The longest of the Equinics races will be run in South Korea on Saturday at 4:50 PM Game Time. That distinction goes to the Grade One Equinics 2018 Hall of Fame Winners – Cold Storage at two miles on the turf for older horses. The purse is a cool $1,250,000 and the track is firm.
Cold Storage is a sixteen year old mare by Victory Gallop out of the grade three winning Unbridled’s Song x Danzig mare L’Rod’s Songbirds. Cold Storage won thirteen of thirty three starts and over four million dollars. Eight of her wins came in grade one events. All of those races came on the grass at distances between a mile and one eighth and a mile and three eighths. As a four year old she was the 2006 Champion Turf Mare. She has produced nine foals of which only one is a stakes winner. That is the four year old filly It’s a Cold World by Ruler of the World who does her best running at about a mile.
Let’s take a look at the field!
#1 Highflow’s Angel 22/1
Highflow’s Angel is a four year old son of Dark Angel out of the High Chaparral x Kingmambo mare Highflow. The mare has been very productive. She has nine foals including a two year old of 2018 and of these one is a grade three winner, two are listed winners and two others are stakes placed. Highflow’s Angel is lightly raced for his age with only thirteen starts, especially considering he debuted in April of his two year old season. Patience has paid off with this colt who has won five of nine route races with two thirds. His last four starts have come at longer distances of a mile and one half or more and he has three wins and a third in that skein. That includes a residency restricted stakes in his only try at two miles.
#2 Hate My Boss 5/1
Hate My Boss is a five year old scratchbred son of Savabeel x Caerleon x Machiavellian. He had his best season in 2017 when he made eight of his fifteen starts including wins in the Grade Three BBR Special and the Grade One Gold Glass in back to back starts last spring. Both races were run at two miles and he closed from near the back of the pack to win going away in both of them. Indeed his turn of foot was quite impressive as he was over twelve lengths back at the third call in each start. After those two races he went on to finish second, beaten only a half length in the Grade Two Kergolay at a mile and three eighths and later was third in the Grade One Winter Cup at a mile and five eighths in his most recent start. The favorite here has been off since that race on December 23rd.
#3 Under Water I Go 18/1
Under Water I Go is a five year old gelding by Skimming out of the War Emblem x Flower Alley mare Bigtate Child Dos. This is her first foal, she has two younger runners one of which is a winner. Under Water I Go deserves his longshot status as he has never run this distance on either surface and has yet to win on turf and yet he is an intriguing entrant. Since being gelded last fall he has made three starts. The first came on dirt going a mile and one quarter in an allowance where he was badly beaten. He jumped over to the grass for his next two races which both came in listed stakes races. The first was at seven furlongs and resulted in a good closing fifth place finish with a 104 speed and the next a third, again with a strong closing kick when running a mile and three sixteenths. He ran a 106 speed in that race. He had previously run a 107 speed on the dirt as a three year old but these were his second and third best. He hasn’t started since December sixteenth so he comes in with on a bit of a freshening. Chances are he won’t factor but remember – this is the race that marked the beginning of Dark Mandu’s career. I’m not saying he’s another Mandu (who can be?) but you never know.
#4 Orb of Mystery 17/1
Orb of Mystery is a five year old son of Orb out of the grade one winning Curlin x Summer Squall mare Seattle In Summer. This is her second of four foals and by far the most successful. Back in 2014 Seattle In Summer won the Equinics – HOF Committee which was run at a mile and three quarters on the dirt for older mares, one of two grade ones at that distance she captured in her career. Orb of Mystery has done most of his running on the dirt as well. He really developed well in the fall of 2017 winning three starts over long distances on dirt. This included a listed and a grade two at two miles and an allowance at a mile and five eighths. His only run in 2018 resulted in a major set-back as he was distanced while finishing last in another two mile grade two on January 20th. Orb of Mystery has run only four times on turf but really it is the two starts he made in 2017 that should be focused on. These runs were both at a distance and included an allowance win and a second place finish in a local championship stakes at two miles.
#5 Royal Ascot Cadet 11/1
Royal Ascot Cadet is a five year old scratchbred son of Dubawi x Dynaformer x Blushing Groom. This colt was bred as a three year old but only made six starts that year (he currently stands at seventeen). Royal Ascot Cadet really started to blossom last June. He took two allowances at long distances on turf. By September he ran a strong second in a local championship at a mile and three quarters and followed that up with a two mile Grade Three win. He dropped back in distance to a mile and five eighths in a listed stakes in December where he ran second and then returned a month later to finish second in an allowance at two miles. In his best races he’s shown some early speed but he does not need to be on the front end.
#6 Marechal Lannes 13/1
Marechal Lannes is a four year old son of Siyouni out of the Arch x Rainbow Quest mare Sharapova II. He is the first of the mare’s two foals but she was produced by the graded placed, stakes winning mare Tess Carlisle. Tess Carlisle produced a grade three winner by Galileo and two graded placed stakes winners including the wonderfully named Wolfram and Hart, by Empire Maker. Interestingly Tess Carlisle and her two stakes winning offspring were all best at routes but the Galileo foal was a sprinter. Sharapova II was a winner at two miles. Mareschal Lannes made only one start at two. He eventually broke his maiden in a sprint but in July he made his first start at a mile and one quarter and kept stretching out from there. He earned a win in the mile and three quarter Grade Three Dutch St. Leger in October and followed that up with a photo finish second in the Grade One Vicky Derby. He has only made one start this year but it was a facile wire to wire victory in a two mile listed at the end of January.
