A Juvenile Weekend

There were several stakes for juveniles last weekend and two freshman sires, Kitten’s Joy (who also had the Summer S. (gr. III) runner-up Becky’s Kitten) and Roman Ruler (TrueNicks,SRO) put stakes winners on the board. Kitten’s Joy, who now has 11 first crop winners, was represented by Sunday Silence Stakes winner William’s Kitten who is out of a mare by Menifee. The Sadler’s Wells/Storm Cat cross, which this represents, has been quite useful in general (TrueNicks B+) and Menifee is a Northern Dancer/Never Bend cross, where Sadler’s Wells is a Northern Dancer/Bold Reason (half-brother to Never Bend) cross.

Roman Ruler has had 15 first crop two-year-old winners and his first stakes winner is Seattle Ruler, who took the Barretts Juvenile Stakes. He is out of the A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) mare, Decades of Style, and Roman Ruler may be following his sire, Fusaichi Pegasus (TrueNicks,SRO), who has three stakes horses out of A.P. Indy mares, including graded winner Ravel.

D’Funnybone retained his position as one of the leaders of the eastern juvenile colts division with a convincing win in the Futurity (gr. II) at Belmont. He’s from the third crop of Vinery Florida’s D'wildcat (TrueNicks,SRO) , a grade I-winning sprinter by Forest Wildcat (also responsible for current #2 freshman sire, Wildcat Heir (TrueNicks,SRO) , and South African star, Zar). D’Funnybone – who is TrueNicks rated A – is out the Woodman mare Elbow.

Runner-up in the Futurity was Discreetly Mine, a son of Mineshaft (TrueNicks,SRO) out of Pretty Discreet by Private Account, and a half-brother to Discreet Cat (TrueNicks,SRO) . The family did get a major weekend stakes, however, as the Matron Stakes (gr. II) went to Awesome Maria (TrueNicks A+), who is by Maria’s Mon out of Discreetly Mine’s Awesome Again (TrueNicks,SRO) half-sister, Discreetly Awesome.

There was also a pair of two-year-old graded stakes in Canada, both on turf. The Natalma Stakes (gr. III) went to Bay to Bay (TrueNicks A++), who is bred to run all day as she is from the third crop of the Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. I) winner Sligo Bay (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) out of Bala (who finished third in the Natalma herself), a daughter of With Approval.

The Speightstown (TrueNicks,SRO) two-year-old, Bridgetown (TrueNicks A++) impressed in the Summer Stakes (gr. III). Bridgetown is out of the Tabasco Cat mare, Ellesmere, and so is inbred to Speightown’s broodmare sire, Storm Cat.

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