10/30/2013 11:11PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Pedigree profiles

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My Conquestadory, winner of the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes, returns to turf for her Breeders' Cup tilt.

A full field of 14 2-year-old fillies, including Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory and European Group 1 winners Vorda and Chriselliam, will contest the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday at Santa Anita Park.

Below is a closer look at the individual pedigrees and backgrounds of the contenders, in post position order. 

1. Nesso
Roman Ruler – Devotedness, by Anet

Breeder: Donald Dizney (Fla.)

This filly is a half-sister to Devoted Wildcat, a stakes winner sprinting on an all-weather track; and to Brazilian Court, stakes-placed around two turns on synthetic. Nesso’s only career win came in her debut, sprinting 4 1/2 furlongs on the dirt at Calder Race Course, but she is twice stakes-placed going a mile on turf, finishing second in both the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes and the Surfer Girl Stakes, the latter at Santa Anita.

2. Al Thakhira
Dubawi – Dahama, by Green Desert

Breeder: Qatar Bloodstock Ltd. (GB)
Sale history: $68,329, Tattersalls November weanling sale, Aran Bloodstock (Tweenhills Farm and Stud, agent)

This British-born filly has a distinctly European pedigree which is, as expected, skewed toward stellar performance on the turf. The daughter of standout young European sire Dubawi is one of 16 stakes winners produced by daughters of prominent broodmare sire Green Desert in 2013. It is the family of Group 1 winner Heart Lake and stakes winners Bezrin and Shamal Wind, the latter by Dubawi. Al Thakhira, who carries the colors of Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, has won both her career starts in England, including the Group 2 Rockefeller Stakes at seven furlongs.

3. Colonel Joan
Colonel John – Live ‘n Laugh, by Dixieland Band

Breeder: Phil Owens (Ky.)

Colonel Joan, who enters the Breeders’ Cup as a maiden, is from the first crop of her versatile sire, winner of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes going 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. This filly’s third dam is Love You by Heart, a Grade 2 winner and multiple Grade 1-placed over grass.

4. Kitten Kaboodle
Kitten’s Joy – Easy Slam, by Grand Slam

Breeder: Ken and Sarah Ramsey (Ky.)

Kitten Kaboodle, who broke her maiden in the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Keeneland, is one of two homebreds in the race for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who also bred and raced her sire, turf champion Kitten’s Joy. The son of El Prado, represented by six entrants this Breeders’ Cup weekend, is the sire of 2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Stephanie’s Kitten. Kitten’s Joy has been especially productive when crossed with daughters of Grand Slam, represented by six winners – including four stakes winners – from seven starters produced by that cross.

5. Granny Mc’s Kitten
Kitten’s Joy – Easy Slam, by Grand Slam

Breeder: Ken and Sarah Ramsey (Ky.)

Like her fellow Ramsey Farm colorbearer Kitten Kaboodle, Granny Mc’s Kitten is by Kitten’s Joy and out of a Grand Slam mare. This filly, a full sister to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf entrant and Grade 1 winner Kitten’s Dumplings, gets an added dose of a high-class turf bloodline through her second dam Franziska, a daughter of Sadler’s Wells who is a half-sister to turf stakes winner and producer Aminata. Granny Mc’s Kitten won the P.G. Johnson Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Saratoga before finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont.

6. Vorda

Orpen – Velda, by Observatory 

Breeder: EDY SRL (Fr.)
Sale history: $11,721, Arqana October yearling sale, Philippe Sogorb (Thenny, agent)

Internationally versatile Orpen, a Group 1 winner, is perhaps the best son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Lure, whose own stud career was hampered by fertility issues. Orpen, who stands in France, has sired champions in Argentina, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, and has been a leading sire in Argentina and Slovakia. Vorda won England’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in her most recent outing, but has never raced beyond six furlongs. 

7. Street Sailing

Street Boss - Sailing Free, by Mizzen Mast

Breeder: Destiny Oaks of Ocala (Pa.)

Street Sailing’s pedigree tends toward turf, and the filly improved dramatically when switched to the surface, romping by 6 1/4 lengths in an allowance race at Keeneland last time out. Although he was a multiple Grade 1 winner sprinting on synthetic, Street Boss – by the versatile sire Street Cry – has quietly become a solid young turf sire, with his top earners including Street Gem and Silvertonguedtommy, both stakes winners on the grass. Sailing Free is a daughter of standout turf sire Mizzen Mast, represented at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup by Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla and Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection.

