By Christina Bossinakis
1st-SAR, $100K, Msw, 2yo, 5.5mT, 1:05 p.m.
Lady Sheila Stable's MUNNY BOLT (Munnings) launches his career for trainer Steve Asmussen, who recently became the leading North American trainer in number of races won. The Pennsylvania-bred colt was secured for $460,000 at this spring's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale, making him the second highest priced juvenile overall–and top priced 2-year-old colt–by the stallion this year. Out of the Medaglia d'Oro mare Tweet, the dark bay breezed a half-mile in a bullet :48.10 over Saratoga's Oklahoma track Aug. 2. GMP Stables LLC's and Bellavia LLC's Java Buzz (Mshawish) kicks off his career for trainer Linda Rice. The Florida-bred–the most expensive juvenile by the sire in 2021–realized a $210,000 final bid at the OBS April sale following a :20 4/5 quarter breeze. From his sire's second crop, the colt is out of Agasaya, an unraced daughter of Animal Kingdom who is a half-sister to multiple Grade II winner Great Hot (Brz). This is also the family of Grade I winners Hennessy and Pearl City. Always dangerous with his firsters, Wesley Ward brings to the table Rockingham Ranch's Admiral Halsey (War Front). Out of the Galileo (Ire) mare Aloof, the colt will be accompanied by Irad Ortiz Jr.