Exciting colts look destined for southern duty

published: 07 Jul 2015 in Pedigree analysis

WITH the calendar year only just over halfway through, it already appears that four of the year’s most exciting colts are destined to be at stud for the coming northern season. Golden Horn and American Pharoah, who is believed likely to shuttle to Australia for 2015-16, are currently the world’s highest rated racehorses. Gleneagles is the world’s leading three year-old turf miler and Brazen Beau, who will cover his first southern mares in 2015, is the world’s top rated sprinter. 

Golden Horn 

(bay, 2012 by Cape Cross-Fleche d’Or by Dubai Destination).

HE is now five-for-five and only on his debut, which resulted in a head victory in a juvenile course record time, has he not had daylight to spare. That was his sole outing at two, and Golden Horn resumed at three to take the Fielden Stakes on his reappearance. On his first outing in Group company, he accounted for his stable-companion, Jack Hobbs by 2.75 lengths in the Dante Stakes-Gr.2 and, continuing to stretch his winning margins as class and distance increased, galloped away to defeat that same rival, himself winner of the Irish Derby-Gr.1 at his next start, by 3.5 lengths in the English Derby-Gr.1.

  At his most recent start, in the Eclipse Stakes-Gr.1, Golden Horn dropped back in distance, tackled older rivals for the first time and made the running instead of being held up. Despite the multitude of changes, one constant remained, Golden Horn dominating to score by 3.5 lengths from last year’s French Derby-Gr.1 victor, The Grey Gatsby.

  Golden Horn is by Cape Cross, of whom there is more in the separate story paired with this article. He comes from a family very well known in Australia and New Zealand, as his fourth dam Lora is a three-quarter sister to Klairessa, dam of Eight Carat. She’s also a three-quarter sister to King’s Stand Stakes winner, D’Urberville, and Golden Horn’s third dam is a three-quarter sister to the brilliant sprint filly Habibti.

  Golden Horn’s dam, the unraced Fleche d’Or, is a daughter of the Kingmambo miler Dubai Destination. Her one previous foal, the Champs Elysees filly Eastern Belle, a Listed winner in England last year is now racing in the US where she took runner-up spot in the New York Stakes-Gr.2 a few hours after Golden Horn’s triumph. Eastern Belle is half-sister to the Coronation Stakes-Gr.1 heroine Rebecca Sharp.

  With Nureyev 4x2 in his dam, Golden Horn should love Sadler’s Wells, a strain that is responsible for 11 Cape Cross-line stakes winners. The cross with mares descending from Danehill has also been a very effective one for Cape Cross, even though he is grandson of Danehill’s sire Danzig, and should he shuttle, Danewin and Commands would double Golden Horn’s family.

  Since Golden Horn is out of a Mr. Prospector line mare, crossing him back over that line should work well, and his dam’s Gr.1-winning half-sister is by Machiavellian, the sire of Street Cry. Cape Cross also has two stakes winners out of mares from the Sir Tristram line, out of daughters of Zabeel, a reverse Sir Gaylord/Nureyev to the second dam of Golden Horn, and Kaapstad (out of Eight Carat, from Golden Horn’s own family).

American Pharoah 

(bay, 2012 by Pioneerof the Nile–Littleprincessemma by Yankee Gentleman)

CURRENTLY the second highweighted racehorse in the world, and the highest on dirt, American Pharoah galloped into history completing the first sweep of America’s Triple Crown series since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharoah’s sole defeat came when he failed to fire on his debut, but he rebounded to earn the title of Champion Two Year-Old, leading throughout to take the Del Mar Futurity-Gr.1 (7f) by 4.75 lengths, and the FrontRunner Stakes-Gr.1 (8.5f) by 3.75 lengths, with the subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1 victor Texas Red, back in third.

  The minor injury that had sidelined American Pharoah from the Breeders’ Cup also delayed his return at three, but in his two outings prior to the Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 he confirmed his wellbeing with comprehensive victories in the Rebel Stakes-Gr.2 and Arkansas Derby-Gr.1, in which he romped home by eight lengths. Justifying favoritism in the Kentucky Derby-Gr.1, American Pharoah did have to battle to account for Firing Line, himself a brilliant track-record breaking winner on his previous start, by a length. That, however, was the last time on the trip to the Triple Crown that his supporters had a nervous moment.

