1st-BEL, $90K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5fT, 3:05 p.m.
Belmont Park opens the week with a maiden sprint over the grass which includes $700,000 FTSAUG buy SAM’S TREASURE (Munnings). The Wesley Ward trainee with Irad Ortiz in the irons, counts second dam MSW Treasured Up (Medaglia d’Oro) and her half-sister GSW Choctaw Nation (Louis Quatorze) in her family.
Out of Ward’s stable also comes a daughter out of Freshman Sire Advertise (GB), who was a multiple Group 1 turf sprinter in Europe. Chitarra (Ire), hammered down for 300,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Yearling sale last fall, is a Stonestreet-owned bay filly ridden by John Velazquez.
Omaha Beach is also represented here with his first stateside entry. A $250,000 KEESEP purchase, Cynane hails from a female family which includes a number of prominent Grade I winners including Pleasant Home (Seeking the Gold), Pine Island (Arch) and Point of Entry (Dynaformer). Drawn to the far outside, the Tom Morley trainee will have the services of Javier Castellano. TJCIS PPS
2nd-CD, $120K, Msw, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f, 5:29 p.m.
Fresh off Derby Week, Churchill Downs returns to action on Thursday evening and entered is a $300,000 OBSMAR purchase, which set a high mark this year among 2-Year-Olds In-Training for those by sire Maclean’s Music (video). Bred by Whisper Hill Farm, trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, MUSICAL DIVA’s second dam Shop Glack (Smoke Glacken) is a half-sister to both GI Personal Ensign heroine Miss Shop (Deputy Minister) and Shop Again (Wild Again), who produced GISW Power Broker (Pulpit).
Opposing her will be a pair of freshman Mitole’s first-time starters V V’s Dream, a $190,000 KEESEP purchase trained by Kenny McPeek, and homebred April Clover from Steve Asmussen’s shedrow. World of Trouble, another young sire, is represented by Girls Weekend, also making her career debut. TJCIS PPS