A daughter of 2009 Ohio Derby winner Gone Astray (by multiple Grade 1 winner Dixie Union x Illicit), Shifty She boasts a cleverly constructed pedigree that doubles up on one of the best families in the Phipps family breeding program, that of the great matriarch Grey Flight. The linchpin is Grey Flight's granddaughter Pure Profit, who is the third dam of both Gone Astray and his mate, Perilous Hope, via the closely related mares Illicit (Mr. Prospector x Inside Information, by Private Account x Pure Profit) and Educated Risk (Mr. Prospector x Pure Profit.)
Sired by 1972 American champion 3-year-old male Key to the Mint from Clear Ceiling (Bold Ruler x Grey Flight), a full or half sister to nine stakes winners including two-time American champion and Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Misty Morn, Pure Profit is herself a half sister to 1980 One Thousand Guineas (ENG-G1) winner Quick as Lightning (by Buckpasser), to 1981 Waterford Candelabra Stakes (ENG-G3) winner Stratospheric (by Majestic Light), and to stakes winner Infinite (by Majestic Light). The last-named mare is the dam of stakes winner Polish Treaty (by Danzig) and is the third dam of 2009 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (USA-G1) winner Hot Cha Cha and of 2021 Longines Test Stakes (USA-G1) winner Bella Sofia. Pure Profit is also a half sister to How High the Moon (by Majestic Light), second dam of 2000 American champion sprinter Kona Gold.
Pure Profit was not a very sound mare, and while she won four of her five starts on the highly competitive New York circuit, her wins were all in allowance or maiden company. The Phipps family has gotten a lot of mileage out of beautifully bred mares who were New York allowance winners, however, and Pure Profit proved no exception to that rule. Her best runner was 1995 American champion older female Inside Information (by Private Account), dam in turn of 2005 American champion 3-year-old filly Smuggler (by Unbridled) as well as Illicit, dam of Gone Astray.
A year older than her half sister Inside Information, Educated Risk was not far behind her in ability, winning the 1992 Frizette Stakes (USA-G1) at 2 and the 1994 Top Flight Handicap (USA-G1) at 4. The dam of Grade 2-placed listed stakes winner Consequence (by El Prado) and stakes winner Strategy (by A.P. Indy), Educated Risk is also the dam of the talented but unsound Perilous (by Danzig), whose daughter Perilous Hope (by multiple Grade 1-placed Grade 2 winner Strong Hope, a son of Gone West's Grade 1-winning son Grand Slam) produced Shifty She as her third foal.
Aside from being attractive on paper in itself, the mating that produced Shifty She followed a pattern of combining inbreeding to Pure Profit with inbreeding to Mr, Prospector that has already gained top-level success in Argentina. Sent to Argentina as a 3-year-old in 2007, Perilous Hope's half sister React (by 2001 Kentucky Derby, USA-G1, winner Monarchos) has produced six foals by Manipulator, a full brother to Smuggler and a male-line great-grandson of Mr. Prospector. Four of those foals are winners, including 2012 Gran Premio Estrellas Mile (ARG-G1) winner Evilasio and 2012 Premio Pedro E. y Manuel A. Crespo (ARG-G3) winner Black Coyote.
Shifty She is lightly raced, with her record now standing at six wins and a third from 10 starts, and it can be hoped that her owners will consider leaving her in training after the Pegasus in 2022.She will be one to watch, both on the race course and, when the time comes, in the paddocks.