Sunday, September 22, 2019 — 3:00:00 PM EST | Race ID : 2197503
Walnut Tree Stakes
Grade I / Group 1*CPU – Purse : $750,000
Restricted to 2 Year Olds, Fillies Only
8.5 Furlongs | ~1700 Meters | One Mile and One Sixteenths Fast Dirt
Light clouds, light breeze and 84 degrees is forecast for Sunday when California hosts the G1 $750,000 Walnut Tree Stakes. A full field of Juvenile Fillies takes the stage to compete over a fast track over 8.5 furlongs.
Here is the for the G1 $750,000 Walnut Tree Stakes
Post 1 – MORE THANA FEELING
Odds – 7/1
Owner – sjmeola17
Pedigree – MORE THAN READY x UNBRIDLED’S SONG x MR. PROSPECTOR
MORE THANA FEELING is a light grey filly by More Than Ready and is the 4th runner out of the dam MEOLA’S SONG. Out of her 4 runners, 3 are Listed Stakes winners. Trained by sjmeola, MORE THANA FEELING broke her maiden in her first start at 6 furlongs and has increased in distance each race as she worked through allow NW2L and NW3L conditions and earned her stakes win at 7.5 furlongs in her last start. She stretches out another furlong here to make her first start versus graded company. She should be forwardly placed here and her top speed of 85 makes should be competitive.
Post 2 – SOLAR SYSTEM CADET
Odds – 6/1
Owner – creamsoda2
Pedigree – SPEIGHTSTOWN x MALIBU MOON x UNBRIDLED’S SONG
This bay filly is your morning line favorite and is Sired by Speightstown and is out of the G3 winning MOON CADET. SOLAR SYSTEM CADET is her 6th runner with 2 being graded winners. Cadet started her career out in the ESR Generation Gap Stakes where she broke on the lead and would not be caught. Her second start was at 8 furlongs where she sat a little off the early pace and gradually moved to the front. Her best race is close to the top of the field here.
Post 3 – DAWN DUBAI
Odds – 18/1
Owner – adeeprock15
Pedigree – AWTAAD (IRE) x BERNARDINI x DUBAI DESTINATION
DAWN DUBAI is a bay filly out of Awtaad (IRE) and is the 1st stakes winner out of 8 runners for HEADBAND. lightng99 trained, she finished a close 2nd in her debut and then won her next 2 races by 2 lengths with her last being a listed stakes race at 8 furlongs. Her speeds have increased in each race and her best speed figure fits well in this race and any improvement can have her making a lot of noise here at a big price.
Post 4 – EXPLOSIVE ROAD
Odds – 9/1
Owner – given007
Pedigree – QUALITY ROAD x BERNARDINI x FORTY NINER
This bay filly is sired by Quality Road and is out of the G1 winning mare EXPLOSIVE NINE. EXPLOSIVE ROAD is looking to become her first G1 winner. given started her off in an allow NW2L and he was rewarded with a nice 1 ¼ length win. Facing listed stakes competition in her next she dueled for the lead and prevailed by ½ length. Her last race was in the G2 Hoserhead Juvenile Fillies and had the lead in the stretch only to surrender it and finish second. She stretches out 2 furlongs here today but her top speed of 87 matches the top in this field.
Post 5 – DEATH BE NOT PROUD
Odds – 10/1
Owner – valesa6
Pedigree – GHOSTZAPPER x WILL TAKE CHARGE x SEATTLE SLEW
DEATH BE NOT PROUD is sired by Ghostzapper and is based on the he-mare WILL TAKE VALDES. This bay filly is one of the more experienced in the field in stakes competition with her last 4 races being 2 listed stakes followed by 2 G2 events. Trained by valesa, her debut was a winning one and she picked up a G2 win in The Iron Deck in her last. Her top speed matches the top of the field and she is another one that is stretching out 2 furlongs for this one.
Post 6 – STRAWBERRYCOCKTAIL
Odds – 10/1
Owner – giantputz
Pedigree – PIONEEROF THE NILE x VINDICATION x HARD SPUN
This brown filly is a scratch bred by PIONEEROF THE NILE. Trained by mikehusker, STRAWBERRYCOCKTAIL brings her unblemished record into this G1 stakes. She has wins at 5, 5.5 and 7 furlongs with her first being against maidens followed by an Allow NW1X and NW3L. She should be near the front and her top speeds are near the top of this field. Her stamina will be tested today as she is stretching out 1.5 furlongs today.
7 – SHINING THE LIGHT
Odds – 7/1
Owner – mtk3man2
Pedigree – ARROGATE x SMART STRIKE x NUREYEV
This roan filly is sired by Arrogate based on the stakes winning he-mare SHINING ARMOR. SHINING THE LIGHT was successful in her debut versus maidens at 7 furlongs and at 8 furlongs vs Allow NW2L winning by 2 ½ lengths in her last. Her top speeds are lower than the tops in this field, but I do not believe we have seen her best since she is one of the shorter prices in this field. She should be midpack early and looks to make a move if the pace on the front-end falters.
