Street Sense and Curlin, the respective winners of the first two jewels of the 2007 Triple Crown, are prominent in the pedigrees of two major contenders in Saturday’s Remsen (G2).
Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Street Sense is the sire of the Remsen’s morning-line favorite, Tuskegee Airmen. Hall of Famer Curlin, who turned the tables on Street Sense in the Preakness (G1), is the paternal grandsire of Dubyuhnell.
Both Street Sense and Curlin have sired Remsen placegetters in the past. Street Sense is responsible for the 2017 Remsen runner-up, Avery Island. Curlin has sired three Remsen placers, including Keen Ice, third in the 2014 running, who would go on to upset Triple Crown star American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers (G1). Keen Ice made headlines again in 2022 by siring Kentucky Derby upsetter Rich Strike.
Street Sense’s son Tuskegee Airmen has another classic connection on his maternal side. His dam is by Medaglia d’Oro, who competed in all three jewels of the 2002 Triple Crown and came closest when second in the Belmont (G1). Tuskegee Airmen’s second dam, multiple Grade 2 winner Teammate, is a half-sister (by Hall of Famer A.P. Indy) to successful stallion War Front.
Dubyuhnell is from the first crop of Curlin’s champion son Good Magic, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) victor who was second to Triple Crown champ Justify in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Currently in a battle for champion freshman sire honors, Good Magic already has two Road to the Kentucky Derby prep winners in Blazing Sevens and Curly Jack.
Dubyuhnell’s dam, Wild Gams, is a multiple Grade 3-winning millionaire. She won all three of the races she contested at Aqueduct, notably the 2006 Cicada (G3). When capturing the 2008 Presque Isle Downs Masters, Wild Gams beat Miss Macy Sue and Dream Rush, who both became high-profile broodmares. Miss Macy Sue produced Liam’s Map and Not This Time (sire of 2022 Travers romper Epicenter). Dream Rush is the granddam of champion Malathaat, whose full sister, Julia Shining, is the heavy favorite in Saturday’s Demoiselle (G2) on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) trail.
Dubyuhnell is himself a half-brother to Cazadero, winner of the 2020 Bashford Manor (G3) as well as the Oct. 8 Nearctic (G2). Dubyuhnell is a three-quarter brother to A Shin Epona (by Curlin), the dam of currently unbeaten Japanese juvenile Gastrique.
Justify likewise has a Remsen chance in Prove Right, who is out of a close relative to Goldencents, a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). Prove Right’s dam is by Harlan’s Holiday, seventh as the favorite in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, and now famous for siring top stallion Into Mischief.
Harlan’s Holiday also factors as the broodmare sire of Midnight Trouble, from the further family of Grade 2 scorer Keepmeinmind. Midnight Trouble is by two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) star Midnight Lute, sire of champion Midnight Bisou.
Outstanding patriarch Tapit, who sired 2015 Remsen hero Mohaymen, has two grandsons in the field. Arctic Arrogance is by the Tapit stallion Frosted, runner-up to American Pharoah in the 2015 Belmont. A Tapit mare, Grade 3-placed Tapit’s World, foaled Il Miracolo, by hot young sire Gun Runner.
Arctic Arrogance has Remsen pedigree angles on top and bottom. Frosted, himself second in the 2014 Remsen, is also the sire of the beaten favorite in the 2020 edition, Ten for Ten. Arctic Arrogance’s dam is by champion Uncle Mo, sire of two Remsen winners in Mo Town (2016) and Mo Donegal (2021). Arctic Arrogance descends from the family of Hall of Famer Housebuster.
Quick to Accuse is from the first crop of 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) champion Accelerate, himself by two-time Eclipse Award winner Lookin at Lucky. Quick to Accuse’s dam, Speightful Affair, spent most of her career at Aqueduct. The daughter of sprint champ Speightstown collected four stakes placings, including the 2010 Comely (G3). She is also the dam of New York-bred millionaire Mr. Buff, hero of back-to-back runnings of the Empire Classic (2019-20).