Uppercut (Discreet Cat) ran them off their feet to earn 'TDN Rising Star' honors in her unveiling at Santa Anita Saturday.
The full-sister to 2016 GI Frizette S. third-place finisher Colorful Charades brought $260,000 as an OBS April juvenile last year after breezing an eighth in :10 flat. She tuned up for this with a five-furlong move in 1:01 2/5 (19/55) at trainer Peter Eurton's Santa Anita base Feb. 10.
Off at odds of 6-1, the chestnut broke like a shot and quickly established the lead through a sharp opening quarter in :22.16. They stacked up four across the track on the far turn, but Uppercut had plenty left in the tank, re-breaking powerfully in the stretch to win by 5 3/4 lengths. Two Steps Faster (Two Step Salsa) stayed on for second. Heavy favorite Hottalabamba (Into Mischief), a rallying second on debut at Los Al Dec. 1, was third after a wide trip.
Laila's Punch, a two-time stakes winner at Laurel Park, brought $110,000 from Stonehaven Steadings at the 2008 KEENOV Sale. Uppercut is her most recent produce.
3rd-SA, $54,000, Msw, 2-17, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:10.55, ft.
UPPERCUT, f, 3, by Discreet Cat
1st Dam: Laila's Punch (MSW, $144,120), by Two Punch
2nd Dam: Morning Tease, by Holy Bull
3rd Dam: Bad Pussycat, by Distinctive Pro
Sales history: $95,000 RNA Ylg '16 KEESEP; $260,000 2yo '17 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400. Click for the Equibase.com chart, free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Ciaglia Racing LLC, Exline- Border Racing LLC, Dorfman, Greco, Johnson; B-Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T-Peter Eurton.