Spendthrift Farm

published: 09 Jun 2015 in Freshman 2015

THE Gr.1-winning sprinters Jimmy’s Creed (USA) and Warrior’s Reward (USA) and Gr.1 placed juvenile Can The Man (USA) along with Redoute’s Choice’s Gr.1 winning son Hampton Court, will launch Spendthift Farm’s foray into Australian breeding, all shuttling to Victoria for the 2015 season. They will also be available on the farm’s unique Share The Upside program, a scheme new to this country.

  Although the young shuttle sires will be available at normal fee rates, there will also be limited Share The Upside options available. In the case of Malibu Stakes-Gr.1 (7f) winner Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor (USA)-Hookedonthefeelin by Citidancer), whose fee is $8800 ($US12,000 in 2015) payable on a live foal, a Share The Upside plan is available where the broodmare agrees to use the horse for the 2015 and 2016 seasons at a fee of $11,000 each season (secured on a $275 deposit), payable on a live foal, and once two foals have been produced and the stud fees paid, the breeder then earns a lifetime breeding right to the horse. 
  A similar option is available for Carter Handicap-Gr.1 (7f) winner Warrior’s Reward (Medaglia d’Oro (USA)-For All You Do by Seeking the Gold) whose standard fee is $11,000 ($US25,000 in 2015) payable on a live foal and whose Share The Upside deal is $13,750 (in each of two seasons, live foal) and also for Gr.3 winner Can The Man (Into Mischief-Smolensk by Danzig) on a fee of $3850 or a Share The Upside deal on $5500.
  All three Gr.1 winners are by stallions who have sired Gr.1 winners in Australia and from successful female lines and should appeal to Australian breeders, while Can The Man hails from the female line of Best in Show (as does Redoute’s Choice) and is from the Storm Cat male line. Spendthrift Kentucky, owned by billionaire B. Wayne Hughes, now owns the former Yallambee Stud at Kerrie. Garry Cuddy heads the Australian operation, with previous owners Rick and Christie Woodard staying on to manage the 137.5ha property.

