Brill (f, 2, Medaglia d’Oro–Hung the Moon, by Malibu Moon), who topped last year’s Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale at a cool $ 1-million–$ 690,000 more than the next-priciest lot–entered Del Mar’s opening day baby race Wednesday with significant steam and ran to it despite a less-than-perfect journey to garner the ‘TDN Rising Star’ distinction. Showing an upbeat series of drills at Santa Anita, the bay opened at 3-5 and never drifted up. Awkwardly away, she settled into a mid-pack spot out wide behind an opening quarter of :22.07. Getting going with a nice move as they spun for home, Brill continued on into the lane and out-kicked game longshot Del Mar May (Jimmy Creed) to score by a 1 1/4-length margin, stopping the clock in :57.86.
Brill is the first foal out of Hung the Moon (Malibu Moon), who just missed with a troubled trip on debut at Oaklawn in January of her sophomore season before reeling off two subsequent scores on the stretch-out. She’d add a two-turn stakes victory at Prairie Meadows the following season, and the Pin Oaks Stable homebred was eventually scooped up for $ 280,000 by Mike Levy on behalf of Southern Equine at the 2015 Keeneland November sale with Brill in utero. Hung the Moon’s Curlin filly of last season was a $ 420,000 Fasig-Tipton November weanling purchase by John Dowd, an advisor to Brill’s owner Larry Best. She produced a Laoban filly Mar. 8. Brill is bred on a version of the Medaglia d’Oro–A.P. Indy cross responsible for the likes of Grade I winners Plum Pretty, Bolt d’Oro and Dickinson.
Best and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer also boast one of the most promising juvenile colts in the country in $ 1.2-million FTFMAR grad Instagrand (Into Mischief), named a ‘TDN Rising Star‘ himself for a 10-length drubbing at Los Alamitos June 29.
7th-Del Mar, $ 61,725, Msw, 7-18, 2yo, f, 5f, :57.86, ft.
BRILL, f, 2, Medaglia d’Oro
1st Dam: Hung the Moon (SW, $ 170,092), by Malibu Moon
2nd Dam: Storm Breaking, by Storm Cat
3rd Dam: Sigrun, by Crafty Prospector
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $ 36,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart, VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O-OXO Equine LLC; B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (KY); T-Jerry Hollendorfer. *$ 1,000,000 Ylg ’17 FTKJUL.