November 7th, 2016

Miss Sky Warrior Wins Stakes Debut, Becomes First Samurai’s 12th Graded Blacktype Victor

Miss Sky Warrior became the latest star among the dozen graded stakes winners sired by First Samurai when the juvenile filly captured the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct Nov. 5.

Miss Sky Warrior was making her stakes debut in the $200,000 one-mile race. She outlasted Berned and Eloquent Riddle in midstretch and posted a three-quarter-length advantage at the wire.

Miss Sky Warrior was a close fourth behind subsequent GI Frizette S. winner Yellow Agate (Gemologist) in her career debut at Belmont Park Sept. 11. She entered the Tempted off a seven-length romp at Parx Racing Oct. 15. Her most recent victory improved her earnings to $168,750.

“She’s a nice filly,” said Kelly Breen, who trains Miss Sky Warrior for owner/breeder Arlene London’s Arlene’s Sun Star Stable. “I guess it was a pretty good learning curve. (Jockey) Paco (Lopez) said she was really eager down the backstretch to get her to go this far.”

A third-generation Kentucky homebred, Miss Sky Warrior is out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Sky Minister. She has a yearling half-brother named Double Sky (Sky Mesa). Her dam was bred back to Paynter this spring.

First Samurai sired G1 stakes winners in each of his first three crops: Lea, Executiveprivilege and Justin Phillip. In total, he is represented by 20 blacktype winners and 36 stakes horses, including 2016 stakes winner and 2015 Sovereign Award champion sprinter Stacked Deck.

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