Vancouver Filly Remains Unbeaten in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

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Vancouver Filly Remains Unbeaten in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Madone Benoit photo

Kaleem Shah’s Madone found running room late and surged to  victory in the Del Mar Juvenile FilliesTurf S. Sunday evening. The favorite was unhurried early and fell well back in the field. Racing keenly behind tepid splits, she took closer order but ran up on heels in the tightly bunched field. Full of run but with nowhere to go nearing the home stretch, the dark bay filly finally found a seam to run through and surged to the wire ahead of Nimbostratus (Fr) (Wooton Bassett {GB}) and Ivy League (Medaglia d’Oro), who had both taken the overland route. Nimostratus just got her nose in front of Ivy League on the wire, but the stewards ruled that the filly had come out and impeded the third-place finisher and their placements were reversed.

The first Northern Hemisphere black-type winner for her reverse shuttle sire, Madone opened her career with a late-running one-length victory over this same course and one-mile distance July 31. The dark bay filly was a $70,000 KEENOV weanling and a $50,000 KEESEP yearling before selling for $125,000 at this year’s OBS March sale. Madone’s dam has a filly of 2019 by Astern (Aus) and a colt of this year by Cairo Prince. From the family of GI NYRA Mile H. victor Gold Fever (Forty Niner) and SW Emanating (Cox’s Ridge), herself the dam of Grade I winner Boisterous (Distorted Humor), she was covered by Gormley earlier this year.

DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF S., $83,500, Del Mar, 9-6, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:39.09, fm.
1–MADONE, 122, f, 2, by Vancouver (Aus)
                1st Dam: Indian Love Call, by Cherokee Run
                2nd Dam: Mood Music, by Kingmambo
                3rd Dam: Lead Kindly Light, by Majestic Light
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($70,000 Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $50,000 Ylg
’19 KEESEP; $125,000 2yo ’20 OBSMAR). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc.;
B-Glendalough LLC (KY); T-Simon Callaghan; J-Flavien Prat.
$48,300. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $81,300.

All SUITED UP AND READY TO GO!

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Consignor Kip Elser with Kirkwood Stables told BloodHorse’s Meredith Daugherty after he sold a $325,000 American Pharoah  filly to Speedway Stable that the Midlantic sale had more of a middle market than previous sales this year. His observation was spot on, with the average price for the fourth through sixth deciles dropping between 1% and 6%. The average price for the fourth decile (horses that sold in the $50,000-$80,000 range) was essentially even with last year’s sale, dropping a mere 1% to $66,200.

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Speedway Stable Lands $325,000 American Pharoah Filly

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The American Pharoah filly consigned as Hip 451 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale
The American Pharoah filly consigned as Hip 451 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

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Speedway Stable Lands $325,000 American Pharoah Filly

Juvenile was consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent for Midway Gallop

Bloodstock agent Marette Farrell was more than pleased to sign the winning ticket on an American Pharoah  filly (Hip 451) for $325,000 June 30 during the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Purchased on behalf of Speedway Stable, the dark bay or brown daughter of the Ashford Stud stallion had been one of the more popular juveniles at the barn of Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables, who consigned the filly on behalf of Midway Gallop. The filly worked a quarter-mile in :22 during the under tack show.

“I’m very pleased,” said Elser. “She’d gotten a lot of play, and she deserved it.”

Bred in New York by Pine Ridge Stables, the filly is out of Choice Pearl (by Any Given Saturday). Her second dam is stakes winner Horns Gray, dam of Spinaway Stakes (G1) winner Awesome Humor and granddam of Forego Stakes (G1) winner Emcee, group 2 winner Surfer, and stakes winner Spring Party.

Horns Gray is also the granddam of group 3-placed Baffled, the dam of grade 1 winner and leading second-crop sire Constitution  as well as grade 2 winner Boynton and grade 3 winner Jacaranda.

“She’s by American Pharoah, who is an up-and-coming sire, and she’s from a fabulous family—Constitution’s family,” said Farrell. “She’s a big filly, and I think she has a big future in front of her. She just needs a little time, but we’re excited to get her.”

As a buyer shopping the Midlantic market in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Farrell said she’d been pleased to see competition at every level even if it meant she had to spend a little more.

“It’s really strong here,” said Farrell. “I read all the reports, and I think I’m in a different world because I’m out there trying to buy them and it’s really tough. But I think it’s wonderful for the consignors, and it gets everyone’s heads up.

“It’s been an amazing sale from the top to the bottom. Any good horse at every level all the way down to the lower prices have found people excited to get them and who have had to fight to get them. We’re always hoping to pay a little less but hopefully it will be a good thing down the road.”

Elser, too, said he was pleased with how the market had played across the two-day auction.

“I think there are no real surprises and the top has stayed strong. There is more of a middle here than there has been so I think that is a good sign for everybody.”

Sackatoga Strikes for Tonalist Filly

Sackatoga Stable, on the Triple Crown trail again with GI Belmont S. winner Tiz the Law (Constitution), purchased a filly by Tonalist for $290,000 early in Monday’ sfirst session of the Midlantic sale. The juvenile (hip 27) was consigned by Kirkwood Stables and, like the Belmont winner and Sackatoga’s 2003 GI Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, is a New York-bred. A[Sackatoga operating manager] Jack Knowlton just uses New York-breds. That’s all he does,” said trainer Barclay Tagg. The filly is out of Holiday Apple (Harlan’s Holiday), a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Lady Apple (Curlin). She worked a quarter-mile during last week’s under-tack preview in :22 1/5.

“She’s a very attractive filly,” Tagg said. “I liked everything about her when I went over and watched her here for a couple of days. We didn’t want to spend that much money, but I think she’ll be worth it.”

Asked if Tizthe Law=s exploits made the partnership more likely to bid higher than they might normally do, Tagg smiled and said, “Maybe he gave them a little more money.” Of the Belmont winner, Tagg added, “He’s doing well, very well. He came out of his last race great and we’re very pleased with him.”