Empire Maker Filly Stays Up This Time, Earns Rising Stardom

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Haughty | Coady Photo 

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Two-year-old filly Haughty (Empire Maker), taken down from first to third for interference after a clear-cut debut victory at Belmont Sept. 17, and then unable to draw in off the also-eligible list for Wednesday's GII JPMorgan Jessamine S., bested a solid-looking bunch at Keeneland Sunday to officially earn her diploma as well as the 'TDN Rising Star' nod. She had been flattered since her unveiling when the put-up winner that day was a close second at long odds in last week's GIII Matron S., and the $310,000 OBS April grad (:10 flat) was backed here like a near cinch at 1-5.

The bay was away without incident and sat perched off the pacesetter while well held through splits of :23.96 and :48.89.  She took over approaching six furlongs in 1:13.53, and was confidently ridden from there, building up a four-length margin at the wire under a hands-and-heels ride from Tyler Gaffalione. Longshot Macadamia (Fr) (Wootton Basset {GB}) completed the exacta. The victory came some 20 minutes after the Chad Brown barn sent out another short-priced juvenile graduate at Belmont, and one day after the four-time Eclipse winner ran one-two in the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. here and annexed the GII Sands Point S. in New York as well.

Haughty is half to Souper Colossal (War Front), MSW & MGSP, $427,640. Her dam Soaring Emotions (Kingmambo), a winner over a grassy mile at both Leopardstown and Tampa Bay Downs, sold to Hidden Brook last Keeneland November while carrying a Hard Spun colt. She revisited Hard Spun for 2022. Haughty's third dam Caerlina (Ire) (Caerleon) won the 1991 G1 Prix de Diane.

3rd-Keeneland, $80,040, Msw, 10-17, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:43.96, gd, 4 lengths.
HAUGHTY, f, 2, Empire Maker
                1st Dam: Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo
                2nd Dam: Luminous Beauty, by A.P. Indy
                3rd Dam: Caerlina (Ire), by Caerleon
Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, $61,200. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG. Free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Bradley Thoroughbreds, Belmar Racing & Breeding, LLC, Tim & Anna Cambron & Team Hanley; B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. *$70,000 RNA Ylg '20 KEESEP; $310,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR.

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