvenile Fillies.