04/28/2015 1:37PM

Kentucky Oaks: Pedigree profiles

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Oaks entrant Angela Renee is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner

By Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo

A closer look at the pedigrees of the entrants in Friday's 141st running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks, in post position order.

1.Forever Unbridled
(Unbridled’s Song—Lemons Forever, by Lemon Drop Kid)

The late Unbridled’s Song was one of his generation’s most prominent sires, led by U.S. champions Will Take Charge and Midshipman, Canadian champion Embur’s Song, Breeders’ Cup Distaff winners Unrivaled Belle and Unbridled Elaine, and Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles. The sire himself won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth and the Grade 1 Florida Derby at a mile and an eighth. Lemons Forever won the 2006 Kentucky Oaks, and 14 of her 16 starts came at the route distance. She also placed in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at a mile and a quarter. Three of her four foals are winners, including Unbridled Forever, who finished third in last year’s Oaks.

2. Shook Up
(Tapit—Sugar Shake, by Awesome Again)

Tapit had a magnificent year in 2014, breaking the single-year record for North American progeny earnings with runners including champion Untapable, the winner of last year’s Kentucky Oaks, and Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist. All six of Tapit’s career starts came at a mile or longer, including a victory in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial, and the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity at a mile and a sixteenth. Sugar Shake ran all but three of her 16 career races at a mile or longer, including wins in the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap and the Grade 2 En Encino Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth, and the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at a mile and an eighth. Shook Up is her first winner from two foals to race.

3. Include Betty
(Include—Betty’s Solutions, by Eltish)

All but three of Include’s 20 starts came at a mile or longer, with wins in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special Handicap, and the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap and Massachusetts Handicap, all at a mile and an eighth or longer. Leading runners include Grade 1 winners Panty Raid, Include Me Out, Her Smile, and Cash Included, and 2011 Kentucky Oaks runner-up St. John’s River. Betty’s Solutions won at six furlongs and a mile and 70 yards. All eight of her foals to race are winners, including Grade 1-placed Blonde Fog, a winner at a mile and a sixteenth, and stakes-placed Francesca d’Gorgio.

4. Eskenformoney
(Eskendereya—But for Money, by Not For Love)

Eskendereya was a leading contender on the 2010 Kentucky Derby trail before injury sent him to the stud barn. Prior to that, he racked up wins in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial and the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, both at a mile and an eighth. The son of Giant’s Causeway never raced at a distance shorter than a mile in six career starts. Eskenformoney is from the sire’s first crop to race, joining Grade 2-placed Isabella Sings. But For Money raced six times, winning once at six furlongs. Eskenformoney is her first foal to race. The extended family includes Grade 3-placed stakes winners Somethinaboutbetty and Petunia, as well as Grade 2-placed Dewey Square.

5. Condo Commando
(Tiz Wonderful—Yearly Report, by General Meeting)

Tiz Wonderful went undefeated as a juvenile, including wins in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes. Four of his five starts came at a mile or longer. Yearly Report won six of 10 starts, including a trio of Grade 2 races: the Delaware Oaks (1 1/16 miles), the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1 1/8 miles), and the Santa Ynez Stakes (seven furlongs). All four of her foals are winners, also including Grade 2-placed sprinter Checklist. Of her two additional foals, one is a sprint specialist and the other is a maiden winner over jumps.

6. Angela Renee
(Bernardini – Pilfer, by Deputy Minister)

By classic winner and champion Bernardini and out of stakes winner Pilfer, Angela Renee is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner To Honor and Serve, as well as a half-sister to Grade 1-placed stakes winner Elnaawi. Pilfer herself is a half sister to Grade 2 winner India and to stakes winner Sing Softly. Bernardini is by A.P. Indy; crossing that breed-shaping sire over a Deputy Minister mare is responsible for runners such as Kentucky Oaks and Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches.

7. Lovely Maria
(Majesticperfection – Thundercup, by Thunder Gulch)

Lovely Maria is from the first crop of the Harlan’s Holiday horse Majesticperfection, a Grade 1-winning sprinter. Thundercup, the dam of four winners from as many starters, is a half sister to Grade 2 winner Rare Blend, a multiple stakes producer whose offspring include Grade 2 winner Rare Gift. The latter mares both scored high-level victories at route distances, giving Lovely Maria a dose of stamina to balance out Majesticperfection.

