11/01/2013 10:20PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Pedigree profiles

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Barbara D. Livingston
Spinaway Stakes winner Sweet Reason is one of two Grade 1 winners this season for her sire, Street Sense.

 

The Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies has crowned the divisional Eclipse Award champion in 26 of its previous 29 runnings. This year's renewal, to be contested Saturday at Santa Anita Park, figures to continue that trend, as it brings together East Coast standouts Sweet Reason - the morning line favorite - and Artemis Agrotera, and West Coast stars Secret Compass and She's a Tiger in a well-matched field. 

A closer look at the pedigrees and backgrounds of the contenders, in post position order.

1. Artemis Agrotera
Roman Ruler – Indy Glory, by A.P. Indy

Breeder: Chester and Mary Broman (N.Y.)

After winning her debut by an impressive 11 3/4 lengths going six furlongs at Saratoga, Artemis Agrotera successfully stretched out to a one-turn mile to win the Grade 1 Frizette. The filly’s dam, the stakes-winning and Grade 2-placed A.P. Indy mare Indy Glory, has produced two stakes-placed winners by Fusaichi Pegasus, the sire of Roman Ruler. Indy Glory is a full sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Stephen Got Even, and to stakes winner Grand Merger. Although her running style has placed her on the front end, her pedigree suggests Artemis Agrotera can handle the added distance of the Juvenile Fillies.


2. Rosalind
Broken Vow – Critics Acclaim, by Theatrical

Breeder: Hurstland Farm, James H. Greene Jr., and Pin Oak Stud (Ky.)
Sale history: $70,000, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, Landaluce Stable (Hurstland Farm, agent)

Rosalind is bred for versatility. Her sire Broken Vow’s top U.S. runners include Unbridled Belle and Sassy Image, Grade 1 winners on dirt at route and sprint distances, respectively. Meanwhile, broodmare sire Theatrical was a turf champion and prolific sire on that surface. Rosalind has already displayed versatility in her short career, winning her debut on the turf at Ellis Park; finishing third in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes on the dirt at Churchill Downs; and running second in the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes on Polytrack at Keeneland. Her connections opted for this spot over the Juvenile Fillies Turf. A half-sister to stakes-placed American Diva, Rosalind is from the immediate family of graded stakes-placed winners Brother Bobby and Heart of Destiny.


3. Designer Legs
Graeme Hall – Elegant Designer, by Suave Prospect

Breeder: Tommy Hewitt (La.)
Sale history: $10,000, Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana September yearling sale, Murray Valene (Clear Creek Stud, agent)

Designer Legs crossed the wire first in her first two starts, and then was elevated to first via disqualification in the Grade 2 Adirondack. The Louisiana-bred, the first stakes horse out of her multiple stakes-winning dam, is unplaced in two tries beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. Most of sire Graeme Hall’s best runners, including Grade 2 winner Duke of Mischief and Grade 3 winner Hurricane Ike, have come on dirt.


4. Secret Compass
Discreet Cat – Maria’s Pride, by Maria’s Mon

Breeder: Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm (Ky.)
Sale history: $425,000, OBS March 2-year-olds in training, Westrock Stables (Eddie Woods, agent). $90,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Reckless Farm (Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm). $8,500, Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Liberation Farm (Brandywine Farm, agent).

Crossing the female family of Robsham Stables foundation mare Pretty Discreet – the dam of Grade 1 winning miler Discreet Cat – with the late sire Maria’s Mon has been productive. Discreetly Awesome, an unraced daughter of Pretty Discreet, produced the top handicap mare Awesome Maria when bred to Maria’s Mon. Secret Compass, who rallied to win the Grade 1 Chandelier last time out, is one of three winners from as many starters out of her dam.


5. Ria Antonia
Rockport Harbor – Bear Baroness, by Mr. Greeley

Breeder: Lynn B. Schiff (Ky.)
Sale history: $9,000, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, Ricky Griffith, agent (Mill Ridge Sales, agent)

Ria Antonia is bred to fare well at short distances, coming from the immediate family of Grade 1-winning sprinter Behaving Badly. She notched her only career win to date going six furlongs on the all-weather track at Woodbine.


6. Concave
Colonel John – Galadriel, by Ascot Knight

Breeder: Windways Farm Limited (Ont.)
Sale history: $160,000, OBS March 2-year-olds in training, Dennis O’Neill (De Meric Sales, agent). $75,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Nick de Meric, agent (Vinery Sales, agent). $90,000, Keeneland January mixed sale, Vinery Bloodstock, agent (Elm Tree Farm, agent)

Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes winner Concave is from the first crop of her versatile sire, winner of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes going a 1 1/4 miles on dirt; the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on synthetic; and the Wickerr Stakes going a mile on the turf. He won or placed in five other stakes races on synthetic tracks. Her stakes-winning dam has produced seven winners from eight starters, including stakes winner Peisinoe and stakes-placed I Raffaella.


7. Untapable
Tapit – Fun House, by Prized

Breeder: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ky.)

Untapable has won both her career starts, including the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at a mile on dirt at Churchill Downs. The filly races as a homebred for Winchell Thoroughbreds, which also campaigned both her sire and dam. Popular stallion Tapit is known for siring outstanding fillies, including Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Eclipse Award champion Stardom Bound, and additional Grade 1 winners Tapitsfly, Joyful Victory, Careless Jewel, Zazu, Laragh, Dance Card, and Tell a Kelly. Untapable should handle the added distance of the Juvenile Fillies, and is proven on dirt. However, she is also bred for success on turf. Dam Fun House was a Grade 2 winner on turf and is the dam of Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado.

8. Scandalous Act
Act of Duty – Seductive Lady, by Langfuhr

Breeder: Gilbert G. Campbell (Ky.)

This filly has won four of her five starts, including three stakes races, at Calder Race Course, at distances ranging from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. The top earner for her sire, she is a half-sister to Two T’s At Two B, a multiple stakes winner sprinting as a juvenile.

9. Sweet Reason
Street Sense – Livermore Leslie, by Mt. Livermore

Breeder: Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm (Ky.)
Sale history: $185,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Jeff Treadway (Bettersworth Westwind Farms)
Although he was a classic-distance competitor, winning the Kentucky Derby, Travers Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Street Sense’s best offspring have excelled at sprint distances. The sire was represented by his first two Grade 1 winners this year in Aubby K, winner of the Humana Distaff at seven furlongs, and Sweet Reason, winner of the Spinaway at the same distance. Both those victories came over sloppy tracks. Sweet Reason is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Don’t Forget Gil, runner-up in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks; their stakes-placed dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Highland Gold and to multiple stakes producer Fountain Square.


10. She’s a Tiger
Tale of the Cat – Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road

Breeder: Dr. Rodney Orr (Ky.)
Sale history: $150,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock (Warrendale Sales, agent)

Out of stakes winner Shandra Smiles, Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante winner She’s a Tiger is a half-sister to Smiling Tiger, a multiple Grade 1 winning sprinter on the California circuit. Smiling Tiger was sired by Hold That Tiger – who, like Tale of the Cat, is a son of legendary sire Storm Cat.

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