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Pletcher unveils Eskendereya-sired prospects this week

July 9th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

We should get a good look at some of Eskendereya’s promising 2-year-olds as several are set to debut this week.

It’s interesting to note that trainer Todd Pletcher has three 2-year-olds by Eskendereya entered through Friday; all are slated for turf.

In Thursday’s first race at Belmont, a $75,000 maiden special weight at six furlongs on grass for fillies, Pletcher entered Eskenformoney and Isabella Sings for debut. Eskenformoney, with John Velazquez to ride from post No. 2, will start for StarLadies Racing, Starlight racing’s all-female ownership group.

Isabella Sings will break from the widest post, No. 7, with Joel Roasrio aboard. Owned by Siena Farms, she is a half-sister of Alaura Michele, who won two stakes races on turf at Saratoga: the P.G. Johnson and the Nani Rose. Pedigree suggests this filly could have a solid future on turf.

Friday’s fourth race at Belmont is one of the best 2-year-old turf races for colts so far this season. All eyes will be on the well-bred Security Risk for Shug McGaughey and Phipps Stable. It’s interesting the colt, a son of War Front out of champion Smuggler, is getting the nod to start here and not at Saratoga. Also well-bred for grass is Granny’s Kitten for Mike Maker and Ken and Sarah Ramsey. He’s a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner on turf Kitten’s Dumplings.

In this tough test, Pletcher entered Escondido, a son of Eskendereya set to start from post No. 6 with John Velazquez for Alto Racing, LLC. Escondido is half-brother of Cave’s Valley, who won his first three races – including two stakes races, all on dirt.

Pletcher’s other entry in that race, Reality with Javier Castellano for WinStar Farm, boasts an outstanding pedigree for turf. He is by Super Saver and out of the Danehill mare Dianehill.

Thursday’s seventh race at Delaware Park is also a strong 2-year-old contest for colts. Impromptu, a son of Eskendereya out of the very successful broodmare Magical Flash, is set to debut for Cathal Lynch and Stonstreet Stables in the five-furlong, $35,000 maiden special weight test on dirt.

Magical Flash’s list of winners includes multiple stakes winner Glinda the Good, Churchill Distaff Turf Mile winner Take the Ribbon, Flash Forward and Bright Magic. Impromptu will start from the widest post (No. 9) with Frankie Pennington aboard.

This race also features Malibu Park, half-brother of Divine Park making his first start for Larry Jones, and the well-bred Pride of Stride for Graham Motion.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Album: Top 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs

July 6th, 2014

Some of the top 2-year-olds that competed at Churchill Downs during the Spring meet.

Conquest Bigluck E

(Lookin at Lucky)

Mark Casse/ Alan Garcia/Conquest Stables

One of the best-looking 2-year-olds on the grounds, this strapping chestnut could pass for a 3-year-old with his size and maturity. The half-brother of Smitten won his debut at 4.5 furlongs with ease.

Conquest Bigluck E

Conquest Bigluck E

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Take Charge Brandi

(Giant’s Causeway)

D. Wayne Lukas/Corey Lanerie/Willis Horton

In her debut, this striking filly lived up to the hype that came with her pedigree. Her dam, Charming, is half-sister of last year’s 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge. She resembles the champ in many ways, and although her pedigree didn’t signal early success, she beat what appeared to be a solid field with ease at 4.5 furlongs. She’s headed to Saratoga.

Take Charge Brandi

Take Charge Brandi

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Mr. Z

(Malibu Moon)

D. Wayne Lukas/Corey Lanerie/Zayat Stables

This chestnut colt looked ready to roll with a professional demeanor in the paddock prior to his debut. He pressed blazing fractions set by Louisiana Brown (:21. 54, :45.12), appeared beaten, was brought to the outside and re-rallied to win in an amazing performance at six furlongs.

Mr. Z

Mr. Z

Mr. Z sharp

 

 

Promise Me Silver

(Silver City)

W. Bret Calhoun/Robby Albarado/Robert Luttrell

This speedy gray filly by promising freshman sire Silver City easily moved from state-bred company at Lone Star to a Debutante Stakes win.

Promise Me Silver (Photo credit: Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs Photography)

Promise Me Silver (Photo credit: Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs Photography)

 

Cinco Charlie

(Indian Charlie)

Steve Asmussen/Shaun Bridgmohan/Corinne and William Heiligbrodt

A well-bred sprinter who was early to the winner’s circle, he won his debut at 4.5 furlongs on May 9. He returned on closing weekend to beat a decent field in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor. Both of his wins were gate to wire.

Cinco Charlie

Cinco Charlie

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Bedford Land

(Speightstown)

Mark Casse/Alan Garcia/Melnyk Racing Stables

On a steamy June day, this daughter of Grade 1 winner Pool Land showed her cool temperament by returning to the winner’s circle energetic and looking like she wanted to take another trip. Her debut was nothing short of perfect as she stalked, took the lead and drew off to win at 4.5 furlongs. She will be offered as part of the Melnyk dispersal at the Fasig-Tipton July sale.

Bedford Land

Bedford Land

Conquest Eclipse

(Malibu Moon)

Mark Casse/Shaun Bridgmohan/Conquest Stables

In a strong field of 11 going six furlongs, this filly didn’t let a rival pass, winning gate to wire on debut. One of several promising Malibu Moon youngsters to run at this meet.

Conquest Eclipse

Conquest Eclipse

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Skipalute

(Midnight Lute)

Eddie Kenneally/Julien Leparoux/GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm

This registered black filly delivered a solid performance in her debut, going six-wide to rally for second behind Conquest Eclipse. She’s muscular and athletic; the future is bright.

