Sunday Insights: Practical Joke's First Runner Looks Live

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4th-KEE, $60K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, post time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Tom Durant's TEJANO TWIST becomes the first starter for the much-hyped freshman sire Practical Joke for the potent 2-year-old barn of Bret Calhoun. A son of the Grade III-placed Haley's Lolipop (Cuvee), the homebred is a half-brother to Game Day Play (Violence), a second-out maiden winner last August and two starts later victorious in the Clevor Trevor S. at Remington Park. Second dam Two Foxie (Fair Skies) produced the fleet GSW & GISP Maddalena (Good and Tough), whose eight winners from nine to the races include Grade II-winning juvenile Bern Identity (Bernstein) and five other black-type performers. First-crop runners for Practical Joke have sold for up to $800,000 this year and a filly out of Purr and Prowl (Purim) topped this week's Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up on a bid of 360,000gns from Peter Brant. TJCIS PPs

Well-Bred Curlin Filly Gets Going…
2nd-SA, $61K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 6 1/2f, post time: 4:38 p.m. ET
CURVETTE (Curlin) is the latest foal from the talented Fiftyshadesofhay (Pulpit), winner of the GII Black-Eyed Susan S. and GIII Iowa Oaks in 2013 while placing in the GI Las Virgenes S., GI Santa Anita Oaks and GI Alabama S. that season. She went on to capture the GII Ruffian S. the following season and was purchased by Stonestreet Farm for $1.3 million at Keeneland November that fall. The daughter of GISP Quiet Kim (Real Quiet) is already the dam of two winners from as many to the races. TJCIS PPs

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