Saturday Insights: Loaded Field Of Maiden Fillies Headlines Del Mar's Opening Weekend

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4th-DMR, $70K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, 5:00 p.m.

The third foal out of four-time champion Beholder (Henny Hughes), TEENA ELLA (War Front) debuts Saturday for the same connections as her dam, owner/breeder Spendthrift Farm and trainer Richard Mandella. Beholder, herself out of blue hen Leslie's Lady (Tricky Creek), is a half-sister to the likes of GISW & top-10 freshman sire Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) as well as GISW & perennial leading sire Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday). The first of her siblings to make the races as 2-year-old, Teena Ella enters off a pair of back-to-back six-furlong bullets, working from the gate in 1:12 4/5 (½) Oct. 27 and timed in 1:13 2/5 (1/4) Nov. 3.

A $940,000 yearling purchase by David Wilson out of last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, Miss Monarch Bay (Into Mischief) is a half-sister to MGSP Sine Wave (Big Brown) and from the family of G1SW Menhoubah (Dixieland Band). She picks up jockey Victor Espinoza for trainer Mike McCarthy.

Following a workman-like breeze in :10, Wudi (Uncle Mo), originally a $117,000 yearling purchase, sold for $725,000 to Donato Lanni out of the OBS Spring Sale. The second foal out of a half-sister to MGSW His Race To Win (Stormy Atlantic) and the dam of GISW El Tormenta (Stormy Atlantic) and GSW Zero Tolerance (Mizzen Mast), this is the family of leading sire Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector), Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly (Danzig) and Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Hello Seattle (Deputy Minister). Wudi races for trainer Bob Baffert in the silks of Baoma Corp.

The other half of the un-coupled Bob Baffert entry, Faiza (Girvin) also brought $725,000 as a 2-year-old out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale following a breeze in :10.1. Second dam, MGSW & MGISP Pomeroys Pistol (Poneroy), also produced MGSW & Spendthrift stallion Thousand Words (Pioneerof the Nile). TJCIS PPS

3rd-CD, $120K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1m, 2:00 p.m.

A $525,000 Keeneland September yearling, MADLY DANCING (Curlin), for trainer John Ortiz, is a half-sister to GI Preakness third Creative Minister (Creative Cause), MGSP Battalion Runner (Unbridled's Song), MGSP Oceanwave (Harlan's Holiday), and GISP Dolder Grand (Candy Ride {Arg}). She is also out of a full-sister to GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner and late sire Tapizar.

Breaking to the outside is $500,000 KEESEP Juddmonte purchase Undoubtedly (Blame), a daughter of MGISP And Why Note (Street Cry {Ire}), who has also produced MGSW Fearless (Ghostzapper) and MGSP Just Whistle (Pioneerof the Nile). This is also the family of GSW & MGISP Lone Sailor (Majestic Warrior) and MGSW Timeline (Hard Spun). TJCIS PPS

10th-GP, $52K, AOC, 3yo/up, 1m, 5:09 p.m.

Making his first start since a distant eighth to Art Collector (Bernardini) in the 2021 Alydar S., JESUS' TEAM (Tapiture) returns to racing after a tumultuous layoff. After undergoing surgery for an ankle chip following his last race, MGISP Jesus' Team suffered both a bacterial infection that threatened his life and laminitis in both of his front feet. It has been a slow recovery back but, after runner-up efforts in both the 2020 GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and the 2021 GI Pegasus World Cup to Horse of the Year Knicks Go (Paynter), the Jose D'Angelo trainee returns Saturday off a steady Palm Meadows work tab. TJCIS PPS

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