A pair of $100,000 stakes races for two-year-olds will take place at Ellis Park on Sunday. The Juvenile for the boys attracted seven and boasts a few interesting youngsters for now, and potentially, the future.
Night Time (#1) (5-1) drew the rail and was impressive on debut with a wire-to-wire score on this course for the red-hot Dale Romans barn. The chestnut son of Majesticperfection broke best despite getting the innermost post slot in that offering and has trained forwardly since.
The $210,000 yearling buy could be a nice one going forward. His dam is a full sister to Grade 2 heroine Emotional Kitten, who also placed in the 2013 American Oaks (G1) and Del Mar Oaks (G1).
Trainer Ian Wilkes doesn’t saddle many debut winners, so when Letmeno (#2) (6-1) won at first asking despite breaking last we took notice. Gray son of Twirling Candy is out of a stakes vixen who is a half-sister to 2010 Alcibiades Stakes (G1) queen Wickedly Perfect.
April foal will be coming from off the pace on Sunday with Calvin Borel back in the saddle. He might be a horse that we hear a lot of in 2019 and beyond.
Axiomo (#3) (7-2) was a bargain $20,000 purchase as a yearling and is unbeaten from a pair of career outings. Tapiture colt is a sibling to 2019 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) princess Jeltrin and could add to the stakes glory of this family.
Rowdy Yates (#4) (9-5) is the morning-line choice off the strength of a sharp maiden win, followed by a stubborn second in the Bashford Manor (G3) for Steve Asmussen. Morning Line colt acts more like a one-turn horse at this stage of his development, but he is obviously talented will be tough to defeat in this stakes venture.
The Debutante Stakes will feature 11 two-year-old fillies vying in a seven-furlong affair. Lady Glamour (#4) (5-2) is two-for-three lifetime, which includes a daylight allowance romp at Ellis Park most recently. The stakes-placed daughter of Discreet Cat is not from a rich family, but the precocious lass looks like a prime player on Sunday for Larry Demeritte.
Spitefulness (#6) (10-1) was a winner second time out at Presque Isle Downs and received a barn change to Phil D’Amato prior to this endeavor. The first foal out of 2015 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) queen Ekati’s Phaeton is bred for speed and is from the same female line as 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) star Regally Ready.
Green Destiny (#7) (5-1) graduated in her second appearance with a game win at Ellis Park. Trained by Steve Asmussen, she is out of a stakes victress who counts herself a half-sister to Callback, who bagged the 2015 Las Virgenes Stakes (G1).
The filly descends from a solid female line that produced her sire, 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) champ Super Saver.
Don’t Mine Me (#11) (20-1) is an interesting long-term prospect. The Mineshaft filly is a longshot in the Debutante, but the Kentucky-bred is cut out to be a nice one down the road. The bay is a descendant of an ultra-successful Phipps breeding line tracing back to champion Lady Pitt et al’s.
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