Dec. 9 Insights: Debuters for Royalty at Oaklawn Park

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4th-OP, $115k, Msw, 2yo, 1m, 2:54p.m. ET
A $350,000 FTSAUG purchase for HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud, RIDE FOR SUL (Candy Ride {Arg}) looks to open his tab as 2023 winds down to a close. Out of Southern Honey (Colonel John), winner of the GIII Winning Colors S. and graded-placed on two other occasions, the colt hails from the same female family which yielded MGSW & MGISP Runway Model and her son MGISW McKinzie (Street Sense). Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Keith Asmussen, the morning line currently tabs him at 5-1 odds. TJCIS PPs

8th-OP, $115k, Msw, 2yo, 1m, 4:46p.m. ET
Another debuter for His Royal Highness on the card is Imperial Gun (Gun Runner), who is also trained and ridden by the Asmussens. The field here looks to be a competitive one with several six figure auction grads and one seven-figure sale from KEESEP with redemption to find. The dark bay colt was a pick-up from KEEJAN for $375,000, and has two other winning siblings. Second dam GSW & MGISP Memorette couldn't quite reproduce her talent, but nonetheless hailed from a family rife with talent–she was one of five multiple winners for her own dam–which included GISP Fondly Remembered and MGSP Paradise Found. TJCIS PPs

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