Breeders' Cup Weekend Wrap Up & Adirondack Preview
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Ren Carothers
It was an exciting weekend of racing with multiple graded-stakes for two-year-olds contested. Action kicked off with the six-furlong, G2 Saratoga Special at the storied New York racetrack, with Steve Asmussen trainee Jackie’s Warrior once again getting the better of Therideofalifetime, this time upping the margin from 2-1/2 to 3-lengths in gate-to-wire dominance, stopping the clock in 1:09.62 under Joel Rosario. Jackie’s Warrior notched an 88 Beyer for the effort, putting him in second place on the current top figures list behind Reinvestment Risk (by freshman sire Upstart), who earned a 90 on debut, August 1st, at Saratoga, scoring by 7-3/4 lengths under Irad Ortiz, Jr. for Chad Brown and Klaravich Stables.
Owned by Kirk Robinson and bred by J & J Stables, Jackie’s Warrior was a $95,000 Keeneland September yearling. He is a son of another Steve Asmussen charge, Maclean’s Music, who holds a record 114 Beyer as top-ever recorded on debut, and he earned it crushing a Santa Anita field by 7-1/4 lengths in 1:07.44 with Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard. Dam, Unicorn Girl, was a claimer, but she won 19-of-54 starts, earning just under a half-million sprinting. Her sire, A.P. Five Hundred, is a name you might not have heard before, but he is a multiple stakes-placed son of 1992’s Breeders’ Cup Classic hero and Hall of Famer, A.P. Indy, and out of a ó sister to 1987’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, Sacahuista. Jackie’s Warrior’s female family includes G1W Mayo on the Side, who won the 2004 Humana Distaff by a head over Azeri, 1994’s Sovereign champion two-year-old filly, Honky Tonk Tune, and Istria, who was 1979’s champion two-year-old in Germany.
Friday also saw two-year-old fillies vying for G2 black type at Del Mar in the six-furlong Sorrento Stakes. My Girl Red, a daughter of 2014’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victor, Texas Red, made her daddy (whose stamp is clearly evident) proud, becoming his first stakes winner for the same connections, owner/breeder Erich Brehm and trainer Keith Desormeaux. My Girl Red is out of Morakami, a stakesplaced daughter of 2000’s Kentucky Derby winner, Fusaichi Pegasus, and is a 1/2 sister to multiple stakes-winner Gold Street, who won the Smarty Jones earlier this year over Three Technique and Shoplifted, the latter of which has since picked up show-dough placings in the G1 Woody Stephens and G1 H. Allen Jerkens. Her 2nd dam, multiple stakes-winner Astrid, is a ó sister to Love of Money, who won the Pennsylvania Derby in 2004.
Honorable mention must go to Get On the Bus. Though soundly beaten by 4-3/4 lengths, she was making her career debut in the Sorrento Stakes for trainer Doug O’Neill and Reddam Racing. Like G1Ws and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies alumna Donna Veloce and Bast (2nd and 3rd, respectively in 2019) Get On the Bus is a daughter of 2010’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Eclipse Champion two-year-old male, Uncle Mo. She is a ó sister to stakes-placed turfers Romeo Lima and Camp Courage, and their dam, Storybook, is a daughter of multiple-Gr1W Halling, who won both the Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International of ’95 and ‘96, in addition to the ‘96 Prix d’Ispahan. Storybook is also a ó sister to 2014’s Dubai World Cup champ, African Story. The family further includes Danish, who won the ’94 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (over a field which included the dam of Giant’s Causeway, Mariah’s Storm), and Mesopotamia, who was 1963’s champion two-year-old filly in England and is also found tail-female in the pedigrees of the GB-bred Mastery, who won the St. Leger of 2009, and MGr1W miler Rip Van Winkle.
On Saturday at Del Mar, it was the two-year-old boys’ turn to go six panels in the G2 Best Pal Stakes, and Weston, by 2015’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf champ and freshman sire Hit It a Bomb, sprung a 5-1 upset over the invading favorite, Roderick, who gave way to last in the seven-horse field. Trained and co-owned by Ryan Hanson, Weston proved the $7,000 yearling sales price an absolute steal, as he determinedly prevailed by a neck to score under Drayden Van Dyke. The colt is now two-for-two and it seemed fitting that, being out of a stakes-placed daughter of 1999’s Best Pal winner, Dixie Union, he should add the stake to his own resume. While his 2nd dam was unraced, she is a daughter of a prepotent speed influence, multiple graded-stakes winner Mt. Livermore, who was third in the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Weston’s third dam, Trumpet’s Blare, won the G1 Arlington-Washington Lassie ahead of a sixth-place finish in the ’89 Juvenile Fillies. The family also includes Albert the Great, winner of the 2000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, who bettered his fourth-place finish in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic with a third in the 2001 edition. There is a very notable Breeders’ Cup champ in the tree, too, with 2017’s Juvenile Fillies Turf winner, Rushing Fall, having bloomed from a branch of this tree. She has since picked up a G1 in every season, most recently in 2020, at 5-years-old, repeating in the Jenny Wiley Stakes.
