Happier (f, 3, Street Sense–On My Way, by Giant's Causeway), a $800,000 KEESEP yearling graduate, ran to the money in her unveiling for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert at Del Mar Friday evening, earning 'TDN Rising Star' honors.
The 6-5 favorite shot out to the front from her inside draw and led through fractions of :22.71 and :45.89. She widened the margin as they turned for home and kept on rolling down the stretch to graduate by 3 1/4 lengths over stablemate Himiko (American Pharoah).
Happier was the most expensive of 61 yearlings by Street Sense to change hands in 2018. Baffert, of course, also trains Street Sense's four-time GISW and fellow 'Rising Star' McKinzie.
On My Way, a $32,000 KEENOV purchase by Waymore's F. Thomas Conway in foal to Cape Blanco (Ire) in 2012, also produced King Zachary (Curlin), GSW, $366,120; and has a yearling colt by Frosted. She was bred to Vino Rosso for 2021.
The winner's granddam is a half-sister to the dam of recent Hong Kong champion Golden Sixty (Aus) (Medaglia d'Oro) and her great-granddam is a half-sister to the mighty Korveya (Riverman), whose foals included European champions Bosra Sham (Woodman) and Hector Protector (Woodman), as well as additional G1 winner Shanghai (Procida).
5th-Del Mar, $56,000, Msw, 7-31, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:24.28, ft.
HAPPIER, f, 3, by Street Sense
1st Dam: On My Way, by Giant's Causeway
2nd Dam: It's Our Time, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Leo's Lucky Lady, by Seattle Slew
Sales history: $800,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $33,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. O-Baoma Corporation; B-Waymore, LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.