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Pure Clan with Carioquinha at foot in 2019 | Three Chimneys photo


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1st-KD, $135K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1mT, post time: 1:20 p.m. ET
CARIOQUINHA (Gun Runner), listed as a $475,000 Keeneland November weanling, is the latest to make the races for her dam Pure Clan (Pure Prize), a three-time Grade I winner on turf who was purchased by Torrealba Holdings for $4.5 million in foal to Bernardini at KEENOV in 2012. Undefeated at two and also a three-time GSW on the main track, Pure Clan is the dam of two winners from three to start, including Three Chimneys' Princesa Carolina (Tapit), who validated 4-5 favoritism in the Dueling Grounds Oaks over this course in 2019. Pure Clan is a half-sister to the pint-sized MGSW Greater Good (Intidab). Carioquinha is inbred 4×3 to Storm Cat, a topic highlighted in Sid Fernando's Taking Stock column Sept. 10. TJCIS PPs

6th-KD, $135K, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, post time: 4:08 p.m. ET
IBERVILLE (Pioneerof the Nile) cost $260,000 at KEESEP last fall and is out of Fascinating (Smart Strike), herself a $1.2-million KEESEP grad who finished runner-up as a maiden to She's a Tiger (Tale of the Cat) in the 2013 GI Del Mar Debutante. Iberville is a maternal grandson of GSW/GISP Untouched Talent (Storm Cat), whose son Bodemeister (Empire Maker) won the 2012 GI Arkansas Derby before taking excruciating losses when making nearly all the running in the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. The colt's third dam Parade Queen (A.P. Indy) was a dual graded-stakes winner on the grass. TJCIS PPs

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