June 9 Insights: Half-Siblings to Princess Grace, Maxfield Debut

Maxfield (pictured)'s half-brother Maxwell debuts in the nightcap Sunday at Churchill Downs | Sarah Andrew

5th-CD, $120k, Msw, 3yo/up, f, 1mT, 2:45p.m. ET
MIXOLOGIST (Frosted) will break from the middle of the field in this maiden on the grass, and the LNJ Foxwoods color bearer has big shoes to fill as the half-sister to Australian multiple Group 1-placed Princess Grace (Karakontie {Jpn}). Said sister was a three-time graded winner and three-times Grade I-placed in the States before changing hands for $1.7-million in 2022 at FTKNOV to China Horse Club and being exported to Australia. She twice came a neck short of winning her first race at the highest level in her adopted country last season, once in the G1 Winx S. and again in the G1 Stow Storage Memsie S. Not to be lost on the honor roll is her half-brother Catnip (Kitten's Joy), who is also a graded winner and twice Grade I-placed. Brad Cox will send out the grey. TJCIS PPs

9th-CD, $120k, Msw, 3yo/up, 6f, 4:55p.m. ET
Hailing from a family with members who need little introduction, Team Maxfield reassemble to unveil his half-brother MAXWELL (Uncle Mo) Sunday beneath the Twin Spires. His aforementioned half-brother was a two-time Grade I-winner and ran second in Saratoga's GI Whitney S. Maxfield also claimed the GIII Matt Winn S., which will run a race prior to this nightcap. Their dam Velvety is a daughter of 13-time winner MGSW Caress (Storm Cat), who herself produced GISW Sky Mesa (Pulpit) and MGSW & GISP Golden Velvet (Seeking the Gold). That daughter would form a broodmare line which would eventually yield MGISW Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile). This is a very busy, Graded black type-heavy family with several successful sires to its credit. He sits at 5-1 on the morning line.

From the rail, Bello (Speightstown) will carry the Kaleem Shah colors to post. The half-brother to SP Appraised (Shanghai Bobby) is out of a half-sister to GISP Realm (Haynesfield) and SW North Freeway (Jump Start), who herself produced SW & GISP Take The One O One (Acclamation). TJCIS PPs

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