11/01/2013 9:30PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile: Pedigree profiles

Barbara D. Livingston
Hopeful Stakes winner Strong Mandate, out of Grade 1 winner Clear Mandate, is a half brother to several stakes winners.

In its three decades of existence, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile has firmly established its position on the calendar as a season-defining event. Not only does the race typically determine the Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old male, the winner is traditionally recognized as the winter-book favorite for the Kentucky Derby.

Following the expected scratch of Cleburne, a near-capacity field of 13 will go postward in the 2013 renewal of the Grade 1, $2 million race Saturday at Santa Anita Park, with morning line favorite Havana drawing to the outside. 

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

1. Smarty's Echo 

Smarty Jones - Silver Echo, by Eastern Echo

Breeder: Northwest Farms LLC (Ky.)
Sale history: $45,000, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, Pete Reiman (Moonestone Sales, agent)

Dual classic winner Smarty Jones recorded his first North American Grade 1 winner this year when Centralinteligence claimed the Triple Bend Handicap. The sire has been fairly successful with his juveniles, represented by graded stakes winners such as Rogue Romance and Backtalk. Smarty’s Echo will be trying dirt for the first time in the Juvenile, and the female side of his family suggests some versatility. Stakes-placed Eastern Echo is the dam of Notoriously and Cherokee Echo, both stakes winners going a mile or more on dirt.

2. Dance With Fate
Two Step Salsa – Flirting With Fate, by Saint Ballado

Breeder: Best A Luck Farm LLC (Fla.)
Sale history: $120,000, OBS April selected 2-year-olds in training, Joseph Ciaglia, Jr. (Best A Luck Farm)

Dance With Fate, who won broke his maiden sprinting on synthetic, has finished second in a pair of Grade 1 events, the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes; the latter was his first try around two turns. The colt is from the first crop of his sire, who has made the most of limited opportunities; from 17 starters, Two Step Salsa is represented by nine winners, including two other stakes-placed winners.

3. Mexikoma
Birdstone – Toccet Over, by Toccet

Breeder: Hickstead Farm (Fla.)
Sale history: $55,000, OBS April 2-year-olds in training, MNDRS (Wavertree Stables, agent)

Belmont and Travers Stakes winner Birdstone sired Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird in his first crop; both champions had an affinity for running in the slop. Mexikoma’s dam is a half-sister to Doctor Decherd, a stakes winner at a mile on the dirt; it is the family of Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap winner and sire Luftikus, as well as stakes winners Sensitivity and Diversa, Grade 2-placed Rare Opportunity, and stakes-placed Adoradancer.

4. New Year’s Day
Street Cry – Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union

Breeder: Clearsky Farms (Ky.)
Sale history: $425,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Ben Glass, agent (Clearsky Farms)

This colt is the first foal out of his dam, winner of the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes at a mile and Davona Dale Stakes at nine furlongs. A half-sister to graded stakes-winning juvenile Chace City, Justwhistledixie is from the family of Grade 2 Prioress Stakes winner Penny’s Reshoot, as well as stakes winners Hope Roses, Twin Propeller, and Jack Wilson. Street Cry, already represented by a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner in Street Sense, has been represented by two-turn stakes winners on every surface. New Year’s Day, who enters the Juvenile off a one-mile maiden win, comes from a classy family that gives him two-turn ability.

5. Bond Holder
Mineshaft – Cielo Girl, by Conquistador Cielo

Breeder: Lazy Lane Farms LLC (Va.)
Sale history: $125,000, OBS March selected 2-year-olds, Dennis O’Neill (Crupi’s New Castle Farm)

Horse of the Year Mineshaft, a son of A.P. Indy, won many of the East Coast’s major handicap events and has transferred that dirt ability to his best runners. These include It’s Tricky, winner of the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and the Ogden Phipps Handicap, and Grade 1 King’s Bishop winner Discreetly Mine. Cielo Girl, a daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Conquistador Cielo, was a multiple stakes winner at distances up to a mile. Out of stakes winner Dixie Band, she is a half-sister to stakes- placed Dance for Dixie, dam of Grade 3 Colonial Turf Cup winner Summer Doldrums.

6. Tap It Rich
Tapit – Gold Canyon, by Mr. Prospector

Breeder: SF Bloodstock LLC (Ky.)
Sale history: $510,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Fog City Stables (Gainesway)

Popular commercial sire Tapit has been represented by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen and Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound, both divisional Eclipse Award winners. Gold Canyon, a winner herself, is the dam of Adriano, who captured the Grade 2 Lane’s End Stakes on synthetic and the Grade 3 Kent Stakes on turf; he is a son of A.P. Indy, grandsire of Tapit. Gold Canyon also produced Grade 3-placed Gold d’Oro. Second dam Golden Treat, by turf champion Theatrical, won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks; she was a half-sister to Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice, as well as Grade 2-winning juvenile Bond and Gold. Gold Canyon is a half-sister to stakes winner Double Scoop, dam of Ice Cream Silence, a Grade 3 winner on synthetic. Tap It Rich, who comes into the Juvenile off an impressive maiden score, is equipped to handle the added distance here, and may also display turf or synthetic ability in the future.

8. Conquest Titan
Birdstone – Miner’s Secret, by Mineshaft

Breeder: Michael Edward Connelly (Ky.)
Sale history: $475,000, OBS March 2-year-olds in training, Conquest Stables (Paul Sharp, agent)

Belmont and Travers Stakes winner Birdstone sired Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird in his first crop; both champions had an affinity for running in the slop. This colt is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to Grade 3 turf winner Woodlander and to stakes winner Admiral Alex.

