Jan. 23 Insights

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Ghazaaly as a yearling | Keeneland

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INTRIGUING GROUP OF COLTS DEBUT ON PEGASUS UNDERCARD

6th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 7f, 2:04 p.m.

This salty Pegasus World Cup day maiden special is littered with firsters with big pedigrees and big price tags, including a half-brother to undefeated Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy) named STAGE RAIDER (Pioneerof the Nile). After RNAing for $950,000 at KEESEP, the bay will carry the colors of breeder John Gunther and will be saddled by Chad Brown. In addition to Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male Justify, Stage Raider is also a half to the ill-fated GSW The Lieutenant (Street Sense) and their dam is GSP Stage Magic (Ghostzapper).

Todd Pletcher unveils a $1.05-million son of Curlin in Shadwell Stable's Ghazaaly. The chestnut's second dam is MSW & MGSP Alternate (Seattle Slew), who is the dam of Grade I winner Higher Power (Medaglia d'Oro), MGSW millionaire Alternation (Distorted Humor) and SW & GSP Interrupted (Broken Vow). This is also the family of Canadian Horse of the Year and MGISW Peakes and Valleys (Mt. Livermore). Pletcher also saddles first timer Traveller (Tourist) for the powerhouse team of WinStar Farm and China Horse Club. Out of GSW Purely Hot (Pure Prize), the dark bay is a half to Grade I-winning 'TDN Rising Star' Eight Rings (Empire Maker).

Godolphin homebred Prevalence (Medaglia d'Oro) makes his career bow here for trainer Brendan Walsh. The bay is a half to GSW Estihdaaf (Arch) and SW Libreta (Girolamo). His second dam is GSW Sahara Gold (Seeking the Gold), who is responsible for MGISW Better Lucky (Ghostzapper), GSW Sahara Heat (A.P. Indy) and SW Final Frontier (Ghostzapper). This is also the family of GI Breeders' Cup Sprint heroine Desert Stormer (Storm Cat).

WS Farish snagged Marching (Liam's Map) for $285,000 at KEESEP and he debuts here for Shug McGaughey. Out of MSP War Tigress (War Chant), he is a half to GSW War Heroine (Lonhro {Aus}). TJCIS PPs

 

BAFFERT UNVEILS PRICEY INTO MISCHIEF

2nd-SA, $61K, Msw, 3yo, 1m, 4:03p.m.

Bob Baffert sends out the latest in his line of expensive and well-bred 3-year-olds in $650,000 KEESEP buy FENWAY (Into Mischief). Owned by the partnership known as the “Avengers,” the bay boasts a typically speedy Baffert worktab, most recently going a best-of-76 five furlongs in :59 1/5 at Santa Anita Jan. 17. He hails from the family of stakes winners Key to the Cat (Tale of the Cat) and Miss Catalyst (Mr. Greeley). TJCIS PPs

 

CALHOUN UNVEILS WELL-RELATED TAPIT

9th-OP, $82K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 6:17p.m.

Bret Calhoun sends out homebred first timer FORCE OF NATURE (Tapit) for Gary and Mary West in this event. Out of Canadian champion Milwaukee Appeal (Milwaukee Brew), she is a full-sister to MGSW Actress. Fox Hill Farm's Windmill (Street Sense) also makes her first trip to the post for trainer Larry Jones here. She is out of a full-sister to GISW Visionaire (Grand Slam); and a half-sister to GISW Tara's Tango (Unbridled's Song); GSW & MGISP Scarlet Strike (Smart Strike); and GSW Madison's Luna (Tapit). TJCIS PPs

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