Just Cindy scores first American win for Justify at Schuylerville

Already off to a good start with its first riders including a Group 2 winner in Ireland, winner of the Triple Crown Justify wasted no time putting an American win on the board as his daughter Just Cindy kicked clear late to take Thursday’s opening day GIII Schuylerville S. in Saratoga, the first ranked juvenile event held in North America in 2022.

Unveiled as a poorly-kept secret at 6-5 over 5 1/2 furlongs on June 17 at Churchill Downs, the Clarkland Farm homebred settled professionally and cleared in the final furlong until a 2-1 graduation /4 in length. Backed as the second clear favorite 21-10 behind the Chalk 5-4 summer promise (Uncle Mo) On Thursday, Just Cindy came out of her draw well and found a good place in a pocketed third under Irad Ortiz, Jr. as Longshot Musicmansandy (Accelerate) clicked a:22.38 quarter with Summer Promise in tow.

The chalk quickly passed the leader halfway through the turn, but Just Cindy quickly came calling while fishing in the clear, and these two got to the top of the lane together. Jostling with her foe several times early on, Just Cindy began to take the measure of Summer Promise at sixteenth pole and pulled away late to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Summer Promise held the place, in front of a green-running Janis Joplin (California Chrome).

“It was great and I think she’s still a bit green too, so I think there’s a lot of raw talent there,” said Kelly Wheeler, assistant to winning coach Eddie Kenneally. “She’s an exciting mare to have in the stable. She got pushed around a bit and she kept it professional and carried on. That’s really all you can ask for from a second start.

“The filly is really nice. She does everything right,” added Ortiz. “From one post, she overcame everything and arrived on time. When I asked her at the quarter pole, she did.

Genealogical notes:

One of four winners to date for Coolmore’s Hero Triple Crown 2018 JustifyJust Cindy is already her second ranked/group stakes winner, after Statuette, who backed a “TDN Rising Star” wink with a impressive win in the G2 Airlie Stud S. June 26 at the Curragh. Justify‘s Tahoma also picked up the black guy with a second-place finish in the Fasig-Tipton Futurity S. June 18 at Santa Anita. Just Cindy is the first colt of ‘TDN Rising Star’ Jenda’s Agenda, who has started her career three out of three times, including a win in Caesar’s Wish S. at Laurel. The second mother, Just Jenda, has won stakes seven times and graduated stakes three times which have won over $750,000. Bought for $90,000 by Hill ‘n’ Dale in Keeneland in November 2018, Jenda’s Agenda is responsible for a yearling American Pharaoh filly and produces a filly by Mendelssohn 1st of March.

Thursday, Saratoga
SCHUYLERVILLE S.-GIII$175,000, Saratoga, 7-14, 2 yrs, f, 6f, 1:11.95, ft.
1-JUST CINDY, 120, f, 2, by Justify
1st Dam: Jenda’s Agenda (SW, $173,475), by Proud Citizen
2nd mother: Just Jenda, by Menifee
3rd dam: Liberty School, via Pine Bluff
RNA Ylg ’21 KEESEP). O/B-Clarkland Farm LLC (KY); T Eddie
Kenneally; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $96,250. Lifetime record: 2-2-0-0,
$165,710. Rating Werk Nick: A+++. *Triple Plus*
Click for it eNicks report and 5-cross pedigree.
2–summer promise120, f, 2, Uncle Mo–Summer Dream, by
($500,000Ylg ’21 KEESEP). O-BC Stables, LLC; B-James C
Weigel (KY); TD. Wayne Lucas. $35,000.
3–Janis Joplin118, f, 2, California Chrome–Seeking the Blue, by
’21 KEESEP; $28,000 ARN 2 years ’22 OBSAPR). O-Gary Barber;
B-Virginia Kraft Payson (KY); T-Mark E. Casse. $21,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, 2, 3/4. Odds: 2.10, 1.25, 14.90.
Also ran: Me and my shadow, Vedareo, Musicmansandy, Adora. Striped: Motown Mischief, Sweet Harmony.
Click for it Chart Equibase.comthe TJCIS.com PP or the free Equineline.com catalog style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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