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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf: Pedigree profiles
By Nicole Russo
Thirteen 2-year-olds will line up for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Friday at Santa Anita Park, in which morning-line favorite Bobby's Kitten could help cap off a huge year for sire Kitten's Joy with a victory.
A closer look at the pedigrees and backgrounds of the contenders, in post position order.
1. All Cash
English Channel – Andover the Money, by Dynaformer
Breeder: Bluegrass Hall (Ky.)
This colt, who runs as a homebred for owner Brad Kelley, is winless in four starts, but bred for some success on turf. The son of turf champion English Channel is out of Andover the Money, a daughter of prolific turf sire Dynaformer. The mare was a multiple winner at distances up to a mile on turf; however, her best foals have excelled at one-turn races on the main track. All Cash is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Spenditallbaby, to stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Runforthemoney, and to stakes-placed Andover the Cash.
2. Giovanni Boldini
War Front – Dancing Trieste, by Old Trieste
Breeder: Charles Woodson (W.Va.)
Sale history: $675,000, Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, Demi O’Byrne (Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent); $190,000 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Kingsbury Stables (Millennium Farms, agent)
This Coolmore-owned colt is a stakes winner and Group 1-placed in Ireland, but has not yet raced beyond seven furlongs. The colt is by standout sprinter War Front – a versatile young sire whose progeny have excelled on all surfaces – and gets an extra dose of speed from broodmare sire Old Trieste. Second dam La Promenade, by Southern Halo, was Group 1-placed in Argentina and is a full sister to La Galerie and Gouache and a half-sister to Apeles, all top-level winners in that country.
3. Got Shades
Pollard's Vision - Melancholy, by Run Softly
Breeder: Barr Inman (Ky.)
Sale history: $30,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Dennis Foster (John J. Greely III, agent)
Winner of the Sunday Silence Stakes going a mile on the turf at Louisiana Downs, Got Shades is from a female family that has consistently produced high-quality sprinters. His dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Sassy Pants, dam of Grade 1 winner Madcap Escapade. That filly was a track record-setter sprinting at Gulfstream Park, yet classy enough to carry her speed at a distance, winning the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes and finishing third in the Kentucky Oaks. Madcap Escapade, in turn, produced Mi Sueno, a Grade 1 winner as a juvenile. Madcap Escapade was also a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Dubai Escapade.
Exceed and Excel – Asi Siempre, by El Prado
Breeder: Darley (GB)
Exceed and Excel, a champion sprinter in Australia, has already proven a prolific international sire, producing Australian champion juvenile Overreach and outstanding European miler Excelebration. Asi Siempre, by influential sire El Prado, was a versatile runner around two turns, capturing the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes on the Keeneland Polytrack, along with three other stakes races on either turf or synthetic. She was graded stakes-placed on both dirt and turf in the U.S., and was a stakes winner and Group 3-placed in France. All four of Outstrip’s starts have come at seven furlongs in England, including a win in the Grade 2 Champagne Stakes and a third-place effort in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.
5. Bobby’s Kitten
Kitten’s Joy – Celestial Woods, by Forestry
Breeder: Ken and Sarah Ramsey (Ky.)
A son of the Ramseys’ leading turf sire Kitten’s Joy, Bobby’s Kitten has not yet missed the board in three starts at 1 1/16 miles on turf, including a 6 1/4-length romp in the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes. The nick of Kitten’s Joy over Forestry has proven productive. Daughters of Forestry have produced 11 starters by the sire, with nine winners, including two stakes winners.
6. Home School
Intense Focus – Lavender Blue, by Galileo
Breeder: J.S. Bolger (Ire)
Home School, a winner at seven furlongs and Group 3-placed in his native Ireland, is the first winner from two starters out of his unraced dam, who is by dominant international turf sire Galileo. Intense Focus, by Giant’s Causeway, won the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on turf as a 2-year-old in England. He has already sired a top-level winner from his first crop this year in Middle Park Stakes winner Astaire.
Good Journey – Madera Royal, by Lil Tyler
Breeder: Paul A. Viskovich (Calif.)