Post 8 – MY ZERO HOPS
Odds – 7/1
Owner – lgbost2yos
Pedigree – MINESHAFT x FRANKEL (GB) x SEA THE STARS
This bay filly is sired by Mineshaft and is the 3rd runner out of the mare DEFLYING GRAVITY. Trained by lgbost, this filly is another one that is lightly raced. With only 2 races under her belt she has shown the ability to sit a couple lengths off the early pace and then draw off. Having faced only Maiden and Allow NW2L foes, she does face a much tougher field here. MY ZERO HOPS stretches out an additional ½ furlong here. Her top speed of 85 in near the top of this field and with only 2 races may improve here.
Post 9 – QUICK BISCUITS
Odds – 15/1
Owner – mtkindy
Pedigree – MIND YOUR BISCUITS x FORTY NINER x DEPUTY MINISTER
QUICK BISCUITS is a bay filly by Mind Your Biscuits and is the 12th runner out of the mare FORTY CLONES who has foaled 2 other G2 winners. Mtk76 trained, QUICK BISCUITS opened her career with a win in the Blazing Saddles Remembers Pilgrim Tribute. Her 2nd start in a Listed Stakes resulted in a 4th place finish at 6.5 furlongs. Her last race was a 7 furlong Allow NW2L where she went wire to wire in a 4-horse field. Top speeds are a little light for this field but improvement off her last may put her in the mix.
Post 10 – JOY EMBLEM
Odds – 14/1
Owner – anewstar1
Pedigree – MAGICIAN x WAR EMBLEM x BELIEVE IT
JOY EMBLEM is a bay filly by Magician and the 3rd runner out of the Stakes winning mare DARK BELIEVER. Trained by lightng99, this filly is the only one in the field with less than 2 wins. Even though she has never won and is entered in a G1 I believe she is not one to be ignored. Her speed figures have been increasing each race and she has 2-2nd place finished in graded company and has matched the top speed figure in the field. She will be stretching out but if she gets the distance her stretch run could be interesting.
Post 11 – THRONEOFJUDGMENT
Odds – 9/1
Owner – nofear
Pedigree – JUSTIFY x STREET CRY x DYNAFORMER
This bay filly is sired by Justify and is the2nd runner out of the multiple G1 winning multi-millionaire HEWHOSITSONHIGH. Trained by willyam13, this has done everything right. Broke her maiden in her debut. Took and Allow NW2L at 7 furlongs and stretched to a mile at the Allow NW3L. Adds an additional ½ furlong here but if she got any of her mom’s stamina it will not be an issue. Posted one of the better speed figures for this field in her last. If she can handle the jump in class, she will be tough here.
Post 12 – MINDLESS MANIFEST
Odds – 26/1
Owner – nwo4life33
Pedigree – RAINBOW HEIR x GONE WEST x SEATTLE SLEW
MINDLESS MANIFEST is a bay filly by Rainbow Heir and is the 13th runner out of the Stakes winning mare L.A.’S FINE. Trained by thebigshow, this filly is the most experienced in the field with 11 races. She is versatile with wins on turf and dirt but has not won a race at a distance longer than 6 furlongs. Her speed figures are lower than the top ones here, so she Is going to need a huge effort to get into the mix here.
Post 13 – PLEASURES OF WAR
Odds – 8/1
Owner – simsters7
Pedigree – WAR FRONT x KINGMAMBO x SEATTLE SLEW
This bay filly is sired by War Front and is the 12th runner out of SPEED OR PLEASURE. Trained by lenny271, she has won 3 out of her 4 races. She broke her maiden first out followed by a win at the Allow NW2L level. Her next was a listed stake where she never got near the front. Her last was at 8 furlongs in an Allow NW3L where she won by 3 ¾ lengths. Guessing she was never fully tested in her last it looks like her speed figure could have been higher and she may fit well here.
Post 14 – SKITTLEZ
Odds – 16/1
Owner – tyroshi
Pedigree – TAPIZAR x SILVER CHARM x STORM CAT
This roan filly is sired by Tapizar and is the 2nd runner out of the SEATTLE SKITTLES. Trained by zia, SKITTLEZ has improved her speed figures in each race. She broke her maiden in her debut stepped up in class for each of her next 3 races and earned a 2nd in a listed stake and a 3rd in the G3 Butterfly Futurity. She stretched out in her last in an Allow NW2L at 8 furlongs and won by 1 ¾ lengths. If she continues to show improvement and handles the increase in distance, she will be competitive here.
Best of luck everyone!