While this blog is exceptionally last-minute getting posted, I thought it would be worth sharing anyway. I was not able to get the past performances for the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, so instead opted to highlight the pedigree of a few of the 2 year old colts scheduled to compete.
1. Groovin’ Solo
Groovin’ Solo has a very interesting female family. His 5th dam, Source Sucree, is a half sister to Ambiorix, the 1948 Champion 2yo in France. Though his more recent family has not been as productive, this seems to have changed with his dam, Squall Linda. She herself was G3-placed and the earner of $154,727 in 17 starts. Since retiring, she has had G1 winner Street Hero, who won the 2008 Norfolk Stakes, and G2 winner Premier Pegasus, impressive winner of the San Felipe Stakes earlier this year. Like both of these colts and Squall Linda, Groovin’ Solo is trained and owned by Myung Kwon Cho. Thus far Groovin’ Solo is 0-for-2 in his career, and has yet to hit the board. However, his pedigree is prolific enough to suggest he may have some talent, though it remains to be seen if he’ll show that today or not.
4. Empire Way
It’s fairly well-known that impressive debut winner Empire Way is a full brother to Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic winner Royal Delta. However, the credentials of his pedigree don’t stop there. Empire Way’s third dam, Proud Delta, was a multiple G1-winner and the 1976 Eclipse Champion Older mare. She was the dam of G3 winner Proud Debonair and later that horse’s full sister, Lyphard’s Delta. Lyphard’s Delta was a G2 winner in England and a very productive broodmare. She is the dam of Indy Five Hundred, winner of the Garden City Breeders Cup Handicap (G1) and Premio Gran Criterium (ITY-G1) winner Biondetti, as well as Delta Princess. Delta Princess was a multiple G3 winner who earned $740,918 over her 30 starts, and of couse is the dam of multiple G1 winner and probable Eclipse finalist (and, in reality, winner) Royal Delta. As mentioned, Empire Way is a full brother to Royal Delta.
6. Sky Kingdom
Sky Kingdom just broke his maiden last time out in his first start around 2 turns. What makes him exceptionally interesting to me, along with this improvement on the stretch out, is his fantastic female family. He hails from the Weekend Surprise branch of the Lassie Dear family. Lassie Dear is the ancestress of such important horses as Lemon Drop Kid, through her daughter Charming Lassie; and Duke of Marmalade, through her daughter Lassie’s Lady. Her most important daughter, however, is arguably Weekend Surprise, dam of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, and Honor Grades. Weekend Surprise is also the dam of Weekend Storm, herself the dam of such graded stakes winners as Breeders’ Cup Mile(G1) winner Court Vision and G3-winner Smart Surprise. Sky Kingdom is out of Sky Beam, a full sister to Mambo in Seattle, most famous for his dead-close second-place finish to Colonel John in the Travers Stakes(G1).
Cozzetti is undoubtably bred for the grass, but nonetheless broke his maiden by 5 lengths on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs last month. While his first 3 dams don’t inspire too much confidence, his 4th dam, Olmec, won five of her seven starts at age two, including the 1968 Aspirant and Heritage Stakes. She was the dam of G3-winner Soldier Boy, by Tumiga, as well as stake winner Passamaquoddy and G2-winner Navajo Princess, both by Drone. Incidentally, Cozzetti’s 3rd dam, La Venta, was also by Drone. As a broodmare, Navajo Princess produced Dancing Brave(by Lyphard), the 1986 Champion 3YO in England and France and European Horse of the Year. That year, he won four G1 races, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and 2000 Guineas Stakes. Six years after giving birth to Dancing Brave, Navajo Princess foaled his full sister, Jolypha. She was the 1992 Champion 3yo filly in France, with wins in the Prix Vermeille(FR-G1) and Prix de Diane Hermes(FR-G1). Prior to Zenyatta’s victory in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jolypha was the best-placed filly or mare in that race, finishing 3rd in the 1992 Classic at age three.