Warrior’s Reward

GIVEN the success of Medaglia d’Oro this season when his talented son Vancouver won the Golden Slipper-Gr.1, the response to the sire’s first colt Gr.1 winner Warrior’s Reward should be strong. 
He is regarded as Medaglia d’Oro’s fastest son in North America after recording a Beyer Speed Figure of 113 as a three year-old, the equal highest of his age group that year.
  He was a high-ranking freshman sire in 2014 when his runners included stakes winner (by 7.25 lengths) Strawberry Baby (Theatrical) and stakes placed Bad Read Sanchez (Pulpit, inbred 5mx5m to My Charmer) who won his 5f maiden on debut at Santa Anita by 10 lengths, The Big Mystery (Dixieland Band), Unbridled Reward (Unbridled), who won over 4.5f on debut by 7.75 lengths and Liatris (A.P. Indy, inbred 5mx4m to My Charmer via half-brothers Seattle Dancer and Seattle Slew), another winner on debut at 5f. 
It’s worth noting his first eight starters won on debut. 
  Wood Memorial-Gr.1 runner-up Tencendur (Hennessy (USA)) heads Warrior’s Reward’s three year-olds this season. Others among his 28 winners of $US1.5m include Stroke Play (dam by Lemon Drop Kid and another inbred to My Charmer), Bentley’s Gone (Fit to Fight), Sun Magic (Mining), Sea Warrior (Trippi) and Distraction (Forestry). Duplications common in the pedigrees of these winners include Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector, Buckpasser and Damascus. With Exceed and Excel featuring a dam by Lomond, another My Charmer son, that horse’s daughters could be interesting mates for Warrior’s Reward (whose second dam is by My Charmer’s Nijinsky son Seattle Dancer), as could daughters of Congrats and Bernardini (both by A.P. Indy, a son of My Charmer’s Bold Ruler son Seattle Slew).
  Warrior’s Reward raced 17 times for four wins, five seconds and two thirds for earnings of $565,716. Unraced at two, he won a 7f Allowance (1:21.60) and a mile Maiden and was also runner-up in the Jim Dandy-Gr.2 (9f) to Kensei, the Northern Dancer Stakes-Gr.3 (8f) and third in the Dwyer Stakes-Gr.2 (8.5f) as a three year-old. He won twice at 7f the following season including the Carter Handicap-Gr.1 (1:21.62), beating classic-placed Musket Man and with favourite Munnings 4.5 lengths back in third. 
He was also second in the Churchill Downs Stakes-Gr.2 (7F) and third in the Phoenix Stakes-Gr.3 (6f) behind Wise Dan and Hollywood Hit.
  In the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Warrior’s Reward came with a late charge after being checked at the turn to stage a thrilling final furlong duel with Musket Man, prevailing in a head bobbing finish for his first stakes victory for trainer Ian Wilkes.
  “I moved up on the turn just to get a little position and he just dragged me all the way to the front,” jockey Julien Leparoux said in an interview in Blood-Horse. “He’s a real nice seven-eighths-to-a-mile horse, and I think one turn will be best. Musket Man ran a great race, too. He’s a really good horse and so is mine, and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun this year.”
  “After he couldn’t get the distance in the Travers-Gr.1 (10f last summer at Saratoga when fifth), we decided, let’s make him a one-turn horse, seven-eighths or a mile,” Wilkes said. “Let’s make him a really good horse. He wants to be a good horse. When Julien pulled him to the outside, I knew he had a lot of horse and I know what this horse can do. I actually felt really good when he came around the turn and was just travelling so easy. He needs to relax and stay off the pace a little bit, that’s where his strength is.”
  Warrior’s Reward is a son of Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado-Cappucino Bay by Bailjumper), a triple Gr.1 winner in the US and a successful sire there where his runners included 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra before he began his shuttle career to Darley Kelvinside in 2010. His southern runners include Golden Slipper hero Vancouver (dam by Danehill), multiple Group winner Nostradamus (dam by Danehill son Lion Hunter), Gr.3 winner Java (dam by Fantastic Light) and Listed winner Federal (dam by Danehill).
  His sire El Prado was a juvenile Gr.1 winner in Ireland and a champion sire in the US and is by champion sire Sadler’s Wells and from Irish 1000 Guineas winner Lady Capulet by dual classic winner Sir Ivor, the latter best known in this neck of the woods as the sire of Sir Tristram (and via that horse’s son Zabeel and grandson Octagonal to great-grandson and champion sire Lonhro, whose daughters should also be a good fit with Warrior’s Reward).
  Warrior’s Reward is out of the Seeking the Gold (Mr. Prospector) mare For All You Do, dam of four winners and a daughter of juvenile winner Salina Cookie (Seattle Dancer), a half-sister to Group winner and dual Oaks placed Leap Lively (Nijinsky), dam of champion juvenile and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Forest Flower (by the Noholme grandson Green Forest). Seeking the Gold left the winners of more than $US85m including notable Australian runner and sire Secret Savings (USA) and short-lived Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium (sire of Dubawi). Daughters of Secret Savings’ Gr.1-winning son Dash For Cash could also suit the Spendthrift newcomer, ditto daughters of Dubawi.
  Next dam is Quilloquick (Graustark-Quillobelle by Princequillo), a mare inbred 4fx3f to Beau Pere. This is family 2n and other immediate members include High Yield and Polish Patriot and, more distantly, Langfuhr. Quilloquick’s sire Graustark is a brother to His Majesty, damsire of Danehill.
  “Warrior’s Reward was the first Gr.1-winning colt sired by Medaglia d’Oro and he’s already enjoyed early success passing on his great looks, pedigree, and class to his first crop of runners in America,” said B. Wayne Hughes. “We are sure he will appeal to Australian breeders.”

