November 25, 2018 - Del Mar, Race 7, Msw, USD $53,000, 6F, .0000

Qahira, F, 2, 2016 by Cairo Prince

1st Dam: Motel Lass, by Bates Motel
2nd Dam: Devil's Lass, by Devil's Bag
3rd Dam: Laredo Lass, by Bold Ruler

Owner: Baoma Corporation
Breeder: Nekia Farm & Hunter Valley Farm (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Qahira (Cairo Prince) became the 18th winner for her red-hot freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile) and 16th ‘TDN Rising Star’ unleashed by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert this year as she cruised to an easy eight-length debut victory at Del Mar Sunday evening. A $130,000 FTKOCT yearling purchase turned $375,000 OBS June 2-year-old after a bullet quarter-mile breeze in :20 2/5, the May 29 foal was off at 13-10 and ran to the money. Sitting perched just off the speed and out in the clear through splits of :22.65 and :46.25, she took over while well within herself and cruised in the lane to run up the score to by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:10.59. Slewgoodtobetrue (Jimmy Creed), second in her unveiling at Santa Anita last month, was best of the rest and 5 3/4 lengths clear of the third finisher.

Qahira is the second ‘Rising Star’ for Cairo Prince in as many days–Mihos earned that distinction for an Aqueduct score Saturday. She is a half-sister to Stormin’ Lyon (Storm Boot), SW, $176,858; and stakes winner Quick Flip (Speightstown) and is her dam’s last registered produce. Her female family includes the likes of GISW Mitterand (Hold Your Peace) and that one’s graded stakes-winning son and sire French Deputy (Deputy Minister). French Deputy is the broodmare sire of Sunday’s GIII Cecil B. DeMille S. winner Flying Scotsman (English Channel).

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