Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Stallion Series: Amira's Prince

An interesting addition to the U.S. stallion ranks in 2016 is the 6-year-old Teofilo son Amira’s Prince. Standing in Florida at Pleasant Acres Stallions, Amira’s Prince joins Treasure Beach (Galileo) as an Irish-bred, turf stallion at the farm. 
Amira's Prince
Amira’s Prince started his career in Ireland in September of 2011 when he finished fifth in his debut on yielding to soft ground at the Curragh. He wasn’t seen again until the following March but it was worth the wait for his connections with the colt finishing first by 3 ¼ lengths over eventual multiple group/graded stakes winner Speaking of Which (Invincible Spirit). From there, he hit the board in a few races in Europe before being bought by U.S. interests and transferred to trainer Bill Mott.

Making his first start in the U.S. in December of 2012 after a four month break, Amira’s Prince hit the track running when he started a four-race win streak when winning by 1 ¼ lengths in an optional claiming race over 1 3/8 miles on turf. The win streak included Amira’s Prince’s two graded stakes victories when he won the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes and Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap by a combined 4 ¼ lengths. However, after that second victory he was laid off for nearly a year, coming back in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in February of the following year and finishing third behind Lochte (Medaglia d’Oro) and Imagining (Giant’s Causeway).

Amira’s Prince never returned to the form he showed early in his U.S. career but was able to hit the board in two graded stakes in 2014 (he also finished second behind Skyring (English Channel) in that edition of the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap). He ending his career after two off-the-board finishes in Grade 1 races in 2014.

Amira’s Prince retired with five wins and five other on-the-board finishes for $542,913 in earnings and it was announced in December of 2015 that he will stand his first season at stud in 2016 at Pleasant Acres.

"I am a passionate breeder of turf horses, and, to me, this horse ticks all of the boxes," Joe Barbazon, Pleasant Acres’ owner, told Blood-Horse. "He is by a champion juvenile from the most prolific sire line in the world, and he is from an outstanding female family. On top of it all, this is a gorgeous animal."

Amira’s Prince is by European 2-year-old champion Teofilo, who stands at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland. Teofilo is the sire of over 50 stakes winners and eight Grade or Group 1 winners including Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and Irish St. Leger winner Voleuse de Coeurs.

Teofilo is by leading sire Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) and out of the stakes winner Speirbhean (Danehill), who is a granddaughter of multiple champion Victorian Queen (Victoria Park). Teofilo himself won the Group 1 Dewhurst and Group 1 National Stakes over Holy Roman Emperor in addition to the Group 2 Futurity (Danehill) on his way to his championship in 2006.

Amira’s Prince’s dam Twice The Ease (Green Desert) only made two starts and never hit the board but the mare has produced five winners from seven to race. In addition to Amira’s Prince, her daughter Hen Night (Danehill Dancer) was a stakes winner, taking home the Platinum Stakes and finishing third in the Group 3 One Thousand Guineas Trial. Now 18 years old, Twice The Ease has a 2-year-old unraced filly by Duke of Marmalade named Catalan and a yearling full brother to Amira’s Prince. Bred again to Teofilo in 2014, she didn’t have a foal in 2015.

Twice the Ease is out of the Affirmed mare Easy to Cope, a champion miler in Ireland. Easy to Cope produced six winners included the multiple group stakes winner Two-Twenty-Two (Fairy King), stakes winner and Twice The Ease’s full sister Desert Ease and stakes winner Easy Definition (Alzao).

The Green Desert cross seemed to be a good one for Easy to Cope with both her daughters by the stallion producing stakes horses. Her other Green Desert daughter, Desert Ease, was the dam of three group or graded stakes placed horses with her winning daughter Crazy Volume (Machiavellian) also producing Group 1 winner Gallante (Montjeu). A third daughter named Easy ‘n Gold (Slew o’ Gold) is the dam of Grade 2 winner Dixieland Gold (Dixieland Band) and two other stakes placed horses.

