By Christie DeBernardis
Saudi Chroma was the first starter for new owner Amr Zedan’s Zedan Racing Stables and she gave the Saudi businessman a great introduction to the Sport of Kings with a dominant debut victory at Santa Anita Thursday to become the lastest “TDN Rising Star.” Floating up to 5-2 from 8-5 morning-line favoritism, the chestnut shot out of the gate to dictate terms early, clocking an opening quarter in a swift :2256. Bowling along on a clear lead, the California-bred sped away in the stretch under a hand ride from Victor Espinoza to score a dazzling 3 3/4-length victory. Show It N Moe It (Grace Upon Grace) completed the exacta.
A $42,000 Barretts October yearling, Saudi Chroma summoned $360,000 from bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill after breezing in a bullet :9 4/5 at the recent Barretts March sale, making her the most expensive progeny sold from the late Lucky Pulpit. Zedan also owns a minority share of Lucky Pulpit’s most famous offspring, reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome. Saudi Chroma, who has a yearling half-sister by Lakerville, hails from the family of GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Concern and GISW Fara’s Team.
2nd-SA, $67,650, Msw, 5-25, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f, :52.08, ft.
+SAUDI CHROMA (f, 2, Lucky Pulpit–Nine to Five Lady, by Mr. Greeley) Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $42,120. *$14,000 RNA Ylg ’16 NCAAUG. Click for the Equibase.com chart, free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Zedan Racing Stables; B-Cole Ranch (CA); T-Doug F. O’Neill.