By Brian DiDonato
Lady Pauline (Munnings), a half-sister to none other than these connections' superstar Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy), Hwt. 2yo Filly-Eng & Fr, G1SW-Eng & Fr, SW-US, $834,945, followed in that one's hoofsteps Friday with a practically pre-ordained first-out success worthy of the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction. Pounded at the windows and off at 1-5 with an unassuming worktab on display and while facing mostly colts, the Stonestreet homebred beat the gate like a typical Wesley Ward-trained baby and barreled along on the engine under stout John Velazquez restraint. Giving a glimmer of hope to a challenging rival in upper stretch as she was a bit late with her lead change, she soon switched over and showed a very impressive turn of foot to blow away her competition by 9 3/4 lengths, stopping the clock in :51.71. Two Dot (Soldat) completed the exacta. Stonestreet paid $1 million for the winner's dam at the 2005 Keeneland November sale, and Barbara Banke's operation bought back globe-trotting Lady Aurelia for $7.5 million at last year's Fasig-Tipton November sale (see Banke Bringing Home Lady Aurelia). D' Wildcat Speed was not bred back in 2017 after foaling Lady Pauline on May 5, 2017, but produced a Medaglia d'Oro filly this Feb. 13.
2nd-Keeneland, $57,440, Msw, 4-5, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :51.71, gd.
LADY PAULINE, f, 2, Munnings
1st Dam: D' Wildcat Speed (Horse of the Year & Ch. Imported 3yo Filly-PR, GSW-US, MSW-PR, $530,755), by Forest Wildcat
2nd Dam: Velvet Panther, by Pentaquod
3rd Dam: Blue Eyed Cat, by Great Above
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart, free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward.