Sunday’s Insights: Keeneland April 2yo Topper Debuts at Churchill Downs

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Miss Tapirado | Keeneland

3rd-CD, $85K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 1m, 2:00 p.m. ET
First-time starter MISS TAPIRADO (Tapit) topped the 2019 Keeneland April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, bringing $1.3 million from Prince Sultan bin Mishal Al Saud after breezing in a co-bullet :10 flat. Consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, she was previously a $775,000 KEENOV weanling purchase by Baccari Bloodstock. Grade I winner My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller) brought $1.5 million from SF Bloodstock & Newgate Farm while carrying Miss Tapirado at the Conquest Stables dispersal at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale. Miss Tapirado’s 4-year-old full-brother Bourbon War was second in the 2019 GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. Miss Tapirado, drawn widest of all in post seven for this debut run, worked a bullet four furlongs in :47 4/5 (1/100) over the training track at Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Belmont base back on Oct. 11. TJCIS PPs

7th-CD, $85K, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 4:06 p.m. ET
Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse unveils GHOSTLINER (Ghostzapper) in this full field of juveniles. John Oxley went to $475,000 to purchase the gray as a FTSAUG yearling. He was produced by a winning daughter of 2006 champion 3-year-old filly Wait a While (Maria’s Mon). Ghostliner’s worktab features several bullet moves, including a five-furlong drill in :59 1/5 (1/19) in Louisville Oct. 22.
The unlucky Sound Money (Flatter), favored at 2-1 on the morning line here, lost little in defeat rallying for second after a gate malfunction caused him to spot the field several lengths on debut for Chad Brown at Keeneland Oct. 11. TJCIS PPs

2nd-DMR, $57K, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 4:00 p.m. ET
LIFE IS GOOD (Into Mischief) looks like another live one for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and his red-hot leading sire. The $525,000 KEESEP yearling, owned by CHC Inc and WinStar Farm LLC, tuned up for this with a five-furlong bullet from the gate in 1:00 (1/51) at Santa Anita Nov. 16 (XBTV Video). The 4-5 morning-line favorite’s second dam is former Baffert runner, SW & MGISP Bonnie Blue Flag (Mineshaft).
The field of six also includes fellow first-time starters: Scales of Justice (Uncle Mo), a son of MGISW Balance (Thunder Gulch); and $550,000 KEESEP yearling Roman Centurian (Empire Maker). TJCIS PPs

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