October 5, 2019 - Keeneland, Race 1, Msw, USD $71,000, 6F
Specially, F, 2, 2017 by Tapiture
1st Dam: Peace Process, by War Front
2nd Dam: Ballyclare, by Mr. Greeley
3rd Dam: Special Broad, by Broad Brush
Owner: John C. Oxley
Breeder: Ilkhana Farm (KY)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Specially, (f, 2, Tapiture-Peace Process, by War Front) lived up to her name and kicked off Keeneland's loaded Saturday program with a 'TDN Rising Star' performance in the opener.
Breaking alertly from post 10, the well-backed 2-1 favorite forced the issue while a three-wide third through an opening quarter in :22.59. The John C. Oxley colorbearer set her sights on the leaders with a sweeping move on the far turn, poked her head in front approaching the quarter pole and sailed for the wire in style while striding out impressively to graduate by 5 1/4 lengths. Lucrezia (Into Mischief) was second.
Just a $20,000 KEENOV weanling and a $40,000 FTKJUL yearling, Specially blossomed into a $475,000 OBS March juvenile off a powerful :9 4/5 breeze. The bay, the 15th winner for her freshman sire (by Tapit), was the most expensive of 26 2-year-olds in training to switch hands by her first-crop sire in 2019.
The winner's unraced dam Peace Process, also represented by GI Belmont S. third-place finisher Joevia (Shanghai Bobby), SW & GISP, $281,600, had a colt by Magician (Ire) in 2018 and a filly by Keen Ice this year. She was bred back to Practical Joke. Ikhana Farm purchased Peace Process for $30,000 at the 2013 KEENOV Sale.