Saturday Insights: Godolphin Firster Should Not Be 'Chile' on the Board

Poblano is a half-sister to MGSW Avery Island (pictured) | Joe Labozzetta


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5th-KEE, $100K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, post time: 3:08 p.m.
Hill 'n' Dale's Curlin has been good to Godolphin this season, having accounted for GI Forego S. upsetter Cody's Wish, and the 'Boys in Blue' take the wraps off the stallion's daughter POBLANO Saturday afternoon. Drawn the rail and pegged at morning-line odds of 12-1 that seem overlaid, the Apr. 16 foal is out of Kinda Spicy (A.P. Indy), perfect in two starts in an abbreviated racing career who has since gone on to produce Avery Island (Street Sense), winner of the GII Nashua S. and runner-up to future MGISW Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) in the GII Remsen S. at two and in the GIII Withers S. at three, defeating Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior). Poblano's second dam, Isola Piu Bella (Chi) (Rich Man's Gold), was Chile's Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2004 and was a dual graded winner for Sumaya U S Stables once transferred to this country. Kinda Spicy is the second of just two foals from Isola Piu Bella, who passed away in 2009. Poblano appears to be working well for the debut, including a strong half-mile move in :47 4/5 (3/57) over the Keeneland main track Oct. 7 and bullet drills prior to that at The Thoroughbred Center. TJCIS PPs

1st-BAQ, $95K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, post time: 12:35 p.m. ET
SOURCES AND USES (City of Light) is the first foal out of Ultimate Cause (Giant's Causeway), who was purchased by Richard Masson's Green Lantern Stables with this filly in utero for $310,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November Sale. The 9-year-old mare is a daughter of SW & GSP Supreme (Empire Maker), whose son Silver State (Hard Spun) proved best in the 2021 GI Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan H. and now holds court at Claiborne Farm. Third dam Mon Belle (Maria's Mon) is a full-sister to GI Kentucky Derby hero Monarchos and was also responsible for the three-times stakes-placed Spark (Speightstown). Among the competition is Erna (Curlin), a $135,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $600,000 OBS April breezer who hails from the female family of Grade I-winning turf filly Magnificent Song (Unbridled's Song). TJCIS PPs

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