Fasig-Tipton Digital Topper Pounce Does Just That In Herecomesthebride

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The top bid during the 2024 Fasig-Tipton February Digital Sale was made by John Stewart's Resolute Bloodstock, who parted with $370,000 for Pounce (Lookin At Lucky), a maiden winner at first asking for Quintessential Racing Florida LLC and Hat Creek Racing and this trainer on the dirt at Churchill Nov. 19, an even sixth from a difficult high draw in a one-mile allowance over the Turfway synthetic Dec. 13 and the front-running winner of her turf debut from an equally awkward draw Feb. 11. Returning just 11 days after changing hands digitally Feb. 11, the bay validated the outlay with a late-on-the-scene victory in the GIII Herecomesthebride S.

With no luck at the draw yet again, Pounce was wisely taken hold of by Javier Castellano and angled over to the inside to caboose the field–led by Mystic Lake (Mo Town)–into the first turn. Content to trail down the back, Pounce was quietly ridden through the middle furlongs as market leaders Life's an Audible (Audible) and Ozara (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) raced handier to the speed.

Pounce began to thread the needle three furlongs out, splitting horses on a couple of occasions before angling out for the drive under a full head of steam. Life's an Audible also kicked nicely as Ozara failed to go on, but Pounce sprinted slightly the better of the two and was home narrowly best.

“Last time she broke good and I sent her to the lead, wire-to- wire,” Castellano said. “It was a different ballgame today the way I handicapped the race. I was way outside with a lot of speed in the race. My goal was to save ground on the first turn but he didn't break good out of the gate and I used my best judgment to drop in and save all the ground I could on the first turn because in my mind I'd have to lose ground turning for home. It was a beautiful trip. [Life's an Audible] came out a little bit and my horse hesitated a little bit to go past, but I encouraged her and she responded really well.”

Pedigree Notes:

Pounce is the first foal and only starter for her winning dam, a $170,000 OBS April breezer, who was purchased by Joshua Deets for $37,000 with this filly in utero at the 2020 Keeneland November Sale.

A half-sister to a pair of black-type performers, including GIII Providencia S. third Gold Dragon Queen (Goldencents), Bouncy produced a filly by Hard Spun Feb. 25.

Pounce is the 50th worldwide graded/group winner for Lookin At Lucky and his 76th black-type winner overall. She is a sixth stakes winner and second graded winner out of a mare by Twirling Candy.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park
HERECOMESTHEBRIDE S.-GIII, $200,000, Gulfstream, 3-2, 3yo, f, 1mT, 1:33.17, fm.
1–POUNCE, 121, f, 3, by Lookin At Lucky
1st Dam: Bouncy, by Twirling Candy
2nd Dam: Water Park, by Strodes Creek
3rd Dam: Hope She's Bold, by Bold Forbes
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($22,000
RNA Ylg '22 KEESEP; $370,000 3yo '24 FTDFEB). O-Resolute
Racing; B-Bell, Rankin, VanMeter & Hancock (KY); T-Mark E.
Casse; J-Javier Castellano. $120,280. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0,
$216,324. Werk Nick Rating: First SW this cross. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree or free Equineline.com
catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Life's an Audible, 123, f, 3, Audible–Catkins, by Data Link.
($25,000 Wlg '21 KEENOV; $90,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP; $200,000
2yo '23 OBSMAR). O-Repole Stable; B-Susan Moulton (KY);
T-Todd A. Pletcher. $38,800.
3–Ozara (Ire), 121, f, 3, Lope de Vega (Ire)–Cercle d'Or (Ire), by
Acclamation (GB). 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. (350,000gns Ylg
'22 TATOCT). O-Cheyenne Stable LLC; B-Fleche D'Or
Partnership (IRE); T-Christophe Clement. $19,400.
Margins: NK, 1 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 9.00, 2.20, 1.10.
Also Ran: Crown Imperial, Mystic Lake, Time to Dazzle, Macanga, Show Off. Scratched: Agra, Dancing N Dixie, Irish Maxima. Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

 

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