Saturday's Insights: OBS April Topper Must Overcome High Draw


Corniche selling at OBS | Judit Seipert


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10th-DMR, $70K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, post time: 9:07 p.m. ET
CORNICHE (Quality Road) topped this year's OBS April Sale on a bid of $1.5 million from Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner's Speedway Stable and has drawn gate 10 as the 9-5 favorite Saturday at Del Mar. The son of six-time GSW and GI Matriarch S. runner-up Wasted Tears (Najran) was led out unsold on a bid of $385,000 at KEESEP last year, but turned in a smooth sales breeze in :10 flat to become one of two horses to eclipse the seven-figure barrier. Mike Smith has the riding assignment for Bob Baffert. TJCIS PPs

Songbird's Full-Brother Down to Debut…
7th-SAR, $100K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, post time: 3:53 p.m. ET
GALT (Medaglia d'Oro), a full-brother to two-time Eclipse Award and nine-time Grade I winner Songbird, carries the silks of Larry Best's OXO Equine as he makes his first visit to the races Saturday afternoon. A $400,000 Keeneland November purchase, the February foal is out of GSW Ivanavinalot (West Acre), a half-sister to MSW Shananie's Beat (Shananie) and to Beaties for Real (Unreal Zeal), whose five winners from six to race include the GSW full-siblings Friel's For Real (Sword Dance {Ire}) and Ryan's For Real and MSW Onepointhreekarats (Medaglia d'Oro), a $1.3-million KEESEP yearling back in 2009. Misbehaved (Into Mischief), a full-brother to MSW & MGSP Into Mystic, was bought back for $600,000 at KEESEP last fall and for $750,000 at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream before fetching $875,000 from Eclipse and Bob LaPenta's Whitehorse Stable at OBS April after breezing a furlong in :10 flat. TJCIS PPs

My Miss Sophia Colt Kicks Off At the Spa…
6th-SAR, $100K, Msw, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, post time: 3:22 p.m. ET
ANNAPOLIS (War Front) gets his career underway for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner/breeder Bass Racing LLC, on whose behalf bloodstock agent Steve Young went to $4 million for his GSW & MGISP dam My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song) with the colt in utero at KEENOV in 2018. That price was second only to the $4.2-million Lady Eli (Divine Park). The 2014 GII Gazelle S. winner and GI Kentucky Oaks runner-up, a half-sister to GI Florida Derby hero Materiality (Afleet Alex), is already the dam of Annapolis's 3-year-old full-sister Nevisian Sunrise, third in the Wild Applause S. in June. This is also the family of MGSW/GISP Eye of the Tiger (American Chance) and GISWs Afleet Express (Afleet Alex) and Embellish the Lace (Super Saver). Calloway Peak (Arrogate) is a Juddmonte homebred son of the talented turf distaffer Filimbi (Mizzen Mast), a stakes winner in France and GSW/MGISP in this country for the colt's trainer Bill Mott. A maternal grandson of Oaks winner Flute (Seattle Slew), Calloway Peak counts GISW Weep No More (Mineshaft) and GSW Current (Curlin) as members of his female family. TJCIS PPs

Baffert Colt Looks to Make Most of Belated Bow…
1st-DMR, $70K, Msw, 3yo/up, 6f, post time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Florida-bred SUMO (Not This Time) was a $200,000 purchase by Randy Bradshaw out of the 2019 Fasig-Tipton July Sale, then was knocked down to prominent owner Michael Lund Petersen for $700,000 late in the sale at OBSAPR in 2020 after working an eighth of a mile in :10 flat. The bay is out of a daughter of GSW In Conference (Dayjur), the dam of GSP Settle Up (Kris S.) and granddam of MSW & MGSP Foxy Danseur (Mr. Greeley). Sumo, owned in partnership with Albaugh Family Stable, looks to have trained forwardly for this debut, including a half-mile over this strip in :47 1/5 (4/21) Aug. 31. TJCIS PPs

Well-Related Godolphin Runner Tries the Synth…
9th-WO, C$126k, Msw, 2yo, 1m 70yds (AWT), post time: 5:17p.m. ET
GINA (Maclean's Music), a debut third sprinting over the Colonial main track July 20, stretches out and tries the local all-weather for the first time here. The Godolphin homebred is a daughter of five-time Grade I winner Music Note (A.P. Indy), making her a half-sister to 'TDN Rising Star' and reigning G1 Dubai World Cup hero Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper) and is more closely related to GIII Penn Mile winner Gershwin (Distorted Humor). There is some turf in the family as well, as Music Note's half-sister Musical Chimes (In Excess {Ire}) won the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches in 2003 and the GI John C. Mabee H. in this country. TJCIS PPs

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