Sunday's Racing Insights: Runhappy Half-Sis Looks to Go One Better at the Spa

Muteki | Judit Seipert

6th-SAR, $105K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 3:55 p.m. ET

RARIFY (Justify), a half-sister to champion sprinter Runhappy (Super Saver), looks to go one better at second asking here. The $750,000 KEESEP graduate set the pace and reported home second-best as the even-money favorite on debut for Wesley Ward at Saratoga July 24.

Godolphin homebred Spelterini (Bernardini) also completed the exacta on debut at the Spa July 14 (Second Chances series), rallying smartly to finish a length ahead of next-out blowout winner Chocolate Gelato (Practical Joke).

The field also includes first-time starters: Grand Love (Gun Runner), a half-sister to GISW Malibu Prayer (Malibu Moon) and millionaire Valid (Medaglia d'Oro); $625,000 FTSAUG graduate Rosie's Alibi (Justify); and $435,000 FTSAUG graduate Peak Popularity (Mendelssohn). TJCIS PPs

6th-ELP, $60K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, 4:10 p.m. ET

Dixiana Farms's homebred JUL QUIST (Nyquist), a half-brother to GISW and young WinStar Farm stallion Tom's d'Etat (Smart Strike), debuts for trainer Cherie DeVaux. Magnificent Mile (Quality Road), an $800,000 FTSAUG graduate and half-brother to SW & GISP Brill (Medaglia d'Oro), will also get his career started for WinStar and Siena Farm and trainer Rodolphe Brisset in this spot. TJCIS PPs

7th-DMR, $80K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 8:00 p.m. ET

MUTEKI (American Pharoah), a $1-million OBS March (:10) purchase by Baoma Corp., makes her first trip to the post for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. The filly is out of Just Parker (Forest Camp), a half-sister to SW and MGSP Qahira (Cairo Prince) in addition to SWs Stormin' Lyon (Storm Boot) and Quick Flip (Speightstown), herself the dam of GSW and MGISP Following Sea (Runhappy). TJCIS PPs

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