Pricey Astern Filly Wins First Out at Del Mar


Brandon'smylawyer | Benoit

4th-Del Mar, $71,500, Msw, 9-2, 2yo, f, 5fT, :57.42, fm, 1/2 length.
BRANDON'SMYLAWYER (f, 2, Astern {Aus}–Ivory Pearl, by Pulpit), looking to become the fourth U.S. winner for freshman Astern, was sent off the 8-5 choice following a bullet four-furlong move in :47.40 at San Luis Rey Aug. 28. Rushing into contention but a hair behind the pacesetters, the dark bay was forced back slightly but recovered well to sit in a rail-hugging third through a :22.22 quarter. Moved to the outside turning for home, the Richard Baltas trainee caught Sugar Sugar (Twirling Candy) midstretch, pulled away from that rival and maintained a 1/2-length advantage over her oncoming stablemate Sterling Crest (Ire) (No Nay Never) at the wire. Brandon'smylawyer, the second highest priced juvenile this season by Astern, sold for $340,000 at the OBS Spring sale this past April after breezing an eighth in :10. The sire was also responsible for the third-place finisher, Tom's Beauty. The winner's dam, Ivory Pearl, is a daughter of Grade I winner Mea Domina. GSW and GISP third dam Madame Pandit (Wild Again) was responsible for GSP Ivory Empress (Seeking the Gold), the dam of GSW and 'TDN Rising Star' McCraken (Ghostzapper), MGSW Four Graces (Majesticperfection), GSP and fellow 'Rising Star' With Dignity (Declaration of War), MGSP Bondurant (War Front) and Millikin (Into Mischief), who graduated by eight lengths at first asking at Ellis Park Aug. 29. Ivory Pearl produced her latest foal last term, a colt by Oscar Performance and was bred back to Astern this spring. Sales history: $15,000 Ylg '20 FTKOCT; $340,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $42,000.
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O-Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing LLC; B-Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Richard Baltas.

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