June 1 Insights: Three Promising Sophomores Debut at Belmont, Churchill, Santa Anita

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Lemons Forever winning the 2006 GI Kentucky Oaks | Horsephotos

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1st-BEL, $80k, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:30 EST

Out of a half-sister to G2 U.A.E Derby S. winner Daddy Long Legs (Scat Daddy), WHISKEY VICTOR (Scat Daddy) aims to replicate that $1.3 million earner’s success as he goes to the post first time out in Saturday’s opener at Belmont. The Breeze Easy- owned colt, a $500,000 KEESEP purchase, has turned in several snappy works in the past month for trainer Wesley Ward at Keeneland, including a May 8 five-eighths in 1.01 (2/22) and a bullet five furlongs out of the gate May 1 in :59 4/5 (1/17). Whiskey Victory was produced by the multiple stakes winning mare Tres Dream (Chester House), the mother of the unraced juvenile colt Spinning Dreams (Hard Spun).

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4th-SA, $65k, 3yo, 6f, 6:30 EST

Godolphin’s COMICAL GHOST (Ghostzapper) appears to be a formidable contender when he makes his debut in the 4th at Santa Anita on Saturday. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who has won at whopping 48% with his first-time starters since 2018, the colt has been lighting up the work tab in the mornings, including a May 15 bullet half-mile in :47 (1/14) from the gate at Los Alamitos. Comical Ghost is out of the GISW Hystericalady (Distorted Humor), who was purchased by Godolphin for $3 million at the 2008 KEENOV sale. The 16-year old mare begat last year’s GII Glens Falls S. winner Lady Montdore (Medaglia d’Oro). She currently has a yearling filly by Godolphin stallion Frosted.

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7th-CD, $95k, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 9:05 EST

The expectations will be high for Charles Fipke’s homebred filly LEMON’S MEDAGLIA (Medaglia d’Oro) as she enters the starting gate for the first time in the 7th race at Churchill on Saturday. Out of the GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Lemons Forever (Lemon Drop Kid), she is a half-sister to Ch. Older Female and GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Forever Unbridled (Unbridled’s Song) and GISW Unbridled Forever (Unbridled’s Song), both of whom were bred and raced by Fipke. Lemons Forever has produced a yearling full sister to Lemon’s Medaglia.

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