  The downpour prior to the Preakness Stakes-Gr.1 caused no terrors for a horse who had romped in the slop in the Arkansas Derby, and American Pharoah led throughout to score by seven widening lengths. In the Belmont Stakes-Gr.1 American Pharoah’s metronome stride ticked off a relentless pace which saw him score by 5.5 lengths in a time was the fastest since A.P. Indy in 1972, and the sixth fastest ever. The closing quarter mile of 24:32 was believed to be the fastest ever by a Belmont winner.

  American Pharoah is from the second crop of Pioneerof the Nile. A son of Belmont Stakes-Gr.1 victor, Empire Maker (by Fappiano), Pioneerof the Nile took second in the Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 and won four other Graded stakes, including the CashCall Futurity-Gr.1 at two, and Santa Anita Derby-Gr.1 at three.

  American Pharoah is out of a Littleprincessemma, who is by the fast Storm Cat horse, Yankee Gentleman, and who is three-quarter sister to the Graded winning sprinters Storm Wolf and Misty Rosette. The second dam, Exclusive Rosette, a daughter of the Exclusive Native stallion Eliptical, was also speedy, gaining a stakes win at two in the Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes (5.5f).

  Interestingly, from an Australian perspective, Pioneerof the Nile is already sire of a Graded stakes winner out of a More Than Ready mare. His other early black typ-winning offspring are from daughters of Holy Bull, Bertrando (from the Relaunch branch of the In Reality line), Jump Start (by A.P. Indy, who also did well under Empire Maker, and would be interesting through shuttler Bernardini).

  Southern hemisphere breeders will also be interested to know that Empire Maker crossed very well with Danzig, including through Danehill and Belong to Me. It would be interesting to try Chief’s Crown line or Dehere mares here to duplicate the Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross present through Storm Cat. It might also pay to inbreed to Storm Cat himself, or to add Storm Bird through Bluebird.


(bay, 2012 by Galileo-You’resothrilling by Storm Cat)

LIKE American Pharoah, Gleneagles has been first past the post in all but the first of his starts. He marched up the ranks through his next five starts taking a maiden, the Tyros Stakes-Gr.3, Futurity Stakes-Gr.2 and National Stakes-Gr.1. On his final start of the year Gleneagles was clearly the best in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Grand Criterium-Gr.1, but was demoted to third in the stewards’ room. Normal service was resumed in the 2000 Guineas-Gr.1, here what has become Gleneagle’s characteristic turn of foot carried him to the line 2.25 lengths clear of Territories, who had been placed second in the Grand Criterium.

  That ability to quicken was again in evidence in the Irish 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 where Gleneagles had to wait for a gap before forging clear inside the final 100 yards. His third straight Gr.1 of the year came on his most recent start (at time of writing) where he held far too many guns for his rivals in the St James’s Palace Stakes-Gr.1.

  If you were going to design a pedigree for a stallion prospect, on the turf at least, it’s very possible you would come up with one like that possessed by Gleneagles. By Galileo, he is out of a sister to European Horse of the Year and three-time US Champion Sire Giant’s Causeway. He is also a brother to Marvellous, who took the Irish 1000 Guineas-Gr.1. One might have expected the mating of Galileo and a sister to Giant’s Causeway to result in a middle-distance horse rather than a miler with a sharp turn of foot, but Gleneagles’ dam, You’resothrilling, is a dual Group winner at six furlongs.

  Another thing that gives Gleneagles tremendous allure as a sire prospect is that he’s free of Danehill, the strain that has worked so well under Galileo, and also of Danehill’s sire, Danzig, who has also done well under Galileo through Anabaa and Green Desert. Other likely strains here including Darshaan, Last Tycoon, Red Ransom, More Than Ready, Indian Ridge, and Sharpen Up through Kris and Diesis.

Brazen Beau 

(brown, 2011 by I Am Invincible-Sansadee by Snaadee)

THE Champion Sprinter elect, Brazen Beau, completed a treble of the Newmarket Handicap-Gr.1, which he took by 2.75 lengths, Coolmore Stud Stakes-Gr.1, and Roman Consul Stakes-Gr.3 in 2014-15. A trip to Royal Ascot for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes-Gr.1 confirmed Brazen Beau’s standing as he missed by just a half-length. In reality, this effort was even better than the bare form indicates: drawn 15 in a 15 horse field, Brazen Beau was left to race alone as the field split across the width of Ascot’s straight course, and as the Racing Post said of the result “he must be considered unfortunate”.

