this week in Curlin babies: 6.12.14

Welcome to another installment of this week in Curlin babies: all the news that’s fit to print about Blinkers Off’s favourite sire.  Within the last week, two-year-old colt Jess’s Dream — Curlin’s colt out of Rachel Alexandra — appeared on the worktab for the first time.  Coming up this weekend, two Curlin babies square off in the same graded stakes: both Blue Violet and Flash Forward have drawn into the Obeah Stakes (GIII) at Delaware Park.  That is one of three races this weekend with two of Curlin’s progeny racing; there’s also an N1X allowance optional claiming race Saturday at Emerald Downs that features both Charismata and Timeless Pleasure, and a maiden special weight Sunday at Monmouth that features both Rebel Spy and Sunset District.  There is also one other graded stakes featuring a Curlin baby: Lynx will follow up his last-out maiden win with an entry in Sunday’s Pegasus Stakes (GIII) at Monmouth.

Without further ado, let’s see what everyone has been up to!

Race Results

  • Lord of the Realm (Danceroftherealm (GB), by King of Kings (IRE)) – On June 10, Lord of the Realm finished second in a $5,000 – $4,750 claiming race at 1 mile 70 yards over the Fort Erie dirt.  He was up for the lower tag, and was not claimed out of the race.  The four-year-old colt, a 15/1 shot in the race, broke with speed and ran on the front end with 1.15/1 favourite Clever King, with 18/1 shot High Plateau engaging as well down the backstretch.  Lord of the Realm mounted the best challenge of anyone turning for home, but Clever King kicked away to win by 3 3/4 lengths.  Lord of the Realm was a decisive second; third-place High Plateau checked in another 4 3/4 lengths behind.  This race was his first at Fort Erie after two previous efforts this year in which he was well-beaten at Woodbine; it appears either the class relief, the switch to dirt, or both helped out here.
  • Miss Frost (Allencat, by Storm Cat) – On June 11, Miss Frost finished third beaten three lengths in an N1X allowance optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles over the inner Belmont turf.  The four-year-old filly was in under the allowance condition.  Miss Frost broke alertly and briefly contended for the lead, but settled in to stalk pacesetter Irish Score, a length or so back on the outside.  She made her move on the far turn, and got within a neck, but was unable to sustain it. She was passed down the stretch by Summer Solo, who had been chasing about a length behind her down the backstretch.  Summer Solo streaked ahead to win.  Miss Frost was able to hold third by daylight over longshot Morethanawarning and beaten favourite Run of the River.  This is a positive step for her; this was just her second start of the year, and she performed far more strongly here than in her eighth-place finish first off the lay.
  • Myperfectvalentine (Netherland (ARG), by Roy) – On June 12, Myperfectvalentine finished fifth beaten 14 3/4 lengths in a $25,000 N2L claiming race at seven furlongs over the Belmont dirt.  She chased Lady Luciano’s pace a handful of lengths back, and started making a run about midway through the far turn.  However, into the final quarter, it was clear she was not going to fire in any way sufficient to challenge for the lead.  This was her first race since February 28th, and was a class jump from her previous two attempts (a $20,000 N2L and a $12,500 N2L).  Hopefully this knocked the rust off, and she will be sharper and ready to fire next race out.
  • Reversiontothemean (Jet Setting, by Forestry) – On June 9, Reversiontothemean finished second beaten 5 3/4 lengths in a six-furlong maiden special weight over the Suffolk Downs dirt.  The three-year-old filly was making her eighth career start, and had finished second at this level last out.  She started off near the back, spending most of the race about eight lengths back.  Unfortunately, she was pace-compromised: Josie’s Devil was loose on the lead, with no one pressing her closely.  Reversiontothemean fired, moved around part of the pack through the far turn, and threaded inside down the stretch.  However, the fractions were just too slow, and she could not catch the winner.  Hopefully there is a little more speed next time out, because she will benefit from having something to close into.

