Saturday, September 21, 2019 — 3:00:00 PM EST | Race ID : 2197460
North Fork Stakes
Grade I / Group 1*CPU – Purse : $750,000
Restricted to 2 Year Olds
8.5 Furlongs | ~1700 Meters | One Mile and One Sixteenths Fast Dirt
Since I was already making the trip out to see the juvenile fillies in their G1 stakes race I could not pass up the opportunity to call in sick (cough, cough), catch an earlier flight and head to the west coast early to watch the juvenile colts strut their stuff.
Here is the field.
Post 1 – HUNTINGTON PIER
Odds – 13/1
Owner – fairhaven12
Pedigree – STAY THIRSTY x MEDAGLIA D’ORO x FORTY NINER
HUNTINGTON PIER is sired by Stay Thirsty out of the Graded Placed mare Forever Forty who also produced G1 winner LEADEROF REBELS and G2 winner FOREVER MALIBU. Trained by lenny271, HUNTINGTON PIER has 2 wins in 5 career starts. His first win came in the 5-furlong GRS 2019 Invasion Series and his second came in an Allowance NW2L at 7.5 furlongs. His lone stakes attempt came in the Can You Stretch where he as close at the wire running an 87. Adds another ½ furlong here and should be sitting midpack early.
Post 2 – UNBRIDLED MAP
Odds – 11/1
Owner – andermanis
Pedigree – LIAM’S MAP x GHOSTZAPPER x MEDAGLIA D’ORO
UNBRIDLED MAP is by Liam’s Map and is the 6th runner out of FANNY PACK. Trained by smokeglack, UNBRIDLED MAP broke his maiden in his 2nd career start, attempted the G2 Memorial Day where he closed but was unable to catch the winner. His last 2 races were at the Allowance NW2L level at 7.5 and 8 furlongs with him winning the last one over a sloppy WV track. Adds another ½ furlong here and with him being a closer will be depending on the front pace falling apart.
Post 3 – NUTHIN LEFT TO WIN
Odds – 9/1
Owner – moreready4
Pedigree – NYQUIST x MALIBU MOON x RAHY
NUTHIN LEFT TO WIN is sired by Nyquist and is the 5th runner out of BRIGHT MOON QUEEN with her most accomplished being BRIGHT KNIGHT. Trained by dochman2, NUTHIN LEFT TO WIN has 3 wins in 5 starts. He broke his maiden in his second outing and added wins at the Allowance NW2L and NW3L levels at 7.5 furlongs and 8 furlongs. He posted an 88-speed rating in his last which is near the top of this field. His most effective races he has been on or near the lead early. He will be making his 2nd attempt at a stakes race and adds another ½ furlong here.
Post 4 – SPEED GENES
Odds – 13/1
Owner – tees21
Pedigree – FIBER SONDE x HUSSONET x A.P. INDY
SPEED GENES is sired by Fiber Sonde and is the 7th runner out of SPEED DAEMON. Trained by tees, SPEED GENES started his career breaking his maiden in his debut in a Local 50,000 Claiming race at 4.5 furlongs followed by a win at 6.5 furlongs in an Allowance NW2L. His last 2 races saw him finishing 2nd in the G2 High Roller’s Juvenile and the 8 furlong I Need Dramamine where he set the early pace in both only to be out finished in the stretch. He adds another ½ furlong today and looks to be on or near the lead once again.
Post 5 – INFURIATED
Odds – 13/1
Owner – 5moonfarms
Pedigree – JUSTIFY x PULPIT x DANEHILL
INFURIATED is a scratch bred sired by Justified. Trained by leesnyder, INFURIATED started his career with 4 consecutive HOT race wins. His last was in an unrestricted Allowance at 8 furlongs where he sat off the pace and closed to finish ½ length back of the winner while posting a 93-speed rating. That speed rating is the highest in the field and will be interesting to see if the less demanding HOT race and allowance schedule has prepared him well enough to score at a nice price here.
Post 6 – FROSTED FREEZE
Odds – 8/1
Owner – sonsof2019
Pedigree – FROSTED x GHOSTZAPPER x UNBRIDLED’S SONG
FROSTED FREEZE is by Frosted out of the G3 winning mare GUILLEM. FROSTED FREEZE is her 2nd runner. Trained by tenpoint, he broke his maiden in his 3rd try after finishing ITM in his first two. His last race was an 8-furlong Allowance NW2L where he won posting an 89-speed rating. He will be making his first attempt in stakes here and adds an additional ½ furlong here and he will be another that will be on or near the pace here.
Post 7 – HE KNEW
Odds – 13/1
Owner – rrlogan4
Pedigree – IRONICUS x ELUSIVE QUALITY x BROAD BRUSH
HE KNEW is sired by Ironicus and is the 8th runner out of BRUSH FAME. She has produced 2 listed stakes winners. Trained by rcdlogan, HE KNEW broke his maiden in his first attempt at the Maiden Claiming level. His next 3 races were at the Allowance NW2L level where he finished all of them ITM. His last was an Allowance NW2L over a good surface at 8 furlongs where he went head to head with the early pace setter and took the lead in the stretch and prevailed by ¾ length. He is making his first stakes attempt here and adds ½ furlong. He should be near the front early.
