|BC Juvenile Fillies|
|Simply Ravishing||Princess Noor||Girl Daddy||Dayoutoftheoffice||Vequist||Thoughtfully|
(Simply Ravishing / Coady Photography)
There is a filly in this one by the name of Crazy Beautiful. And, she is.
There is another by the name of Simply Ravishing. And, she is, too.
And, there is a Princess by the name of Princess Noor. And, she may be the best looking of them all. After all, she has raced 3 times to date and she has turned each into a photo shoot at the end.
Any way you look and every where you look, this is a gorgeous group of 2YO fillies.
Here’s our look:
- Simply Ravishing (Laoban — Four Wishes, by More Than Ready): This filly has fallen into the rather immense shadow of the imposing 3YO filly Swiss Skydiver — who is unquestionably the starlet of the barn’s operation. But one should not mistake. This filly is a star in her own right, and one that is emerging as bright as her more accomplished roommate. After the first three starts of her career, Simply Ravishing is a perfect 3-for-3 and has won both of her Stakes events by a combined 13 lengths (or darn near it). She has won over the turf, in her career debut, at Saratoga. She has won sprinting over the dirt, at Saratoga. And, she has won around two turns at Keeneland — the same spot of ground that she will contest on Friday. She has won on the lead. She has won stalking. Most of all, though, she has won. Always. The sire is a young son of Uncle Mo, and will be new to WinStar Farm in Versailles in 2021. In addition to this fine filly, the sire has already tossed Laobanonaprayer, who won the Mind of the Mist Stakes at Belmont Park, and Keepmeinmind, who ran 2nd in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity. His daughter Ava’s Grace ran 3rd in the G2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga, too. Nice start. The connections paid just $50,000 for this filly at the 2019 Fast-Tipton October Sale. Already, she has earned over $304,000. Nice purchase. And, it appears more to come.
- Princess Noor (Not This Time — Sheza Smoke Show, by Wilko): Earlier this year, before she ever ran in a race, this 2YO filly set the sport’s newswire on fire. At the OBS April 2YO Sale, she fetched a final hammer price of $1.350 million for a team led by Gary Young. Since then, she has ended up in the hands of owner Zedan Racing Stables and the talented barn of trainer Bob Baffert. And, she has not disappointed. At all. After 3 starts? She has 3 wins. She has 2 Graded Stakes wins. She has 1 G1 Stakes win. And, she has totaled over $303,000 in purse earnings. All she has to do is earn $1 million more now to break even. Right? Well, probably less than that considering her residual value — which can grow immensely this Friday in the Breeders’ Cup. Like our top pick, she one has showed some serious diversity and some serious leg whip. In her last start, she won the G2 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita by a growing 81/4 lengths. And, she did this after starting at the rear of the back when stretching out to Friday’s distance of 11/16-miles. In the race before, she flashed more speed in the 7-furlong Del Mar Debutante Stakes. But the outcome at the wire was much the same — winning by over 61/2 lengths. Promises to be a heckuva showdown between the hometown girl and the West Coast starlet. Time will tell. This time.
- Girl Daddy (Uncle Mo — Cara Marie, by Unbridled’s Song): Any other year and by any other standard, this April foal may be at the head of the class going into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. After all, she has done nothing wrong to date. The only thing she has done — too — is win. Girl Daddy broke the maiden in July at Ellis Park, the new summer home for many of trainer Dale Romans’ top 2YOs. She ran off that day to a near 6-length win while traversing the 6-furlong test. The next time out, Girl Daddy came from a bit off the pace to capture the G3 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. She flashed her brilliant turn of foot and distanced Crazy Beautiful in that tilt. No problem. No contest. Now, this $500,000 yearling purchase of a year ago, will face her stiffest competition to date and her toughest test. But, then again, the connections of the other two may have to admit the same thing. The first dam of this one was the best of the moms in this group. Cara Marie was Graded Stakes-placed and won 2 of 10 starts. In just her 6th career start, she ran 3rd in the G2 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga. The third dam, Miss Caerleona, was a Graded Stakes winner. She won the G3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs in 1996 when Bail Out Becky was disqualified. This gal is a looker in her own right.
- Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief — Gottahaveadream, by Indian Charlie): Like the top 3 candidates, this one is also undefeated. She is a perfect 3-for-3. Meaning? Our top 4 fillies rated in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is now a combined 11-for-11. And, all have the credentials to match the wins. This gal has wins in both the G3 Schuylerville at Saratoga and the G1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. In the last one, she zoomed to a 2-length win over Vequist while racing at the flat 1-mile distance. And, she did it stalking the leaders until rider Jurnior Alvarado called on her for more. Can’t argue with the sire power here. One of the best in the sport. Maybe ever. Not without a chance, too.
- Vequist (Nyquist — Vero Amore, by Mineshaft): This filly was RNA’d after not brining the necessary funds at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. And, what a good decision that was for the connections that ended up with her. After running 2nd in the career debut for a group called Richie’s World Stables, this one was apparently purchased privately by a team headed by Gary Barber and led by trainer Mark Casse. She immediately paid dividends, winning the G1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga in early September. Won the 7-furlong Stakes that day by a mere 91/2 lengths. Merely. Made a serious run at Dayoutoftheoffice in the G1 Frizette, but just could never draw even with that one late. Still, this one has a chance on Friday, too. Credentials are there. In addition to being by a Kentucky Derby winner and one of the hottest freshman sires in the land, Vequist is out of a Graded Stakes-placed dam. Vero Amore ran 2nd in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes in 2014, losing to the top notch Stopchargingmaria by less than a neck. Blood runs thick.
- Thoughtfully (Tapit — Pension, by Seeking the Gold): This filly cost $950,000 to snare at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale at Saratoga. And, it didn’t take her long to start paying dividends, too. She broke the maiden on debut at Churchill Downs on June 11. Won that one buy nearly 9 in a 5.5-furlong sprint over the dirt. Gone. Came right back to win the G2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga in mid-August. Won that one by 5 while traveling 6.5 furlongs over the dirt. The only blemish on the resume so far is the last race — when she was a disappointing 4th to Simply Ravishing in the G1 Alcibiades. No excuses that day. Just didn’t fire when stretched out to two turns for the first time. But here’s a little warning. Don’t be so quick to dismiss a daughter of Tapit. May take them a minute to learn a lesson. But once it’s learned? Watch out. The second dam of this one is Furlough, who was a multiple Graded Stakes winner of over $670,000. She won the G1 Ballerina Stakes in 1999 — beating the likes of Catinca, Hurricane Bertie, License Fee, Marley Vale and others. Blood runs deep here, too. Beware.
How We Play It:
We are going to play Simply Ravishing to win/place/show and then key her over/under all the horses listed here in the exacta. Our first Key Play of the Day.