Friday's Insights: Promising Wesley Ward Juveniles on Display at Keeneland

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1st-KEE, $60K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, post time: 1:05 p.m. ET

NAPA SPIRIT (IRE) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) sports a flashy worktab for trainer Wesley Ward, including a trio of bullets over the Palm Meadows turf, for this debut run. Agent Ben McElroy paid £420,000 on behalf of Stonestreet Stables for the bay at last year's GOFSEP Yearling sale. Joel Rosario has the call on the even-money morning-line favorite, who hails from the extended female family of G1 Golden Jubilee S. winner Malhub (Kingmambo). Ward and Stonestreet were represented by fellow European import and 'TDN Rising Star' Ruthin (GB) (Ribchester {Ire}) on Thursday's program. TJCIS PPs

2nd-KEE, $60K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, post time: 1:39 p.m. ET

HEADLINE REPORT (Gormley), a $550,000 OBS March bullet breezer (:9 4/5), debuts for Breeze Easy LLC and Wesley Ward. The $160,000 Fasig-Tipton Select yearling pinhook by Eddie Woods's Quarter Pole Enterprises is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Green Eyed Cat and is a grandson of two-time Grade I winner Critical Eye (Dynaformer). Freshman sire Gormley's first yearlings in 2020, led by a $270,000 colt, averaged $37,544 (59 sold), according to TDN Sales Results by Stallion. “He had a fabulous breeze,” Woods said of the half-brother to SW Little Kansas (El Kingdom). “He's a magnificent-looking horse. It's good money for a first-season stallion. He did everything right and was real easy on the eyes, hence everyone liked him.” TJCIS PPs

8th-KEE, $79K, Msw, 3yo, 6 1/2f, post time: 4:57 p.m.

A deep-looking group of 3-year-olds line up here, including SUPPRESSOR (Munnings), a full-brother to MGISW I'm a Chatterbox. The chestnut is owned by Fletcher and Carolyn Gray and William Harrigan and trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. He RNA'd for $125,000 as KEESEP yearling.

Godolphin homebred Casual Affair (Into Mischief), a son of champion Ashado trained by Brendan Walsh; and $475,000 KEESEP yearling Never Explain (Street Sense), owned by Courtlandt Farms and trained by Shug McGaughey, also make their debuts. TJCIS PPs

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