This column highlights the performances of young daughters who have made no more than five starts and sold for more than $500,000 at public auction, have tier/group winning siblings, or have winning dams level/group. BloodHorse’s research shows that early winners in particular who meet these criteria are more likely to be ranked bet winners.
Whisper Hill Farm Livestock baby doll , a daughter of carpet and two-time champion Groupie Doll , picked up a one-length win on his January 30 debut for trainer Ralph Nicks at Gulfstream Park.
The 3-year-old took on a field of six other sophomore fillies in an inaugural seven furlong test. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Doll Baby sprinted out of the gate and went straight into the lead to set fractions of :22.92, :45.63 and 1:11.31 over six furlongs. She then galloped to complete the distance in a final time of 1:25.34 on a fast track.
The filly is the fourth colt to come out of the champion mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) two years in a row in 2012-13. Whisper Hill purchased Groupie Doll for $3.1 million off the Trackside Farm shipment at the November 2013 Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale. Groupie Doll produced two other winners (both by Tapit) in Tapability , who won one of nine starts, and Doll collection , who has won or placed six times in eight starts. She also has a 2 year old To justify foal and was bred to Speightstown for 2022.
Two races later the same day, Michael Tabor beside herself earned his third start for coach Todd Pletcher on the Gulfstream turf. the Uncle Mo The filly, who made her debut on October 29 as a 2-year-old, has finished third in her two previous starts.
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In Sunday’s first test for the 3-year-old fillies, run about 1 1/16 miles, Beside Herself ran a similar race to Doll Baby, taking the lead early but setting a more moderate pace. Fractions clicked in :24.96, :49.87 and 1:14.28 over six furlongs, then jockey Luis Saez kept the filly in the clear to win by 3 1/4 lengths to finish in 1:43, 26 on firm grass.
Bred by Chelston, Beside Herself is out of Excited, a 3rd year winner Giant’s Causeway mare.
Two other 3-year-old winners at Gulfstream this week were expensive auctions. The first, that of Michael Tabor Comical , earned his fifth start on Jan. 27 for coach Simon Callaghan.
Comedian smashes his young daughter at Gulfstream Park
Comedic, ridden by Julien Leparoux from the middle of the pack to score by a neck in the race of about five furlongs on the all-weather track (originally slated for turf), had raced in Southern California in 2021. She did the trip to South Florida for her 2022 debut where she finished second in an inaugural special weight on Jan. 8 on all-time. She covered the distance of her first victory in: 57.29. the Prank call filly hasn’t finished the draw in her five starts.
Bred by Dr Amy Rabanal, Constance Wickes and Highclere, Comedic is out of Speightstown mare Goforitmrsmiller, who is a half-sister to several performers and entry producers, including ranked winners Miss Isella and Sir Cherokee. She was purchased by agents Jamie McCalmont and Ben McElroy for $800,000 at The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s 2-year-old selection on Florida training sale, from the SGV Thoroughbreds consignment.
The other winner was Pletcher’s trainee swing change , who won his wire-to-wire debut in a seven-stay first Test on January 29 under Irad Ortiz Jr.
Swing Shift wins on first request at Gulfstream Park
the midnight storm colt won by 1 1/4 length in a final time of 1:24.53 on a fast track. He is owned by WinStar Farm, Woodford Thoroughbreds, Commonwealth and Siena Farm.
Bred by Siena Farms, Swing Shift is out of Indian mare Charlie Tasunke and was purchased for $550,000 at Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training from Woodford Thoroughbreds shipment .
Aaron Sones’ ethereal road won on his season debut and his fourth start on Saturday at Oaklawn Park. the quality road the colt ran under Luis Contreras in 12th and last for much of the 1 1/16 mile test before progressing and then rallying to a four-length victory.
Ethereal Road, driven by D. Wayne Lukas, covered the distance in 1:46.82 on the fast lane.
Bred by Paul Pompa Jr., Ethereal Road is from the war front Mare Supported , which is placed in Grade 3 and produced the Grade 3 winner Hijacked .
by Mike McCarty Thunderbolt won his second start at Delta Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen on January 28, giving his father Practical Joke another winner. The colt took on a field of nine other 3-year-olds racing through five furlongs.
Lightning Struck raced into the middle of the pack under Ty Kennedy, ran wide around the corner picking up horsepower and made his bid for the lead down the stretch. He won by three quarters of a length in a final time of 1:00.34 on a fast track.
Bred by Nursery Place, Lightning Struck is out of Grindstone mare Stone Hope, dam of Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes (G2) winner Spirit of Valor .