Two-year-olds turned some heads

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Ted Black

October 18th, 2015

Although neither of them is headed to the Breeders Cup Championship races this fall, a pair of two-year-olds that made quick work of their respective state-bred foes over the past two weekends certainly deserve recognition and bear watching in the immediate future.

This past Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park, Lexington Street (Jevian Toledo) made quick work of her eight rivals in the Maryland Million Lassie when she sprinted clear in the lane to a six-length score while covering the six furlongs on the main track in 1:11.13. A juvenile daughter of Street Sense out of Storm Cat mare trained by Gary Capuano of Captain Bodgit fame for owner-breeder Marathon Farms, Lexington Street notched her second win in three starts and pushed her career earnings past $100,000 with the handy score.

Lexington Street finished second in her career debut in September, but came right back to garner her diploma at second asking against maiden special weight foes. She got plenty of respect at the windows on Saturday, going postward as the 9-2 third choice, but she perhaps earned more respect after rolling to her six-length score. Her winning time was a full second faster than Corvus posted in the Maryland Million Nursery at the same distance and only two-fifths slower than older horses Jack's in the Deck and Ben's Cat - with career earnings of nearly $2.5 million - would post in the Maryland Million Sprint about an hour later on the card.

One week earlier at Charles Town, Bullets Fever also impressed onlookers when he romped to a six-length score in the $60,000 Vincent Moscarelli Memorial at the two-turn distance of 6 1/2-furlongs. A juvenile son of Fiber Sonde out of Ghost Canyon and a full-brother to Hidden Canyon who would later finish second in the $500,000 West Virginia Classic, Bullets Fever has won both of his starts for trainer Jeff Runco and owner David Raim. He captured his diploma in a one-turn sprint at Charles Town less than two weeks before taking the Moscarelli.

Bullets Fever not only displayed plenty of speed and versatility in his second start, his first attempt at two turns, he also showed no signs of weakening in the lane. His winning time was more than a full-second faster than what Aye a Song posted in the Triple Crown Nutrition BC 30 minutes later. Bullets Fever is not only a full-brother to the talented Hidden Canyon, who owns nine wins and four second-place finishes and earnings of over $250,000 from 14 starts, he also has two full-sisters on the ground at McKee's farm, a yearling tentatively named Ghostly Spirit and a weanling named Hidden Ghost.