Feb. 29 Insights



Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency


2nd-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 11:59p.m.

Kiaran McLaughlin unveils Shadwell Stable's $800,000 KEESEP buy ASHIHAM (Tapit) in this event. He is out of MGSW Wine Princess (Ghostzapper), who is a daughter of Horse of the Year Azeri (Jade Hunter). Breaking one stall to his left is Albaugh Family Stables's Tiger's Back (Ghostzapper). The $370,000 KEESEP purchase's second dam is MGISW millionaire Pure Clan (Pure Prize), who is the dam of SW & MGSP Princesa Carolina (Tapit). This is also the family of GISW Finley'sluckycharm (Twirling Candy). Chad Brown also sends out a first timer in Candy Machine (Candy Ride {Arg}), who represents Peter Brant and breeder Three Chimneys Farm. The $475,000 KEESEP acquisition is out of GSP Viva Carina (Arg) (Giant's Causeway) and is a half to GSP Sultry (Malibu Moon). Todd Pletcher is having a very strong meet and has a chance to add to his win column with I'll Fight Dempsey (Into Mischief\fs21fs21 ). Purchased by St. Elias Stable for $300,000 at FTSAUG, the bay is out of an unraced half-sister to dual champion Tepin (Bernstein) and MGSW Vyjack (Into Mischief). TJCIS PPs


8th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 1m, 2:57p.m.

HERO D'ORO (Medaglia d'Oro) summoned $1.2 million at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale after breezing in :10 1/5 and he debuts in this test for trainer Chad Brown and HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud. The dark bay is a half-sibling to stakes winners Annulment (Broken Vow) and Youngest Daughter (The Factor). His dam is a half to Grade I winner Centre Court (Smart Strike) and a full to GSW Ravel (Fusaichi Pegasus). Todd Pletcher unveils a Bobby Flay homebred in Fried Rice King (Bernardini). The bay is a son of GSW & MGISP Super Espresso (Medaglia d'Oro), who is a half to MGSW & G1SP King or Rome (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). This is also the family of champions Covfefe (Into Mischief) and Althea (Alydar). Shadwell Stable's Ajhar (Tapit) makes his second attempt for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin here. The $800,000 KEESEP purchase finished fifth after breaking a step slow behind a 'TDN Rising Star'-worthy performance from Edge of Fire (Curlin) going six panels in his career bow in Hallandale Feb. 1. The gray is out of MGSW &GISP Jojo Warrior (Pioneerof the Nile), who is a half to GISW A Z Warrior (Bernardini), GSW & GISP E Z Warrior (Exploit) and MSW J Z Warrior (Harlan's Holiday). TJCIS PPs

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