Continuing his strong female family, Amira’s Prince’s third dam is the 1973 U.S. champion 2-year-old filly and multiple Grade 1 winner Talking Picture (Speak John). That mare produced a full sister to Easy To Cope named Trusted Partner who won the Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas along with multiple other group stakes races. Trusted Partner was a bluehen broodmare in her own right, producing Grade 1 winner Dress to Thrill (Danehill) and Dress to Thrill’s full sister Polished Gem, who produced highweight mare Sapphire (Medicean), Grade 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner Free Eagle (High Chaparral) and multiple group stakes winner Custom Cut (Notnowcato).

Another of Talking Picture’s Affirmed daughters is stakes winner Epicure’s Garden, who is responsible for multiple group stakes winner Forgotten Rules (Nayef), and stakes winners Burren Rose (Storm Cat) and Unaccompanied (Danehill Dancer) in addition to her highweight daughter (and Burren Rose’s dam) Lisieux Rose (Generous).

Overall, outside of Easy to Cope’s branch of the family, Talking Picture is responsible for more than 20 stakes winners or placers.

Amira’s Prince is the only Teofilo son standing in North America according to Blood-Horse’s Stallion Register and one of 32 new stallions standing for between $5,000 and $10,000. While turf sires may not be overly popular in North America, Amira’s Prince is sure to get support from Pleasant Acres with Treasure Beach breeding 103 mares while standing at the farm during his first season in 2015.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bargain Sire: Tale of the Cat

Tale of the Cat in 2014
A Grade 2 winner at seven furlongs and Grade 1 placed at nine furlongs, Tale of the Cat (Storm Cat) was more than useful as a racehorse. His successful racing career turned out to be a foreshadowing of his stud career when he joined the stallion ranks in 1999, retiring to Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky for $25,000. 

By a top sire in Storm Cat and from a strong female family that includes champion Johannesburg (Hennessy) (out of Tale of the Cat’s half-sister) and Pulpit (A.P. Indy), Tale of the Cat has constantly ranked in the top 30 on the General Sires list since graduating from the crop-specific lists (where he was ranked in the top five on the first, second and third crop sires lists).

While never a leading General Sire, Tale of the Cat is more often than not seen in the top 15 with his best ranking on that list being a seventh. The stallion has also done well enough with his 2-year-olds to lead the Two-Year-Old Sires list in 2003 and to rank second on the list in 2013. Tale of the Cat also performed well when shuttling to the southern hemisphere and was the Champion Freshman Sire in New Zealand in 2002/2003.

In 2015, Tale of the Cat is ranked No. 18 on the General Sires list with six stakes winners including Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria. But that filly only accounts for $1,430,000 of his $7,260,505 progeny earnings for 2015 with the 21-year-old stallion having 114 winners from 254 runners for an average of $31,875 in earnings this year (as of Dec. 26, 2015).

Stopchargingmaria after her win
During his (northern hemisphere) career Tale of the Cat has produced four champions, 72 stakes winners and 90 stakes horses from 941 winners with his foals earning him over $99.6-million. His list of accomplished horses is long with multiple champion Gio Ponti, the aforementioned Stopchargingmaria, 2004 Kentucky Derby runner-up Lion Heart and champion She’s a Tiger among them.

Tale of the Cat is an attractive stallion for many different breeders with his career average earnings per starter sitting at $77,796, over 2 ½ times his $30,000 stud fee.

For those looking at the commercial market, Tale of the Cat also offers a nice return in the sales pavilion as well. His lifetime sales average is between $80,000 (weanlings) and $143,800 (2-year-olds) with his median also sitting above his stud fee for all three young horse categories, including his weanlings selling for a median of $50,000. 
Tale of the Cat
In 2015, Tale of the Cat’s backers were most rewarded at the 2-year-old sale where his top filly sold for $360,000 and top colt for $280,000, according to Thoroughbred Daily News, with an average in that arena of $156,370 and a median of $140,000, nearly five-times his stud fee when they were conceived. But that wasn’t the only ring that saw six-figure Tale of the Cat progeny sell with his top yearling being a $285,000 filly and his median sitting at nearly three-times his fee in 2013. His fillies also reigned supreme in the ring as weanlings with his top filly (a half-sister to two stakes winners) selling for $175,000.