Post 8 – KINGLION
Odds – 8/1
Owner – teesaggro
Pedigree – CARPE DIEM x FRANKEL (GB) x AWESOME AGAIN
KINGLION is sired by Carpe Diem and is the 2nd runner out of BEJOLARE. KINGLION is another tees trainee. He started out his career being a little camera shy while finishing ITM in his first 3 starts at the Maiden level. He was entered into the 6-furlong G2 High Roller’s Juvenile where he finished 6th out of 13. He then broke his maiden in his 5th start at the Maiden level at 7.5 furlongs. His last was an Allowance NW2L at 8 furlongs where he closed to finish 2nd beaten by ¾. Adds ½ furlong here and looks to be well off the pace early before making his rally.
Post 9 – NYQSTAY APE
Odds – 10/1
Owner – hipiloto
Pedigree – NYQUIST x STAY GOLD (JPN) x AFFIRMED
NYQSTAY APE is sired by Nyquist out of the G1 winning millionaire LUNA APE. NYQSTAY APE is her first runner. Trained by augustop, NYQSTAY APE broke his maiden in his 4th start at the 7.5-furlong distance. His last start was his first attempt at the Listed Stakes level where he closed to win the 8 furlong Killing Fumes while posting an 89-speed rating. Improvement of his last start should put him in contention here.
Post 10 – THE ROAD TO VAES
Odds – 7/1
Owner – given10
Pedigree – QUALITY ROAD x DISTORTED HUMOR x A.P. INDY
THE ROAD TO VAES is sired by Quality Road and is the 7th runner out of Graded Placed VAES DOTHRAK. She has produced 3 stakes winners. THE ROAD TO VAES is trained by given and broke his maiden in a 6-furlong Maiden. He then picked an Allowance NW2L in his second try. His first try at the stakes level was successful with him taking the 7-furlong Rally Cry Road by 1 ¾ lengths. His last was respectable finish in the G2 Hoserhead Juvenile where he pressed the pace and had the lead at the 3rd call but surrendered it to #1 ranked ZERO POINT ZERO. If he continues to show improvement and handles the jump to 8.5 furlongs, he will be a contender.
Post 11 – BORDER TRIBE
Odds – 5/1
Owner – brightvalr
Pedigree – CURLIN x UNBRIDLED’S SONG x STORM CAT
BORDER TRIBE is the morning line favorite at 5/1. He is sired by Curlin and is the 11th runner out of the G2 winning mare BLUE PANTHER. She has produced EOY G1 millionaire Breeders’ Bowl Juvenile Champion TAYLOR’S TOWN and multiple G1 winning millionaire WHITE LION. Trained by dixiedotco, BORDER TRIBE has been impressive in winning his first 3 starts with the last race being the 8-furlong Downright Frigid. He likes to sit off the pace and finish strong. If he is anything like his siblings, he will be tough to beat here.
Post 12 – FAST MONEY TED
Odds – 8/1
Owner – hayseed
Pedigree – GOLDENCENTS x MUNNINGS x MR. PROSPECTOR
FAST MONEY TED is sired by Goldencents and is the 1st runner for the stakes winning mare MRS. MUNNINGS T. Trained by hayseed, FAST MONEY TED is off to a flying start by breaking his maiden first out followed up by taking an 8-furlong Allowance NW2L by 1 ½ lengths. He will be making his stakes debut in this G1 and will also be adding ½ furlongs here. Improvement off his 83-speed rating in his last race is expected with him being a lightly raced colt.
Post 13 – KATISPHERE
Odds – 14/1
Owner – adeeprock
Pedigree – GUTAIFAN x SCAT DADDY x RELAUNCH
KATISPHERE is sired by Gutaifan and is the 5th runner out of SCATISPHERE. Trained by lightng99, KATISPHERE has earned 2 wins in 6 career starts. He broke his maiden in his debut in an Allowance NW2L at 5-furlongs. He faces Listed Stakes and G2 company in his next 2 starts with a 3rd place finish in the Dynaprospector Dirt Juvenile. His next win came in The ESR Fillmore East Stakes. In his last 2 races he finished well back in the G2 Midsoil Stakes and 3rd in the 6-furlong Senior Hill Dirt Juvenile. He stretches out 2.5 furlongs here and will need significant improvement to be in the mix here.
Post 14 – DARGANTO
Odds – 34/1
Owner – pasingwind
Pedigree – CAPITALIST (AUS) x TALE OF THE CAT x NORTH LIGHT
DARGANTO is sired by Capitalist (AUS) and is the 4th runner out of DONINGTON. Trained by lightng99, DARGANTO broke his maiden in a 4.5-furlong turf Maiden. His 2nd start was in a 6.5 furlong listed stake where he showed little. He switched to dirt for his next start in the G3 Faber College Juvenile where he finished 5th out of 12. His last was in an Allowance NW3L over a sloppy WV at 8 furlongs where he set the pace before getting out finished. He stretches out an additional ½ furlong here but will also need to show significant improvement.
Good luck to all runners!