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June 12 Insights: War Front, Frankel Juvys Clash at Belmont; Baffert Unveils Promising Uncle Mo Colt at Santa Anita

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 1st-BEL, $64K, Msw, 2yo, 5fT, 1:15 p.m. ET International star sire power will be on display in Friday's opener at Belmont, as Coolmore unveils RIVER TIBER (War Front) against Gary Barber's Mrs Frankel (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) and six other juveniles in this intriguing turf sprint, the first 2-year-old turf race in New York this year. River Tiber, a $500,000 Keeneland September buy, is a full-brother to 2015 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Hit It a Bomb and 2016 G1 Cheveley Park S. victress Brave...

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Thursday’s Insights: Near Million-Dollar Tapit Filly Gets Going at Churchill

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-CD, $79K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, post time: 1:34 p.m. ET Bidding on behalf of Heider Family Stables, bloodstock agent Donato Lanni went to $950K for THOUGHTFULLY (Tapit) at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale and the March-foaled bay takes her first step towards repaying that investment here. The dark bay was bred by Gainesway from Passion (Seeking the Gold), dam of GSW Annual Report (Harlan's Holiday) and MSW Giant Payday (Giant's Causeway). The filly's Grade I-winning second dam Furlough (Easy Goer) was responsible for...

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June 10 Insights: Pair of Promising Euro-Breds Highlight Gulfstream Baby Race

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 5th-GP, $65K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5fT, 2:05 p.m. ET Two juveniles bred in Europe who debut for top barns headline this turf sprint Wednesday in Hallandale, led by Wesley Ward trainee AMANZI YIMPILO (IRE) (No Nay Never). By an emerging star stallion, the chestnut was picked up for $300,000 at Keeneland September and signaled her readiness for this unveiling with a best-of-64 bullet half-mile breeze around dogs on the Palm Meadows turf in :47 4/5 May 30. She hails from the female family of champion...

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May 22 Insights: Big-Fig Debut Winners Clash in Churchill Allowance

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 8th-CD, $81K, Alw/Opt. Clm ($75K), 7f, 3yo, f, 4:40 p.m. ET Two well-regarded sophomore fillies who earned lofty Beyer numbers in first-out victories will knock heads in this seven-furlong first-level allowance under the Twin Spires Friday. OXO Equine's CENTER AISLE (Into Mischief) was the third-highest lot to sell at last year's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale when hammering for $1.5 million, and backed that price up with a strong debut success Mar. 29 at Gulfstream, stalking the speed and edging clear to score by 3 3/4 lengths...

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May 16 Insights: Monomoy Girl Back At Last, Baffert Debuts Million-Dollar Pharoah Filly

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 4th-CD, $85K, Alw/Opt. Clm ($80K), 3yo/up, f/m, 1m, 2:32 p.m. ET Wildly popular champion MONOMOY GIRL (Tapizar) headlines a stacked opening day card at Churchill as she makes her long-awaited return in the day's fourth race. Unseen since locking up her 3-year-old filly title with a score in the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff over this track in 2018, the chestnut has overcome a variety of issues and comes back with a snappy worktab in tow for trainer Brad Cox. Showing a half-dozen breezes at...

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Friday’s Racing Insights: Baffert Loaded As Santa Anita Re-Opens

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 4th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo/up, 5fT, post time: 2:41 p.m. ET UNCLE GEORGE (Uncle Mo), a $310K acquisition out of the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Sale, gets his career started for Jump Sucker Stable and trainer Christophe Clement. The bay colt is a half-brother to fellow Empire-bred Epping Forest (Exchange Rate), who defeated open company at first asking sprinting five furlongs over the Belmont turf and was runner-up in the 5 1/2-furlong Coronation Cup S. at the Spa in 2017. Uncle George's dam was a...

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May 14 Insights: Pletcher Unveils Pricey Pharoah Filly On Gulfstream Grass

Insights, Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 6th-GP, Msw, $45K, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 3:43 p.m ET A full field of 12 plus three also-eligibles signs on for this maiden turf route Thursday in Hallandale, headed by expensive Todd Pletcher debutante THANKFUL (American Pharoah). Owned by Bass Stables, the bay is a half-sister to GSW Brazen Persuasion (Indian Charlie) and hammered for $625,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling. She shows a steady series of breezes at Palm Beach Downs on both turf and dirt going back to mid-March, capped by a...

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Wednesday’s Insights: Calabrese Dreaming of Anna Homebred Debuts at Tampa

8th-TAM, $20K, Msw, 3yo, 1mT, post time: 4:30 p.m. ET Frank Calabrese homebred BIG DREAMING (Declaration of War) makes his debut for conditioner Mike Stidham here. He will be the sixth foal to race out of 2006's champion 2-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna (Rahy), who is already responsible for GSW Dreamologist (Tapit); speedy GISP young sire Fast Anna (Medaglia d'Oro); and SP All Her Class (Street Cry {Ire}), who in turn produced turf SW and dirt GISP With Honors (War Front). Out of MSW and GSP Justenuffheart (Broad Brush), Dreaming...

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Friday’s Racing Insights: No Nay Never Filly Makes U.S. Debut

8th-GP, $46k, AOC, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, post time: 4:46 p.m. ET NOPE (IRE) (No Nay Never) made five European starts for Alpha Racing and trainer Jessie Harrington, defeating the boys in a Fairyhouse maiden at second asking before concluding that portion of her career with a close fourth in the G3 Oh So Sharp S. at Newmarket in October. A half-sister to European MGSP Wall of Fire (Ire) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}), the 135,000gns Tattersalls October yearling is out of a daughter of Jewel In the Sand (Ire) (Bluebird), winner...

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Apr. 22 Insights: Expensive Honor Code Colt Debuts for Shug at Tampa

7th-TAM, $20K, Msw, 3yo, 7f, 3:30 p.m. ET Lynne and Edward Hudson's pricey sophomore colt CREED (Honor Code) adds spice to the Wednesday card at Tampa Bay Downs as he makes his career debut for Shug McGaughey in this elongated sprint. A son of GSP Aspiring (Seeking the Gold), the bay hammered for $650,000 at Keeneland September and boasts a strong female family. Second dam Lassie's Legacy (Deputy Minister) is out of MGSW/GISP Weekend Surprise (Secretariat), making her a half-sister to the legendary A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew) and MGISW Summer...

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Friday’s Racing Insights: First Foal out of Lady Shipman Debuts at Gulfstream

2nd-GP, $65K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, 1:34 p.m. GOLDEN PAL (Uncle Mo), the first foal out of talented turf sprinter and 'TDN Rising Star' Lady Shipman (Midshipman), debuts for Wesley Ward. The Randy Lowe homebred RNA'd for $325,000 as a KEESEP yearling last year. Golden Pal worked four furlongs in :48 around the dogs over the Palm Meadows lawn in :48 (2/51) Apr. 11. "He's very fast," Ward said of the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Jacks or Better Farm homebred First Navy Admiral (Fort Loudon), a half-brother to champion Awesome Feather...

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Sunday’s Racing Insights: Salty Maidens on Tap at Gulfstream on Easter Sunday

4th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:27 p.m. The rail-drawn THE GIRL HERSELF (American Pharoah) gets her career started. Todd Pletcher also saddled the Michael Tabor colorbearer's half-sister Circular Quay (Thunder Gulch) to a win in the 2006 GI Hopeful S. and runner-up finish in that term's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The Girl Herself worked a four-furlong bullet in :49 (1/13) at Palm Beach Downs Apr. 5. Nikki and Papa (Mineshaft) takes on maidens for the first time after a pair of graded attempts, including a third-place finish after ducking...

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