Super Ninety Nine

2013 G3W

Pedigree

Super Ninety Nine   Pulpit A.P. Indy
Preach
Exogenetic Unbridled's Song
Tangled Up in Blue

Sale History

Year Sale Hip# Type Price Buyer Consignor
2012 OBSJUN 599 2 $260,000 Susan Chu Sequel Bloodstock
2011 KEESEP 772 Y $200,000 Becky Thomas Three Chimneys Sales

Recent Races

Southwest S. (gr. III)

SOUTHWEST S. (gr. III), Oaklawn Park, February 18, 2013, $300,000 Guaranteed, value of race $300,000, 3 yo, 1 1/16 miles, 1:44.84 Dirt SY.

SUPER NINETY NINE (Chestnut Colt , 4 yo, 117 lb) $180,000
Pulpit —Exogenetic , by Unbridled's Song
B—Northwest Farms LLC , KY ; O—Tanma Corporation ; T—Bob Baffert

Fear the Kitten (Bay Colt , 4 yo, 117 lb) $60,000
Kitten's Joy —Dynarhythm , by Dynaformer
B—Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey , IL ; O—Frank D. Irvin ; T—Michael J. Maker

Heaven's Runway (Bay Colt , 4 yo, 117 lb) $30,000
Run Away and Hide —Heavens Passport , by Awesome Again
B—Dr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. V. Devi Jayaraman , KY ; O—Jayaraman, K. K. and Jayaraman, V. Devi ; T—Joseph R. Martin

Margins: 11¼, 2¼, 2¼ . Others: Channel Isle 118 ($15,000) , Always in a Tiz 115 ($9,000) , Will Take Charge 122 ($1,200) , Big Lute 118 ($1,200) , Brown Almighty 117 ($1,200) , Texas Bling 119 ($1,200) , Officer Alex 117 ($1,200) . Winning Jockey, Rafael Bejarano.

Southwest S. Recap

Super Ninety Nine more than lived up to the first part of his name in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 18. The 3-year-old son of Pulpit set an easy pace during the first part of the 11/16-mile race before rocketing away in the stretch and winning by 111/4 lengths for Charles and Susan Chu’s Tanma Corporation.

The victory also cast the spotlight on the colt’s Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the 2010 Southwest with Conveyance and both divisions in 2012 with Castaway and Secret Code.

“It’s exciting,” said Baffert about Super Ninety Nine’s romp and the colt’s huge upward move on the Triple Crown trail. “This is the time of year when these 3-year-olds start getting exciting.”

Super Ninety Nine was bred in Kentucky by Northwest Farms and went through the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent. He was bought by Becky Thomas of Sequel Bloodstock for $200,000.

Super Ninety Nine ended up with the Chus after Susan Chu bought the colt for $260,000 at the 2012 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale of 2-year-olds in training from Sequel Bloodstock, agent. The colt was hip No. 599 at the sale.

Placed with Baffert, Super Ninety Nine showed promise at the start. He won at Santa Anita in October in his first outing and then ran second in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) before closing out the year with a fourth-place effort in a Santa Anita allowance.

Super Ninety Nine is the second stakes winner out of the unraced Unbridled’s Song mare Exogenetic, whose first added-money winner, Elusive Horizon, won five stakes as a Northwest homebred.

Super Ninety Nine is bred similarly to major winner and sire Tapit, who also is by Pulpit. Tapit’s broodmare sire, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Unbridled, is the sire of Unbridled’s Song.

Deceased Pulpit has sired 65 stakes winners including 2013 added-money winners Guilt Trip (gr. II) and Fiftyshadesofhay (gr. III). Pulpit stood at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., prior to his death in December 2012.—D.S.

Santa Anita Derby (gr. I)

SANTA ANITA DERBY (gr. I), Santa Anita Park, April 06, 2013, $750,000 Guaranteed, value of race $750,750, 3 yo, 1 1/8 miles, 1:48.76 Dirt FT.

GOLDENCENTS (Bay Colt , 4 yo, 122 lb) $450,000
Into Mischief —Golden Works , by Banker's Gold
B—Rosecrest Farm & Karyn Pirrello , KY ; O—W. C. Racing, Kenney, Dave and RAP Racing ; T—Doug F. O'Neill

Flashback (Gray or Roan Colt , 4 yo, 122 lb) $150,000
Tapit —Rhumb Line , by Mr. Greeley
B—William G. Andrade MD & Michael E. Hernon , KY ; O—West, Gary and Mary ; T—Bob Baffert

Super Ninety Nine (Chestnut Colt , 4 yo, 122 lb) $90,000
Pulpit —Exogenetic , by Unbridled's Song
B—Northwest Farms LLC , KY ; O—Tanma Corporation ; T—Bob Baffert

Margins: 1¼, 8½, 2¾ . Others: Tiz a Minister 122 ($45,000) , Power Broker 122 ($15,000) , Storm Fighter 122 ($250) , Summer Exclusive 122 ($250) , Dirty Swagg 122 ($250) . Winning Jockey, Kevin Krigger.

Santa Anita Derby Recap

On May 7, 1983, Sunny’s Halo won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The high-headed, blaze-faced chestnut became only the second Derby winner bred in Canada. A homebred for David Foster, the son of Halo out of the Sunny mare Mostly Sunny blended high-caliber sire power with a workmanlike female family.

Thirty years later Santa Anita Derby winner (gr. I) Goldencents, Sunny’s Halo’s fourth-generation nephew, will attempt to add more Derby laurels for his blue-collar female line.

The common denominator between the handsome bay with the want-to-be blaze and his chestnut kinsman is Doily. She is the fifth dam of Goldencents and the granddam of Sunny’s Halo. A non-winner in 18 starts, she, nevertheless, placed in the 1966 Land of Lincoln Stakes at Sportsman’s Park. Even though Doily was not much of a racehorse, she did have some noteworthy blood, being by Italian champion Daumier and out of a mare sired by Triple Crown winner Count Fleet.

As a broodmare in Canada, she produced foals (one a minor stakes-placed winner) by local stallions well below the radar of top-notch sires. One of her daughters, Mostly Sunny, set the durability standard for her family line. She started 48 times in her three-year career and finished in the top three 20 times, earning $30,162. She made notable history, however, with Sunny’s Halo.

Mostly Sunny’s half sister, the unraced Where To, foaled two added-money earners. The better of these was Kinto, who earned three black-type placings. Her 13 wins from 46 starts and more than $100,000 racing for Philip Kives’ K-5 Stables, earned her a better-class suitor in Bold Ruckus, a three-time leading Canadian sire.

The offspring of that union, Body Works, epitomized the durability and soundness equated with her family. In five years of racing, she forged a career similar to but surpassing in quality of her notable kinswoman Mostly Sunny. With 35 top-three finishes in 45 starts, the bay mare earned $252,755 for Kives. Among those wins, mostly in the western regions of Canada, were 13 stakes, including the Assiniboia Oaks, the Manitoba Matron Stakes, and the Canada Day Handicap. She also made forays into the U.S., winning the Lady Mannequin Handicap and the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Golden Works, Body Works’ winning filly by Banker’s Gold, was purchased by Karyn Pirrello for $7,000 at the 2007 Keeneland January sale. Her 2009 mating to the newly retired grade I winner Into Mischief produced the Santa Anita Derby winner.

Into Mischief is the sire of three stakes winners. The son of Harlan’s Holiday stands at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, where his 2013 stud fee is $20,000.—T.H.