Tale of the Cat's stud fee has been as high as $75,000 but he has stood for around $30,000 since 2007 with his 2016 stud fee of $30,000 the same as his 2015 fee.

In 2015 Tale of the Cat covered 88 mares, down from the 118 he covered in 2014 (he covered 69 mares in 2013 and 110 in 2012) but that number is sure to rise again this year with his daughter’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff win in addition to two Grade 2 winners bringing him back into the spotlight late in the year.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

New Stallion Series: Gleneagles

One of the most exciting new sires of 2016 is Ireland’s Gleneagles (Galileo), whose bloodlines and race record make an attractive package for breeders.

Standing for €60,000 ($65,640U.S.) in his first season, Gleneagles is one of three new stallions at Coolmore Stud’s Irish base and brings a serious race record with him to the farm. The colt finished fourth of 10 in his debut at Leopardstown on June 6, 2014 but from there lit up the European turf.

He broke his maiden against 10 others at the Curragh at the end of June before spending the summer adding the Group 2 Futurity Stakes and Group 3 Tyros Stakes to his resume. The season culminated for the colt in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh by 1 ½ lengths, his fourth consecutive victory. Unfortunately for the colt’s record, he drifted a little in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luck Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc day and French racing rules required that he be disqualified to third behind Full Mast (Mizzen Mast).

However, even with his blip in France, Gleneagles was named Cartier champion 2-year-old male to give Coolmore their first European 2-year-old male champion since St. Nicholas Abbey in 2009.

This year was full of ups and downs for the 3-year-old colt, not least of which was a pause in his season due to softer ground than he liked this summer.

Facing 17 in his first start of the season, the Quipco 2,000 Guineas, Gleneagles confirmed his status as a top class 3-year-old when winning the British classic by 2 ¼ lengths. Facing a track he didn’t like in Ireland three weeks later when the Curragh was listed as good to yielding, Gleneagles had to put in much more effort to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas. That challenge perhaps played a big part in his trainer’s unwillingness to run him on ground that wasn’t firm in the coming months.

Before the Breeders' Cup
But before being shelved during the major summer months, Royal Ascot called Gleneagles' name. Running in the St. James Palace Stakes, four others tried to take him on but it was a futile attempt. Gleneagles took over the lead in the final furlong of the mile contest and romped for jockey Ryan Moore by 2 ½ lengths.

While Gleneagles was entered in races during the summer he was always scratched, even when already at the racetrack. The unsuitability of the ground for the colt for months on end finally led his connections to try him on good to soft ground in October’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions weekend. 

A combination of facing older horses for the first time and the ground may have set up the perfect storm for the underraced colt on that day. Gleneagles didn’t have his normal closing kick on the ground and ran only good enough to finish sixth of ninth, the first time he failed to cross the wire first since his maiden victory over a year earlier.

Gleneagles made one final run before retiring, shipping to the United States for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. But although the colt’s female family suggested he may be able to run on dirt, he didn’t seem to handle it and finished last, 25 lengths behind fellow Coolmore stallion American Pharoah.
After the Breeders' Cup Classic
Though he hasn’t won since June, Gleneagles race record should still catch the eye of breeders. Running 11 times, Gleneagles won seven of his races including four Group 1 events. He retired with £934,200 ($1,387,006U.S.) in earnings but that isn’t the only thing the colt has going for him.

Gleneagles is by the world’s leading sire Galileo, who also stands at Coolmore in Ireland. From 11 crops of racing age, Galileo has sired over 200 stakes winners and nine champions while being named a leading sire in Ireland and England 10 times.

