Monday Insights: Flay Looks To Close Meet With Homebred Firster


Frankel | Bronwen Healy photo

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8th-SAR, $100K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 4:29 p.m. ET
It's been a successful handful of weeks at Saratoga for celebrity chef Bobby Flay, at the racetrack with the likes of GIII Caress S. winner Caravel (Mizzen Mast) and across the street at Fasig-Tipton, where he sold an Uncle Mo colt from his Grade I winner Dame Dorothy (Bernardini) for $1.6 million. He'll try to end the meet on another high note when he sends out OLD SCHOOL (GB) (Frankel {GB}). Through bloodstock agent James Delahooke, Flay paid 550,000gns (about $944,000) for the filly's dam Auld Alliance (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), a half-sister to MG1SW Golan (Ire) (Spectrum {Ire}) and MGSW/MG1SP Tartan Bearer (Ire) (Spectrum {Ire}) at Tattersalls December in 2013, and got her some black-type in the 2014 Flaming Page S. at Woodbine. The mare returned to Moulton Paddocks in 2017 carrying to Frankel, but Flay elected to buy her back on a bid of 1.05-million guineas (about $1.49 million). She was entered for the same event a year later carrying this filly, but was ultimately withdrawn. TJCIS PPs

Kimmel Debuter Looks To Sink Rivals…
7th-SAR, $100K, Msw, 2yo, 6f, 3:54 p.m.
TORPEDO RUN (Gun Runner) cost $270,000 at Fasig-Tipton last October, then fetched $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale after covering an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5. The Apr. 25 foal is out of a daughter of MGISW Lady Tak (Mutakddim), the dam of Japanese SW & MGSP A Shin Spartan (Zensational); SW Melody Lady (Unbridled's Song), whose produce include 'TDN Rising Star' Volatile (Violence) and SW/GSP Buy Sell Hold (Violence); and MSP Casual (Curlin). Fans of the daytime drama 'All My Children' might take a liking to the debuting Pine Valley (Maclean's Music), named after the fictional Pennsylvania town that served as the setting for the show. Produced by a half-sister to SW & MGSP Cherokee Artist (Cherokee Run) and SW/GSP Cherokee Girl (Cherokee Run), Pine Valley was bought back for $32,000 at KEENOV in 2019, made $75,000 at FTKOCT last year and hammered for $250,000 at FTFMAR earlier this year after working a furlong in :10 2/5. TJCIS PPs

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