OPTIMAL Maidens: Summer Front Firster Gets Geared-Down Win

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CAMP HOPE (c, 2, Summer Front–Praising, by Pulpit)

Camp Hope (Summer Front), overlooked at 10-1 for his debut, raced forwardly placed four-wide into the first turn as a pair of longshots slugged it out through moderate opening splits. Eagerly closing on the leaders on the far turn, the dark bay forged an advantage turning for home and kicked clear late to win by an impressive four-length margin while being geared down by Brian Hernandez, Jr.

The Summer Front colt’s dam is also represent by 4yo winner Zaya (Cairo Prince), 3yo unraced Cause for Praise (Creative Cause) and was bred back to Cairo Prince this year.

Camp Hope has since been pre-entered into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Sales history: $55,000 RNA Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $200,000 Ylg ’19 FTKJUL.

Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,092

O-Walking L Thoroughbreds, LLC; B-Bret Jones (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.


OPTIMAL Mating Factors for Camp Hope (Summer Front)

  • Outcross Percentage = 73% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 8 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 6 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 4% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 0 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 5 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 1 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 4,5×6 Northern Dancer – through sons Danzig, Sadler’s Wells & One for All
  • 5×4 Fappiano – through sons Rubiano & Quiet American
  • 6,6×6 Nijinsky II – through daughters Ruby Slippers, Cherokee Phoenix & State
    • Similar to:
      • G1W War Breeze (CHI) (War Command)
      • SW Factorofwon (The Factor)
      • SW Spinning Top (Data Link)
  • 6,6×4,5 Mr. Prospector – gender balanced through sons Fappiano & Conquistador Cielo and daughter Preach
    • Similar to:
      • G1W War Breeze (CHI) (War Command)
      • SW Factorofwon (The Factor)
  • 6×6 Native Dancer – gender balanced through daughter Natalma and son Raise A Native
    • Similar to G1W’s:
      • Dawn of War (Catienus)
      • Dortmund (Big Brown)
      • Giant Ryan (Freud)
      • My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller)
      • Real Solution (Kitten’s Joy)
      • Stephanie’s Kitten (Kitten’s Joy)
  • 5,6×6 Nearctic – gender balanced through son Northern Dancer and daughter Quiet Charm
    • Similar to:
      • G1W Nieta Querida (CHI) (Soldier of Fortune (IRE))

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