In addition to Gleneagles, Galileo is the sire of over 10 classic winners including the great Frankel. Other notable racehorses by Galileo include five-time Grade/Group 1 winner and U.S. champion Cape Blanco, promising sire and classic winner New Approach, four-time Group 1 winner Misty for Me, Frankel’s full brother Noble Mission, Breeders’ Cup winners Found and Red Rocks, recent Hong Kong Vase winner Highland Reel and this year’s champion 2-year-old filly Minding among others.
Highland Reel
Galileo is also promising to be a strong sire-of-sires, carrying on the tradition of his sire (Sadler’s Wells) and grandsire (Northern Dancer) with New Approach siring 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach and Teofilo siring Irish Derby winner Trading Leather.

But while having a sire like Galileo on his side is anything but a weakness, his female family is possibly his strongest asset.

Gleneagles is out of multiple group stakes winner You’resothrilling (Storm Cat). Producing a Galileo filly named Marvellous as her first foal, You’resothrilling had a classic winner right off the bat when Marvellous won the Irish 1,000 Guineas only two weeks before her brother’s debut. Gleneagles was You’resothrilling’s second foal and her third, another Galileo filly named Coolmore is a Group 3 winning 2-year-old. You’resothrilling has a yearling and weanling by Galileo as well.

But You’resothrilling isn’t even the best producer in her family.

Her dam is the Rahy mare Mariah’s Storm. A multiple graded stakes winner, Mariah’s Storm is responsible for European Horse of the Year and talented sire Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat), who finished second in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Giant’s Causeway and You’resothrilling are Mariah’s Storm’s only group stakes winners but she also has five other stakes placed racehorses, including top New York sire Freud (Storm Cat).
Giant's Causeway
Mariah’s Storm’s daughters have proven to be producers in their own rights with her daughter Pearling (Storm Cat) producing Decorated Knight (Galileo), a Group 2 placed horse. Another daughter produced Storm the Stars (Sea The Stars), who placed in two European classics this year and is a Group 2 winner.

Mariah’s Storm’s daughter Hanky Panky (Galileo) recently sold for 2.7 million guineas ($4,268,376US) at Tattersalls December Mares Sale with her weanling daughter by Declaration of War bringing $800,000 at Keeneland’s November sale.

Gleneagle’s third dam is Immense (Roberto), a Grade 3 winner who produced three stakes winners. Other than Mariah’s Storm, Immense’s daughters are the dams or granddams of four stakes winners and four other stakes horses. Immense is a half-sister to the champion 2-year-old filly Dearly Precious (Dr. Fager), who produced two other stakes winners as well.

Standing for €60,000, Gleneagles is the second most expensive new stallion behind Golden Horn entering the European stallion ranks in 2016. But with a championship, two classic wins and a strong family behind him, there’s no doubt the colt will be booked full for his first season when it starts in early February.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Looking For Success: Getting Value For Your High Dollar Yearling Buck

Liam's Map is one of the more successful expensive yearlings in his group
Possibly the biggest “high money” area of the commercial side of horse racing, every year yearling sales see many yearlings sold for $500,000 or more. While it is rare that horses sold for that much money will make it back on the track, researching sales and race results from some of the horses sold at the the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling and Keeneland September Yearling sales from 2010 to 2013 provided some interesting insight on where buyers may have the best bang for their buck with on-track results.

For this project, all of the $1-million yearlings sold at those sales during that time frame in addition to the top five lots sold at each sale each year in the $751,000 to $999,000 and $500,000 to $750,000 ranges were looked at. If more than five horses tied at one of the top prices, all were included in the table with those ties accounting for the 43 horses in the $500,000 to $750,000 range. The smallest group was that in the $751,000 to $999,000 range with many of the sales having less than five horses selling in the range.

Most likely because of the small sample size, the $751,000 to $999,000 range had the biggest success when it came to average earnings. Of the 23 horses in the sample size, all but one made at least one start with 17 horses at least breaking their maidens for an average of $158,432 in earnings. 

