Curlin Filly Impresses in Keeneland Debut

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Palio Flag Coady

6th-Keeneland, $69,123, Msw, 7-9, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:23.17, gd.

PALIO FLAG (f, 3, Curlin–Private Ensign {GSP, $124,384}, by A.P. Indy) showed she had plenty of class in her unveiling Thursday with a good-looking victory. Breaking sharply from stall 10, the 4-1 shot stalked from a two-wide third through a :22.28 opening quarter and :45.27 half-mile. Drawing alongside the top two entering the turn, the chestnut rolled clear in the lane, holding off a belated bid from 3-2 chalk Movie Moxy (Street Sense) to win by a neck. It was 4 1/4 lengths back to the third-place horse. Grade II-placed Private Ensign is a half-sister to GSW & GISP Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense). She produced a full-sister to the winner in 2018 named Salute the Flag; a yearling filly by Uncle Mo; and a Justify colt born Jan. 14 of this year. This is also the family of undefeated champion and Hall of Famer Personal Ensign (Private Account); champion Storm Flag Flying (Storm Cat); MGISW My Flag (Easy Goer); and GISWs Miner’s Mark, Traditionally (Mr. Prospector) and Mr Speaker (Pulpit). Sales history: $350,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $233. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Siena Farms LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

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