Half to McCracken Impresses in Ellis Unveiling


Milliken | Coady Photo

6th-Ellis, $50,220, Msw, 8-29, 3yo/up, 7f, 1:21.96, ft, 8 lengths.
MILLIKEN (c, 3, Into Mischief–Ivory Empress {GSP, $189,402}, by Seeking the Gold), a half to 'TDN Rising Stars' McCraken (Ghostzapper), MGSW & GISP, $869,728; and Four Graces (Majesticperfection), MGSW, $261,246, got off to a belated but auspicious start to his own career here at 5-2 odds. Showing good tactical speed to draft behind the top flight while savig ground, the bay was guided through a wide-open rail around the bend and all of a sudden had the lead after a :45.16 half. He still plenty left in the tank from there, and widened at will to crush his overmatched competition by eight lengths. Crump (Into Mischief) was a clear second, completing the exacta for his super star sire. Milliken is also half to Bondurant (War Front), MGSP, $290,334; and With Dignity (Declaration of War), GSP, $177,381. His dam produced a Ghostzapper filly in 2020 and Uncle Mo filly this term before being bred back to Street Sense. The aforementioned McCracken, who stands at Airdrie, has first yearlings this year. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC; B-Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Ian R. Wilkes.

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