Racing Insights: Big Pedigrees Shine On Saturday

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The first of a pair of Juddmonte fillies racing for Bob Baffert, PLEASANT (Munnings) is the latest filly to make the races out of Fair Lady (Medaglia d’Oro), herself a daughter of GISW Honest Lady (Seattle Slew) making her a half to GISW Fist Defense (Unbridled’s Song), SW & GSP Honest Mischief (Into Mischief), SW Phantom Rose (Danzig), and SW Honest Quality (Elusive Quality). Pleasant’s third dam is none other than Toussaud (El Gran Senor), the broodmare of the year responsible for the likes of MGISW and late sire Empire Maker (Unbridled), GISW Chester House (Mr. Prospector), MGSW & GISP Decarchy (Distant View), GISW Chiselling (Woodman), and the dam of MGSW Honorable Duty (Distorted Humor). The bay worked a sharp five-furlongs in :59.1 (3/32) Mar. 6 and picks up veteran John Velazquez.

Her un-coupled stablemate breaking from the inside gate, Enclosure (Arrogate) is the first foal out of Juddmonte’s $500,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga purchase Cognitive (Uncle Mo). This is the extended family of $3.3m Fasig-Tipton Night of the Stars pick up MGISW Dream Rush (Wild Rush) and her daughters: GISW Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy) and MGSW Dream Pauline (Tapit).

Also of note in this field is the outside runner Ruby Nell (Bolt d’Oro), purchased for $1.2m as a 2-year-old at the Gulfstream Sale last year. She was last seen in second behind SW Ag Bullet (Twirling Candy) when debuted on the grass Jan. 22. TJCIS PPS

7th-FG, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 5:15 p.m.

Triple-Crown nominated PURSUIT OF POWER (Gun Runner) brought $875,000 from Courtlandt Farm at the 2021 Keeneland September Sale. Distorted Lies (Smart Strike), herself a daughter of GI Kentucky Oaks runner up Broadway’s Alibi, is a half-sister to newly-crowned Eclipse champion sprinter Elite Power (Curlin), MGSW Golden Lad (Medaglia d’Oro), and MSW & GISP R Gypsy Gold (Bernardini). This is also the family of Armed Forces S. winner Lights of Broadway (City of Light).

First Mission (Street Sense), a Godolphin homebred from the family of Argentinian champion 3-year-old filly Forty Marchanta (Arg) (Roar), will try to improve off his three-quarter length defeat on debut Feb. 18. TJCIS PPS

3rd-GP, $84K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1m, 1:38 p.m.

A $460,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling purchase, MAGICAL POWER (Good Magic) enters his debut off a pair of bullet drills Feb. 26 and Mar. 11 for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners AMO Racing USA and Stonestreet Stables. The colt is out of a half-sister to MSW More Moonlight (More Than Ready). TJCIS PPS

9th-GP, $84K, Msw, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 4:37 p.m.

A homebred for Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm, UNION TAP (Union Rags) is from the family of champion 3-year-old colt Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet) and MGSP Unforgettable Max (Northern Afleet).

Making his second start for Todd Pletcher and Repole Stable, Phipps Stable and St. Elias Stable after a close third over the all-weather track Feb. 16, Clever Thought (Quality Road) is out of a daughter of champion 3-year-old filly Dancinginmydreams (Seeking the Gold). His dam is a half to GISW Dancing Forever (Rahy) and the to the dams of GSP Miss Yearwood (Will Take Charge), GSP Tuggle (Point of Entry), and GSW & GISP Carrumba (Bernardini). Under his third dam is another champion 3-year-old filly in Heavenly Prize (Seeking the Gold), MGISW Good Reward (Storm Cat) and GISW Oh What A Windfall (Seeking the Gold). TJCIS PPS

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