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Feb. 2 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency BAFFERT UNVEILS PRICEY STREET SENSE 1st-SA, $55K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, 2:30p.m. Bob Baffert and longtime owners Pegram, Watson and Weitman have enjoyed plenty of success with a son of Street Sense, courtesy of MGISW McKinzie, and they hope lightning strikes twice with MASTERING (Street Sense). The $500,000 FTKOCT buy prepped for this debut with a half-mile bullet in :47 2/5 (1/49) here Jan. 25. The dark bay is a half to GSP Sister Moon (Dixie Union), who is the dam of GSW Nolde (Pioneerof the...

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Sunday’s Insights: Tapit Firster Set to Take Flight

4th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, post time: 1:33 p.m. ET Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable went to $800K at last year's Keeneland September sale for PRAIRIE WINGS (Tapit), a daughter of the unraced, but immaculately bred Love Me Only (Ire) (Sadler's Wells). Summer Wind Farm acquired the daughter of MGSW/GISP Mariah's Storm (Rahy) for $2.1 million at KEENOV in 2011 and the foal she was carrying at the time became Storm The Stars (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), winner of the 2015 G2 Great Voltigeur S. and placed in the...

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Saturday Insights: High-Powered Pedigrees Dot Gulfstream Maidens

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 1st-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, post time: Noon ET The well-related BEAR ALLEY (Will Take Charge) gets his career underway for the partnership of West Point Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stable. A $525K acquisition out of the 2018 Keeneland September yearling sale, the March foal is a son of Unbridled Empire (Empire Maker), dam of GISW and GI Pegasus World Cup Turf-bound Arklow (Arch) and the latter's year-younger MGSW close relative Maraud (Blame). Bear Alley, who is therefore bred 3x3 to Unbridled, has a 2-year-old...

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Thursday’s Insights: Well-Related Colt Makes Belated Debut

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 9th-FG, $40K, Msw, 4yo/up, a1mT, post time: 5:22 p.m. ET BOTSWANA TAPS (Distorted Humor), a $400K acquisition out of the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, gets his career underway in this two-turn test on the turf. The gray's now 23-year-old dam Unacloud (Unaccounted For) is the dam of nine winners from 12 to race, including GI Arkansas Derby hero and sire Overanalyze (Dixie Union) and GISW Meadow Breeze (Meadowlake)-the dam of GISP Royal Copy (Bodemeister). Botswana Taps is also kin to GI Florida Derby runner-up Majesto...

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