8th-Santa Anita, $51,725, Msw, 10-19, 2yo, f, 6 1/2fT, 1:13.22, fm.
VELVET QUEEN (f, 2, Animal Kingdom–Tippy Tapit, by Tapit) outran her 6-1 odds with a stylish debut win in the Santa Anita nightcap Friday. Seizing the early advantage, the chestnut zipped through early splits of :21.56 and :43.87. Showing the way into the lane from the three-path, the $54,000 BARJAN buy skipped clear in the lane with ears pricked and still under a hand ride to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Out of Balance (Kitten’s Joy), whose dam Balance is a half-sister to Hall of Famer Zenyatta, came on late for second. The winner is the first foal out of Tippy Tapit, a half-sister to GISW millionaire Lion Tamer (Will’s Way), who has since produced a yearling filly by Oxbow. She was bred back to Keen Ice. Sales history: $13,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-B G Stables; B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Richard Baltas.