Smug

published: 10 Feb 2014 in Stallion profiles

Scenic, High Chaparral, Montjeu and Galileo have shown Australasian breeders the strength of the Sadler’s Wells male line and now there is a new branch exploding on to the scene in the sons of El Prado, a Champion Sire in the US and now a noted sire of sires with horses like Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller leading the way. WA’s Westbury Park is home to talented El Prado son Smug (USA), who will begin his stud career in 2014 at the Pinjara property.

Smug fit for Sunspeed

EL PRADO’S bloodlines are spreading around the world and Westbury Park has tapped into the sire line by acquiring his outstanding grass horse Smug (USA) for Western Australia. Smug (ex Prospinsky by Mr. Prospector) will cover his first book at the 145ha Pinjarra based stud for a $4400 (inc GST) service fee in 2014.

Westbury Park completed the deal just weeks before El Prado stallion Kitten’s Joy clinched the North American sires’ premiership for 2013. El Prado (Sadler’s Wells-Lady Capulet by Sir Ivor) is also the sire of high profile Australian shuttlers Medaglia d’Oro (USA) (Darley) and Artie Schiller (USA) (Emirates Park). “Smug arrived here at Christmas and will have plenty of time to acclimatise and let down,” Westbury Park studmaster Phil Ibbotson said. “He a beautiful steel grey stallion and we’ve priced him at $4400, including GST, to ensure he gets a good book first-up. The Sadler’s Wells sire line via El Prado makes him a good fit for all the Danehill-line mares here.”

Smug was prepared by US Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale and was lightly raced, winning three times on turf from just nine starts. He opened up with a Hollywood Park maiden over 1600m and added Allowance victories back at Hollywood Park (1600m) and Santa Anita (2000m). He gave Garrett Gomez a winning return to the saddle after the champion jockey recovered from a fractured heel in March 2012. “I’m happy to be back,” Gomez said after guiding the colt to an on-pace Allowance win at Santa Anita. “He pulled which makes it tougher, but he handled them pretty good and won clear.”

Graduating to black type company the following month, Smug was all set to give Drysdale back-to-back wins in the Inglewood Hcp-Gr.3 (1800m) at Hollywood Park following Liberian Freighter’s victory in 2011. He led at every panel but was nailed right on the line by Utopian. “He was very talented and was just learning the ropes when he injured a leg,” Drysdale explained. “He ran into the back of another horse while pulling up after a morning workout.”

Westbury Park moved quickly when it was confirmed Smug’s racing career was at an end after just a handful of starts. Owner-breeder Robert Evans offered the talented performer for sale as a stallion prospect well before the horse had reached his full potential. “We don’t push our young horses but he was definitely getting the hang of it,” Drysdale added. “I thought he was definitely a Gr.2 horse or even better!”

A look at the handsome grey’s female line confirms he is from a well-performed family, with his dam Prospinsky being a daughter of multiple champion sire Mr. Prospector and the Gr.2 winner Nikishka, a daughter of one of racing’s all time greats in Nijinsky, best known in this part of the world as the paternal grandsire of Bel Esprit (sire of Black Caviar) and as the sire of Dancing Show (dam of Umatilla and Hurricane Sky and second dam of Redoute’s Choice).

Prospinsky’s seven winners include the stakes winner and stakes producer Spin Control (A.P. Indy), while Nikishka, who won seven races and was also second, third and fourth in Gr.1 events in the US, is also the second dam of Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Villeron and Gr.2 winner Urcath and is a sister to stakes winner Esperanto (USA), a sire who met with success at stud in NSW getting the dual Gr.1-winning sprinter Spanish Mix among his stakes winners who also included Gr.2 winner Laranto. Nikishka is also a half-sister to the Gr.1 winner and stakes producer Ida Delia (Graustark). 

They are from the Gr.2 placed Bendara (Never Bend) whose immediate descendants also include the Strub Stakes-Gr.1 winner and sire Victory Speech (Deputy Minister) and English Gr.2 winner Jack Dexter (Orientor). Bendara is a half-sister to international sire success Be My Guest (Northern Dancer), winner of the Waterford Crystal Mile-Gr.2 at Goodwood and their dam What a Treat, by the 1947 English 2000 Guineas winner Tudor Minstrel from Rare Treat by Stymie, was the leading filly in the 1965 US Three Year-Old Free Handicap, her 11 wins including the Beldame Handicap-Gr.1 and Alabama Stakes-Gr.1 and she was also runner-up in the CCA Oaks-Gr.1 and Mother Goose Stakes-Gr.1.