Jimmy Creed

SPENDTHRIFT’S owner is equally enthusiastic about Jimmy Creed, noting “there hasn’t been a faster Gr.1-winning son of Distorted Humor than Jimmy Creed and definitely not many with his combination of looks and pedigree. His first American foals this year are as good as any group we have seen by a first year stallion and we believe Australian breeders are going to love him.”
  Jimmy Creed was a $US900,000 Keeneland yearling and he began racing at three when he was in the first three in six of seven starts, scoring his major win in the Malibu Stakes-Gr.1 (7f in 1:20.36) and running 1:09.37 in winning a rich 6f Allowance at Del Mar. 
He also won a Maiden Special by 2.25 lengths, beating Caminetto and running 1:10.58. He was runner-up in the El Cajon Stakes (8f) and third in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship-Gr.1 (6f) behind Coil and Capital Account. He won and placed third in just three starts at four, beating Unbridled’s Note in the Potrero Grande Stakes-Gr.2 (6.5f in 1:15.03) and was third in the Bing Crosby Stakes-Gr.1 (6f) to Points Offthebench.
  The win in the Malibu at Santa Anita came after a disappointing run in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and the handsome chestnut raced past Private Zone in the straight to win by three-quarters of a length to give trainer Richard Mandela his fifth success in the Malibu. The favourite and Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Private Zone was unplaced in the nine runner event for three year-olds. “He’s a good horse, he’s been training great on the track all along. He just had a bad day in the Breeders’ Cup, that’s all,” Mandela said.
  Jimmy Creed’s sire Distorted Humor (USA) (Forty Niner-Danzig’s Beauty by Danzig), a former shuttler, is the sire of 800 winners, among them more than 120 stakes winners led by Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide (Slewacide) and also including Pathfork (Sadler’s Wells), Regal Ransom (Red Ransom), Drosselmeyer (Moscow Ballet), Any Given Saturday (A.P. Indy), Flower Alley (Lycius) and Awesome Humor (Pass The Tab).
  His Australian runners include Oaks winner Rinky Dink (Southern Appeal), juvenile stakes winner Crystal Wit (Snippets), Honest Politician (Nassipour), Gr.2 winner Like It Is (Brave Regent) champion hurdler Some Are Bent (Bestebreuje) and Gr.3 winner Tirade (Century). His sire sons include Flower Alley (sire of Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner I’ll Have Another whose dam is by Arch), Sharp Humor (Hansel), It’s No Joke (Personal Flag) and Any Given Saturday (USA).
  Jimmy Creed’s dam Hookedonthefeelin (Citidancer-Prospective Joy by Allen’s Prospect) is a rare Gr.1 winner (La Brea Stakes) who went on to produce two Gr.1 winners, the other being triple Gr.1 winner Pussycat Doll (Real Quiet). She is also dam of Listed winner Funny Feeling (Distorted Humor) and stakes placed Blowing Kisses (Vindication) and her dam, Prospective Joy (ex Jovial Joy by Rollicking), is also a stakes winner. This is family 3n and Jimmy Creed’s ninth dam is stakes winner and CCA Oaks runner-up Drawbridge (Sir Galahad-Traverse by Tracery) whose other descendants include Gr.1 winner and sire Bold Bidder (sire of Spectacular Bid). Drawbridge’s second dam, multiple Gr.1 winner Perverse (Meddler) has among her descendants the sires Hasty Road and Traffic Judge.

Can The Man

CAN The Man was obviously a two year-old with tremendous talent as he was asked to run in the Del Mar Futurity-Gr.1 (7f) at just his second start. 
He was third behind Tamarando in that Gr.1 event (half length, half length), where the beaten brigade included subsequent Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. This race came after an easy debut win in a Maiden Special (5.5f in 1:03.82) at Del Mar where he camped behind the leader until the top of the straight before exploding away in the run to the post.
  From four starts at two he also won the Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita (6f in 1:09.53) and in his first start at three he led all the way to capture the Affirmed Stakes-Gr.3 (8.5f in 1:44.27) at Santa Anita, retiring to Spendthrift Kentucky ($US5000) in 2015 with three wins and a third in just six starts. Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes described the bay, who was a sale-topping two year-old at $320,000, as “the best bred and best looking son of our emerging sire Into Mischief”.
  Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday-Leslie’s Lady by Tricky Creek) won the Cash Call Futurity-Gr.1 (8.5f) at two and the Damascus Stakes (7f) at three when also runner-up in the Malibu Stakes-Gr.1 (7f), and from his first three crops he has a winners-to-runners ratio topping 70%. His notable performers include dual Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-Gr.1 and Santa Anita Derby-Gr.1 winner Goldencents (by the Forty Niner horse Banker’s Gold), already winner of more than $US3m, along with Gr.2 winners Vicar’s In Trouble (Vicar) and Vyjack (Stravinsky). His sire Harlan’s Holiday (dam by Affirmed), who won the Florida Derby-Gr.1 and Blue Grass Stakes-Gr.1 at three and the Donn Handicap-Gr.1 at four when he was also runner-up in the Dubai World Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup, is also sire of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1 winner Shanghai Bobby (dam by Orientate). Harlan’s Holiday is a son of Vosburgh Stakes-Gr.1 (7f) winner Harlan by champion sire Storm Cat and from Country Romance by Halo (Almahmoud 5fx4f).
  Into Mischief, whose 2015 fee at Spendthrift is $US35,000, was rated number one in the world on the Apex X-Index as we went to press. His dam Leslie’s Lady won five races including the Hoosier Debutante Stakes-LR and is also dam of Champion Two and Three Year-Old US Filly Beholder (Henny Hughes), winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff-Gr.1, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1 and three other Gr.1 events.
  Can The Man’s dam is the beautifully bred European Gr.2 winner Smolensk, also dam of the stakes winner Martha’s Moon (Malibu Moon). She is by champion sire Danzig and from a US Broodmare of the Year and Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, a daughter of Blushing Groom and the stakes winner and Broodmare of the Year Best in Show. Blush With Pride’s runners include the Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 producer Better Than Honor. Her descendants include Gr.1 winners Rags to Riches, Jazil, Streaming, Peeping Fawn, Thewayyouare and America.
  Best in Show’s legion of descendants are too numerous to mention here but notables include Try My Best, El Gran Senor, Xaar and Spinning World. She is the fourth dam of champion sire Redoute’s Choice, a horse who is a grandson of Danzig. Mares from the Redoute’s Choice line could make interesting mates with Can the Man because of this and it’s worth remembering that doubling Best in Show has proved valuable in the past. This is family 8f.