The horse who led the group in accomplishments was this year’s Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map (Unbridled’s Song), who burst onto the scene this year and earned $1,358,940 in his career after being bought for $800,000 in 2012 at Keeneland September. Other successful horses in the group were Grade 1 winner Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) and multiple Grade 2 winner Fed Biz (Giant’s Causeway).

The group in this range have combined for 37 victories and 51 other on-the-board finishes in 182 starts for a top three strike rate of 48.35 percent. Of the 22 horses who made it to the track, three are graded stakes winners with four others at least placing in stakes company. The group as a whole cost $20,550,000 with their total earnings coming to $3,643,932. It consists of 15 colts and nine fillies with Shadwell being the top buyer of the horses in this group followed by Besilu Stable. Distorted Humor takes top honors as the sire with the most “toppers” in this range at five with Bernardini and Street Cry (IRE) sitting at three each.

The next most successful range was the $500,000 to $750,000 range with the 43 horses having average earnings of $99,609. The group had 34 horses make at least one start with 25 winning at least one start. 

There were no Grade 1 winners in this group but there were three horses who at least won a Grade 3 race and two who won stakes races. Four others placed in graded stakes. While success at the top level of the sport wasn’t in the cards for the toppers in this group, they did combine for 67 wins and 66 other on-the-board finishes in 264 starts for an on-the-board percentage of 50.38 percent.

As a group, the 43 horses cost $30,235,000 and so far have earned a combined $4,283,219. Twenty-seven colts and 17 fillies make up the group with the leading buyer being Darley’s John Ferguson, whose 10 purchases included seven yearlings sired by U.S.-based Darley stallions. Shadwell was also a major buyer in this group with four of the top lots joining that farm. Bernardini was the king of the sires here with six yearlings taking the top spots.

Perhaps not the most surprising is that the 42 horses who sold for $1-million or more have the worst average earnings of the three groups at $61,758. Only seven of the horses never made it to the track and 21 of the 35 who did race at least broke their maidens.


The horse who leads this group is Grade 3 winner Gala Award (Bernardini) with none of the others winning graded stakes but two winning ungraded stakes. Multiple Grade 1 placed Fascinating (Smart Strike) heads up the three horses whose biggest accomplishments were graded stakes placings. From 259 starts, horses with a $1-million or more price tag combined to win 38 races and hit the board 72 other times for a 42.47 percent strike rate.  

Costing a combined $58,305,000 the 26 colts and 16 fillies earned a total of $2,593,869 as of Dec. 21, 2015. Besilu Stable and M.V. Magnier tie for the top buyers at four each with John Ferguson and Whisper Hill being the runner up at three each. The sire with the most horses in this group was Medaglia d’Oro at five with five separate buyers purchasing the three colts and two fillies.

A.P. Indy and his sons (and grandson in Tapit’s case) keep that stallion’s line alive through the sireline with 35 of the horses in the three categories being sired by either A.P. Indy himself of one of those sons or grandsons.

Other sirelines heavily represented in the three categories were Mr. Prospector, Danzig and somewhat surprising for North America, Sadler’s Wells. A.P. Indy is also the damsire of 15 of the horses listed in the categories with Carson City, Storm Cat and Deputy Minisher all seen multiple times throughout the tables as damsires.

Fed Biz is another expensive success
While the relatively small sample size of 108 horses sold between 2010 and 2013 doesn’t prove 100 percent that horses bought for one price range will always do better than horses bought for another price range, it is interesting to see how the groups shape up.

Admittedly, the small size of the $751,000 to $999,000 group does affect the average earnings in a good way for that group. However, the horses used in the group went under the same criteria of those in the others (the “toppers” of the price range) and had better results on the track outside of average earnings than the other two groups examined.

Overall, if a buyer is looking to break even on a purchase price during a horse’s time on the track none of these price ranges are the way to go. Only one horse (Liam’s Map) was able to make more than his purchase price on the track and only 25 horses in the three groups broke the six-figures earnings mark during their careers (some of the horses under that mark are still active on the track).