She is a half-sister to multiple Gr.3 winner Ring Twice (Gallant Man) and to Exotic Treat (Vaguely Noble), dam of English Derby winner Golden Fleece (Nijinsky) and stakes winner Office Wife (Secretariat). Be My Guest’s best runners included Assert, who won the Irish Derby and French Derby, Gr.1 winner and successful NZ based sire Pentire (GB) and Gr.1-winning fillies On The House and Luth Enchantee. He is broodmare sire of Rock of Gibraltar and Manduro.

Bendara’s sire Never Bend is by Nasrullah and from influential mare Lalun, while Fairy Bridge, dam of Sadler’s Wells is by Never Bend’s half-brother Bold Reason, giving Smug a 5mx5m cross of Lalun. Smug is also 3mx4m to Northern Dancer and 5fx4m to Native Dancer. The Sadler’s Wells/Mill Reef (Never Bend) cross has had enormous success around the globe and Smug’s similar pedigree connections could make him an ideal subject for inbreeding to daughters of horses bred on a similar vein, such as High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells/Darshaan) or to daughters of the Sydney Cup winner Marooned (GB), a Mill Reef son who had great success at stud in WA.

Smug’s female line was developed by US breeder George D. Widener Jr and Rare Treat (Stymie-Rare Perfume by Eight Thirty) was one of his toughest performers, winning 16 times, placing second 20 times and third 14 times against the best opposition available in a career of 101 starts. Widener, a wealthy businessman who lost his father and brother when the Titanic sank in 1912, purchased historic Erdenheim Farm near Philadelphia in 1916 and bought Rare Treat’s third dam Rosebloom (Chickle-Rowes Bud by Broomstick) for $4000 as a yearling in 1933. She was from a family developed by another prominent breeder Harry Payne Whitney.

Rosebloom’s grandaughter Rare Perfume (ex Fragrance by Sir Galahad) counted two stakes among her four wins and she was a terrific producer, exemplified with multiple stakes winner Rare Treat, who was by another rugged performer in Stymie, and then backed up by a younger half-brother Jaipur (Nasrullah) who won the Belmont Stakes-Gr.1 in 1962 and was named US Champion Three Year-Old Colt. He also equalled the 10f track record at Saratoga when he won the Travers Stakes in 2:01.60. Rare Perfume, the sixth dam of Smug, is considered such an important mare in US thoroughbred breeding that she rates a chapter in the book Matriarchs (Volume II), More Great Mares of Modern Times by Edward L. Bowen. 

Rosebloom’s half-sister Rare Bloom (Sir Galahad) is the fifth dam of champion sire Storm Cat (Storm Bird) and the fourth dam of Nijinsky son Royal Academy (USA), and breeding back to this line could be beneficial. This is family 8c.

El Prado explodes around Australia

SMUG (USA) is from the second-last crop of El Prado, an outstanding two year-old for the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O’Brien. The grey stallion died aged 20 in September 2009 after a wonderful stud career that saw him become Champion Sire in the US in 2002. Westbury Park’s incoming stallion follows a proven formula for sons of El Prado on turf in both hemispheres.

Coolmore Stud legend Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer-Fairy Bridge by Bold Reason), 14 times Champion Sire of Great Britain and Ireland, sired El Prado to a mating with the Irish 1000 Guineas winner Lady Capulet, a daughter of English 2000 Guineas and Derby winner Sir Ivor (the latter is best known in Australasia as the sire of Sir Tristram). Trained at Ballydoyle in Ireland, El Prado was rated Ireland’s Two Year-Old Champion in 1991 after winning the National Stakes-Gr.1, Beresford Stakes-Gr.2 and Railway Stakes-Gr.3 at the Curragh. 

El Prado’s second dam Cap and Bells is by Tom Fool, Champion Juvenile Colt in the US and Champion Sprinter and Horse of the Year in 1953. Tom Fool’s blood can be found in the pedigree of Danehill (USA) via a son Buckpasser and in noted sire Lunchtime (GB), whose sire Silly Season is by Tom Fool.

El Prado (1989-2009) retired to Aidrie Stud in Kentucky with little fanfare, but the young sire made every post a winner when introducing the Sadler’s Wells line to the Bluegrass. His first crop (29 winners from 34 runners, 8SW) contained leading colt Medaglia d’Oro who was a Gr.1 winner of the 2002 Travers Stakes, 2003 Whitney Handicap and 2004 Donn Handicap. He helped propel El Prado to Champion USA sire honours in 2002. Moving to Adena Springs, Kentucky, he became the first sire in history with Gr.1 winners on turf, dirt and polytrack. He was first or second on the US sires’ list for three consecutive years and the only stallion to be in the top five every year from 2002-05.