Hampton Court added to Spendthrift Australia roster

SPRING Champion Stakes-Gr.1 winner Hampton Court is the first Australian-bred sire to join the roster at Spendthrift Australia. The son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice becomes the fourth stallion to stand at the former Yallambee Stud in Victoria in 2015, and he will also be part of the innovative Share The Upside program ($11,000), with a regular fee of $8800.
   “We are thrilled to be able to stand Hampton Court as he’s an exciting Australian bred horse and a record breaking son of sire of sires Redoute’s Choice,” Spendthrift Australia’s owner B. Wayne Hughes said. “We are looking forward to sharing him with Australian breeders through our Share The Upside program.”
  A $500,000 Easter Yearling bred by John Muir’s Millburn Creek Thoroughbreds, Hampton Court is from the Canadian Listed winner Roses ’n‘ Wine (CAN), a daughter of Broken Vow (Unbridled) and the Vice Regent mare Regent’s Fancy. Broken Vow, a multiple Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed miler who stands at Pin Oak Stud in Kentucky ($US25,000 in 2015), won nine of his 14 starts and was placed four times and his sire Unbridled is a grandson of Mr. Prospector. Broken Vow’s best performers among more than 560 winners (66SW) include the Gr.1 winners Unbridled Belle (Silver Buck), Sassy Image (Hennessy), Cotton Blossom (Dixieland Band) and Rosalind (Theatrical).
  Hampton Court carries four lines of Northern Dancer (4m,5mx5m,4m), two via Nijinsky (4fx4f). Roses ’n‘ Wine is a half-sister to Listed winners Pete’s Fancy (10 wins, dam of Gr.2 winner Tres Borrachos) and Byzantine (eight wins). Hampton Court’s third dam Noble Fancy (Vaguely Noble-Amerigo’s Fancy by Amerigo) produced eight winners and is a sister to Princess Royal Stakes-Gr.3 winner Trillionaire. 
  It is a family (9f) well known to Australia, as Noble Fancy is also the fourth dam of Horse of the Year and three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (GB) (Desert King (GB)). Other notables in the immediate family are Gr.2 winner Famous Name (Dansili, 
21 wins, Champion Older Miler in Ireland) and Champion UK Juvenile Filly Halland Park Girl (Primo Dominie).
  Amerigo’s Fancy is a daughter of Doctor’s Fantasy (War Relic-Betsy Ross by Mahmoud). Betsy Ross’s dam Celerina (Teddy) won the Grand Prix de Deauville and her dam Diavolezza (Le Sagittaire), who is Hampton Court’s eighth dam, won the French 1000 Guineas and produced four stakes winners. 
Sires Devon (Worden) and Asterus (Teddy) are also close relatives.
  Redoute’s Choice (Danehill (USA)-Shantha’s Choice by Canny Lad) won five of 10 starts, four of them Gr.1 from 1200m-1600m (Blue Diamond, Caulfield Guineas, Orr Stakes, Manikato Stakes) and is a multiple Champion Sire and sire of sires whose successful sons include Oakleigh Plate hero Snitzel (Snippets) and Golden Slipper winner Stratum (Luskin Star). His sire Danehill (Danzig) was a multiple champion sire (and sire of sires) in Australia and Europe and his damsire won the Golden Slipper and represents the Bletchingly branch of the Star Kingdom line.
  Shantha’s Choice produced three Gr.1 winners, the others being Platinum Scissors (Danehill) and Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago). Her dam, Dancing Show (USA) (Nijinsky-Show Lady by Sir Ivor) produced Gr.1 winners and sires Umatilla (Miswaki) and Hurricane Sky (by the Bletchingly horse Star Watch) as well as the dam of Gr.1 winner and sire Al Maher (Danehilll) and the second dam of Gr.1 winner Gathering (Tale of the Cat). This is the family of US Broodmare of the Year Best in Show.
