By J.J. Hysell
When scanning through the pedigrees of winners of the juvenile races Saturday night at Churchill Downs, it’s evident the Distorted Humor influence played a key role.
Richies Party Girl, winner by a nose of an allowance race going a mile on turf, is by Any Given Saturday, who is
by Distorted Humor. The Wesley Ward runner was tested by runner-up Runway Giant and just held on for the wire-to-wire victory. This is a talented filly who might be at her best sprinting on turf.
Cleburne, longshot winner of the Iroquois Stakes for Dale Romans and Donegal Racing, is a $310,000 Keeneland purchase by the late Dixie Union. The colt is out of Joyful, by Distorted Humor, a mare who collected three wins in her career – one on each surface. As predicted in my In the Money preview, Cleburne looks like a multi-surface talent. http://inthemoneypost.com/analysis-iroquois-and-pocahontas-at-churchill-downs/
Romans and Donegal had the exacta with Smart Cover, a son of Any Given Saturday – more Distorted Humor influence – and both could be headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
“We’ll at least go with the winner, and we might go with both,” Romans said Saturday night.
Wry, a colt by Distorted Humor out of High Heels – a half-sister to On Fire Baby – rebounded from a fourth place debut at Ellis to win at seven furlongs for Gary Hartlage and Anita Cauley.
“He was no cinch or anything like that, but he acts like he’s a good horse,” Hartlage said on Sunday morning in Churchill’s press notes. “He’s going to be okay. We’re thinking pretty big about him.”
It was also a banner night for steady sires Tapit and Harlan’s Holiday.
Untapable, by Tapit and a half-sister to Paddy O’Prado, dueled Stonetastic to win the Pocahontas for Steve Asmussen and Winchell Thoroughbreds.
Harlan’s Holiday boasted two winners on the card: Quip Trip, a 3-year-old who won a maiden claiming race, and Harry’s Holiday, a 2-year-old colt who won his debut in the claiming ranks. Harry’s Holiday was claimed from Steve Asmussen by Mike Maker for Terry Raymond.