Running Soon

  • Blue Violet (Gasia, by Silver Deputy) – On June 14, Blue Violet is slated to run in the Obeah Stakes (GIII) at Delaware Park, at 1 1/8 miles over the dirt.  She drew the 3 gate in a field of eight.  This is the four-year-old filly’s first race back since the May 21 Winter Melody Stakes at Delaware, where she re-rallied to finish second 1 1/4 lengths behind Montana Native, who will also race in the Obeah.  This will be her first foray back into graded stakes company since her sixth-place finish in the 2013 Fair Grounds Oaks, and her first attempt past 1 1/16 miles.  This is a tougher field than she faced last out; hopefully she will be up to the challenge.  She isn’t the only Curlin baby in the field; Flash Forward runs in this race, too.
  • Charismata (Jack’s Little Girl, by Broad Brush) – On June 14, Charismata will race in an N1X allowance optional claiming race at six and a half furlongs over the Emerald Downs dirt.  She is in under the allowance condition, and drew the 3 gate in a five-horse field that features another Curlin baby, Timeless Pleasure.  Her one career win was at five and a half furlongs, but she did come in third last year in the Barbara Shinpoch S. for two-year-olds at this distance at Emerald Downs last year.  The three-year-old filly is lightly raced; this is just her fifth career race, and her third of the year.  It does appear to be the right level, though; she was second against similar two starts ago at five and a half furlongs.
  • Flash Forward (Magical Flash, by Miswaki) – On June 14, Flash Forward will run in the Obeah Stakes (GIII) at Delaware Park, at 1 1/8 miles over the dirt.  It will be the four-year-old filly’s first race since April 6, when she finished third behind Princess of Sylmar in the Cat Cay at Aqueduct.  Montana Native, who finished last of five in the Cat Cay, also races in the Obeah; that adversary appears to have returned into a bit better form though, after a decisive win in the Winter Melody S. at Delaware on May 21.  Flash Forward had been slated to run in the Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont on May 24 if it had been moved onto the main track; the race remained on the turf, and she was scratched.  This will be her first time racing at Delaware, but she does have a win at 1 1/8 miles from last year, in the My Flag Stakes at Saratoga last August.  She is not the only Curlin baby in the Obeah; Blue Violet, above, will also race.
  • Jay Eye See (England’s Rose, by Nureyev) – On June 14, Jay Eye See runs in a $50,000-$40,000 claimer at a mile and 70 yards over the Monmouth dirt.  The four-year-old colt drew the 3 gate in the eight-horse field, and races for the higher tag.  Jay Eye See has started twenty-three times previously; although he has previously been up for a claiming tag in allowance optional claiming company, this is his first time racing in pure claiming company.  He has a win, a second, and two thirds in eight starts this year; he has not won a race since a one-mile allowance optional claimer at Calder in January.  The distance is good for him, and the class relief should hopefully give him the confidence-builder he needs to get back on track.
  • Keening (Haka Girl, by War Chant) – On June 13, Keening races in an N1x/N2L allowance at a mile on the Churchill Downs turf.  The four-year-old filly drew the 6 post in a field of thirteen, plus four also-eligible.  She has finished third in two previous allowances this year, though one of those was on dirt and one on all-weather.  She has not raced on the turf since her eighth-place finish just 4 1/2 lengths behind Emotional Kitten in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (GII) last year, as a 61/1 long shot.  She faces easier here, so hopefully she can notch her second win.
  • Lynx (Silver Bird, by Lit de Justice) – On June 15, Lynx heads postward in the Pegasus Stakes (GIII) at 1 1/16 miles over the Monmouth dirt.  The three-year-old gelding drew the two gate in the seven-horse field.  Last out, he broke his maiden in his seventh career start, at a mile in the Parx dirt.  He steps up sharply in class here, where he will face foes like Uncle Sigh, Ring Weekend, and Albano.  He has faced Ring Weekend once before; in his three-year-old debut, a maiden special at Gulfstream, he finished third behind Ring Weekend, who broke his maiden that day.  Maybe Lynx has grown into himself a bit, and will surprise, but this seems like an interesting placing to say the least.  This is the toughest field he has faced to date, and a far cry from beating Sassicaia by three lengths like he did last out.
  • Maria Maria (Hollow Miss, by With Approval) – On June 15, Maria Maria races in the Northbound Pride Oaks at a mile over the Canterbury Park turf.  The three-year-old filly drew the outermost gate in the thirteen-horse field.  Last out, in a May 10 allowance at 1 1/16 miles over the Arlington turf, she finished fourth beaten two lengths against older; here she cuts in distance, and faces only three-year-olds.  This will be her third race on the turf, and her first stakes race on the surface.  She faces a field that includes She’s Offlee Good: the horse behind whom she finished third in last year’s Arlington-Washington Lassie.  She should be in good form coming into this; on June 9, Maria Maria fired a bullet over the Arlington poly: five furlongs in a minute flat, fastest of sixteen at the distance.
  • Shiva Curlin (Cavan Thunder, by Jump Start) – On June 13, Shiva Curlin races in an N2X/N3L allowance optional claimer at Gulfstream, 1 1/16 miles over the dirt.  Shiva Curlin drew the 7 post in an eight-horse field, and races under the allowance condition.  He comes in here off his 3/4 length win on May 25 in a 1 mile 70 yard N1X allowance at Calder.  Shiva Curlin has raced at Gulfstream just once before, when he finished 7th in the Sir Bear Stakes.  He comes in here at a more appropriate class level, but does face older horses for the first time.
