PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> Repent's stakes winners are a mix of strong nicks and intriguing pedigree patterns, something that probably reflects the slightly unusual pedigree of Repent himself. One runner bearing a unique pedigree is Crown of Thorns, who just jumped into this year's Classic picture by winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter. Given the generally stout character of his female line, which includes Calumet Farm-bred Real Delight, Check It Twice should appreciate the longer distances ahead and may be one to watch on the Triple Crown trail if he improves with increasing maturity.