  Redoute’s Choice went to stud at Arrowfield, Scone in 2000 (France 2013 and 14) and has 775 winners (76.4% of starters) of more than $114m. His 123 stakes winners (to May 18) represent a remarkable 12.1% of starters and he has been three times Champion Sire of Australia, firstly in 2005-06, then 2009-10 and 2013-14. His progeny’s Winning Distance Index is 1419m and he has 27 Gr.1 winners including Golden Slipper winner Miss Finland (Woodman), Lankan Rupee (Stravinsky), Samantha Miss (Zabeel), Lotteria (Sir Tristram), Majmu (Hussonet), Melito (Marauding), Wylie Hall (Ideal Planet), Gallicia (Kingmambo), Fashion’s Afield (Wild Again), King’s Rose (Nureyev), Musir (Encosta de Lago), Anamato (Whiskey Road), Master of Design (Last Tycoon; doubles Best in Show), Redoute’s Dancer (El Gran Senor, doubles Best in Show), Empire’s Choice (Star Way), Nadeem (Sound Reason), Undoubtedly (Don’t Say Halo), God’s Own (Sky Chase) and Absolutely (Catrail).
  His influence on the Australian thoroughbred in already immense and is ongoing, not only through his many sire sons but also his daughters who have already produced more than 300 winners (35SW) of $35m including Gr.1 winners Sacred Falls (O’Reilly), Zoustar (Northern Meteor) and Pasadena Girl (Savabeel).
  After a second and a win in trials for trainer Gai Waterhouse in January 2014, Hampton Court, whose owners included high profile radio host Alan Jones, Milburn’s John Muir and casino mogul James Packer, had his first start at Canterbury on February 5 that year, running into a pretty good juvenile when second over 1100m behind subsequent Gr.1 winner Brazen Beau. He was unplaced in the Silver Slipper-Gr.2 (1200m) behind Mossfun next time out and then broke through for a win at Newcastle in the $45,000 Beaumont Handicap (1400m in 1:24.57) on March 19. He finished the season with an unplaced effort in a 1400m Gr.3 at Rosehill on a heavy track behind Bachman.
  Tuned up with two trials in Sydney in July and August, Hampton Court found the 1100m of the San Domenico-Gr.3 too short on August 16 and was then third over 1400m at Rosehill behind Sweynesse and First Seal and fourth behind Sweynesse in the Spring Stakes-Gr.3 at Newcastle (track dead) on September 17. He was first next time out, striking a good track when contesting the Dulcify Handicap-LR at Randwick, beating Duccio and Bachman into the minors over 1600m and running 1:35.41.
  His major win came next start when he accounted for Flight Stakes-Gr.1 winner First Seal, who was attempting to become the first of her sex to win the event, and Sweynesse in the Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1 at Randwick thanks to a skilful ride by Josh Parr. He won by 2.25 lengths and ran the 2000m in new track record time of 2:00.30, breaking the time set earlier in the day by stable mate Order of the Sun. Hampton Court settled near the rear of the field as Panzer Division set a cracking pace in the lead, before coming with a sustained late charge to overhaul the leaders with 50m to go and win with something in hand.
  “There is a horse who couldn’t win a race until last week. Everyone was pulling on his tail, even the owners had lost heart. Once he was able to mature though he was all of a sudden able to find his feet,” Gai Waterhouse said after the Gr.1 win. “He won the Dulcify last week, he has won the Spring Champion this week, and now he has bought his ticket to Melbourne.”
  Hampton Court finished the campaign with an eighth of 16 in the VRC Derby-Gr.1 (2500m) as favourite behind Preferment. He returned to racing in February 2015 and was unplaced in five subsequent starts, retiring after finishing last in the Australian Derby-Gr.1 behind Mongolian Khan on April 6 with a record of three wins, a second and a third in 15 starts for earnings of $398,230. n