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A Lot to Like on Preakness Undercard

One of the more impressive winners on the Preakness undercard was Everyday Heroes, who is now 4-for-4 after taking the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III). Out of the Dayjur mare Lucette (and rated B+) he is a closely related to Horse of the Year Ghostzapper (TrueNicks,SRO) , whose half-sister is Everyday Heroes' dam. Both Ghostzapper and Everyday Heroes are by Awesome Again (TrueNicks,SRO).

In other action in the U.S., young stallions were in form (in addition of course to second-year sires Medaglia d'Oro (TrueNicks,SRO) and Birdstone (TrueNicks,SRO) who shone in the Pimlico classics). On the Preakness undercard, third-crop sires Sky Mesa (TrueNicks,SRO) and Posse (TrueNicks,SRO) scored through Skylighter (TrueNicks A++), who took the Allaire Dupont Distaff Stakes (gr. II) and No Advantage (TrueNicks A++), winner of the William Donald Schaefer Stakes (gr. III).

No Advantage became the eighth stakes winners -- impressively, seven of them scored at 2 -- from Posse's first crop, and follows grade I winner Kodiak Kowboy and multiple graded scorer Lantana Mob as his sire's third graded winner.  Posse, whose sire Silver Deputy is out of mare by Mr. Prospector, has done well over Mr. Prospector in general, and particularly through Forty Niner, getting three stakes winners from four starters on the cross, including No Advantage and Kodiak Kowboy. Out of a mare by Tactical Advantage, No Advantage not only has a double of Mr. Prospector, but also a double of Roberto, whose dam is bred on very similar lines to the dam of Mr. Prospector.

The second-season sires dominated the Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III), with Heart Ashley (rate A+), by Lion Heart (TrueNicks,SRO) , prevailing by a head over Cinderella's Wish (by Speightstown (TrueNicks,SRO) ), with Trophy Collector (by Strong Hope) third. Heart Ashley is a similarly-bred half-sister to graded winner Ashley's Kitty (by Tale of the Cat (TrueNicks,SRO) ), and has a nice pedigree pattern, as her granddam is bred on a parallel Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross to Storm Cat (sire of Tale of the Cat and grandsire of Lion Heart).

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