By Christie DeBernardis
Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency
WELL-BRED WAR FRONT DEBUTS IN HALLANDALE
1st-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 12:40 p.m.
Shug McGaughey saddles a blue-blooded first timer in Joe Allen homebred TRACY FLICK (War Front). Her GSP dam Stay the Night (Arch) is a daughter of MSW & MGSP Louve Royale (Ire) (Peintre Celebre). This is also the family of European Highweight Loup Sauvage (Riverrman); French Highweight Loup Solitaire (Lear Fan); MGSW Loup Breton (Ire) (Anabaa); and GSW Copper Bullet (More Than Ready).
The Flying Pharoah (American Pharoah) debuts in this test for Christophe Clement. Her second dam is MGISW and Argentinian champion Salt Champ (Arg) (Salt Lake), who also produced Grade I-winning millionaire Champ Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus).
'RISING STAR' RETURNS AT SANTA ANITA
2nd-SA, $63K, OC 40k/N1X, f/m, 4yo/up, 6 1/2f, 4:03 p.m. ET
HAPPIER (Street Sense), an $800,000 KEESEP yearling purchase by Baoma Corp., makes her first start since posting a 'TDN Rising Star' performance for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert at Del Mar last summer July 31. The bay earned an 89 Beyer Speed Figure for that front-running performance over a pair of next-out winners. Happier, a half-sister to GSW King Zachary (Curlin), was the most expensive of 61 yearlings by Street Sense to change hands in 2018. Baffert also trained Street Sense's four-time GISW and fellow 'Rising Star' McKinzie.
Pharoah's Heart (American Pharoah), favored on the morning-line at 7-5, was a sharp debut winner in a maiden optional claimer here Jan. 3. The runner-up that day Bye Bye Miss Pie (Maclean's Music) followed up with an impressive maiden score of her own in Arcadia Friday.