Saturday Insights: Deep Juvenile Races on Both Coasts


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1st-SAR, $72K, Msw, 2yo, 6f, post time: 1:10 p.m. ET
A pair of loaded 2-year-old maidens–one on each coast–serve as appetizers to the major stakes Saturday. Coffepot Stables homebred REGULAR GUY (Bernardini) features at the Spa for Wayne Catalano. The dark bay is a half to multiple Grade I winner and young sire Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway), as well as to additional GISW J. B.'s Thunder (Thunder Gulch), MGSW & GISP Farrell (Malibu Moon), and two other graded stakes horses. Regular Guy faces $700,000 KEESEP purchase Olympiad (Speightstown), who makes his debut for the Bill Mott barn and is from the bottomless Emory Hamilton family of champion Chic Shirine (Mr. Prospector). His dam is a half-sister to the dam of last year's GI Woodward S. winner Preservationist (Arch). Windcracker (Super Saver)'s dam is out of a full-sister to GISW Include (Broad Brush), while Zunith Moon (Malibu Moon) is from the immediate family of GISW Cupid (Tapit). Freshman sires are also heavily represented with Reddam Racing homebred Team Merchants (Nyquist), $375,000 KEESEP buy Outlier (Not This Time), and $280,000 OBSMAR purchase and :20 4/5 breezer Reinvestment Risk (Upstart). TJCIS PPs


3rd-DMR, 55K, Msw, 2yo, 5f, post time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Eoin Harty unveils EL JOY (Kitten's Joy) for Equilete Stables. The full-brother to last year's GI Belmont Derby Invitational S. winner Henley's Joy also hails from the extended family of 2019 hot juvenile and GSW Dennis' Moment (Tiznow). Vittorio (Ghostzapper) breezed :9 4/5 at OBS in June before fetching $750,000 as the fifth-highest price of the sale. Simon Callaghan debuts him for Kaleem Shah. Trainer Ryan Hanson sends Epidemic (Orb), a half-brother to MGSW Stanford (Malibu Moon) and SW & MGSP Hedge Fund (Super Saver) from the extremely deep sire family of champions Johannesburg (Hennessy) and Minardi (Boundary), as well as GSWs Tale of the Cat (Storm Cat) and Pulpit (A.P. Indy). Bob Baffert always has his firsters firing on all cylinders for Del Mar. Freedom Fighter (Violence) has issued three bullets in his last five works, including a :47 half (1/102) where the turf meets the surf July 25. TJCIS PPs

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