TDN RISING STARS

June 2, 2016 - Belmont Park, Race 4, AOC, USD $77,000, 1M, NW1$X

Squeeze, F, 3, 2013 by Lemon Drop Kid

1st Dam: Winner, by Horse Chestnut (SAf)
2nd Dam: Pennant Champion, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Personal Ensign, by Private Account

Owner: Robert Evans
Breeder: Siena Farms LLC (KY)
Trainer: Christophe Clement

Squeeze closed into a modest pace to score impressively in her 1 1/16-mile debut at Keeneland Apr. 23 and was given a 3-1 chance in this second go after being scratched from a few other spots. Bumped at the break and pushed into Secure Access (Lemon Drop Kid) when her inside neighbor Desert Tune (Street Cry {Ire}) bore right exiting the gate, the $350,000 KEESEP buy tracked from fifth as her stablemate and “TDN Rising Star” Width (Blame) and 50-1 shot Annie Rocks (A.P. Warrior) battled it out through sharp early splits of :22.31 and :45.86. Blocked in behind a wall of horses turning for home, the bay was slipped through a seam in early stretch by Junior Alvarado and unleashed a powerful four-wide rally, sweeping past the leaders to win going away by one-length. Favored She Doesn’t Mind (Fr) (Meshaheer) made up ground after falling out of the gate to deny Width second by a neck in a photo for place. Squeeze is a half-sister to fellow “TDN Rising Star” Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense), GSW & GISP, $827,360, who won the 2014 GIII Delta Downs Jackpot and was third in the 2015 GI Toyota Blue Grass S. She has an unraced 2-year-old full-brother named Volcanic Island, who was purchased by Godolphin’s John Ferguson for $320,000 at last term’s Keeneland September sale and sent to England. The winner’s dam produced a Bernardini colt last year and foaled a Union Rags filly Mar. 28. Squeeze also hails from the deep Phipps-bred family of undefeated Hall of Famer Personal Ensign (Private Account) and champion Storm FlagFlying (Storm Cat). These connections also campaigned fellow“TDN Rising Star” and MGISW Tonalist (Tapit), who joined Squeeze’ sire Lemon Drop Kid at Lane’s End after his retirement last fall. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $82,200. 

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