TDN RISING STARS

February 6, 2016 - Santa Anita, Race 9, Msw, USD $56,000, 6F

Ten Blessings, C, 3, 2013 by Smart Strike

1st Dam: Indian Blessing (Ch. 2yo Filly, Ch. Female Sprinter, MGISW, G1SP-UAE, $2,995,420), by Indian Charlie
2nd Dam: Shameful, by Flying Chevron
3rd Dam: Lady's Legacy, by Matchlite

Owner: Patti & Hal J. Earnhardt III
Breeder: Hal Earnhardt (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Ten Blessings, produced by the Earnhardts brilliant two-time champion and five-time GISW Indian Blessing, became a ‘TDN Rising Star’ with a very promising debut win at Santa Anita in the nightcap. Nominated to the Triple Crown, the bay didn’t tip his hand much in the a.m., completing his preparations with a six-furlong breeze in 1:13 3/5 (2/11) in Arcadia Jan. 29. Off as the second choice at odds of 3-1, Ten Blessings was outsprinted early in eighth through a hot opening quarter in :21.72. He began to advance entering the far turn and subsequently launched an eye-catching four-wide bid off the bend. With Rafael Bejarano aboard, Ten Blessings kept on rolling down the lane and leveled off nicely to win going away by 2 1/4 lengths. Mucho Chrome (Macho Uno) was second. Indian Blessing, a half-sister to GSW Roman Threat (Roman Ruler), has a 2-year-old filly by Tapit named Life’s Blessings; a yearling colt by Misremembered; and was bred back to Pioneerof the Nile. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $33,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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