Tapit Half to American Pharoah a No-Brainer Rising Star at Del Mar

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1st at DMR, Msw, 60000 (5 1/2f)Winner: Chasing Yesterday, f, 2 by Tapit

Chasing Yesterday | Benoit Photo

Chasing Yesterday (Tapit), a half-sister to none other than Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), Horse of the Year, Ch. 2yo & 3yo Colt, MGISW, $8,650,300, took all the tote attention down to 1-5 and ran to the money and her regal pedigree to be named a 'TDN Rising Star'. Chasing speedy fellow firster Honeyfromthesouth (Fed Biz) through splits of :21.88 and :45.34, she always looked to have that foe's measure as she ranged up to take over heading for home. Never really asked for her best, the chestnut cruised home 4 1/4 lengths to the good in 1:04.44. There was a 7 1/4-length gap back to the third finisher.

Chasing Yesterday's half-sister American Cleopatra (Pioneerof the Nile) debuted a winner almost exactly two years ago here to much less pre-race fanfare as a 7-1 shot for trainer Bob Baffert and Zayat Stables. Named a 'Rising Star' herself, she was second in that year's GI Del Mar Debutante S. next out before eventually RNA'ing for $1.9 million at last year's Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Jane Lyon's Summer Wind purchased Chasing Yesterday's dam Littleprincessemma for $2.1 million in foal to Pioneerof the Nile at the 2014 FTKNOV sale. The resulting colt was Irish stakes-placed St Patrick's Day. The 2016 Broodmare of the Year has a yearling colt named Theprinceofthebes (Pioneerof the Nile) and a son of Tapit foaled Feb. 27. She was bred back to that Gainesway stalwart this season. Click here for a recent TDN Weekend feature on Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm.

1st-Del Mar, $60,690, Msw, 7-28, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:04.44, ft.
CHASING YESTERDAY, f, 2, Tapit
1st Dam: Littleprincessemma (Broodmare of the Year), by Yankee Gentleman
2nd Dam: Exclusive Rosette, by Ecliptical
3rd Dam: Zetta Jet, by Tri Jet
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O/B-Summer Wind Equine (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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