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.