9. Rum Point
Malibu Moon – Quiet Weekend, by Quiet American

Breeder: Rock River Enterprises Limited (Ky.)

Although he comes into the Breeders’ Cup with only a maiden win to his credit, Rum Point may be one of the runners best equipped to handle the distance. He comes from a pedigree that is inbred to the outstanding family that produced champion A.P. Indy, a breed-shaping sire and distance influence. The colt is by the A.P. Indy son Malibu Moon, who is enjoying a breakout year with colts such as Kentucky Derby winner Orb, and Grade 2 winners Freedom Child and Corfu. Quiet Weekend – by another distance influence in Quiet American – is a half-sister to stakes-placed stakes producer Trade Only, stakes-placed Festival Song, and stakes producer Almond Essence. Their dam, the Danzig mare Amirati, is a half-sister to A.P. Indy, as well as to classic winner Summer Squall, graded stakes winner and prominent producer Welcome Surprise, stakes winner Eavesdropper, and Grade 1-placed stakes producer Weekend in Seattle; she is also a full sister to Grade 3-placed Honor Grades.

10. We Miss Artie 

Artie Schiller - Athena's Gift, by Fusaichi Pegasus

Breeder: Richard L. Lister (Ont.)
Sale history: $90,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Ken and Sarah Ramsey (Cara Bloodstock, agent)

We Miss Artie, who won his maiden on turf, captured the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on Keeneland’s Polytrack. His connections opted for this spot over the Juvenile Turf for the son of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller, as they are already represented in the latter event by morning-line favorite Bobby’s Kitten. We Miss Artie is the first foal out of his winning dam, from the family of German Oaks winner Risen Raven.

11. Medal Count
Dynaformer – Brisquette, by Unbridled’s Song

Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings
Sale history: $360,000 Keeneland September yearling sale, Spendthrift Farm (Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Three Chimneys Sales, agent)

Medal Count is from the penultimate crop of the versatile Dynaformer, a classic-producing stallion who is also a leading turf sire. The female side of this family is bred to mature early. Grade 3-placed Brisquette, a half-sister to two stakes-placed winners, produced Garden District, winner of the Grade 3 Debutante Stakes as a juvenile. Second dam Pirate’s Glow was Grade 1-placed as a juvenile, and a half or full sister to three stakes horses.

12. Diamond Bachelor
War Front – Seasoned, by Pulpit

Breeder: Jamm, Ltd. (Ky.)
Sale history: $570,000 Barretts March 2-year-olds in training, Patrick Biancone, agent (Wavertree Stables)

This has been a breakout year for War Front, both commercially and on the track. The young sire’s greatest success during his own racing career came sprinting on the dirt, as he won the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and ran second in the Vosburgh Invitational and Forego Stakes, both Grade 1 events. However, he has proven a versatile sire on all surfaces, siring millionaire Departing, a multiple graded stakes winner routing on the dirt; Declaration of War, a multiple Group 1 winner routing on turf; multiple Grade 1 winner The Factor, who was successful sprinting on both dirt and synthetic; Lines of Battle, winner of the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby on a synthetic track; Grade 1 winning turf miler Data Link; the versatile Soldat, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf; Grade/Group 1 turf winners Summer Soiree and War Command; and additional turf graded stakes winners Summer Front, War Dancer, Peace Preserver, Jack Milton, and State of Play. This versatility bodes well for Diamond Bachelor, a stakes winner on turf who will try dirt for the first time in the Juvenile. The colt is the first foal out of stakes-placed Seasoned, a daughter of the late Pulpit. War Front has been particularly productive when crossed with mares by that sire, who stood alongside him at Claiborne Farm; from 12 starters, the combination has produced 11 winners, including three stakes winners. A half-sister to stakes winner Flavor, Seasoned is from the family of stakes winner Words of War, dam of Grade 1 winner No Matter What and Grade 2 winner and sire E Dubai and the grandam of European champion Rainbow View; and Grade 3 winner Ascutney, dam of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass.

13. Havana
Dunkirk – Missy Turtle, by Kyle’s Our Man

Breeder: Harvey A. Clarke Racing Stable (Ky.)
Sale history: $575,000, Barretts March 2-year-olds in training, Demi O’Byrne (Excel Bloodstock)

Havana, winner of the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes, is among 12 winners to date from the first crop of Belmont Stakes runner-up Dunkirk. The Unbridled’s Song horse is also represented by Grade 3 winner Dunkin Bend and four stakes-placed winners. Out of the winning Kyle’s Our Man mare Missy Turtle, Havana is a half-brother to stakes-placed Among the Willows. Missy Turtle is a half-sister to Chief J Strongbow and Egg Head, both stakes winners at sprint distances. Havana displayed his family’s speed when winning his Saratoga debut in a sizzling 1:02.64 for 5 1/2 furlongs, earning a 102 Beyer Speed Figure; he then stretched out to a one-turn mile in the Champagne.

14. Strong Mandate
Tiznow – Clear Mandate, by Deputy Minister

Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.
Sale history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling sale, Robert Baker and William Mack (Lane’s End, agent)

Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes winner Strong Mandate looks to have no trouble with the added distance of the Juvenile, as the colt comes from an extremely deep and productive family of handicap runners. Multiple Grade 1 winner Clear Mandate is the dam of nine winners from 10 starters, including multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Newfoundland, stakes winner Full Mandate – the sire of Ron the Greek – and stakes-placed The Mighty Tiger. Out of Monmouth Oaks winner Dream Deal, Clear Mandate is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Dream Scheme; stakes winner A Diehl; stakes placed multiple stakes producer Miss Kate; and Fairy Doll, dam of Japanese champion To The Victory. It is the family of Belmont Stakes and two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Crème Fraiche.