Insights for Nov. 21


Curlin | Sarah Andrew

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency

6th-DMR, $57K, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 5:57 p.m. ET
Al Shiraa Farms's Mamie Van D (Curlin) makes her first start for the typically patient Neil Drysdale barn. The $750,000 Keeneland September yearling is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to GISW and leading sire Tapit. She is a half to SW Noble and a Beauty (Noble Causeway). Empire House (Empire Maker) was a $240,000 KEENOV weanling turned $500,000 KEEESEP yearling purchase by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds. The Jonathan Wong pupil is out of a full-sister to sire and GI Florida Derby hero Dialed In (Mineshaft). Her crowded pedigree page also includes third dam Eliza (Mt. Livermore), 1992's champion 2-year-old filly. Bob Baffert will send out Gary and Mary West homebred Exotic West (Hard Spun), who prepped for this with a sharp :47 flat, best-of-37 gate breeze at Santa Anita last Friday (XBTV Video). Rhythm and Grace (Distorted Humor), a $180,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad, hails from a strong family of European highweights including Russia Rhythm, Cape Cross (Ire), et al. TJCIS PPs


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