Pete’s Play Call completed his 6-year-old season a stakes winner as the gelded son of Munnings swept to victory in the off-the-turf $75,000 Bonapaw on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Fair Grounds.
Making his fifth start of the year, and his first in a stakes, Pete’s Play Call broke sharp to the inside and sat just off the early pace of the five and a half-furlongs, through opening fractions of :22.32 and :46.25. He made his move to the outside around the final turn and opened up down the stretch, winning by two and a half lengths while completing the distance over a sloppy track in 1:04.38.
Pete’s Play Call was claimed for $80,000 by trainer Michael J. Maker on behalf of owners Michael M. Hui, Hooties Racing LLC and WSS Racing LLC just two starts prior, a seven-furlong optional claimer on the main track at Churchill Downs in which he finished fourth.
Pete’s Play Call was sold as a yearling by his breeders, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes, for $90,000 to trainer Mark Glatt at the 2014 Keeneland September sale. He made his debut in December 2015 at Los Alamitos, but didn’t break his maiden until the following May in his seventh start, a maiden claimer at Santa Anita. Competing primarily at the higher claiming and allowance levels, Pete’s Play Call raced on the west coast through early 2017 before heading east to New York that May, and in his first start he won a Belmont allowance.
During his 33-start career, Pete’s Play Call has started at 11 tracks, picked up nine wins, six seconds and six thirds, for total earnings to $402,776. In addition to those previously noted, he has wins at Aqueduct, Laurel, Oaklawn Park and Saratoga.
Pete’s Play Call is out of the stakes winner Taft Lil Queen, a daughter of Irish Open purchased by the McGinneses while carrying her first foal from an Adena Springs sale in 2001 for $48,000. All nine of Taft Lil Queen’s foals are all winners, including two Maryland-bred champions: Grade 1 winning Kiss to Remember, the champion older female of 2015 and 2016, and El Viento, a multiple stakes winner and champion 2-year-old colt in Puerto Rico and co-champion 2-year-old of 2005.
Taft Lil Queen’s stakes-winning daughter For Royalty (by Not For Love) is the dam of four stakes performers, including Grade 1 La Brea Stakes winner Constellation. For Royalty sold as a broodmare at Keeneland November 2017 for $2.1 million; Constellation sold a year later at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale for $3.1 million. Another Taft Lil Queen daughter, winner Kiss the Breeze (by Kafwain) is the dam of stakes winner Kiss the Daddy. Pete’s Play Call is Taft Lil Queen’s final foal.
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