#7 Neon Jungle 15/1
Neon Jungle is a five year old son of Paco Boy out of the Falbrav x Sadler’s Wells mare Orion TB. She has produced five foals so far. OrionTB was produced from Bom Bom, a three time grade one winner at two miles on dirt who also was a grade three winner at that distance on the lawn. Her best foal is a grade one winning five year old by Dubawi named Turfocharged who won the Singapore Cup at a mile and three eighths last November. Neon Jungle has developed an admirable record of fifteen in the money finishes from seventeen turf route starts. He has never run beyond a mile and a half but he’s run that distance in allowances in each of his last four starts. He’s won the two most recent ones but was second and third in the two prior. He ran a career best 108 speed in his most recent run which came in December.
#8 Every Bit Rotten 12/1
Every Bit Rotten is a four year old son of Teofilo out of the grade three winning Deep Impact x Nureyev mare You Rotten Kid. Every Bit Rotten is her fourth of five foals and the first one who has yet to win a stakes race. You Rotten Kid won her grade three at a mile and one half but was twice grade two placed at a mile and three quarters. Her three previous foals all were best at routes but none won farther than a mile and one half. Every Bit Rotten’s last five starts have all come at a mile and one half or longer and he’s won twice and finished third three times. His two most impressive starts were his two most recent ones, a second in a listed at a mile and five eighths where he ran a massive 113 speed back in December and then another second in a grade two going two miles in January. That was his only start at this distance and his speed did decrease to a 104 but he is improving mightily at just the right time.
#9 Arsat 9/1
Arsat is a five year old son of Sea the Stars out of the graded placed stakes winning Invincible Spirit x Shakespeare mare Mulatona. This is her first foal and currently the only stakes winner. She won two listeds at sprint distances and was grade three placed going a mile. Mulatona was produced by grade one winner Off With His Head, another sprinter-miler. Mulatona was her first foal and so far only stakes winner. Arsat’s last four starts have all come at two miles and he’s won three of them including the Grade One Longchamp Marathon and the Grade Two Longdale Cup. His only poor race was a ninth place finish in the Grade One Millwood Cup. He prepped for this start with a facile four length allowance victory in mid-January.
#10 Cries For Oil 10/1
Cries For Oil is the only mare in this field. She is a six year old scratchbred by Street Cry x El Prado x Seattle Slew. In 2016 she ran in the Equinics race for turf females at a mile and three quarters where she finished fourth. On the lawn she does have a listed stakes win and a grade three win, both at two miles and both back in 2016. She spent 2017 racing exclusively on the dirt where she won the two mile Grade Two Turtle Bridge Stakes and the Grade Three Saint Paul at the same distance while also hitting the board in three grade ones, one of which she lost only by a neck. She faced the boys in the Breeders’ Bowl and closed stoutly from over twenty five lengths out of it to finish fourth.
#11 East Germany 15/1
East Germany is a four year old son of Soldier Hollow out of the Deep Impact x Danehill Dancer mare Chiba. He is her first and currently only foal. She broke her maiden going a mile and one half in her only start at that distance and was retired shortly after. East Germany has made the fewest starts of any horse in the field with nine but he has won three and been in the money a total of eight times. He enters this race off two huge career best efforts. In November he won an allowance at a mile and one eighth with a 114 speed. He returned in January to run second, beaten only one half length for the win in a listed at the same distance where he ran a 113 speed. The farthest he has ever raced is a mile and one quarter and he did not win that effort but he’s improved significantly in a short period of time. He has the pedigree to go a distance but two miles is a big step up.
#12 Rawmarsh 6/1
Rawmarsh is a six year old son of Camelot out of the Pulpit x Darshaan mare Lodosa. He is third stakes winner produced by Lodosa, one of which was a grade two winner. Rawmarsh was claimed as a three year old in August of 2015 for $30,000. By October of 2016 he won his first stakes race, a residency restricted race at a mile and one half, and added two more listed wins in rapid fashion after that. Last season he ran second in a grade two at a mile and one half and added another listed win. He has made one start in 2018, a win in a listed at a mile and three quarters. It was his second try at that distance which is the furthest he has ever run.
#13 Outback Palmyra 6/1
Outback Palmyra is a six year old scratchbred son of Dubawi x Kingmambo x Monsun. He is one of four grade one winners in the field but the only one who tops five million dollars in earnings, much of which came from a victory in the $6,000,000 Grade One Millwood Cup in 2016. That year he also ran in the Equinics where he finished fourth going a mile and five eighths on turf for older males. In 2017 Outback Palmyra ran second in three grade one races going two miles on the turf but his only victory came in an allowance at a mile and three quarters. He finished the year on Halloween with a tenth place finish in an attempt at a title defense in the Millwood. He’s been on vacation since then. At this age there is always a question of how they will come back in their first start of the new year and this colt has been off for over four months.
#14 Kmar Seayou 8/1
Kmar Seayou is a five year old son of Aragorn out of the graded placed stakes winning Sea the Stars x Pine Bluff mare Seayouinparadise. Seayouinparadise was a listed winner and multiple graded placed going two miles on the grass. Her first foal, Cowra Nirvana by Unbridled’s Song was a stakes winner at two miles. Kmar Seayou is her third foal out of five total. Seayouinparadise was based on the grade one winning hemare Stairwaytoparadise who was an out and out sprinter on the dirt. Kymar Seayou debuted in a $2,000 maiden claiming event (one of the special “Christmas Presents” series). This colt has proven to be an excellent pickup as he has earned over $800,000 with wins in the Grade One Man of War Stakes at a mile and three eighths as well as three listed stakes wins. His only start at two miles came in a local bred championship stakes back in May of 2017 but his most recent race saw him win a listed at a mile and three quarters. He showed great determination to get that win and ran a 111 speed. That start came in mid-January so he should be primed for a big effort here.
Good luck to all!