It should be mentioned that, while Weston’s Best Pal score was clocked in 1:12.72, on that same card, going the same distance, a colt he beat back in June at Santa Anita, won in 1:10.49 – approximately 11- lengths faster, notching an 86 Beyer, the co-third highest two-year-old figure of the year – Dr. Schivel – and he did it over the $1,000,000 Spielberg. It was the colt’s third career start, as he was coming off a 2nd place finish on July 4th at Los Alamitos for trainer Luis Mendez and owners Arnold Hill and William Branch. RNA’d at $37k back at the 2019 Keeneland January Mixed Sale, Dr. Schivel has now won $47,000. Sire, Violence, went three-for-three at two-years-old, with wins in the G2 Nashua and G1 CashCall Futurity of 2012. He raced just once more, putting in a runner-up performance in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, but the pedigree he boasted will always leave us wondering what could have been, as Violence himself is a son of MG1W Medaglia d’Oro and hails from the female family of Hall of Famer Sky Beauty. As for the Dr.’s female family? It does sport some black type, with his dam, a daughter of 1996’s Westchester Stakes runner-up Mining for Money, being a 1/2 sister to G1W millionaire, Ultra Blend. She won the 2011 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes ahead of a 2nd in the G1 Lady’s Secret, and capped her career with a fourth-place finish in the Ladies’ Classic – aka DISTAFF – behind Royal Delta, It’s Tricky, and Pachattack.
Turning our eyes to Ireland, Lucky Vega prevailed by 3-1/2 lengths over nine others in the Gr1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh for Jessica Harrington, owner Yuesheng Zhang, and jockey Shane Foley. The field included The Lir Jet, winner of this year’s Gr2 Norfolk, a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, whose third place finish in the Phoenix was moved up to 2nd with the disqualification of Aloha Star. The Lir Jet was coming off a 2nd place finish in the Gr2 Darley Prix Robert Papin to Ventura Tormenta, who landed last in the Phoenix. Lucky Vega, who was previously 2nd to Phoenix 4th place finisher, Laws of Indices, in the Gr2 Railway Stakes, is a son MGr1W Lope de Vega, whose wins include the Prix du Jockey Club and the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, like his sire, Shamardal. Shamardal, Cartier champion two-year-old colt, also won the St. James’s Palace, and was himself a son of 2000’s Cartier Horse of the Year, Giant’s Causeway, and out of Helsinki, a full sister to the decorated Street Cry, whose success at stud nearly overshadows the fact that he was a multiple G1W himself, with triumphs in the Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster to his credit. Lope de Vega is already represented by a Breeders’ Cup winner, with Newspaperofrecord winning the 2018 Juvenile Fillies Turf. She has just recently added another G1 to her list of accomplishments, coming out on top in the Just a Game at Belmont June 27th. Lucky Vega’s dam is a daughter of Gr1 Juddmonte Lockinge winner Cape Cross and Satwa Queen, who won the Gr1 Prix de l’Opera.
We’ll be turning sights back to Saratoga August 12th, as two-year-old fillies will be going 6.5 furlongs in the G2 Adirondack Stakes, which goes off as race 9. The field includes Schuylerville (G3) runner-up Make Mischief for Mark Casse, 8-3/4 length debut winner Thoughtfully for Steve Asmussen, and, at a price, Beautiful Farewell, who is still seeking her first win photo for Michael Stidham.
Make Mischief is a daughter of G1W Into Mischief, he himself a ó brother to Breeders’ Cup champions Beholder (2012 Juvenile Fillies, 2013/16 Distaff) and Mendelssohn (2017 Juvenile Turf). Her dam, Speightful Lady, is a daughter of another Breeders’ Cup victor in 2004 Sprint winner, Speightstown. Her 2nd dam, England’s Rose, won the G3 Chaposa Springs, and is a daughter of Nureyev.
Thoughtfully is by the prepotent Tapit and out of Pension, a daughter of Seeking the Gold, a multiple G1W who was 2nd to Alysheba in the ’88 Classic. Pension has already produced multiple stakes winners, including G2 Futurity winner Annual Report, and is herself a full sister to G3W Happy Hunting. Thoughtfully’s grandmother is Furlough by the great Easy Goer. Furlough won the G1 Ballerina and is out of another graded-stakes winner in Blitey, by Riva Ridge. In addition to Furlough, Blitey produced G1 Hempstead Handicap winner Fantastic Find and 1989’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint champ, Dancing Spree. Blitey is also the dam of Oh What a Dance, the unraced dam of G1 Matron winner Oh What a Windfall and Hall of Fame inductee Heavenly Prize, the latter of which went on to produce multiple G1W and millionaire Good Reward.
We see Tapit’s influence again, with his multiple G1W son and freshman sire, Frosted, represented by Beautiful Farewell. She comes in still looking for a maiden score, but she went against males on debut, and though 5th last out, was only 2-1/2 lengths beaten. What’s quite interesting is that Beautiful Farewell’s dam, Chuckling by Indian Charlie, is a daughter of 2005’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff victress, Pleasant Home. This is the same female family mentioned above when discussing Violence, as it is that of champion sprinter Gold Beauty, from which we get champion and BC Sprint runner-up Dayjur, MG1W Maplejinsky, and Maplejinsky’s Hall of Fame daughter, Sky Beauty, who won the Adirondack in 1992.
It’s definitely worth mentioning that both Maplejinsky and Sky Beauty won the Alabama and that is our next Win and You’re In Challenge Series race, offering berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff! Be sure to tune into NBC for coverage this Saturday, August 15th, starting at 5pm.
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