June 29, 2018 - Los Alamitos, Race 3, Msw, USD $40,000, 5F, .0000

Instagrand, c, 2, 2016 by Into Mischief

1st Dam: Assets of War, by Lawyer Ron
2nd Dam: Added Asset, by Lord At War (Arg)
3rd Dam: Added Elegance, by Stutz Blackhawk

Owner: OXO Equine LLC
Breeder: Stoneway Farm (KY)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Instagrand (c, 2, Into Mischief-Assets of War, by Lawyer Ron) entered the starting gate for his career debut at Los Alamitos Friday afternoon already with a lofty reputation after co-topping this year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-Year-Old Sale at $1.2 million. He more than lived up to the billing with a jaw-dropping 10-length decision, easily good enough for the ‘TDN Rising Star’ distinction.

The handsome bay broke well and raced under pressure through an opening quarter in :22.09. Instagrand raced along the rail as three rivals lined up to take him on at the top of the stretch. Instagrand, however, was more than up for the challenge and immediately swatted away those foes and drew off in the lane to win by daylight. No Treble (Maclean’s Music) was second. The final time of :56 flat for five furlongs was just 2/5 off the track record of :55.68 established by May B in 2016.

Assets of War, a debut winner for Stoneway Farm at Churchill Downs in 2012 and half-sister to MGSP The Best Day Ever (Brahms), had a colt by Cairo Prince in 2017 and a colt by Noble Mission (GB) in 2018. Her first foal, the 3-year-old filly Aerial Assets (Into Mischief), earned her diploma at third asking in a maiden special weight at Laurel Friday afternoon. The winner’s second dam Added Asset (Lord At War {Arg}) won the 1993 GIII Arlington Heights Oaks. This is also the extended female family of GI Spinaway S. heroine Irish Smoke (Smoke Glacken).

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