Thursday's Racing Insights: Pricey War Front Filly Debuts for Best & Brown


Balon Rose sells as a yearling | Keeneland Photo

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The extremely well-bred Balon Rose (War Front) makes her initial appearance for Larry Best's OXO Equine and trainer Chad Brown. The bay cost $1.6 million at the 2017 Keeneland September sale, making her the fifth-priciest filly at that marathon auction–one spot ahead of $1.25-million Cambier Parc (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of the GIII Herecomesthebride S. for these same connections in March. Balon Rose is out of Irish Group 3 winner Aloof (Galileo {Ire}), who was purchased by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $3.9 million at the 2014 Keeneland November sale carrying a year-older full-sister to Balon Rose who would later bring $900,000 at KEESEP and win in England. Aloof's dam is champion Airwave (GB) (Air Express {Ire}), who has also produced the likes of the SW/GSP dam of highest-level winners Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Clemmie (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Stone Farm's Estill (Bernardini) also makes her first start here. The Bill Mott-trained homebred is out of Owsley (Harlan), a four-time graded winner on the grass and the dam of SW/GSP Senada (Pulpit) and GISP Arthur's Tale (Bernardini). TJCIS PPs

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