By Christie DeBernardis
8th-TAM, $22K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 4:30 p.m.
When West Point Thoroughbreds and Robert Evans went to $230,000 for EGYPTIAN STORM (Pioneerof the Nile) at the 2017 Keeneland September sale, her year-older half-brother Justify (Scat Daddy) had yet to step foot on the racetrack. Fast forward to present day and the bay filly, who makes her career bow at Tampa Wednesday just 367 days after her champion half-brother made his debut, is now the sibling of the reigning Horse of the Year, whose historic six-race campaign culminated in a Triple Crown and a pair of Eclipse Awards. In addition to the mighty Justify, who is breeding his first mares this season at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, the Christophe Clement pupil is also a half to GSW The Lieutenant (Street Sense), who also stands his first season this term at Sequel New York. Gainesway homebred Indigo Gin (Lemon Drop Kid) also makes her debut in this salty maiden. She is out of the Galileo (Ire) mare Lady Bingo (Ire), who is a daughter of GISW Sharp Lisa (Dixieland Band) and a full-sister to Irish Highweight Housesofparliament (Ire) and Group 1 winner Foundry (Ire). Mike Stidham unveils e Five Racing’s $375,000 FTSAUG buy Strange Design (Ghostzapper). Her unraced dam is a daughter of GISW Runup the Colors (A.P. Indy) and a half-sister to MGSW Revolutionary (War Pass). This is also the family of Grade I winners Mineshaft (A.P. Indy), Dickinson (Medaglia d’Oro) and Little Belle (A.P. Indy). Todd Pletcher saddles a first timer from a family he is familiar with in Pep (City Zip). The chestnut is a half-sister to SW & GSP Orbolution (Orb) and their dam is a half to GISW turfer Jack Milton (War Front) and GSW Peace Preserver (War Front), all three of which were trained by Pletcher. TJCIS PPs
Watch our Egyptian Storm video from last fall, with Christophe Clement.