This column highlights the performances of young women who have started no more than five times and have sold for more than $500,000 in public auction, have a sibling who is a level/group winner, or have children smash is the level/group winner. BloodHorse’s research shows that exceptional first-time winners who meet these criteria are more likely to become graded bet winners.
There are plenty of promising 2-year-olds as the year shortens to the final ‘four days in 2022. Eight 2-year-olds, led by a half-brother to the Hall race mare Rachel Alexandra of Fame, has earned its spot on MaidenWatch. Three juveniles, including the aforementioned pony, are named Itzos broke their maidens on the surface of Tapeta in all weather at Race Park.
Itzos, a muscular flying blood son of the first male Bolt d’Oro went for $1.4 million as a hot sale at the Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga Select Year Sale in 2021. Larry Best of OXO Equine chose the pony for his burgeoning empire, and Itzos did took the first step towards earning his purchase price—and catching up with his illustrious brother—with a decisive 1.5-minute victory on December 29 in the Special Weightlifting Competition for for girls 6 1/2 long hairs.
Trained by Turfway’s current top coach, Paulo Lobo, Itzos is starting his career for the second time after finishing ninth on his debut at Churchill Downs on dirt a month ago. Sent off as third pick in Thursday’s race under driver Joseph Ramos, Itzos took the lead. Shameless boy beat the initial fractions of :22.75 and :45.67 before overtaking his opponent midway through, taking the lead in the final time of 1:17.61.
Lobo was pleased with the pony’s efforts and indicated that he would definitely try twice in the future in the Derby at Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots or at Gulfstream Park.
Rachel Alexandra also beat her daughter in second place in a career that saw mares win 13 out of 19 starts, including five 1s, as well as beat males in Preakness Stakes (G1), Woodward Stakes (G1) and Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1).
Wadsworth bounces home with her special maiden weight
Two Brad Cox interns were also among the auspicious teenagers last week at the Florence oval, Ky. Purebred Godolphin Wadsworth The Emperor’s Son Quality Sugar and the mare won class 1 Dickinson . never looked back when he stopped the chronograph at 1:37.44 for a mile.
Wadsworth was the second pony of Dickinson who defeated the champion Lady Eli and Sovereign Horse of the Year Catch a glimpse during the 2017 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T) run at Keeneland. The Medaglia d’Oro mare herself is the daughter of Little Belle, 1st grade winner. Both mares were bred and operated under the Godolphin shirt.
Two days earlier in the first special one-mile weight class for 2-year-olds, Capella , another Cox runner-up, dazzled in the debut. Fighting for the lead early on, the Quality Road daughter changed gears to round the long bend and gradually trail her opponent, finishing in a time of 1:38.69 for a mile. She’s finished 3 1/4 the length of another dirty person to see, Michael Stidham trained Invoice Mo ‘s daughter Uncle Mo 1st grade champion how to pay? .
A third-generation hybrid of Juddmonte, Capella shares the same relationships as her half-sister, high school award-winning millionaire. Bonny Nam . Although she didn’t win her 2022 campaign, Bonny South has regularly competed against the best of her generation for most of her career, placing 1 company four times alongside other victories. her wins in the 2020 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and the 2021 Dougledogdare Stakes (G3).
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|Notable 2-year-old girl winners for the week of December 26 – January 1|
|12/28||HEART||8||Froshado||blur||Ashado||first||Dam is the winner of G1|
|12/29||City.||5||Itzos||Bolt d’Oro||lotta kim||2||Half sister to G1 winner Rachel Alexandra; $1.4 million a year|
|12/29||City.||7||Capella||Quality Sugar||Touch the star||first||Half sister to G2 winner Bonny South|
|12/30||HAW||7||Sivako||More than readiness||ruby lips||5||Half brother to G2 Lone Rock winner Gerrymander|
|12/30||SA||first||ancient peace||War front||deceptive vision||2||Dam is the winner of G2|
|31/31||GP-general practitioner||2||Shesterkin||Violence||freedom star||first||Dam is the winner of G3|
|31/31||open||ten||eye-catching clover||Looking Lucky||flower Park||first||Half brother to G3 winner Heavenhasmynikki|
|31/31||City.||8||Wadsworth||Quality Sugar||Dickinson||4||Dam is the winner of G1|