Sire Good Journey excelled at a mile on the turf, winning the Grade 1 Atto Mile and finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He is a half-brother to standout sprinter Aldebaran, and the average winning distance of Good Journey’s progeny is 6.88 furlongs. Aotearoa, the only starter out of his winning dam, won his debut sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack, but also scored in his first turf try last time out in the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita going a mile.
8. Bon Accord
Showing Up - Best Regards, by Street Cry
Breeder: Mark Secrest (Ky.)
Sale history: $9,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Antonio Sano (James B. Keogh, agent)
Both of Bon Accord’s wins have come at 5 1/2 furlongs, and he was third in the Bourbon Stakes – a race rained off the turf to the Keeneland Polytrack – last time out in his first try around two turns. The colt’s sire, Showing Up, had success on both turf and dirt. Third dam Gaily Gaily won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational on the turf, and it is the family of Italian 2000 Guineas winners Crisos Il Monaco and Gay Burslem.
9. Wilshire Boulevard
Holy Roman Emperor – Tyranny, by Machiavellian
Breeder: Denis Brosnan (Ire.)
Sale history: $167,947, Goffs October yearling sale, Demi O’Byrne (Croom House Stud, agent)
Wilshire Boulevard is a half-brother to Irish Group 1 winner Zoffany. Zoffany’s major stakes victories came at distances under a mile, but he was also Group 1-placed in both England and France at a mile. Zoffany is by Dansili, who, like Holy Roman Emperor, is a son of Danehill. Wilshire Boulevard is among the most experienced juveniles at this Breeders’ Cup, with seven starts; however, he has not yet raced beyond seven furlongs, and his lone stakes win came in the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at six furlongs.
Tapit – Shytoe Lafeet, by King of Kings
Breeder: Avalon Farms (Ky.)
Sale history: $210,000, OBS March selected 2-year-olds in training, Reddam Racing (Wavertree Stables, agent); $100,000, Keeneland September yearling sale, Atlantic Equine Investments (Denali Stud, agent)
Although second in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes at a mile, Ontology is winless in five starts. 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.
11. Poker Player
Harlan’s Holiday – Revel in the Win, by Red Bullet
Breeder: Nicholas Lotz, Rosemary Lotz, and Harlan’s Holiday Syndicate (Ky.)
Sale history: $120,000, Keeneland November mixed sale, Ben Glass, agent (Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent)
Second dam Icy Warning, a daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Caveat, is a sibling to several stakes horses, including Ops Smile, winner of the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap on the turf. She is the dam of two stakes winners, including Devotion Unbridled, dam of Unbridled Humor, a Grade 3 winner on the turf. Devotion Unbridled, like Poker Player’s broodmare sire Red Bullet, was sired by classic winner Unbridled. Poker Player displayed his family’s affinity for turf by breaking his maiden going a mile at Kentucky Downs, and then won the off-the-turf Bourbon Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack.
Invincible Spirit – Greenisland, by Fasliev
Breeder: Stonethorn Stud Farms (Ire.)
Sale history: $673,050, Tattersalls October yearling sale, Mandore International Agency (Corduff Stud, agent)
The speedy Shamson, winner of his first two starts at five furlongs, is by Group 1-winning sprinter Invincible Spirit, whose best runners have excelled at distances of a mile or less. The sire is represented by European champion Fleeting Spirit, winner of the Group 1 July Cup; champion Hooray, winner of the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stales; and multiple Group 1 winner and $2 million-earner Moonlight Cloud, who excelled at sprint and mile races.
War Front-Busy Windsong, by Clever Trick
Breeder: Rosedown Racing Stable (Ky.)
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; Breeders’ Cup Classic starter 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. From four crops of racing age, his progeny average a winning distance of 7.14 furlongs. Bashart, one of the five winners from seven to race out of his dam, won two races going two turns on turf at Saratoga, including the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes. He was second in the off-the-turf Bourbon at Keeneland.
Wilshire Boulevard won Anglesey at 6.5 Furlongs and is 2 for 7 lifetime.