Each day, we will look all over the country to discover a horse running that has a pedigree worth noting. We will not always pick a stakes race. In fact, we may even try to find a horse running in a claiming race that may just have a pedigree worth noting. And, you may argue that there is a horse running on that day that deserves to be noted more than the one we have selected. If so, then submit your horse and your arguments. We may print your selection and your short bio. We hope to engage conversation.
Today’s Selection is Just a Glance Away, who will be making her 13th career start today in the first race at Penn National tonight. There were a couple of other options today, including Dreamas Boy (a son of Scat Daddy and out of a very nice female family), who is in the second at Presque Isle this evening, and Scram Cracker (another son of Scat Daddy), who is in the 4th tonight at Woodbine. But I settle on Just a Glance Away – mainly because she is a 5YO Mare, what with some residual value. So, here we go.
Owner: Tim Woolley
Breeder: Maple Leaf Farm (PA)
Sold at Public Auction: Reserve Not Attained at 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale at $95,000
Trainer: Tim Woolley
Jockey: WP Otero
Today’s Race: Alw N1X
Sire: Exchange Rate, a classy son of Danzig and out of the Seeking the Gold mare Sterling Pound, was euthanized at the age of 19 in January 2016. Before that, though, he was a beautiful yearling, classy racehorse and very successful sire. Exchange Rate was bred in Kentucky by Phillip Freedman and was sold for a whopping $1.4 million at the Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale in 1998. Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables picked him out of the King Ranch Farm consignment. Exchange Rate went on to place in a pair of Graded Stakes races in Southern California at 2, and then won the Risen Star Stakes in February 2000. He ran unplaced behind Fusaichi Pegasus in the Kentucky Derby. He did return to the races and as a 4YO, he won the 7F, G2 Tom Fool. He recorded 6 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds in 15 career starts. After starting his stallion career at Padua Stables in Florida, he was later switched to Three Chimney’s Farm in Midway. His best runners include Ermine, Ball Dancing, Sunset Glow and Swap Fliparoo.
Dam: Flirting Glances is a PA-bred gray mare by Maria’s Mon, a son of Wavering Monarch. She had nine lifetime starts and did register both a win and a third place finish for a total earnings bankroll of over $31,364. She broke her maiden in a MSW event at Penn National and never raced for anything other than an allowance event after that. She finished her career registering a third place finish in a turf event at a mile and 70 yards on July 28, 2009 at Philadelphia Park. She raced for her breeder, Maple Leaf Farm, who also bred Just a Glance. Flirting Glances greatest claim to fame, though, was her mother, see below.
Second Dam: Mingling Glances – a multiple Graded Stakes placed winner of over $410,000 – is the grand-dam of Just a Glance Away. This well-bred daughter of the fantastic sire and broodmare sire Woodman, who is by the great Mr. Prospector, sold as a yearling for $40,000 in 1995. Just five years later, she was purchased for $350,000 by Maple Leaf Farm in-foal to the super sire A.P. Indy. Mingling Glances, trained by Lexington’s own Burk Kessinger for owner Morven Stud Farm, raced 24 times – winning 7 times, with 4 seconds and 4 thirds. But the numbers don’t tell the entire story about the class of this race mare. After starting her career across the pond, where she broke her maiden at Cork and then had two thirds in four lifetime starts, Mingling Glances was transferred back to the States. And, it didn’t take her long to make a name and a game for herself. In her second start here, on Aug. 29, 1997, Mingling Glances won over the grass at Saratoga. She then ran second in the Golden Act Stakes at Arlington Park. After running a troubled sixth in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in ’97, she closed out the year with a win in the Valley View Stakes at Keeneland. In 1998, the mare had two wins – including a victory in the Bryan Stations Stakes at Keeneland – and a game second to B.A. Valentine in the G3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. But that was just a warm-up for 1999, when Mingling Glances had six starts – all in stakes company – with two wins and two seconds. Once again, she closed the year with a second in the G3 Cardinal Handicap, beaten just 11/2 lengths by Pratella. Any way you cut it, Mingling Glances was a terrific race mare.
Third / Fourth / Fifth Dams: Last Glance, the dam of Mingling Glances, was owned by the noted sportsman Robert Sangster and trained by Neil Drysdale. She raced only three times in her life, but she won twice and was second in the other. And, by all accounts, was a terrific racing prospect. Her mother was Furtive Glance, by Alleged, and she, too, was never off the board in her limited race career. In five lifetime starts, she had two wins, two seconds and a third for total earnings of $37,300. She finished her race career with a second in the Sisterhood Stakes at Hollywood Park in December of 1983. To demonstrate her class, though, was the fact that she sold at the Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale for a whopping $600,000. And, there was good reason. Her mother was none other than the Buckpasser mare Pass a Glance, who was a Multiple Graded Stakes Placed winner. In 47 starts, she finished in the money 27 times – for her owner Robert Sangster. She later sold for $1.3 million at Keeneland November, when in foal to great The Minstrel, and was purchased by King Ranch. Whew!
Point of Interest: If you wanted a piece of racing and breeding history, this would have been the filly to claim in her last start on June 21, 2017 at Penn National – when she was entered in and ran for $25,000. She ran a stalking second that day to a mare that has already come back to win. She is a Pennsylvania-bred mare and has made every start in her career – with the exception of her career debut – on the grass, as her pedigree would suggest she belongs.
Ultimate Fact: Without a doubt, this is one of the deepest female families in the history of the sport. And, it is one that has attracted the attention and considerable pocket books of some of the world’s greatest buyers.
Racing Notes: Like many of her female predecessors, this filly is very consistent, if not spectacular. In 12 lifetime starts, Just a Glance Away has hit the board eight times, with a very close up fourth, as well. The last time she was in against PA-breds, which she is one, she won by 13/4 lengths at 11/16-miles on the grass. Take a look at this family. It is both deep and wide.