Monday Insights: New 3-Year-Olds Look To Graduate On New Year's Day

Who's Ticket sells as a weanling | Fasig-Tipton Photo


6th-FG, $52K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 4:15 p.m.

Starting the New Year off in Louisiana, WHO'S TICKET (Quality Road) is a daughter of champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi, a mare who has changed hands for sums of $6m, $3.2m and most recently in 2021 when Three Chimneys Farm went to $1.15m for her. Who's Ticket, herself a $450,000 weanling, is a half to SW Courvoisier (Tapit). Take Charge Brandi has seen her branch of the family tree grow more fruitful recently with the success of her half-brother, freshman sire Omaha Beach (War Front), at stud. And of course, third dam Take Charge Lady needs no introduction as the dam of champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song), GISW and sire Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy) and GISW As Time Goes By (American Pharoah). Her daughter also produced MGSW/GISP Charge It (Tapit)

Juddmonte homebred Impel (Quality Road) debuts for trainer Brad Cox. The filly is the first foal out of stakes-winning Your Love (Flatter) who was purchased by Juddmonte for $480,000 out of the 2019 KEENOV sale. Your Love is a full-sister to GSW/GISP Economic Model and a half to MSW Jimmy Simms (Lost Soldier), GSW/GISP Happy American (Runhappy) and GSW/GISP Well Monied (Maria's Mon).

Tipsy Tammy (Arrogate), a $600,000 KEESEP yearling for Rigney Racing, is a half to MSW Doc Boy (Into Mischief) along with three other winners from as many to race. Second dam Perfect Sting, 2000's champion grass mare, also produced GSW Smart Sting (Smart Strike). TJCIS PPS

4th-SA, $65K, Msw, 3yo, 1m, 4:32 p.m.

Out west, a pair of Baffert colts look to improve on their 2023 starts led by Imagination (Into Mischief). The $1.05m yearling has raced twice at Del Mar through the fall, just missing by a neck most recently over the same distance Dec. 2. The colt is a half to MSW Exulting (Tapit) and a full-brother to GSW/GISP Occult.

Also looking to improve for Baffert is Cornell (Into Mischief), a $675,000 yearling who stretches out to the mile off a non-factoring ninth on debut at Del Mar Nov. 25.

John Sadler brings back Indispensable (Constitution) who ran second to 'TDN Rising Star' Coach Prime (Quality Road) last out at Del Mar Nov. 10 in his third start since bringing $825,000 at KEESEP last year.

The only debut runner in the field, Leading (Uncle Mo) is a Repole Stable homebred out of SW/GISP Savings Account. The dam, purchased by Repole for $800,000 in 2018 from FTKNOV, has already produced a winner from her first foal. TJCIS PPS

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