8. Chriselliam
Iffraaj – Danielli, by Danehill

Breeder: Ballylinch Stud (Ire)
Sale history: $64,288, Tattersalls October yearling sale, SackvilleDonald (Ballylinch Stud)

By standout young sire Iffraaj, Chriselliam, winner of the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies Mile, is from a family that has produced a number of high-quality fillies. Out of the placed Danehill mare Danielli, she is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed Janicellaine. Danielli, out of Group 3 winner Ingabelle, is a half-sister to Group 1 winners Eva's Request and Priory Belle, the latter a multiple stakes producer; and to Group 3 winner and stakes producer Wild Bluebell.

9. Dancing House
Tapit – Tout Charmant, by Slewvescent

Breeder: Darley (Ky.)

Popular commercial sire Tapit, the sire of juvenile champions Hansen and Stardom Bound, is best known for siring brilliant young runners on dirt and synthetic. His turf standouts include Grade 1 winner Tapitsfly, and Laragh, a Grade 1 winner on synthetic who later won a stakes on turf. Dancing House, whose only win came sprinting on the dirt, is Grade 1-placed on that surface, but did display some versatility finishing third in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont, going 1 1/16 miles on turf. She gets added turf ability from Tout Charmant, winner of six graded stakes on the lawn, including Grade 1 scores in the Del Mar Oaks and Matriarch Stakes. Dancing House is her dam’s first stakes performer.

10. Clenor
Oratorio – Chantarella, by Royal Academy

Breeder: Mrs. Lucy Stack (Ire)

A half-sister to two stakes-placed winners, the Irish-born Clenor was winless in Europe but has dominated in three mile turf races since arriving in California, including victories in the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes and the Surfer Girl Stakes.

11. Ready To Act
More Than Ready – Always Auditioning, by Mizzen Mast

Breeder: Fred W. Hertrich III (Ky.)
Sale history: $200,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, LRK Stable (Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent)

Sire More Than Ready was a Grade 1 winner sprinting on the dirt and never tried the turf. However, he was bred to have ability on the surface and several of his offspring have found a niche as high-level grass competitors, including Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck, Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real, Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready, and multiple graded stakes winner Hungry Island. He is also the sire of several champions and Group 1 winners in Australia, where the predominant racing surface is turf. Ready To Act’s dam, Always Auditioning, is a full sister to Hollywood Gold Cup winner Mast Track. Broodmare sire Mizzen Mast was represented at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup by two fillies who won on the turf. Ready To Act did break her maiden in a turf sprint at Saratoga, but lost her rider while leading in the stretch of her next start, the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.

12. Testa Rossi
Dr. Fong – Peggy Lane, by Dancing Spree

Breeder: Barbara Moser (Fr)

Testa Rossi, who began her career in France, has won four straight races, including the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes on the Belmont turf. The filly’s winning dam is a daughter of Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Dancing Spree. Sire Dr. Fong was a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot and is represented by, among others, Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up Shamdinan.

13. Sky Painter

Street Cry - Skylighter, by Sky Mesa

Breeder: Darley (Ky.)

Sky Painter, second by a nose in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo, is a daughter of Darley’s versatile sire Street Cry, who is represented by Grade/Group 1 winners on every surface. The filly is the first foal out of her dam, a multiple graded stakes winner at distances greater than a mile on the dirt. It is the immediate family of Japanese Group 1 winner Nobo True and Grade 3 winner Thunder Kitten.

14. My Conquestadory
Artie Schiller – Golden Artemis, by Malibu Moon

Breeder: Paul Tackett (Ky.)
Sale history: $240,000, OBS March selected 2-year-olds in training, Conquest Stables (Eisaman Equine, agent); $70,000 Keeneland September yearling sale, Biltmore Mansion Racing (Paul Tackett, agent)

My Conquestadory defeated males in the Grade 2 Grey Stakes on turf in her career debut, then emerged from traffic to annex the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes on synthetic at Keeneland. The filly was one of two juvenile Grade 1 winners on the Keeneland Polytrack that weekend for her sire, Artie Schiller. Although bred for and proven on turf, My Conquestadory gets dirt background from her dam, a stakes-placed daughter of classic sire Malibu Moon. Golden Artemis is out of a half sister to Grade 3 winner Meadow Gem, and to stakes-placed High Adventure.