  • Rebel Spy (Private Status, by Alydar) – On June 15, Rebel Spy heads postward in a 1 mile 70 yard maiden special weight over the Monmouth dirt.  The four-year-old gelding breaks from the 5 gate in a seven-horse field.  This will be his first race at Monmouth, and only his fifth race overall.  Last out he was a disappointing 8th in an MSW at Pimlico that was the first race on the Preakness undercard; he finished on the board in his previous two starts this year.  He faces a field that includes Sunset Distract, another Curlin baby, as well as Irish You Well, third in both the Illinois Derby (GIII) and the Peter Pan (GII).  This is a smaller field than he has faced in the past, but it may be a bit difficult anyway, between Irish You Well on the class drop and the fact that he has to tote an extra seven pounds due to his age.
  • Starfire Mist (Misty Lady (ARG), by Lucky Roberto) – On June 15, Starfire Mist races in a $20,000 maiden claimer at 1 1/16 miles over the Golden Gate Fields turf.  The four-year-old filly drew the 2 gate in a ten-horse field.  She is lightly raced, for a four-year-old; this will only be her fourth career race, and her first was not until this past March.  In her three previous starts she has finished off the board.  This will be her first time in claiming company, though, so hopefully the class drop will serve her well.  She had been entered in a race at this same level on Memorial Day, but she was a late scratch.  Assuming she races, this will be her first try amid claiming company.
  • Sunset District (America America, by Mister Baileys (GB)) – On June 15, Sunset District races in a 1 mile 70 yard maiden special weight in the Monmouth dirt.  He breaks from the 2 gate in the seven-horse field.  This will be the three-year-old colt’s second race.  Last out he finished third in a Monmouth MSW on May 26 behind Encryption, who will race in the Pegasus Stakes (GIII) later in the same card.  That race was at the same distance as this maiden attempt.  The field features another Curlin baby, Rebel Spy, as well as multiple graded stakes placed maiden Irish You Well.  It is difficult to gauge the form of his last race, since neither of the horses behind whom he finished have run back; hopefully he will improve on his finish here, though, since he has had a bit of racetrack experience.
  • Sylvia T (Brisquette, by Unbridled’s Song) –  On June 15, Sylvia T heads postward in a maiden special weight at a mile over the Belmont turf.  The four-year-old filly drew the 7 post in a field with twelve regular entries, plus two also-eligible and two main track only entries.  This is her third start this year, and her second off of a three-and-a-half month lay.  This is also only her second start on turf; last out, Sylvia T finished fourth in her turf debut, a six-furlong maiden sprint over the Belmont inner turf.  This will be the filly’s twelfth start; hopefully stretching to a turf route will get her over the hurdle.  Otherwise, about the only things left to try for this older half-sister of Medal Count will be an attempt at a synthetic surface, or a drop to claiming company.
  • Texas Ryano (Blending Element (IRE), by Great Commotion) – On June 13, Texas Ryano returns to the track off of a four-month lay.  The three-year-old colt races in a 1 1/8 mile turf N1X/N2L allowance at Santa Anita, where he is in under the allowance condition.  He drew the 5th post of six horses.  He is lightly raced; he has raced just twice before, both times over that same Santa Anita turf.  He broke his maiden at a mile in January, and then finished fourth beaten 1 3/4 lengths in an allowance last out.  He returns at the right level, but is going to have his work cut out for him: Quotient, last seen finishing third in the American Turf (GII), also drew into this race.
  • Timeless Pleasure (Salty Sal, by Cox’s Ridge) – On June 14, Timeless Pleasure races in an N1X allowance optional claiming race at six and a half furlongs over the Emerald Downs dirt.  The three-year-old filly drew the 2 gate in a field of five, a field which includes another Curlin filly, Charismata.  She broke her maiden last out, in a maiden optional claiming race at a mile over the Emerald dirt; though it was her first drop from straight MSW company to optional claiming, she was not up for the $30,000 tag.  She finished no better than third in three previous attempts at sprint distances, so it is interesting to see her cut back to six and a half furlongs instead of waiting for an allowance at closer to a mile.

Other News

  • Jess’s Dream (Rachel Alexandra, by Medaglia d’Oro) – On June 6, Jess’s Dream posted his first work.  The two-year-old colt worked three furlongs in 38.6 over the Stonestreet training track, second of seven at the distance.  There is no clear word yet on when Jess’s Dream will actually be pointed to the track; it is still a long road between first work and first race.  However, it’s exciting to see that this offspring of two horses of the year is pointing to the track.
  • Ride On Curlin (Magical Ride, by Storm Cat) – A little more information has come out about Ride On Curlin’s condition, and what happened in the Belmont.  According to exercise rider Bryan Beccia, he displaced his palate during the race, which obstructed his breathing.  He did also bleed during the race.  The plans mentioned in the Sunday’s update still stand, though: he’s getting a break, which he well deserves.

That’s it for this week.  If there’s a Curlin baby at any level of racing who you think I missed, leave a comment or shoot me an email and let me know so I can add them to my list and cover them in future installments of this week in Curlin babies!

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