Saturday, July 28, 2012

Juvenile Spotlight: Teen Pauline

Stonestreet Stables has certainly proven itself to be a major force to be reckoned with when it comes to juvenile filly maiden special weights at the Spa. Last summer at Saratoga, a bay filly by the name of My Miss Aurelia won her debut at Saratoga to commence a campaign that witnessed her seize the Eclipse Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. Just days ago, another brilliant Stonestreet filly – Kauai Katie – dazzled spectators with a stunning twelve-length victory in her debut. Less than a week later, yet another Stonestreet filly greatly impressed racing fans – Teen Pauline.

In her debut on July 25, the filly did not immediately go to the lead after breaking from the gate, but loomed on the outside of Gadget Girl before sticking her head in front around the far turn. She lengthened her advantage near the end of the curve, beginning to draw away from the field under Julien Leparoux. My Happy Face attempted to chase after her, but the race clearly belonged to Teen Pauline, who effortlessly galloped towards the wire without much asking from Leparoux. In fact, Leparoux was practically a statue in the saddle as Teen Pauline flashed across the wire alone, posting a spectacular final time of 56.63 – a new track record for five furlongs. Notably, Teen Pauline completed the final furlong in 11.80 seconds despite the brisk fractions of 21.82 and 44.73, coupled with barely being urged in the final stages of the race.

Sired by Tapit, Teen Pauline shares the same sire as 2011 Champion Two-Year-Old Male Hansen, as well as 2008 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Stardom Bound. Tapit is also the sire of such grade one winners as Careless Jewel, Tapitsfly, and Zazu. Tapit is a son of Pulpit, who is also the sire of the successful stallion Sky Mesa. Pulpit is of course a son of the great A.P. Indy, the sire of twenty-six grade one winners, including Bernardini, Flashing, Mineshaft, Little Belle, Music Note, and Rags to Riches. The A.P. Indy sire line from which Teen Pauline descends has been highly successful, as A.P. Indy is also the sire of such productive studs as Bernardini, Congrats, Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, and Stephen Got Even. Interestingly, Kauai Katie is also a descendant of the A.P. Indy sire line.

Teen Pauline’s dam is Effectual, a mare who raced just three times but won two of those starts and earned $108,582. The winner of the 2005 Debutante Stakes (GIII) at five and one-half furlongs, Effectual is also the dam of No La Hace, an earner of $61,200 who won his first two starts by a combined 24 ½ lengths.

Effectual is a daughter of Carson City, giving Teen Pauline the same broodmare sire as the Kentucky Derby (GI)-winning Barbaro and 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. Carson City is a son of the great Mr. Prospector, an incredible broodmare sire responsible for producing the dams of such champions as Lailani, Mineshaft, and War Pass.

Teen Pauline is a direct descendant of the Reine De Course mare Cherokee Rose, winner of the Coaching Club American Oaks and granddam of Horse of the Year Ack Ack. Cherokee Rose herself is a daughter of Reine De Course mare The Squaw and the great Princequillo, damsire of the great spectacular Secretariat and carrier of the X-Factor, which is credited with large hearts in horses.

Teen Pauline appears to be bred more for speed than stamina, which is no surprise considering her record-breaking performance in her debut. However, with the presence of such horses as A.P. Indy, Skywalker, and Unbridled – all winners of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) – in just the first three generations of her pedigree, Teen Pauline could certainly stretch out in distance with success. Whether she pursues a career in route races or not, this is a filly with a bright future.

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  1. Mary,

    Although I'm not a big fan of all the Raise a Native in her pedigree, I couldn't agree more about Teen Pauline's potential! I, too, watched her debut last week, and was wowed to the point of publishing an article. If she stays sound, Teen Pauline is certainly one to watch for!
    Thanks for the good read. You summed it up much better than I did, rest assured. ;)

    - Emily Nocturne, TTOC

    1. Thanks, Emily! I was actually away at a horse show when Teen Pauline made her debut, but of course heard about it was very impressed. I returned home from the show to find that my Internet is down, which was really disappointing because I wanted to write about her! But thanks to my iPhone, I was able to do some research on her and publish this article through my phone. I read your article and thought you did a great job! She's certainly a filly to keep an eye on.