May 23 Insights

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WELL-BRED BERNARDINI DEBUTS AT CHURCHILL

3rd-CD, $79K, Msw, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 2:00p.m.

Colts Neck Stables’ SHADOW BOAT (Bernardini) makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Jorge Duarte, Jr. The $80,000 KEESEP buy is a half-sibling to GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Turf victress and millionaire Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect), who is the dam of GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Sharing (Speightstown), who makes her 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s Tepin S.; and SW Riley’s Choice (Distorted Humor). Shadow Boat is also a half-brother to GSW Colonial Flag (Pleasant Tap) and GSP Mark of Success (Mt. Livermore). Gary and Mary West’s $300,000 KEESEP purchase Wartime Hero (Empire Maker) also debuts in this test. He is out of GSW & GI Kentucky Oaks runner-up St. John’ss River (Include), who is a full-sister to MGISW millionaire Panty Raid, the dam of SW & GSP Micheline (Bernardini). TJCIS PPs

MEDAGLIA D’ORO FILLY MAKES CAREER BOW IN LOUISVILLE

4th-CD, $79K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 1m, 2:32p.m.

Christopher Davies saddles a well-bred first timer in Town and Country Racing’s MAID OF HONOR (Medaglia d’Oro). A half to MGSW Thiskyhasnolimit (Sky Mesa), the $400,000 KEESEP buy is out of a daughter of GISW Cara Rafaela (Quiet American), making her a half-sister to champion Bernardini (A.P. Indy). Willis Horton homebred Take Charge Glenda (Tapit) makes her second start after completing the exacta in her Oaklawn unveiling May 2. Her unraced dam Take Charge Tressa (War Front) is a half-sister to champion Take Charge Brandi (Giant’s Causeway) and a full to MGISW Omaha Beach. The chestnut’s third dam is MGISW and blue hen Take Charge Lady (Dehere), who produced champion Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song) and GISW Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy). TJCIS PPs

PLETCHER UNVEILS FULL-BROTHER TO CURALINA

6th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 3:16p.m.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trainer Todd Pletcher campaigned Curalina to three Grade I victories and over $1.5 million in earnings and Saturday they unveil her full-brother CURALINGO (Curlin). The $900,000 KEESEP purchase is out of GSP Whatdreamsrmadeof (Graeme Hall), who was purchased by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm for $1.65 million carrying this colt at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. Curalina sold for $3 million to Japan’s Shadai Farm at that same auction. A half-sister to MSW & GSP Ladyecho (Alphabet Soup), Whatdreamsrmadeof is also the dam of GSP Dream Spinner (Hard Spun). TJCIS PPs

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