Bloodlines: Five Breeders’ Cup 2-year-olds to watch

Bloodlines: Five Breeders’ Cup 2-year-olds to watch
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The 2020 Breeders’ Cup fields are slowly taking shape. On Saturday, Princess Noor and Get Her Number reserved spots in the Juvenile Fillies and Colts events. At the same time, Amanzi Yimpilo (IRE) beat the boys in the Speakeasy Stakes, stamping her ticket to the Juvenile Turf Sprint.  Last week, Lady Speightspeare and Gretzky the Great scored invitations in the Juvenile Turf divisions.

Let’s get to know these contenders a little better. 

PRINCESS NOOR (Not This Time - Sheza Smoke Show, by Wilko)

Undefeated in all three starts, Princess Noor has dominated the competition by a combined 17 1/4 lengths. Her victories in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Chandelier (G2) leave no doubt that Bob Baffert’s latest sensation leads the 2-year-old filly division. Princess Noor is undefeated in three starts and has earnings of $303,000.

Pedigree: Princess Noor was a gaudy $1,350,000 OBSAPR purchase for Zedan Racing Stables Inc. after she blazed two furlongs in :20.1, the fastest of the sale.   

Princess Noor is a member of the first crop of sensational young sire Not This Time, whose promising racing career was cut short after a heartbreaking head loss in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The good-looking son of Giant’s Causeway is also represented by Woodbine Cares Stakes winner Dirty Dangle, Schuylerville (G3) third-place finisher Hopeful Princess, and Iowa Cradle Stakes runner-up Not This Time.

Princess Noor is the second starter and first blacktype earner out of the Grade 3-winning turf mare Sheza Smoke Show. The daughter of Wilko was in the money four of 10 starts, including a 1 1/4-length victory in the Senorita Stakes (G3) traveling a mile over the Santa Anita lawn. Sheza Smoke Show has a yearling colt named Protonic Power (Protonico) and a weanling filly by Tapwrit.

Sheza Smoke Show is the sole blacktype earner out of Avery Hall (A.P. Jet) a multiple stakes winner from six to nine furlongs. The competitive mare was in the money in seven of eleven starts and earned $182,500, competing at the restricted stakes level. Avery Hall was one of only three foals produced by the stakes-winning sprinter/miler Royal Form (Dynaformer). 

GET HER NUMBER (Dialed In - Fancier, by Bernstein)

Get Her Number transferred his turf form to dirt in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1), pressing the pace from the outset then taking over in the stretch and holding off the deep closer Rombauer. Previously, Get Her Number settled for fourth place in a blanket finish in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes. The Peter Miller trainee has won two of three starts and has earnings of $219,000.

Pedigree: Peter Miller picked up Get Her Number for $5,000 at the OBSAPR sale for Gary Barber.

Like his sire, Mineshaft, Dialed In is noted for siring horses that are later maturing and hard-knocking. His blacktype earners include the graded veteran Gunnevera, stakes-winning sprinter/miler Bourbon Calling, and graded placed 3-year-old Finnick the Fierce. Get Her Number is Dialed In’s first Grade 1 winner.

Get Her Number has a humble pedigree. He’s the second foal and first blacktype earner out of Fancier. The mare competed at the claiming level, hitting the board in half of her ten-lifetime starts.

Class can skip a generation, and that’s the case in Get Her Number’s distaff line. His third dam Shy Princess (Irish River) was a French Group 1-placed juvenile. Her descendants are primarily European blacktype earners, and the most accomplished is the Group 1 winner and sire Zafeen (Zafonic). Further back in the family is 1991 Breeders’ Cup Mile hero Opening Verse (The Minstrel).  

GRETZKY THE GREAT (Nyquist - Pearl Turn, by Bernardini) 

After giving up experience in his debut against Ready to Repeat, the Mark Casse trainee bested that rival in the Soaring Free Stakes and Summer Stakes (G1). Gretzky the Great earned a berth in the Juvenile Turf with a 3 1/4-length victory in the one-mile Summer Stakes (G1). The son of Nyquist has won three of four starts and has earnings of $252,205.

Pedigree: Gretzky the Great failed to meet his reserve of $295,000 at the FTKOCT sale. He races for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber.

The cleverly named colt is a member of 2015 Champion 2-Year-Old and Kentucky Derby Winner Nyquist’s first crop. Gretzky the Great is Nyquist’s first stakes winner.

Gretzky the Great is the second competitor and first blacktype earner out of Pearl Turn, a multiple stakes-placed miler. The young mare has an unnamed yearling Quality Road colt.

