ITM analysis of the top 2-year-olds to watch from: July 2 – July 10
(* denotes a previous ITM Horse to Watch)
*Closing Report (filly, Closing Argument – Majestic Report by Corporate Report) – We tabbed her as one to watch after her impressive debut win, and she followed up with another win while moving up to stakes company. The Bret Calhoun runner snatched the lead early and drew off to win the TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star by more than three lengths. The Louisiana-bred is tops among the Lone Star-based juvenile fillies.
Skylander Girl (filly, Stroll – Heliotrope by Northern Score) – She’s following in the footsteps of her prolific dam, a Nassau Stakes winner who was quite successful at Woodbine, showing promise by winning the My Dear Stakes on synthetic in her second start for trainer Alexander Patykewich. She’s also one of several recent winners for sire Stroll.
Skydreamin (colt, Sky Mesa – Unfinished Dream by Silver Deputy) – The Jeff Bonde runner is 2 for 2 – both stakes wins – after notching an easy win in the Everett Nevin Stakes at Pleasanton. Sharp final time of 1:03.74 for the 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; he’s won on two surfaces.
Gallivanting (turf) (gelding, Henrythenavigator – Gone to Utah by Salt Lake) – Second to Long On Value in the Jamestown Stakes in his debut, this Virginia-bred is one to monitor on grass.
Look Quickly (filly, Run Away and Hide – Fame’s Flame by Western Flame) – The California-bred is 2 for 2 after coming from off the pace for a driving win in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial at Pleasanton.
Circustown Flyer (colt, Early Flyer – Rockin Regent by Gold Regent) – He moved his record to 2 for 2 with a win over state-bred company at Lone Star in the TTA Sales Futurity; one of many promising 2-year-olds for trainer Bret Calhoun.
Boji Moon (gelding, Cactus Ridge – Philadelphia Moon by Malibu Moon) – This Iowa-bred gave one of the best debut performances of a juvenile so far this season with his head-turning 12-length romp at Prairie Meadows. Pedigree of the Chris Richard trainee is a good mix of speed and stamina.
The Boot Wildcat (gelding, Wildcat Heir – Sally Got the Boot by Storm Boot) – This is one swift Florida-bred, one of several impressive winners for sire Wildcat Heir recently at Gulfstream Park. Under the guidance of Hugo Sanchez, this Larry Pilotti runner sped clear from the gate and crossed the finish line in track-record time: :51.56 for the four and a half furlongs.
Stop Smiling (filly, It’s No Joke – Starinthemeadow by Meadowlake) – This Florida-bred’s eye-catching late rally at 15-1 in her debut at Hollywood Park signaled she’s one to watch for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She went five furlongs in :58.21. She’s a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Weemisfrankie. A solid run for second by Florida-bred Abide in Me (Tiz Wonderful).
Richies Party Girl (turf) (filly, Any Given Saturday – Very Special Lite by Majestic Lite) – After a disappointing seventh place finish on dirt in her debut at Churchill Downs, this Wesley Ward trainee turned it around with a switch to grass in a very sharp performance. She broke well – an improvement over her awkward start in the debut – and, when the challengers came at her, she repelled them with an energetic second wind. She had plenty left at the wire and covered the six furlongs in 1:09.70. Another to watch from the race is Todd Pletcher’s Paradise Alley (Flower Alley), a daughter of Sealy Hill who should improve with experience.
All in Moon (colt, More Than Ready – Cloud Rise by Buddha) – Is he a prelude to what’s coming at Saratoga from Todd Pletcher? If so, look out. Perfect debut under Javier Castellano at Belmont, as he stalked Patent and drew off untested for a sharp win at five furlongs in :57.51. Some nice prospects behind him, including Patent (A.P. Indy), who should develop with more experience and distance.
Joedini (colt, Bernardini – Melisa Jo by Fusaichi Pegasus) – Professional debut by this well-bred Tom Amoss trainee at Indiana Downs, who went five furlongs in :57.86. He sat off the pace, made his move and strolled clear with ease. His dam is multiple graded stakes-placed Melissa Jo and that’s a future router’s pedigree.
Yes Liz (filly, Yes It’s True – For Scarlett by Red Ransom) – Speaking of Pletcher, he has another promising Stonestreet filly in this debutante winner, who easily dispatched her foes going five furlongs in :57.99 over a track rated good.
I Will Be Free (filly, Kodiak Kowboy – Mrs. M by Mecke) – She dominated the competition in her second start at Calder; a half-sister to Dan the Tin Man, she boasts a nice pedigree for an off track.
Nevada Deputy (turf) (filly, Pollard’s Vision – Northern Deputy by Deputy Commander) – After a troubled trip in her debut on dirt, she switched to grass and showed a notable late kick – and a gutsy move to split horses in the stretch – to win the 7 1/2-furlong test for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Bellarada (filly, Rockport Harbor – Temporada by Summer Squall) – This Illinois-bred benefitted from a smooth, ground-saving inside trip by jockey Julio Felix for a debut win over the synthetic at Arlington Park. She’s a full sister to Banner Bill, who started off his career 3 for 3 including wins in the Colin Stakes and Victoria Stakes at Woodbine.
Copy Catter (colt, Wildcat Heir – Raebear by Our Emblem) – Speedy 8-length romp by this Stephen DiMauro first-time starter who sprinted 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.71. Pedigree indicates he could handle added distance, too.
Forever Juanito (turf) (gelding, Badge of Silver – West Kentucky by Yankee Victor) – After a slow start, he rallied up the rail for a nice third-place finish at 18-1 in his debut going five furlongs on grass at Hollywood Park. The race winner, Celtic Moon, is the first winner for sire Denis of Cork.
Privately Speaking (filly, Discreet Cat – Silk Degrees by Mutakddim) – Sharp debut for the Allen Iwinski trainee at Monmouth Park; the field wasn’t strong, but she won handily.
Run for Logistics (colt, Bernstein – Shiner’s Sister by Mr. Greeley) – Speedy debut for this Eddie Plesa trainee, who jumped to an early lead and drew off to win by more than five lengths going five furlongs at Monmouth Park.
Bad Boy Peter (colt, Fusaichi Pegasus – Fancy and Free by Future Storm) – This Illinois-bred was unchallenged in his victorious debut at Arlington Park. Jockey Kent Desormeaux particularly enjoyed this win, as he guided sire Fusaichi Pegasus to his Kentucky Derby victory in 2000. Final time of five furlongs in :58.92 on synthetic.
Mizzo’s Gold (colt, Private Gold – Mizzo by Free At Last) – He lived up to his billing as the favorite in his debut, romping in front-running fashion for trainer Frank Lucarelli; another rising star from prolific Washington-based sire Private Gold.
Ima Happy Strike (turf) (colt, Smart Strike – More Happy by Vindication) – Dropping to the claiming ranks aided his cause and he’s quite green, but this Allen Milligan runner has flashed talent in his last two starts and has a pedigree for later development.
Pioneer’s Era (gelding, Time Bandit – Pioneer Gal by Pioneering) – This Louisiana-bred endured the widest of trips from the far outside post, yet still managed to close for the win against some experienced rivals in his debut at Evangeline Downs.
Holiday Babe (filly, Harlan’s Holiday – Blinx Babe by Wild Again) – Steady progression by this Hastings Park-based Greg Tracy trainee, who made the winner’s circle when stretching out to six furlongs in her third start.