A value play with some inside knowledge came together as WPT landed the Street Boss filly who is a half- sister to our stakes winner England’s Rose.
Street Boss is an underrated sire, accounting for Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia and Kentucky Derby runner-up Danza and Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, not to mention a good number of top-flight horses in Australia where he doubles as a source of speed on the turf.
Cathryn Sophia was one of the great diamonds plucked out of the rough of a Timonium sale: she cost only $30,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic fall yearling sale.
Our bloodstock agent David Ingordo bought England’s Rose as a yearling and knows how much her trainer John Shirreffs (David’s father-in-law) thinks of her. To that end, England’s Rose will step up to the Grade 1 level for the first time on Monday in the Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita.
Younger sis worked an eighth of a mile in 10.2 seconds with an above-average stride length on the dirt at the Midlantic sale.
“I liked this filly’s work, she is a very good mover,” David said. “Based on her sale price, she will be eligible for a special series of races for horses who sold for $45,000 or less. That purse is $92,000 at Churchill Downs, so there really is a lot to like here as a value play.”