Saturday's Racing Insights: Half to California Chrome Debuts at Keeneland

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Bobby Bo in the OBS Sales Ring | Photos by Z

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3rd-KEE, $79K, Msw, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 2:12 p.m. ET
OXO Equine LLC's Primary Endpoint (Pioneerof the Nile) makes his debut in a salty-looking Keeneland maiden special weight Saturday. The $600,000 Fasig-Tipton November '18 weanling is a half to none other than two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit). Brad Cox has been preparing the bay at Fair Grounds for this. Curlin Lane (Curlin) was a $500,000 KEESEP yearling buy by Albaugh Family Stables. The Dale Romans pupil is out of a SW/GSP mare who has already produced two stakes winners, including SW/GSP Street of Gold (Street Sense). A number of runners enter off of solid debut runs: Shadow Matter (Macho Uno) earned a field's-best 75 Beyer Speed Figure when finishing second at Fair Grounds Mar. 4–one slot ahead of $500,000 OBSAPR pick-up and grandson of Silverbulletday K C Rocket (Kantharos); $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad Recidivist (Into Mischief) was runner-up at Turfway Mar. 4; and Mr Annoying (Kitten's Joy) goes turf to dirt after rounding out the trifecta at Gulfstream Feb. 26. TJCIS PPs

SPEIGHTSTER TURNED BACK AFTER OBS IN AT SANTA ANITA

4th-SA, $76K, Msw, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 4:39 p.m. ET
   Bobby Bo (Speightster), the $100,000 SARAUG yearling turned $1.1-million OBSAPR juvenile who was subsequently turned back, reportedly for cribbing, makes his debut on the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby undercard for Bob Baffert and Little Read Feather Racing's pinhooking partnership, Solana Beach Sales. The powerful :20 4/5 breezer is out of a MSP mare who was a big-figure, 6 1/2-length debut winner as a November juvenile. Baffert also entered Juddmonte homebred Laurel River (Into Mischief), who was fifth on debut here last October as the 13-10 chalk. He's out of a full-sister to MGISW Emollient (Empire Maker). Secret Weapon (Candy Ride {Arg}), a $650,000 KEESEP buy, will be saddled by Simon Callaghan on behalf of Qatar Racing and his breeder Peter Blum. He hails from the family of GSW Multiple Choice, MSW Inspired, SW Initiation and GISW Well Chosen. Bender (Curlin) cost $575,000 at Keeneland September. The Richard Mandella-trained dark bay is half to the MGSW millionaire Clearly Now (Horse Greeley) and GSW Bendable (Horse Greeley). TJCIS PPs

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