By Christie DeBernardis
Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency
PRICEY FROSTED FILLY DEBUTS IN NOLA
3rd-FG, $60K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 2:02p.m.
CHIONE (Frosted), a $425,000 KEESEP acquisition, makes her career bow in this spot. The gray is a half-sister to Grade I-winning millionaire Hard Aces (Hard Spun) and MSW & GSP Astrollinthepark (Divine Park). TJCIS PPs
EXPENSIVE 'PHAROAH' COLT LOOKS TO OPEN ACCOUNT AT FG
5th-FG, $60K, Msw, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 3:05p.m.
Louie Roussel unveils a pricey son of American Pharoah in GLOBAL EMPIRE, a $500,000 KEESEP buy. The chestnut hails from the family of GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Believe You Can (Proud Citizen) and MGSW Classic Elegance (Carson City). He displays a speedy series of drills leading up to this test, including a bullet half-mile in :48 1/5 (1/68) in NOLA two back Jan. 29. TJCIS PPs
PLETCHER SADDLES BLUE-BLOODED MEDAG COLT WITH HEFTY PRICE TAG
7th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 1mT, 3:10p.m.
Derrick Smith, Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable teamed up to acquire the well-bred GOLDEN WHIM (Medaglia d'Oro) for $1.5-million at Keeneland September and he kicks his career off for Todd Pletcher in this test. The bay is a full-brother to MGISW and millionaire New Money Honey and a half to SP Coconut Shrimp (Giant's Causeway). Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm purchased their dam Weekend Whim (Distorted Humor), a full-sister to Grade I-winning stallion Any Given Saturday, for $1.4 million at the 2017 KEENOV sale with this colt in utero.
Chad Brown saddles first timer Tour of Duty (War Front) for Peter Brant and Phipps Stable. The bay's second dam is MGSW & MGISP Daydreaming (A.P. Indy), who produced Grade I winner Imagining (Giant's Causeway). This is also the family of Grade I winners Girolamo (A.P. Indy), Callback (Street Sense), Got Lucky (A.P. Indy), Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat) and Super Saver (Maria's Mon).
Neotropic (Tapit) also makes his first trip to the post here for trainer Jimmy Toner. A half-brother to MGISW General Quarters (Sky Mesa), the gray brought $145,000 at OBS April after breezing in :10 2/5. TJCIS PPs
STRUCTOR RETURNS AT GULFSTREAM
10th-GP, $53K, Opt. Clm. ($75K), 4yo/up, 1mT, 4:44 p.m.
Undefeated STRUCTOR (Palace Malice) makes his long-awaited return to the races Saturday in a Gulfstream optional claimer. A debut winner at Saratoga in August of 2019, the $850,000 OBSMAR purchase captured Belmont's GIII Pilgrim S. that September. The bay followed suit with a rallying score in the GI Breeders' cup Juvenile Turf S. at Santa Anita that November. Injured in June while working towards his 2020 debut, Structor returns after 15 months on the sidelines. TJCIS PPs