Skipalute

Skipalute

Redlace and Pearls

(Line of David)

Steve Hobby/Joe Rocco, Jr./Alex and JoAnn Lieblong

A troubled trip in her debut, she was caught up in an early pace duel with Conquest Eclipse and couldn’t last. Physically she made quite an impression and could take some time to grow.

Redlace and Pearls

Redlace and Pearls

Desert Valley

(Desert Party)

Ian Wilkes/Brian Hernandez/Milner, Bloch, Seiler and Hall

This is a well-built router who should flourish once she stretches out. She was bumped at the start but still managed to rally for a late-closing fourth to Conquest Eclipse.

Desert Valley

Desert Valley

Conquest Archangel

(Blame)

Mark Casse/Shaun Bridgmohan/Conquest Stables

This daughter of new sire Blame was hampered by a troubled start in her debut. She rallied to finish second to the talented Take Charge Brandi at 4.5 furlongs. Out of the Pulpit dam Hot Attraction, she’ll enjoy longer distances.

Conquest Archangel

Conquest Archangel

Lucky Player

(Lookin at Lucky)

Steve Asmussen/Julien Leparoux/Jerry Durant

Although this Florida-bred never got going in the Bashford Manor Stakes, he’s one to watch for longer distances.

Lucky Player

Lucky Player

Hashtag Bourbon

(Super Saver)

Kellyn Gorder/Julien Leparoux/Bourbon Lane Stable

Last at the start of his debut, this colt made up substantial ground to finish third behind speedy pacesetters Mr. Z and Louisiana Brown. He won’t be  a maiden long.

Hashtag Bourbon

Hashtag Bourbon

Skyway

(Sky Mesa)

Mark Casse/Stewart Elliott/John Oxley

An even third in the Bashford Manor, he’s more dangerous on synthetic or turf, where he is tough to beat.

Skyway

Skyway

Oh Kay See

(Notional)

Steve Asmussen/Ricardo Santana/Asmsusen and Clark Brewster

The Pennsylvania-bred half-sister to So Many Ways likely needed that debut race in which she was fourth behind Take Charge Brandi. She boasts a quality, speedy pedigree.

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Also to watch:

Tapitsphere (Tapit) – Steve Asmussen/Rosie Napravnik/Winchell Thoroughbreds

Highway to Fame (Monarchos) – William Fires/Nathan Chaves/Anthony J. Foyt, Jr.

Lockport (Temple City) – Eddie Kenneally/Corey Lanerie/Kenneally, Greathouse, Logan

Sky Bistro (Sky Mesa) – Mark Casse/Stewart Elliott/John Oxley

Unbridled Reward (Warior’s Reward) – Mark Casse/Alan Garcia/John Oxley

Boomshakalaka (Sky Mesa) – Bernard Flint/Francisco Torres/Bernard Muth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Album: Spring meet closing weekend at Churchill Downs

July 5th, 2014
Silver Max and Robby Albarado after a win in the Firecracker

Silver Max and Robby Albarado after a win in the Firecracker

Guys Reward, third in the Firecracker

Guys Reward, third in the Firecracker

Conquest Eclipse, by Malibu Moon, prior to her debut win Sunday

Conquest Eclipse, by Malibu Moon, prior to her debut win Sunday

 

Mr. Z, son of Malibu Moon, cools off after his debut win

Mr. Z, son of Malibu Moon, cools off after his debut win

Apprentice jockey Juan Saez ended a very successful meet with a win on Alaco Castle

Apprentice jockey Juan Saez ended a very successful meet with a win on Alaco Castle

Apprentice jockey Erin Walker with a Calvin-like move up the rail to win with On Lockdown Sunday

Apprentice jockey Erin Walker with a Calvin-like move up the rail to win with On Lockdown Sunday

Julien Leparoux celebrates with a young fan in the winner's circle Sunday

Julien Leparoux celebrates with a young fan in the winner’s circle Sunday

Meet leaders: jockey Corey Lanerie, trainer Steve Asmussen, owner Maggi Moss

Meet leaders: jockey Corey Lanerie, trainer Steve Asmussen, owner Maggi Moss

Silverhill, trained by Bret Calhoun, gets some encouragement before the Bashford Manor. He finished second.

Silverhill, trained by Bret Calhoun, gets some encouragement before the Bashford Manor. He finished second.

Government Shutdown was fifth in the Bashford Manor

Government Shutdown was fifth in the Bashford Manor

Cinco Charlie, son of Indian Charlie trained by Steve Asmsusen

Cinco Charlie, son of Indian Charlie trained by Steve Asmsusen

Bashford Manor winner Cinco Charlie and Shaun Bridgmohan

Bashford Manor winner Cinco Charlie and Shaun Bridgmohan

Firecracker trophy presentation

Firecracker trophy presentation

 

For Goodness Sake has emerged as a 3-year-old to watch

For Goodness Sake has emerged as a 3-year-old to watch

Kelly's Landing winner Good Lord has won two straight

Kelly’s Landing winner Good Lord has won two straight

Silver Max post-race

Silver Max post-race

The Bashford Manor, Kelly’s Landing and Firecracker were just a few highlights from closing weekend of the 2014 spring meet at Churchill Downs.

 

Golden Soul, 2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up, finished third in an allowance won by For Goodness Sake; Calvin Borel aboard

Golden Soul, 2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up, finished third in an allowance won by For Goodness Sake; Calvin Borel aboard