Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:50 pm |
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By Alan Carasso
8th-AQU, $68K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1m, post time: 4:28 p.m.
TEAM WIN (Malibu Moon) is the lone firster in this this field of eight sophomore fillies and is a 6-1 chance on the morning line for trainer Todd Pletcher and Repole Stables. The filly’s stakes-placed dam, Team (Empire Maker), was acquired by Repole for $300K carrying this foal in utero at the 2016 Keeneland January Sale and would have appealed on pedigree, as Team Win is bred on the same Malibu Moon cross over Unbridled that is responsible for three of her sire’s Grade I winners–GI Kentucky Derby hero Orb and ‘TDN Rising Stars’ Moonshine Memories and Magnum Moon. The mare’s foal of 2018 is unsurprisingly by Uncle Mo, and that colt is bred exactly like Repole’s Grade I winner Outwork as well as GI Apple Blossom H. upsetter Unbridled Mo, who is out of an Unbridled dam. The competition includes Solent (Hard Spun), a Juddmonte homebred daughter of MGISW Sightseek (Distant View); West Point Thoroughbreds’ twice-placed $200K BARAPR breezer Paynterbynumbers (Paynter); and Cariba (Cairo Prince), a $400K KEESEP purchase by Everett Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables.