Navajo Headlines Short-Field Tempted

By Bobby Klatt

Six juvenile fillies will line up in the first stakes race of the Aqueduct Fall/Winter Meet Friday in the GIII Tempted S. with Woodford Racing’s NAVAJO (Union Rags) the most likely post-time favorite breaking from the outside.

The $75,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase made a nice impression when closing from off the pace in her first start Aug. 27 at Saratoga despite finishing second to MaryLou Whitney Stables homebred Quick Quick Quick (Tiago). The chestnut graduated last time out at Belmont Oct. 1, going four-wide around the far turn and edged clear in the stretch to a 3 1/4-length score. Both starts have produced Beyer Speed Figures better than any posted by her five rivals Friday. Her dam, Lady Samuri (First Samurai), GSP, $150,553, was sold in utero to this filly for $280,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale.

The main threat to Navajo appears to be Fox Hill Farms’s Daisy (Blame), who will break from the rail for John Servis. The $80,000 Fasig -Tipton August buy splashed through the sloppy Parx main track with ease sprinting in her debut Oct. 9, hustling up in the opening stages before kicking clear after switching leads in the stretch for the eight length victory. That race’s form was flattered when the runner-up came back to graduate her next start at Parx. The extra distance shouldn’t be a problem for this bay. Her second dam, Ratings (Caveat), MGSW, $448,641, was a router as well as her offspring Smart Growth (Gone West), MSW, $315,895, and Recording (Danzig), GSW, $134,224.

TEMPTED S.-GIII, 2yo, f, 1m

PP. Horse Sire

1. Daisy Blame

2. One Last Cast Algorithms

3. Lady Freedom K Super Saver

4. Oldfashioned Style Old Fashioned

5. Sweet Candy Dance K Twirling Candy

6. Navajo K Union Rags

The lone starter in the field to win at the one mile distance is Sweet Candy Dance (Twirling Candy). This bay was purchased for $40,000 at the OBS April sale after breezing a quarter mile in :21 4/5. After not showing speed in her first two outings, she was closer up to the pace in her first try routing on the main track and got up in the final stages to score by a half-length at Parx Oct.10.

The most experienced stakes runner in the field is One Last Cast (Algorithms) for Todd Pletcher. Since breaking her maiden at first call at Aqueduct April 19, the lone New York bred has run in four straight stakes events all over the state including a third in the Lynbrook S. July 16 to Pure Silver (Mission Impazible), who came back to win the GII Adirondack S., and a runner-up performance in the Lady Fingers S. at Finger Lakes Sept. 9.

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