This column highlights the performances of maidens who have made no more than five starts and who either sold for more than $500,000 at public auction, have siblings that are grade/group winners, or have dams that are grade/group winners. BloodHorse research shows maiden winners in particular who meet these criteria are more likely to go on to be graded stakes winners.
SF Bloodstock, Starlight Racing, and Madaket Stables partnered up to buy Newgate for $850,000 from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale last year and the Into Mischief colt powered home to win his July 30 debut at Del Mar.
Campaigned by the partners in conjunction with several other investors, Newgate is the latest Bob Baffert trainee to hit the track. The 2-year-old colt took a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight that lured a field of 11 but was scratched down to 9 by the start.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Newgate was bumped at the start and raced in second as Hard to Figure set early fractions of :21.78 and :44.90 through a half-mile. In upper stretch, Newgate took over and was soon clear of Hard to Figure. He drew away under hand urging to win by 3 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:03.89 on a fast track.
Bred by Town and Country Horse Farms, Newgate is out of the graded stakes-placed Majestic Warrior mare Majestic Presence. With four timed works in July, the colt posted two bullet breezes while at Santa Anita Park, drilling five furlongs in a minute flat July 10 to be the fastest of 70 working the distance, and July 17 he got the same distance in :59 1/5 to be the fastest of 44 that day.
On Sunday, CRK Stable’s Justique put in a strong rally from the back of the 10-horse field to score a 2 1/2-length victory in her debut. The Justify filly trained by John Shirreffs is a half sister to Hollywood Derby (G1T) winner Mo Town .
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Justique was slow out of the gate and last as a quarter-mile went in :21.44. She had moved into eighth after three furlongs and surged by the leaders under a hand ride after Espinoza had lost the whip. She completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.29 on a fast track.
Saratoga Race Course
StarLadies Racing, LNJ Foxwoods, and Gainseway Stable’s Prank blew her competition out of the water July 31 when she captured her debut by 9 3/4 lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden test for 2-year-old fillies. The Into Mischief filly, a half sister to Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) winner Mo Donegal , is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Prank was turned loose from the gate with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard and went straight to the lead, posting fractions of :21.91, :45.11, and :57.12 through five furlongs while pulling away to a seven-length lead, which only widened down the stretch. She stopped the clock in 1:03.94 on the fast track.
Bred by Ashview Farm and Colts Neck Stables, Prank is the third foal to race out of the Pulpit mare Callingmissbrown, who now has three winners from three starters.
Capture the Flag wins his debut at Saratoga Race Course
Capture the Flag and Luis Saez raced in third as a quarter-mile went in :22.75 and a half-mile went in :46.73. The pair took over on far the turn and rolled to the wire unchallenged. He completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:06.17 on a fast track.
The colt, bred by Joseph Allen, is owned by a partnership that includes Allen Stable, the Coolmore connections of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, as well as Westerberg Limited and Jonathan Poulin. He is out of the grade 1-winning War Front mare War Flag.
Racing July 30 at Gulfstream Park, X Y Point shot out of the gate and never looked back to land his debut by 6 1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old Dialed In colt, trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. is a half brother to 2017 Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy.
Under jockey Edgard Zayas, X Y Point clicked off fractions of :22.51, :45.45, and :57.54 through five furlongs before wrapping up the 5 1/2-furlong race in 1:04.26 on a fast track.
Bred by Don Robinson and Allen Schubert, X Y Point is out of the Dehere mare Classiest Gem.
|BloodHorse Maiden Watch|
|Notable maiden winners for week of July 25 – 31|
|7/25||CNL||9||Amble||Lemon Drop Kid||Skipping||3||Half sister to G2 winner Plum Ali|
|7/28||LRL||5||Hoodooland||Medaglia d’Oro||Theycallmeladyluck||3||$1.4 mil yearling, half sister to G1 winner Salty|
|7/28||SAR||1||She’s Keen||Keen Ice||Spelling||5||Half sister to G2 winner Spelling Again|
|7/29||ELP||6||Miss Riddler*||Dialed In||Gotta Have Her||1||Dam is G2 winner|
|7/30||CBY||1||Magic Glass*||Good Magic||Majestic Heat||1||Dam is G2 winner|
|7/30||DMR||6||Newgate*||Into Mischief||Majestic Presence||1||$850k yearling|
|7/30||ELP||6||More Than Vows||More Than Ready||Tensas Wedding Joy||3||Half sister to G1 winner Big World|
|7/30||GP||3||X Y Point*||Dialed In||Classiest Gem||1||Half brother to G2 winner Malagacy|
|7/30||GP||8||Three Witches||Into Mischief||Layreebelle||1||Half sister to G2 winner Spellbound|
|7/30||SAR||1||Capture the Flag*||Quality Road||War Flag||1||Dam is G1 winner|
|7/30||SAC||6||Callmemarthajane||Gun Runner||Youcan’tcatchme||4||Dam is G3 winner|
|7/31||SAR||6||Prank*||Into Mischief||Callingmissbrown||1||Half sister to G1 winner Mo Donegal|
|7/31||SAR||1||Truancy||Run Away and Hide||Successfully Sweet||2||Half sister to G3 winner Confrontation|
|7/31||DMR||8||Justique*||Justify||Grazie Mille||1||$725 yearling; half sister to G1 winner Mo Town|