Sunday’s Racing Insights

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Follow the Flag as a weanling | Keeneland Photo

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5th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 2:34 p.m. ET
The well-bred Follow the Flag (Tapit) makes her debut here for Skara Glen Stables and trainer Michael Matz. The $675,000 KEENOV weanling is out of Grade I winner Mushka (Empire), herself a $1.6-million FTSAUG yearling; $2.4-million KEENOV ’08 seller; and $650,000 KEENOV ’16 graduate while carrying Follow the Flag. Mushka is a granddaughter of MGISW Lakeway (Seattle Slew). Follow the Flag shows an ubeat series of drills, mostly of late over the Palm Meadows sod–click for XBTV video of her Jan. 4 drill (5f, 1:04 1/5, 2/11). TJCIS PPs

4th-SA, $55K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 5:00 p.m. ET
Lane Way (Into Mischief) ran into a Bob Baffert-trained juggernaut on debut, and he’ll face two more well-bred and high-priced runners from that Hall of Famers barn this time around. A $550,000 OBSMAR grad (:21 1/5), the Richard Mandella pupil was third here Jan. 19 behind a ‘TDN Rising Star’-garnering performance by Nadal (Blame), who doubled up in the GII San Vicente S. last Sunday. Lane Way earned a solid 89 Beyer Speed Figure for his own debut outing. Baffert’s pair in here are $700,000 KEESEP buy Charlatan (Speightstown), and $575,000 KEENOV weanling, $800,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga RNA and $410,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream grad (:10 3/5) J Z My Man (American Pharoah). The former is out of MGSW and MGISP Authenticity (Quiet American), making him a half to SW Hanalei Moon (Malibu Moon). J Z My Man hails from a female family chock full of ‘Rising Stars,’ including his MSW dam J Z Warrior (Harlan’s Holiday). He prepped for this with a five-furlong local spin from the gate Feb. 11 (1:01.00, 5/50|XBTV Video). Fellow newcomer Capo Mafioso (Street Boss) is out of a full-sister to GISW My Sweet Addiction (Tiznow) and daughter of GISW Healthy Addiction (Boston Harbor). TJCIS PPs

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