Thursday, December 11, 2014
Big Apple Babies for Sunday, December 14, 2014
Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, inner dirt, 1:47pm
PERCHANCE (dark bay/brown filly, Distorted Humor – Dream Rush, by Wild Rush) is just the third foal from her two-time G1-winning dam. Both prior offspring are stakes winners. The first, Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy) won the first three starts of her career, highlighted by the G1 Frizette, and concluded her juvenile season with a third-place finish in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She went on to take the G2 Gulfstream Oaks at three and was graded stakes placed on two other occasions. Second foal Atreides (Medaglia d’Oro) has made all five of his lifetime starts as a three-year-old of 2014. Four of those are victories, including the Monarchos Stakes and Aventura Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Dream Rush herself won both of her starts at two and had her best year at three, when she took the G1 Test, G1 Prioress, G2 Nassau County, and G3 Old Hat. She continued to be G1P at four and a stakes winner at five on her way to earning over $775,000.
Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
FORTRESS (chestnut filly, Street Cry – Kotuku, by A.P. Indy) will be the fourth foal to race from her dam, who has produced two black-type earners. Fortify (Distorted Humor) was an impressive Saratoga debut winner for these connections who finished second in the G2 Hopeful and third in the G1 Champagne at two. Bay of Plenty has won half of his six starts, all as a three-year-old of this year, and finished second in the G3 Discovery here in November. Second dam Flagbird, a G1 winner in Italy, is a daughter of prolific broodmare Up the Flagpole.
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Dylan Davis
LIL LADY BIG PURSE (bay filly, Indian Charlie – Calais, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal from her unraced dam. Calais is a daughter of Flanders, the 1994 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly who took the Spinaway, Frizette, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, all G1 events. Calais is a half-sister to Surfside, a four-time G1 winner of over $1.8 million and Battle Plan, a G2 winner of over $370,000. A full brother, Flanders Fields, was also stakes placed. Three daughters of Flanders have produced runners, with five stakes horses between them, led by G2 winner Open Water.
Owner: Teresa Viola Racing Stables
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland November weaning; $280,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling
Notes: Innessa’s Dream is out of a half-sister to G3 winner Ray’s Approval. Time Clock, the dam of Tacky Diamonds, is a half-sister to five stakes winners, including G3 winners War Thief, Prime Meridian, and Watch. Not Tonight Berta is a half-sister to Harbor Cat, a stakes winner at Indiana Downs. Pleasant Ballerina, dam of Exclusive Biz, is a half-sister to two-time stakes winner Platinum Perfect. Pushme Pullyou’s dam, Salceda, is a full sister to Selvatica, who won five stakes races at five and six. Their dam finished second in the G3 Santa Ynez in January of her sophomore year. Tante Zoe is a half-sister to two stakes-placed runners, Dancing Elliebelle and Whomping Willow.
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction