Monday's Insights: Saratoga, Del Mar Meets End with a Bang


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3rd-Saratoga, $72k, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 12:33 p.m.
Bill Mott saddles Godolphin's debuting SERENE (Tapit), an $800,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase last year. The chestnut filly is a daughter of multiple Grade I-placed Fascinating (Smart Strike). Out of graded stakes winner Untouched Talent (Storm Cat), Fascinating is a half-sister to Grade I winner Bodemeister (Empire Maker). Also debuting is Peter Brant's Editor at Large (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). The Chad Brown trainee was a 260,000gns purchase at last year's Tattersalls October sale. Todd Pletcher sends out firster Ready Seeker (More Than Ready). The Charles Fipke homebred is out of Title Seeker (Monarchos) and is a half to graded winner Seeking the Title (Seeking the Gold), dam of Grade I winner Seeking the Soul (Perfect Soul {Ire}), and a full to multiple graded placed Title Ready. TJCIS PPs

7th-Saratoga, $72k, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 2:37 p.m.
Allen Stable's NO ORDINARY TIME (Not This Time), a $600,000 KEESEP yearling, debuts for trainer Shug McGaughey. Out of Crosswinds (Storm Cat), the bay filly is a half-sister to Grade I winner Weep No More (Mineshaft) and graded winner Current (Curlin). Godolphin homebred Lovestruck (Tapit) is a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner and late leading sire Scat Daddy (Johannesburg), as well as to graded winner Antipathy (A.P. Indy). She makes her first trip to the post for for trainer Bill Mott. TJCIS PPs

9th-Saratoga, $72k, Msw, 2yo, 6f, 3:39 p.m.
Jimmy Jerkens sends out firster GREATHEART (Empire Maker), a $400,000 KEESEP yearling, for Shortleaf Stable. He is a half-brother to graded placed Whiskey Echo (Tiznow). Courtlandt Farms' Ten for Ten (Frosted), a $410,000 KEESEP yearling, makes his first start for trainer Shug McGaughey. He is out of Summer Vacation (Eskendereya), a half-sister to Creative Cause (Giant's Causeway), Destin (Giant's Causeway), and to recent GI Personal Ensign S. winner Vexatious (Giant's Causeway). TJCIS PPs

3rd-Del Mar, $55k, 2yo, 1mT, 5:00 p.m.
SF Racing, Starlight Racing and Madaket Stable's TARANTINO (Pioneerof theNile), a $610,000 KEESEP yearling, debuts for trainer Bob Baffert. The bay colt is out of Without Delay (Seeking the Gold) and is a half-brother to graded-placed Before You Know It (Hard Spun) and Instant Reflex (Quality Road). C R K Stable's Union Soldier (Union Rags) makes his first trip to the post for trainer John Shirreffs. The bay colt, a $650,000 KEESEP purchase, is out of graded winner Sky Girl (Sky Mesa). TJCIS PPs

8th-Del Mar, $57k, Alw/Opt Clm, 3/up, f/m, 6 1/2f, 7:30 p.m.
Baoma Corp's HAPPIER (Street Sense) looks to follow up on her 'TDN Rising Star' debut. The Bob Baffert trainee, an $800,000 KEESEP yearling in 2018, went wire-to-wire to graduate by 3 1/4 lengths going seven furlongs at Del Mar July 31. TJCIS PPs

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