Pure Xena (f, 2, Warrior’s Reward-Pure Desire, by Gold Legend) turned heads when hammering for $370,000–over 82 times her sire’s $4,500 stud fee–at OBS April, and did so again with a devastating first-out romp Saturday at Del Mar. Originally a $7,500 weanling purchase at Keeneland November, the bay turned into a $160,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling and more than doubled that price tag after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5 in Ocala. Backed to 11-5 second favoritism here off a half-mile work at Santa Anita in :47 4/5 (5/54) July 13, the Jay Em Ess Stable colorbearer broke a bit outwardly and was hustled to duel with favored Save the Story (Will Take Charge) through a :22.27 quarter. Briefly appearing to be turned back by that rival midway around the turn, she re-rallied to take control at the top of the lane and drew off powerfully with every stride thereafter to score by 11 1/4 lengths over longshot Gold Included (Goldencents). Six-time winner Pure Desire was claimed out of her career finale for $7,500 at Monmouth Park in 2006. Pure Xena is her most recent listed produce.
9th-Del Mar, $61,351, Msw, 7-20, 2yo, f, 5f, :58.95, ft.
PURE XENA, f, 2, by Warrior’s Reward
1st Dam: Pure Desire, by Gold Legend
2nd Dam: Gold ‘N Desire, by Gold and Myrrh
3rd Dam: Am Desirable, by Red Monk
Sales History: $7,500 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $160,000 Ylg ’18 FTKJUL; $375,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart, free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Jay Em Ess Stable; B-Shelby Lane Farm (KY); T-Brian Koriner