Sept. 19 Insights

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Likeable | Sarah Andrew

SATURDAY’S RACING INSIGHTS:

By Christie DeBernardis

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency

WELL-BRED CURLIN COLT DEBUTS IN NY

6th-BEL, $63K, Msw, 2yo, 1m, 3:36 p.m.

St. Elias Stable homebred KNOWN AGENDA (Curlin) makes his career bow in this spot for Todd Pletcher. The chestnut is out of GISW Byrama (GB) (Byron {GB}), who is a half-sister to GSW Klammer (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}). He enters off a pair of bullet works, most recently covering a half-mile in a best-of-29 :48 2/5 on Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track Sept. 14. His entry-mate Likeable (Frosted) makes his second attempt after missing by a head in an off-the-turf event at the Spa Aug. 22. Out of SW Dashing Debby (Medaglia d’Oro), the $350,000 KEESEP purchase is a half to SW & MGISP Dawn the Destroyer (Speightstown) and MSW Bronze Star (Tapit). Also making his second start here is $900,000 KEESEP purchase Engrave (Flatter), who completed the exacta in his Saratoga unveiling Aug. 15. He is a half-brother to MGISW Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid). Their dam is a half to MGSW Hurricane Bertie (Storm Boot) and a full to MGSW & GISP Allamerican Bertie (Quiet American). TJCIS PPs

BELMONT BABY RACE LITTERED WITH INTRIGUING PEDIGREES

7th-BEL, $633K, Msw, f, 2yo, 1mT, 4:08p.m.

Shug McGaughey unveils the latest Stuart Janney homebred in ISLAND TREASURE (Speightstown). Out of MGSW Hit It Rich (Smart Strike), she is a half to GSP Profiteer (War Front). His second dam if GSW Cuando Puede (Lord at War {Arg}). This is also the family of MGISW Honey Ryder (Lasting Approval) and MGSW Dominus (Smart Strike). Klaravich Stables went to 130,000gns at TATOCT for Amortization (Ire) (Kingman {GB}), who debuts here for Chad Brown. Her second dam is English and French Highweight Sulk (Ire) (Selkirk). Barclay Tagg saddles another firster in Kerry Girl (Pioneerof theNile), a daughter of GSW & GISP Caroline Thomas (Giant’s Causeway). Her second dam is GISW Bit of Whimsy (Distorted Humor). TJCIS PPs

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