8. I’m a Chatterbox
(Munnings—Chit Chatter, by Lost Soldier)

I’m a Chatterbox comes from the first crop of her sire, Munnings, who owns a trio of Grade 2 victories at seven furlongs, though he is also Grade 1-placed at a mile and an eighth. He is also the sire of Grade 3 winner No Problem, and stakes-winners Lake Sebago and Catalina Red, all sprinters. Chit Chatter spent most of her career at route distances, placing in a trio of races at a mile or a mile and a sixteenth. Five of her six foals are winners, including stakes-placed sprinters Pegasus Again and Lady Bear. Another foal, Round N Round by Awesome Again, won twice at a mile and 70 yards.

9. Money’soncharlotte
(Mizzen Mast - Something Wicked, by Chimes Band)

Mizzen Mast is known for siring top-level turf fillies, with his daughters including two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla. Money’soncharlotte is a full sister to stakes winner Mizzcan’tbewrong.

10. Oceanwave
(Harlan’s Holiday—Tamboz, by Tapit)

Harlan’s Holiday has amassed a rapidly-growing resume since his death in 2013, with nine crops of racing age led by champion Shanghai Bobby and Grade 1 winner and popular young sire Into Mischief. Grade 3 winner Denis of Cork finished third in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and second in the Belmont Stakes. Harlan’s Holiday spent the vast majority of his campaign around two turns, with Grade 1 wins in the Donn Handicap, Blue Grass Stakes, and Florida Derby, all at a mile and an eighth. Oceanwave is the first foal out of Tamboz, whose lone win in 21 career starts, mostly at Charles Town, came at 6 ½ furlongs. Tamboz is a full sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar.

11. Sarah Sis
(Sharp Humor—Emerald Gal, by Gilded Time)

Sharp Humor did his best work at one turn, highlighted by a win in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes at seven furlongs. However, he also finished second to Barbaro in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at a mile and an eighth. His top runners include Peruvian champion sprinter Good Shine, Grade 2 winner Hero of Order and Quick Wit, and Grade 3 winners Five Iron, Sharp Sensation, Really Sharp, and Marchman. Emerald Gal ran eight of her 14 career starts at a mile, and earned her lone career victory at a mile and a sixteenth. Sarah Sis is her second foal, following Lil Napoleon, who broke his maiden at a mile. The extended family includes Grade 2 winner Isitingood.

12. Stellar Wind
(Curlin – Evening Star, by Malibu Moon)

Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin is injecting stamina into his offspring. Of the Smart Strike horse’s 16 career stakes winners, 15 posted their victories at a mile or longer – including standout Kentucky Oaks contender Stellar Wind. Curlin has had a representative on the Triple Crown trail from each of his first two crops, as Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes and Ride On Curlin finished second in the 2014 Preakness Stakes. Curlin himself was no stranger to success at classic distances, posting victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Dubai World Cup, two editions of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and the Preakness Stakes for two championship seasons and more than $10.5 million in career earnings. Stellar Wind gets an extra dose of stamina from broodmare sire Malibu Moon, and this is the family of Grade 1 winner Great Hunter.

13. Birdatthewire
(Summer Bird – My Limit, by Wagon Limit)

Birdatthewire is from the first of just three crops sired by late champion Summer Bird, who relished route distances, taking the Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The son of Birdstone is also represented by Danessa Deluxe, third to Birdatthewire in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, and Illinois Derby third-place finisher Phenomenal Phoenix from this crop. The stakes-placed Wagon Limit mare My Limit is the dam of four winners from as many starters.

14. Puca
(Big Brown – Boat’s Ghost, by Silver Ghost)

Big Brown also arrived at the Kentucky Derby undefeated, and won both that and the Preakness Stakes before faltering in the Belmont Stakes. Despite his own classic ability, Big Brown’s progeny have an average winning distance of less than a mile. This year, the stallion is represented in a pair of quality 3-year-olds in Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund and this filly.

AE – Peace and War
(War Front – More Oats Please, by Smart Strike)

Grade 1 winner Peace and War, by popular young commercial sire War Front, is the first starter out of her winning dam.