Thursday’s Racing Insights: Lieblongs Debut Expensive Strong Mandate


Cebolla is a half to GSW Dr. Dorr | Benoit


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7th-CD, $95K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, post time: 4:06 p.m. EST
STRONG FLAG (Strong Mandate) cost Alex and JoAnn Lieblong $435K as a Fasig-Tipton July Yearling last summer, making her the most expensive of 28 of her sire’s offspring reported as sold last year. The bay, purchased in utero for $90K at the 2016 Keeneland November sale, is out of an unraced daughter of four-time Grade I winner My Flag (Easy Goer), the dam of champion and fellow GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm Flag Flying (Storm Cat). Strong Flag’s third dam is the irrepressible and undefeated Personal Ensign (Private Account), who was also responsible for Grade I winners Miner’s Mark (Mr. Prospector) and Traditionally (Mr. Prospector), MGISP Our Emblem (Mr. Prospector) and the dam of GISW Mr Speaker (Pulpit) and GSW Fire Away (War Front). TJCIS PPs

4th-DMR, $52K, Msw, 2yo, 5fT, post time: 5:00 p.m. EST
CEBOLLA (American Pharoah), bred by this sire’s trainer in partnership with Madeline Auerbach and raced in the colors of Jill Baffert, is a gelded son of Jax El (Unusual Heat), making him a half-brother to the reliable Dr. Dorr (Lookin At Lucky), a Grade II winner for these connections. The Feb. 9 foal is out of a full-sister to GSW Pretty Unusual. TJCIS PPs

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