May 18 Insights


By Christie DeBernardis

2nd-BEL, $75K, Msw, 3yo, 6fT, 2:04 p.m. ET

Klaravich Stables’ INFLECTION POINT (Speightstown) makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Chad Brown. The $400,000 KEESEP purchase is the third foal, but second to make the races, out of undefeated SW Princess Arabella (Any Given Saturday). His year-older half-sister Tapella (Tapit), a $750,000 KEESEP buy, has two wins and $146,450 to her credit. TJCIS PPs.

5th-CD, $47K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5f, 2:45 p.m. ET

Three Chimneys Farm went to $225,000 at FTSAUG for SHE WILL ROCK, a daughter of their young stallion Will Take Charge. Bred in New York by Chester and Mary Broman, the bay to a trio of multiple stakes winners in Mark My Way (Noonmark), Hard to Stay Notgo (More Than Ready) and Haul Anchor (Bernardini). Her Storm Cat dam Whichwaydidshego is a half-sister to MGSW & MGISP Fed Biz (Giant’s Causeway), a popular young sire whose first crop is hitting the track this year; and SW Spun Silk (A.P. Indy), the dam of GISW Joking (Distorted Humor). This is also the family of English and Irish Highweight Minardi; European and American champion Johannesburg; GSW & MGISP sire Tale of the Cat; and MGSW and GISP sire Pulpit. TJCIS PPs.

6th-SA, $54K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 6:00 p.m. ET

LNH Foxwoods and NK Racing’s EXPLORER (Orb) was the second-highest priced juvenile to sell at last year’s OBS March sale at $1.25 million, making him the most expensive offspring for his second-crop sire. Out of the unraced Remember (Forest Wildcat), a daughter of GISP Dancinginmydreams (Seeking the Gold), the bay is a half-brother to LNJ’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ Wrath of Ruthie (Distorted Humor). This is also the family of champion Heavenly Prize (Seeking the Gold); MGISWs Good Reward (Storm Cat), Dancing Spree (Nijinsky II) and Finder’s Fee (Storm Cat); MGSW sire Pure Prize (Storm Cat); GISWs Persistently (Smoke Glacken) and Fantastic Find (Mr. Prospector); and GSW & GISP Instilled Regard (Arch), who was fourth in the GI Kentucky Derby. Explorer displays a speedy worktab full of bullets, typical of a Bob Baffert runner, including a best-of-28 five panels in 1:00 1/5 two back May 3 in Arcadia. Baffert saddles another first timer in Juddmonte Farms’ Julius (Tapit), a $600,000 KEESEP buy out of MGSW & MGISP Amen Hallelujah (Montbrook). John Shireffs saddles a very intriguing runner in Waratah Thoroughbreds homebred Caribbean (Aus) (Speightstown), who receives Lasix for the first time in this Stateside debut after finishing 11th in his career bow on turf for John Thompson at Australia’s Goulburn last June. A half-brother to Japanese SW & MGSP Molto Grande (War Chant), the 4-year-old’s second dam is GSW Get Lucky (Mr. Prospector), who produced MGSW & MGISP Daydreaming (A.P. Indy), dam of GISW millionaire Imagining (Giant’s Causeway); GISW Girolamo (A.P. Indy); MGSW & GISP Accelerator (A.P. Indy); and the dams of GI Kentucky Derby hero Super Saver (Maria’s Mon), GISW Callback (Street Sense) and Grade I-winning sire Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat). Hall of Famer Richard Mandella sends out another well-bred firster in Jon and Sarah Kelly’s Henry County (Alternation), a son of GI Frizette S. winner Confessional (Holy Bull). The $110,000 KEESEP buy is a half to SW & MGSP Ready to Confess (More Than Ready) and GSP Timely Advice (A.P. Indy). The gelding;s very deep female family includes champions Winning Colors, Chris Evert and Chief’s Crown. Lanes End Racing and Hronis Racing teamed up for $475,000 FTSAUG yearling Flagstaff (Speightstown)ain , who makes his belated career bow here at age four for John Sadler. The gelding is out of an unraced daughter of champion and millionaire Fleet Indian (Indian Charlie), making him a half-sibling to SP Fleet of Gold (Medaglia d’Oro). Making his second start in this spot is Kaleem Shah’s $700,000 KEESEP buy Beneficent (Uncle Mo), who set the early pace in his Mar. 25 debut at Santa Anita, but had to settle for second behind 5 1/4-length victor Kidmon (Lemon Drop Kid). TJCIS PPs. @CDeBernardisTDN

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