Feb. 28 Insights

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FULL-SIBLING TO CLASSIC EMPIRE DEBUTS

3rd-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 1:08p.m.

China Horse Club and WinStar Farm's HARVARD (Pioneerof the Nile), a full-brother to champion Classic Empire, makes his career bow Sunday in Hallandale. Classic Empire was named champion juvenile colt of 2016 after victories in the GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity S. and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He captured the GI Arkansas Derby at three and was second in the GI Preakness S. before retiring to Ashford Stud. China Horse Club privately acquired his dam Sambuca Classica (Cat Thief) a short time later and her 2017 Candy Ride (Arg) filly summoned $775,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Sambuca Classica is also the dam of stakes winners Uptown Twirl (Twirling Candy) and Anytime Magic (Fusaichi Pegasus); and SP Exclamation Point (Concord Point).

Klaravich Stables' Publicly Available (Liam's Map) debuts in this spot for Chad Brown. The $275,000 KEESEP purchase is out of a half-sister to Grade I-winning millionaire Dream of Summer (Siberian Summer), dam of Grade I winners Creative Cause (Giant's Causeway) and Vexatious (Giant's Causeway); and MGSW & GISP Destin (Giant's Causeway).

Robert and Lawana Low's $700,000 OBSOPN buy Dupuis (Distorted Humor) makes his second start in this test after finishing eighth in the slop over track and trip Feb. 6. TJCIS PPs

 

HALF TO COMMISSIONER MAKES CAREER BOW

6th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 2:36p.m.

The well-related STATEN ISLAND (Carpe Diem) makes his first trip to the post in this event. Out of MSW & GSP Flaming Heart (Touch Gold), the chestnut is a half to MGSW & GISP Commissioner (A.P. Indy); GSW & GISP Laugh Track (Distorted Humor); GSP Intrepid Heart (Tapit); and the dam of champion Vino Rosso (Curlin). TJCIS PPs

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