February 4 Insights: Coolmore Colt Justifies Early Favoritism

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5th-GP, $84k, Msw, 3yo, 1mT, 1:46p.m. ET
Coolmore’s JUST SO (Justify) will lead the field to post for his debut off a steady stream of works in South Florida for trainer Chad Brown. He is a son of MGISW Turbulent Descent, who also raced in the Coolmore colors before selling in foal to War Front for $2.45 million at KEENOV in 2014. His third dam is the MGIW Gorgeous (Slew o’Gold), the dam of MGSW winner Stunning (Nureyev). The Stuart S. Janney III homebred Windsor Park (Mastery) debuts for trainer Shug McGaughey and represents a long line of beautifully bred Janney runners, including his Grade I-winning dam and Grade I-winning granddam Deputation (Deputy Minister), who herself produced the dam of MGSW Criminologist (Maria’s Mon). Ghost Coast (Street Sense) drew the far outside for his debut for trainer Brendan Walsh. Harrell Ventures and Starlight Racing LLC paid $250,000 for this colt as a KEESEP yearling. He is out of the unraced Exchange Rate mare Mirapoix, who herself is a half-sister to GSW Michigan Bluff (Skywalker), the dam of Turkish champion Hakeem (Harlan’s Holiday) and SW Let’s Go Cheyenne (Tiznow). Other notable names in this colt’s pedigree include MGSW Chocolate Ride (Candy Ride {Arg}) and GISW Killer Graces (Congaree). TJCIS PPs.

6th-Tam, $32k, Msw, 3yo, f, 1m40y, 3:25p.m. ET
WinStar Farm, Bena Halecky and Judy Needham-bred and owned JUST MY OWN (Justify), who not only is a son of a Triple Crown winner but also the son of Mining My Own (Smart Strike), the dam of 2009 GI Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (Birdstone). Mining My Own sold for just $8,000 as a KEEJAN broodmare in foal to Pure Prize in 2008 and 18 months later she produced a Derby winner and subsequently GI Pacific Classic S. winner Dullahan (Even the Score) and MSW Mine That Star (Pioneerof the Nile). Hall of Fame conditioner Todd Pletcher trains this colt, who debuts off a steady stream of exceptional works at Palm Beach Downs over the past two months, including a bullet half-mile in :48.25 on New Year’s Eve. TJCIS PPs.

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