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Pedigree Analysis: Glitter In My Face

Kindergarten winner illustrates a successful nick.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
May 20, 2013

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On Sunday, May 19, Antonio Flores’ Glitter In My Face sparkled in the $281,100 Kindergarten Futurity (G2), putting a half length between her and fastest qualifier She Forgives to win in a convincing manner.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez, Glitter In My Face broke from Post 7 and lead throughout the 300 yards. She stopped the timer at :15.278. Earning a first-place check of $118,062, she brings her record to three wins from three starts and earnings of $123,892. She is the third Kindergarten Futurity winner trained by Antonio’s son, Jose Flores.

While it has been relegated to a Grade 2 status, the Kindergarten Futurity has a long and storied history. First contested in 1955, previous winners include Pap (1956), Tonto Bars Hank (1960), Pokey Bar (1961), Jet Deck (1962), Whataway To Go (1969), Osage Rocket (1971), Pockatu (1972), Easy Date (1974), Ettago Chickie (1980), First Down Dash (1986), Runaway Winner (1987) and Corona Chick (1991).

Glitter In My Face was bred by Edwin Sirin’s E/S Stables Inc. The filly is by Special Cartel and out of the Pritzi Dash mare Granny Janny.

Special Cartel, a 13-year-old son of Corona Cartel out of the Raise The Gamble mare Lil Gamble Star, is owned by Armando Leon and Jose Flores.

The stallion raced in California, Texas and Arizona. He won or placed in 11 of 24 career starts and earned $58,672. The winner of the 2002 The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal Stakes, he was also second in the 2002 American Airlines California Juvenile Challenge (G3) and Corona Chick Handicap (G3). He is a half brother to stakes winner Friends Rare Form (by Rare Form, $80,250) and stakes placed runners The Star Alert (by Beat The Feet, $54,511) and Paintee (by Dashin Chico, $19,584).

From 36 foals registered, Special Cartel has 25 starters and of those, 18 are winners (72 percent). Glitter In My Face is his first stakes winner.

Granny Janny was bred by all-time leading breeder Dr. Ed Allred. The 14-year-old Pritzi Dash mare is out of the Raise A Secret mare Big Jan.

Dr. Allred has said before that due to the number of horses he owns and races, he offers many well-bred, top-quality horses in the claiming ranks, and Granny Janny is a good example of one. Plucked for only $8,000 from her second career start, she competed successfully in the allowance ranks at Los Alamitos during her career. A sturdy runner, Granny Janny raced 38 times with 23 wins or placings and earnings of $74,167.

Granny Janny is out of the mare Big Jan, whose dam is Making Ways, an earner of nearly six figures and the producer of Grade 1 winner Kingman Kid (by Raise A Secret, $531,365). Making Ways’ dam, of course, is Allred’s legendary broodmare Separate Ways, dam of champions Separatist ($889,044) and Way Maker ($617,444), top runner and sire Make It Anywhere ($411,066), etc. Big Jan herself was a finalist in the 1995 Kindergarten Futurity (G2), and to the cross of Pritzi Dash also produced the durable allowance/stakes runner Brian Dasher ($67,534).

Glitter In My Face is Granny Janny’s first foal.

There are a number of other successful runners crossing a son of Corona Cartel on a Pritzi Dash mare, and the cross is among those listed in the Q-Racing Journal’s annual Successful Crosses, published in the December issue. A recent example of the cross is the filly Anna Delovely, who was second by a narrow nose in the $280,194 West Texas Futurity (G1) and on Friday is expected to contest the trials to the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). The filly is by Furyofthewind (Corona Cartel-Dashing Phoebe by Dash For Cash) out of the Pritzi Dash mare Pritzi Too.

Other examples from 2012 include All Canadian Futurity (R) winner Carters Secret (by Carters Cartel, $61,694) and Hialeah La Nina Invitational winner Rawhide Creek (by Ivory James, $76,773).

Dr. Allred also bred the 2013 Kindergarten Futurity runner up, She Forgives. The filly, raced by Dutch Masters III, was a $16,500 purchase at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. By first-year sire Foose, she is out of the Hawkinson mare Forgive Him. The winner of two of three starts, She Forgives has earned $53,617.

Champion Foose, owned in partnership by Dr. Allred and the stallion’s breeder, Paul Jones, earned $1,616,938 in his racing career. With only 36 starters to race from his first crop, he has nine winners. He is also the sire of Kindergarten finalists Last Chancer (also bred by Dr. Allred) and Foose Is Loose.

She Forgives’ dam Forgive Him, bred by Dr. Allred, is a Grade 1 winning earner of $206,255. Forgive Him’s sire, Hawkinson, is yet another champion bred by Dr. Allred; the stallion is the sire of the winners of more than $9.3 million, including champion Strawkins.