Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Juvenile Spotlight 9/4/12

Archwarrior (8/30): Before the colt even set foot in a post parade, Archwarrior was very highly touted. Rumors had been circulating that this colt was brilliant. His maiden victory didn’t live up to expectations, but was at least somewhat impressive. Heavily favored and steadily ridden throughout the race, the Todd Pletcher trainee broke well and was urged towards the front, finding a position just off Transparent. Through brisk fractions, Archwarrior pressed the leader with urging from John Velazquez before sweeping to the lead at the end of the far turn. Under strong handling from Velazquez, Archwarrior drew away to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Bred on the same Arch/Seeking the Gold cross as Blame, this colt is much better suited to long distances than the six-furlong journey he debuted at.

My Happy Face (8/31): Runner-up to the now graded stakes-placed
Teen Pauline, My Happy Face absolutely crushed rivals in her second career start, leading from start to finish to triumph by an astounding 21 ¼ lengths against a small field. By Tiz Wonderful, a graded stakes winner as a juvenile sired by Tiznow, and out of a stakes-winning Siberian Summer mare, My Happy Face shares the same broodmare sire as the grade one-winning Creative Cause.

Micromanage (9/1): After a slow break, Micromanage sat mid-pack before John Velazquez began urging him steadily with his hands, guiding him closer to the lead. By the time the field turned for home, the colt had the lead and drew away from there, coasting to a 5-length victory. Though the time of 1:23.01 for seven furlongs wasn’t exactly spectacular, the colt completed the final furlong in 12.29 seconds. After all, Micromanage is bred more for routing than sprinting and not only just because he is a son of Medaglia d’Oro. He is a half-brother to the multiple graded stakes-winning Indescribable and a direct descendant of the Reine De Course mare T.C. Kitten, which makes him a member of the same family as the
Belmont Stakes (GI)-winning Editor’s Note. 

Pure Indy (9/1): Following a poor start that left her in the back of a large field as the maidens raced down the Del Mar backstretch, Pure Indy remained at the rear during most of the race. However, she hit a new gear midway through the far turn, being swung to the outside by Victor Espinoza to begin her rally. With strong left-handed urging, the chestnut filly flew towards the leaders as Espinoza stopped urging her in the final yards, allowing her to sweep by en route to a 1 ¼-length victory. By Pure Prize and out of an
A.P Indy mare that is a half-sister to the multiple grade one-winning Pure Clan, this filly is very similarly bred to Pure Clan.

Goldencents (9/2): The favorite in a field that had only one experienced runner, Goldencents led from start to finish at Del Mar, galloping to a highly impressive 7 ¼-length triumph. As if the winning margin wasn’t impressive enough, the final time for five and one-half furlongs – 1:02.79 – was only .09 seconds off the track record. By Into Mischief and out of a Banker’s Gold mare, Goldencents’ bloodlines aren’t the most regal and certainly don’t suggest that he’s the next Belmont winner, but regardless, this colt is very talented.

Noble Tune (9/3): Debuting against a field of ten, Noble Tune proved his talent while also benefitting from the brilliant Ramon Dominguez at Saratoga. Coming from mid-pack, Noble Tune swept to a 3 ½-length victory, completing the final sixteenth of a mile in an impressive 5.65 seconds. By the successful sire Unbridled’s Song and out of a Storm Cat mare, this colt’s third dam is the champion Serena’s Song. He is without a doubt royally bred and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

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