Gretzky the Great’s third dam, Adoradancer  (Danzig Connection), is a stakes-placed turf sprinter. Her sole blacktype winner is the hardy Grade 2-winning sprinter and sire Saint Anddan (A.P. Indy). 

Gretzky the Great is a descendant of the swift turf mare Sabin (Lyphard), who captured seven straight graded stakes in 1984 and earned $1,098,341 in 25 starts. The Sabin Stakes (now known as the Royal Delta Stakes) was named in honor of the mare.

LADY SPEIGHTSPEARE (Speightstown - Lady Shakespeare, by Theatrical (IRE))

Lady Speightspeare lived up to her illustrious breeding with a 3/4-length victory in the one-mile Natalma Stakes (G1) over the Woodbine turf. The Roger Atfield trainee will head to the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The lightly raced filly is undefeated in two starts and has earnings of $146,394

Pedigree: Lady Speightspeare was bred by and races in the silks of Charles Fipke.

The Chestnut filly is a daughter of Speightstown, a solid stallion who consistently is in the top 10 of the general sire list. The son of Gone West has sired 82 stakes winners, including last year’s Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine Sharing.

Lady Speightspeare is out of  Fipke-bred Lady Shakespeare, a graded turf winner from eight to ten furlongs, and who earned $495,608 in a dozen starts. Lady Speightspeare is the fifth foal and first blacktype earner in her immediate family. Her dam has a yearling More than Ready filly and a weanling by the same sire.   

Lady Shakespeare is out of Grade 1 winner and Rene-de-Course Lady Shirl (That’s a Nice), making her a full-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and sire Shakespeare. She’s also a half-sister 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf upsetter Perfect Shirl (Perfect Soul (IRE)). Perfect Shirl bore recent Marine Stakes (G3) hero Shirl’s Speight, who was under brief consideration for the Kentucky Derby. 

The blacktype continues with Lady Shakespeare’s other half-sister, the restricted winner Fantastic Shirl (Fantastic Light), who is graded placed. She passed her class to three stakes-placed runners, Fantastic Song (Lemon Drop Kid), Magnificent Shirl (Heatseeker), and Credit Swap (Exchange Rate), who placed in last year’s Virginia Derby (G3).  

Lady Speightspeare is bred on the same Speightstown/ Theatrical (IRE) cross as Group 1 winner Lord Shanakill and multiple graded turf sprinter/miler Frostmourne.

AMANZI YIMPILO (IRE)  (No Nay Never - Honourably (IRE), by Galileo (IRE))

Amanzi Yimpilo took on a field of seven colts and another filly in the 5 1/2-furlong Speakeasy Stakes over the Santa Anita turf course. The Wesley Ward trainee stalked the pace, then held off a late charge to slip under the wire by a head. The daughter of No Nay Never previously placed third in the Bolton Landing Stakes at the same distance at Saratoga. Amanzi Yimpilo has won two of three starts, with earnings of $94,200.

Pedigree: Amanzi Yimpilo, a $300,000 KEESEP yearling, was purchased for the partnership of  Susan Moulton, Marc Detampel, and CJ Thoroughbreds.

No Nay Never was victorious in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr.G1) as a 2-year-old for Wesley Ward. The following year, the son of Scat Daddy placed in the Swale Stakes (G2) before switching back to the turf and winning the Woodford Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. He ended his brief six-race career with a runner-up placing as the favorite in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1). No Nay Never stands at stud at Coolmore Ireland. He’s represented by 23 graded/listed runners worldwide. No Nay Never’s most accomplished American progeny include multiple graded turf miler Nay Lady Nay, Yesterdayoncemore, winner of last year’s Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf, and last year’s Rushaway Stakes winner Onthewaytonevrland.

Amanzi Yimpilo is the second competitor and first blacktype winner out of Honourably (IRE), who was unplaced in her only start. Honourably is a half-sister to the multiple group-placed Coolibah (Peintre Celebre). The blacktype in Amanzi Yimpilo’s extended family is predominately European. Notable names include Great Britain’s high-weight older mare Dar Re Mi (Singspiel), French Champion 3-year-old Darshaan (Shirley Heights), and Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1) winner Rewilding (Tiger Hill).



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Through hands-on work at barns, I learned valuable lessons about Thoroughbred conformation, gait, and temperament and later worked withThoroughbred rescue/re-train organizations. I have committed my passion for horses to the intensive study of pedigree and breeding theory for the last 20 years. 


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