September 6 Insights

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Berning QuestionChristie DeBernardis

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BLUE-BLOODED GODOLPHIN FILLY DEBUTS

1st-SAR, $72K, Msw, 2yo, f, 7f, 12:45 p.m.
Bill Mott unveils Godolphin homebred CARAMEL SWIRL (Union Rags) in this Spa baby race. Her unraced dam Caramel Snap (Smart Strike) is a daughter of MGSW Fast Cookie (Deputy Minister), making her a half-sister to MGISW freshman sire Frosted (Tapit) and GSW Indulgent (Bernardini). This is also the family of champion Midshipman (Unbridled’s Song). Ken McPeek also saddles an firster of interest in Lee Pokoik homebred Tabor Hall (Candy Ride {Arg}). Her SP dam is a half-sister to MGISW Secret Status (A.P. Indy) and MGSW Alumni Hall (A. P. Indy). This is also the family of GISW Dunbar Road (Quality Road). TJCIS PPs

WELL-BRED BERNARDINI FILLY MAKES CAREER BOW AT THE SPA

5th-SAR, $72K, Msw, f, 2yo, 7f, 2:55p.m.
Summer Wind owner Jane Lyon purchased the stakes-winning mare For Royalty (Not For Love) for $2.1 million at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale in foal to Bernardini and the resulting filly, now named BERNING QUESTION (Bernardini), makes her career bow in this test. For Royalty has been very successful in the breeding shed already, producing Grade I winner Constellation (Bellamy Road) and stakes-placed runners Upper Room (Harlan’s Holiday), Queen Mum (Paynter) and Back Flip (Super Saver). Lyon was the underbidder on her daughter Constellation at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton November Sale, where she sold for $3.15-million to Don Alberto. Berning Question also hails from the family of MGISw Spun Sugar (Awesome Again), GISW sire Daaher (Awesome Again) and graded winner Kiss to Remember (Big Brown). Her Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott also saddles another well-bred firster in this event in Godolphin homebred Jane Grey (Into Mischief). Her unraced dam Crownd (Bernardini) is a daughter of GISW Mushka (Empire Maker). Her fourth dam is MGISW Lakeway (Seattle Slew). TJCIS PPs

 

BAFFERT UNVEILS PRICEY CURLIN COLT

7th-DMR, $55K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 7:10 p.m.
Bob Baffert saddles an expensive firster in $800,000 KEESEP purchase TENOR (Curlin). Out of the Unbridled’s Song mar Lyrical Moment, the gray hails from the family of ill-fated MGSW and GI Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles (Unbridled’s Song). Speedway Stable homebred Risk and Reward (Frosted) also debuts for the Hall of Famer here. His dam is SW & MGSP Shayjolie (Indian Charlie), who is a half to MGSW & GISP Mythical Power (Congaree). John Shireffs sends out another pricey first timer in $500,000 KEESEP buy Parnelli (Quality Road). His second dam is GSW Touch Love (Not For Love), who produced MSW Starfish Bay (Elusive Quality), who in turn is the dam of MSW & MGSP Blind Ambition (Tapit). TJCIS PPs

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