He sired eight Gr.1 winners and his Gr.1-winning daughter Asi Siempre sold for $US3m to Sheikh Mohammed. To early January his record was 596 winners (73.9% of starters) of more than $114m, and his 82 stakes winners represented a high 10.2% of starters. His progeny’s winning distance index is 1539m and his Gr.1 winners are from daughters of Bailjumper, Silent Screen, Silver Hawk (2), Strike the Gold, Majestic Light, Rainbow Quest and Prized (dam sire of Paddy O’Prado, an El Prado runner whose second dam is by Classic Go Go, a son of Pago Pago).

MEDAGLIA D’ORO made a similar start at stud with his initial crop headlined by 2009 US Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra whose 20-length victory in that year’s Kentucky Oaks-Gr.1 was the catalyst for Sheikh Mohammed to buy Medaglia d’Oro (ex Cappucino Bay by Bailjumper). That investment paid immediate dividends when Darley’s Medaglia d’Oro colt Passion For Gold won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud-Gr.1 in November 2009.

Medaglia d’Oro sired his 50th stakes winner in December. He began shuttling from Kentucky to Australia in 2010 and has averaged more than 100 mares a season in four southern visits to Darley, Kelvinside, standing at $55,000 in 2013. KITTEN’S JOY (El Prado-Kitten’s First by Lear Fan) emulated his sire to emerge as Champion North American Sire in 2013. A winner of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic-Gr.1 and Secretariat Stakes-Gr.1 and Eclipse Champion Turf Male in 2004, he stands at Ken Ramsey’s Kentucky stud for a $100,000 fee. A predominantly turf sire, he finished 2013 with earnings of $11.32m to edge out Speightstown and claim the title.

Still only a 12 year-old, Kitten’s Joy’s big year was highlighted by an historic Gr.1 treble on August 17 courtesy of Big Blue Kitten, Admiral Kitten and Real Solution. He also sired five juvenile stakes winners in 2013.

ARTIE SCHILLER (El Prado-Hidden Light by Majestic Light) was just as potent at the elite level last year siring juvenile winners My Conquestadory (Alcibiades Stakes-Gr.1) and Wee Miss Artie (Breeders’ Futurity Stakes-Gr.1). A leading turf performer in North America, Artie Schiller claimed four Gr.2 wins and scored a career-high Gr.1 victory over Leroidesanimaux in the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile. At three he set a new track record when he won the 9f Jamaica Handicap-Gr.2 on turf at Belmont in 1:45.50.

Artie Schiller has been equally successful in the southern hemisphere, winning the Australian second-season sires’ title in 2011-12. His progeny on the local front includes Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1 winner Laser Hawk (dam by Canny Lad) and stakes winners Mezeray Miss (Quest For Fame, second dam by Danehill), Lady Melksham (Keltrice), Big Chill (Maroof), Secret Liaison (Jugah) and Moving Money (Second Empire, inbred 3x3 to brothers Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King).

Artie Schiller began shuttling to Independent Stallions in 2007 and the extraordinary success of his early Victorian bred progeny prompted Emirates Park to buy into his southern hemisphere rights. He now covers mares in the SuperVOBIS state on $22,000. SMUG is a younger half-brother to A.P. Indy stakes winner Spin Control and is from Prospinsky (Mr Prospector-Nikishka by Nijinsky). The cross of El Prado and his sons with mares descending from Mr. Prospector has been a prolific stakes producing combination with more than 50 stakes winners, including Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra (ex Lotta Kim by Mr. Prospector grandson Roar).

HALL of FAME trainer Neil Drysdale is in a unique position to evaluate the chances of a colt to make the grade as a stallion. Born in Surrey in the south-east of England in 1947, Drysdale moved to the United States and cut his teeth with legendary trainer Charles Whittingham in California during the early 1970s. 

In those years, the ‘Bald Eagle’ prepared champions like Ack Ack, Dahlia, Cougar II and NZ bred star Daryl’s Joy.

“The most important thing I learned from Charlie was patience,” Drysdale recalled, “and he had an uncanny ability to place horses where they belong.” Drysdale later guided the career of supersire A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew) through various problems to win the 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Another classic winner came along in 2000 with Kentucky Derby hero Fusaichi Pegasus (USA). A son of Mr. Prospector, he shuttled to Australia and left up-and-coming sires Zizou, Haradasun and Flying Pegasus. Drysdale has trained the winners of approximately 1400 races for earnings totalling more than $93m. He has saddled six Breeders’ Cup winners, a total exceeded only by D. Wayne Lukas and ‘Shug’ McGaughey. “I highly recommend Smug as a stallion,” Drysdale said. “He’s a very good looking colt and is correct with an attractive head and good balance.”

