(Pure Prize x Chelsea Green, Key to the Mint)
- Trainer: Ken McPeek (Curlin, Harlan’s Holiday, Take Charge Lady)
- Jockey: Rosie Napravnik (1st on Believe You Can last year)
- Owned by: Magdalena Racing
- Record: 10:3-1-2
- Earnings: $353,699
- Best speed figures: 88 Beyer, 100 Equibase
Background: Kenny McPeek took a shot in the dark when he shipped Pure Fun out west to play underdog in the Hollywood Starlet (I), and her shut-out race caught the attention of the racing world when she fired big to go from last to first in a romping effort. A golden daughter of Pure Prize,
Prep Schedule: Raced twice as a two-year-old and proved plenty then, winning her maiden special weight at Aqueduct by a commanding 9 1/2 lengths before stretching out another furlong to to take the 9-furlong Demoiselle (II) by 1 1/4 lengths wire-to-wire with minimal encouragement. She ran clear of the crowd again in her three-year-old debut in the Rachel Alexandra (III) at Fair Grounds, running away to win by 3 3/4 lengths, then showed up strong to win the Fair Grounds Oaks (II)— both at 1 1/16 miles.
Pedigree: Pure Fun draws some strong influence from a great distaff family in a strategic linebreeding map to Northern Dancer. Sire Pure Prize dabbled on both dirt and turf, winning the Kentucky Cup Classic at 9 furlongs on dirt before calling it quits, becoming a successful sire of mainly turf horses. Pure Prize is royally bred, being by Storm Cat and out of the excellent Seeking the Gold daughter Heavenly Prize, who won countless G1 routing on dirt. Heavenly Prize’s granddam Blitey won the 1979 Test and Ballerina Stakes, while Blitey’s dam Lady Pitt capped off victories in the Coaching Club American Oaks, Delaware Oaks, and Mother Goose Stakes. Now what about Pure Fun’s own dam? Sired by G1 dirt runner Key to the Mint, Chelsea Green did not do much on her own, but being out of stakes-placed Chelseanna makes her a half sister to stakes winner Lady Tap (by Pleasant Tap). Pure Fun is linebred to Northern Dancer and Bold Ruler, featuring 3 mentions of the former and 2 of the latter in the first five generations.
Estimated TrueNicks Rating: A Variant: 2.86
Running Style: Closer
Pros: Pure Fun has some big back-class and some potential to move forward on her third start of the year. As a closer in a field full of speedballs and a horse with a past big speed figure win at Churchill, she has even more upset potential.
Cons: She has yet to duplicate her Hollywood Starlet form and really hasn’t sparkled at all in either start this year.
Final Word: Likely to be ignored on the toteboard due to her poor recent form, it is worth noting that Pure Fun won at Churchill Downs on the dirt, winning that start in a romp. From a figures-standpoint, she has to gain a lot of ground, but should the pace fall apart in the stretch she could work her way up there. Maybe hopefully that strong distaff side of Pure Prize will poke through!