Thursday Insights: 'Talkin' Horse Tries the Turf

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Just Talkin | Lauren King

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5th-BEL, $90K, Msw, 2yo, 5fT, post time: 5:13 p.m. ET
Ranlo Investments' TALKIN PHAROAH (American Pharoah) acquitted himself well enough in his 4 1/2-furlong bow over the Keeneland main track, finishing a well-backed runner-up Apr. 20, but a surface switch is in the offing, and with good reason. The bay colt is the first foal to the races from the Randall Lowe-bred Just Talkin (Midshipman), five times placed in sprint stakes company–four of those on the grass–and a full-sister to the outstanding GSW and GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Lady Shipman. Lowe parted ways with Just Talkin at Fasig-Tipton February when she fetched $160K from Justin Casse before selling to Mountmellick Farm for $675K with this colt in utero at FTKNOV nine months later. Lady Shipman's foal of 2018, Golden Pal (Uncle Mo), has done more than his fair share of advertising for the family, with victories in the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in 2020 and in last year's GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and is headed to the G1 King's Stand S. in a few weeks' time. On behalf of Lowe, trainer Wesley Ward went to $260K for Talkin Pharoah at Keeneland September, having been RNAd for $125K at Fasig-Tipton the previous November.

The success of Stonestreet Stables runners sourced overseas has been well documented and they take the wraps off the filly Lady Wildcat (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) here. Purchased by Ben McElroy for 160,000gns out of last year's Tattersalls October Sale, the March foal–by the sire of 2021 G1 Commonwealth Cup winner Camnapelle (Ire)–is out of a half-sister to Group 2 winner Priceless (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), Group 2-placed Doctor Brown (GB) (Dr Fong) and to the dam of Group 3 winner Aeolus (GB) (Araafa {GB}).

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