Smug represents the Northern Dancer–Sadler’s Wells–El Prado sire line, and when crossed back over Northern Dancer unlocks a myriad of mares from the Danzig-Danehill sire line. El Prado has a strong affinity the Hail to Reason sire line and that opens up crosses with Red Ransom (USA), More Than Ready (USA) and Don’t Say Halo (USA) (second dam by Never Bend).

El Prado and his sons have sired 17 stakes winners from mares carrying Sir Gaylord blood. To that end, Smug should do well with the Zabeel sireline through Lonhro, Savabeel and Reset. Daughters of Redoute’s Choice also look ideal, bringing in further lines of Tom Fool via Buckpasser and Lunchtime and Nijinsky and Sir Ivor though Dancing Show and her dam Show Lady. 

Doubling Nijinsky in a pedigree has proved effective and to this end WA breeders could also consider sending daughters of Bletchley Park, a grandson of Nijinsky, to Smug which would give inbreeding to that great horse via a son and a daughter (Caerleon and Nikishka). Blackfriars, a horse bred on the Danehill-Sir Tristram cross, as are Nothin’ Leica Dane, Darci Brahma and Viking Ruler, and Fastnet Rock, a Danehill son whose dam line features Nijinsky (through Royal Academy) and Sir Tristram (via Marauding), Danetime (IRE), whose second dam is by Be My Guest and Flying Spur, whose dam is by Mr. Prospector, are others whose blood should work well with Smug.

Inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells and his family (Nureyev, Northern Meteor, Geiger Counter, Yeats, Perugino, Fairy King) could be another good tactic and it must be remembered that Artie Schiller has sired stakes winner Moving Money from a daughter of Second Empire (IRE) (Fairy King). The Blushing Groom line also features in a number of stakes winners by El Prado and his sons. In WA daughters of Viscount (bred on the Quest For Fame/Sir Tristram cross) certainly look suitable. Quest For Fame is a son of Blushing Groom and his dam is by Green Dancer (Nijinsky). 

Smug placed to succeed at stud

HALL of FAME trainer Neil Drysdale is in a unique position to evaluate the chances of a colt to make the grade as a stallion. Born in Surrey in the south-east of England in 1947, Drysdale moved to the United States and cut his teeth with legendary trainer Charles Whittingham in California during the early 1970s. 

In those years, the ‘Bald Eagle’ prepared champions like Ack Ack, Dahlia, Cougar II and NZ bred star Daryl’s Joy. “The most important thing I learned from Charlie was patience,” Drysdale recalled, “and he had an uncanny ability to place horses where they belong.” Drysdale later guided the career of supersire A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew) through various problems to win the 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Another classic winner came along in 2000 with Kentucky Derby hero Fusaichi Pegasus (USA). A son of Mr. Prospector, he shuttled to Australia and left up-and-coming sires Zizou, Haradasun and Flying Pegasus. Drysdale has trained the winners of approximately 1400 races for earnings totalling more than $93m. He has saddled six Breeders’ Cup winners, a total exceeded only by D. Wayne Lukas and ‘Shug’ McGaughey. “I highly recommend Smug as a stallion,” Drysdale said. “He’s a very good looking colt and is correct with an attractive head and good balance.”

Smug represents the Northern Dancer–Sadler’s Wells–El Prado sire line, and when crossed back over Northern Dancer unlocks a myriad of mares from the Danzig-Danehill sire line. El Prado has a strong affinity the Hail to Reason sire line and that opens up crosses with Red Ransom (USA), More Than Ready (USA) and Don’t Say Halo (USA) (second dam by Never Bend).

El Prado and his sons have sired 17 stakes winners from mares carrying Sir Gaylord blood. To that end, Smug should do well with the Zabeel sireline through Lonhro, Savabeel and Reset. Daughters of Redoute’s Choice also look ideal, bringing in further lines of Tom Fool via Buckpasser and Lunchtime and Nijinsky and Sir Ivor though Dancing Show and her dam Show Lady. 

Doubling Nijinsky in a pedigree has proved effective and to this end WA breeders could also consider sending daughters of Bletchley Park, a grandson of Nijinsky, to Smug which would give inbreeding to that great horse via a son and a daughter (Caerleon and Nikishka). Blackfriars, a horse bred on the Danehill-Sir Tristram cross, as are Nothin’ Leica Dane, Darci Brahma and Viking Ruler, and Fastnet Rock, a Danehill son whose dam line features Nijinsky (through Royal Academy) and Sir Tristram (via Marauding), Danetime (IRE), whose second dam is by Be My Guest and Flying Spur, whose dam is by Mr. Prospector, are others whose blood should work well with Smug.

Inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells and his family (Nureyev, Northern Meteor, Geiger Counter, Yeats, Perugino, Fairy King) could be another good tactic and it must be remembered that Artie Schiller has sired stakes winner Moving Money from a daughter of Second Empire (IRE) (Fairy King). The Blushing Groom line also features in a number of stakes winners by El Prado and his sons. In WA daughters of Viscount (bred on the Quest For Fame/Sir Tristram cross) certainly look suitable. Quest For Fame is a son of Blushing Groom and his dam is by Green Dancer (Nijinsky).

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EL PRADO (IRE)
Gr. 1989
GW 4 wins
f:977 r:810 w:604 SW:82
Sadler's Wells
B. 1981
GW 6 wins
f:2140 r:1678 w:1082 SW:291
Northern Dancer
B. 1961
GW 14 wins
f:636 r:488 w:382 SW:147
NearcticNearcoPharos13
Nogara4
Lady Angela5Hyperion6
Sister Sarah14
NatalmaNative DancerPolynesian14
Geisha5
AlmahmoudMahmoud9
Arbitrator2
Fairy Bridge
B. 1975
Wnr 2 wins
f:9 r:7 w:6 SW:4
1Bold ReasonHail To ReasonTurn-To1
Nothirdchance4
LalunDjeddah13
Be Faithful19
SpecialForliAristophanes9
Trevisa3
ThongNantallah6
Rough Shod5
Lady Capulet
Gr. 1974
GW 1 win
f:13 r:10 w:4 SW:2
Sir Ivor
B. 1965
GW 8 wins
f:799 r:553 w:386 SW:91
Sir GaylordTurn-ToRoyal Charger9
Source Sucree1
SomethingroyalPrincequillo1
Imperatrice2
AtticaMr. TroubleMahmoud9
Motto13
Athenia5Pharamond6
3Salaminia8
Cap and Bells
Gr. 1958
SP 3 wins
f:7 r:5 w:5 SW:2
Tom Fool3Menow5Pharamond6
Alcibiades8
GagaBull Dog16
Alpoise3
GhazniMahmoudBlenheim1
7Mah Mahal9
Sun MissSun Briar8
Missinaibi1
PROSPINSKY (USA)
B or Br. 1992
NP
f:12 r:11 w:7 SW:1
Mr. Prospector
B. 1970
SW 7 wins
f:1178 r:980 w:739 SW:182
Raise A Native
Ch. 1961
GW 4 wins
f:839 r:571 w:417 SW:77
Native DancerPolynesianUnbreakable4
Black Polly14
GeishaDiscovery23
Miyako5
Raise YouCase AceTeddy2
Sweetheart1
Lady GloryAmerican Flag7
Beloved8
Gold Digger
B. 1962
GW 10 wins
f:12 r:7 w:7 SW:3
NashuaNasrullahNearco4
7Mumtaz Begum9
SegulaJohnstown17
Sekhmet3
SequenceCount FleetReigh Count2
Quickly6
Miss DogwoodBull Dog16
Myrtlewood13
Nikishka
B. 1985
GW 7 wins
f:8 r:5 w:3
Nijinsky
B. 1967
GW 11 wins
f:850 r:654 w:473 SW:156
Northern DancerNearcticNearco4
Lady Angela14
NatalmaNative Dancer5
Almahmoud2
Flaming PageBull PageBull Lea9
Our Page4
Flaring Top3Menow8
Flaming Top8
Bendara
B or Br. 1969
SP 2 wins
f:9 r:8 w:7 SW:3
1Never BendNasrullahNearco4
7Mumtaz Begum9
LalunDjeddah13
Be Faithful19
What A TreatTudor MinstrelOwen Tudor10
Sansonnet9
Rare TreatStymie1
Rare Perfume8

Northern Dancer (CAN) 1961 : 3m x 4m
Native Dancer (USA) 1950 : 5f x 4m 6f
Nearco (ITY) 1935 : 5m x 6m 6m 6m
Lalun (USA) 1952 : 5m x 5m
Menow (USA) 1935 : 5m x 6f
Bull Dog (FR ) 1927 : 6f x 6f

Turn-To (GB ) 1951 : 6m 5m x
Nasrullah (GB) 1940 : x 5m 5m
Mahmoud (FR) 1933 : 6f 6m 5f x
Pharamond (GB ) 1925 : 6f 6m x
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