By J.N. Campbell
Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency
1st-AQU, $80K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 12:50 p.m.
Bought by Chenoweth Stables for $200,000 at the '21 FTKJUL auction, GLOBAL IMAGE (Liam's Map) was purchased by Taproot Bloodstock a year later at the OBSMAR after breezing an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. Owned by Robert LaPenta and Madaket Stables, the Brad Cox trainee shipped to Belmont after training with his Churchill Downs string over the winter. Out of Ballerina S. heroine Class Included (Include), the gray colt will break from the three post with Manny Franco aboard as the morning-line second choice at 9-5. TJCIS PPs
4th-OP, $90K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 3:17 p.m.
The first for dam Munjazaat (Daaher) to make the races, SHE'S A ROCKET (Sharp Azteca) debuts at Oaklawn with Florent Geroux in the irons at 7-2 for owners Frank Fletcher and Ten Strike Racing. Initially sold to Rosewood Stable for $30,000 at the 2021 OBSJAN sale, she was purchased six months later by Omar Ramirez for $50,000 at FTKJUL. The following May, Ten Strike made their bid and secured the filly for $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale. TJCIS PPs
7th-GP, $84K, Msw, 3yo, f, 7 1/2fT, 3:38 p.m.
Heading to a battle on the grass, CALIFORNIA WAY (Malibu Moon) will look to assert her authority as she debuts for the Todd Pletcher barn. A $190,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling, the filly was hammered down for $475,000 to Spendthrift Farm during the OBSAPR sale last year. The 12-1 morning-line shot will be guided by Samy Camacho Jr. Standing in her way is Amalfi Spritz (Street Sense) who sold for $165,000 at the 2020 FTKNOV sale before she went for $250,000 at FTSAUG to Bobby Flay a year later. A full-brother to GSW Champagne Anyone, trainer Todd Pletcher taps rider Jose Ortiz for the 6-1 priced firster. TJCIS PPs
8th-OP, $90K, Msw, 3yo, 1m, 5:22 p.m.
Full of spirit in what is his first career race, the Three Chimneys homebred GO CATS (Gun Runner) heads to post four to try two turns for Steve Asmussen under Ricardo Santana Jr. The chestnut colt who is tabbed at 5-1, is the first offspring for dam Best Performance (Broken Vow) who was runner-up in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She just produced a full-sister to Go Cats on Feb. 16. TJCIS PPs