  In addition to his achievements at three, Brazen Beau was also an accomplished juvenile, winning the Bollinger Champagne Classic-Gr.2, and missing by a head in the J. J. Atkins Stakes-Gr.1, while stretching his speed to a mile, and finishing second by a neck in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.2).

  Brazen Beau is by the Invincible Spirit horse, I Am Invincible, the Leading Freshman Sire of 2013-2014, and his dam is the Group-placed speedster Sansadee by Snaadee. Brazen Beau, has, to say the least, an extremely interesting pedigree pattern. I Am Invincible is by a grandson of Danzig out of a mare by a son of Bletchingly, and Sansadee is by a son of Danzig out of a mare by Bletchingly. That, however, is not the end of the story. Sansadee’s sire Snaadee is a grandson of the Canadian-bred mare Ciboulette.

  Winner of Canada’s major event for two year-old fillies, the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, Ciboulette had a tremendous impact on the breed as the dam of champion Fanfreluche, who was not only Northern Dancer’s best distaff performer at the racetrack, but also a tap-root mare for the ages. Sansadee’s second dam Nearctic Answer is a three-quarter sister to Champion Canadian Two Year-Old Colt Cool Reception, and is out of Prize Answer, a three-quarter sister to Ciboulette. So Brazen Beau’s dam sire and third dam are both from the Nearctic line, and go back to Ciboulette and a three-quarter sister and his sire is also a Nearctic-line horse.

  Given that Brazen Beau is a Danzig/Danzig cross, one of the big questions facing breeders considering using him, is whether a third cross of Danzig can be risked? The first thing to note is that such inbreeding and line breeding is already beginning to occur. The first stakes winner with three crosses of Danzig was a foal of 2007, another appeared in 2008, and two more in 2009. Three more, two Graded, were born in 2010, and another three are foals of 2012. 

  It should also be noted that in the case of Brazen Beau, his Danzig strains will be relatively distant, at 5x4 in the pedigrees of his offspring. It’s also crucial that neither of Brazen Beau’s Danzig strains are via Danehill, the Danzig strain with which he will almost certainly be crossed. There are already 20 stakes winners sired by Danzig line stallions descending from other than Danehill, out of Danehill line mares, and 13 of them are by Green Desert line sires. I Am Invincible himself has already sired Group scorer Vinnie Eagle, out of a mare by Danehill Dancer (a parallel Danzig/Sharpen Up cross to I Am Invincible’s sire Invincible Spirit).

  Redoute’s Choice and sons would give a third version of the Danzig/Bletchingly cross, and Danzero and Catbird are Danzig/Star Kingdom. Flying Spur and sons are particularly interesting, since Flying Spur goes back to Fanfreluche, and so gives three crosses of Brazen Beau’s family, with Brazen Beau, his dam and Flying Spur all from the same male and female line. On the subject of Fanfreluche, the family can also be found through Encosta de Lago, while Night Shift is a brother to Fanfreluche. Click the photos to watch live sex on cam, or broadcast your own adult webcam by signing up for a FREE Watch hot Girl Alone shows on live sex cams Amateur Cams and Pornstars. Live Girls Languages English French Spanish Italian German Swedish Portuguese Dutch. We are pleased to welcome you on the best live sex cams site where you will find webcam girls from every corner of the world.

  Van Nistelrooy goes back to the immediate family of Brazen Beau via a close relative to Brazen Beau’s third dam. He is by Storm Cat, as is Tale of the Cat, the broodmare sire of I Am Invincible stakes winner Super One, which invites other Storm Cat representatives such as Giant’s Causeway and Hennessy.

  Other Northern Dancer line sires that have produced stakes winners for I Am Invincible are O’Reilly (by Last Tycoon) and Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev). There is also an I Am Invincible stakes winner by Southern Halo (by More Than Ready), and one out of a mare by Zeditave. We think that Snippets, the broodmare sire of an Invincible Spirit stakes winner could be positive here. Mr. Prospector, particularly via Machiavellian, Street Cry, Street Sense and Vettori might also work well. n