Friday, December 11, 2015

North American Bloodlines in the Clásico del Caribe Races

Nite Train is one of the horses with a North
American connection this weekend.
With a close-knit international community, it isn’t rare to see horses whose immediate family has a United States connection show up in countries outside North America. Just last month, the United States (Kentucky)-bred Air Force Blue was named Europe’s champion 2-year-old male while many U.S.-based stallions shuttle to southern hemisphere locations every summer after they finish the northern hemisphere season.

In Panama on December 12 and 13, some familiar bloodlines will be seen during the Clasico del Caribe weekend of racing at Hipodromo Presidente Remon in Panama City. The five races during the festival make up a small Breeders’ Cup-like racemeet for central America with five countries (Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela) represented by horses in the event.

While Blood-Horse’s Stallion Register doesn’t include all the stallions standing in these countries, it does list 117 stallions living in four of the five countries with quite a few making at least one start in the United States during their racing careers.

Not surprisingly, a number of those stallions are represented in the Panama races in addition to some familiar female families. Below you’ll find a list of some of the 43 horses competing in the five races this year and what connection their immediate pedigree has to the United States.

Clásico del Caribe
CALINICO, who drew post position No. 5 in the Clásico del Caribe, is by the Storm Cat son True Cause. True Cause started his career in England and won a listed stakes in 2005 before placing in multiple Grade 2 races in the United States. True Cause is out of the Group 3 winning Rahy mare Dearly (GB). Calinico’s female family is mostly based in Argentina, although the 3-year-old gray colt was bred in Panama.

FAMUS PALO, representing Mexico in the 9-hole, has a pedigree many Americans would recognize. The 3-year-old bay colt is by Famous Again and out of a Mexican-bred Van Nistelrooy mare whose dam is a Lil E. Tee mare. While Famous Again’s biggest win came in an allowance race at Keeneland (he also broke his maiden at Keeneland in 1999), he is by dual-classic winner Thunder Gulch (Gulch) and out of the multiple graded stakes winning 1986 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame mare Lady’s Secret (Secretariat). On Famus Palo’s female side, his third dam Aunt Iva (Captain Courageous) won multiple stakes races while his fourth dam is the granddam to Washington-bred 1986 Grade 1 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes winner Delicate Vine (Knights Choice).

HUITLACOCHE, this year’s Mexican Triple Crown winner, is bred on the ultra-successful Unbridled x Storm Cat cross. The colt’s pedigree is full of American bloodlines with just one horse in his first three generations being anything other than U.S.-breds (Strawberry Road (AUS) in the third generation). His sire Free Thinking (Unbridled) placed in multiple Grade 2 events in 2006 and participated in that year’s NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (where he finished 11th). Huitlacoche’s dam Sonora Cat (Tabasco Cat) was sold at Keeneland September for $22,000 in 2001 and won three races in Mexico. She is a half-sister to Woodbine stakes winner Taos (Dr. Adagio) and Colonial Downs stakes winner Park Avenue Prince (Siphon (BRZ)). His third and fourth dams include four other United States stakes winners.

MANCHESTER has a familiar European name on the top half of his pedigree with the great Sadler’s Wells as his grandsire. But while the first three generations of his female family are mostly Venezuelan-breds like the colt, his fourth dam produced multiple U.S. stakes winner Allusion (Mr. Prospector) who herself produced a stakes winner with Allusion’s half-sister producing two U.S. graded stakes winners.

Panama’s 2014 champion 2-year-old colt, NITE TRAIN is by the A.P. Indy son Indy Vidual won was Grade 1 placed in the United States and was out of the multiple Grade 1 winning mare I’m Splendid. Nite Train’s female family has five U.S. stakes winners with his dam being a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Fly to Me (Belong to Me).

Nite Train
One of two colts by Indy Vidual in this field, SPARTO’s grand dam was stakes placed with his third dam winning a 1978 stakes at Bay Meadows. His third dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Regal Rumor (Damascus), who also produced two stakes winners with another sister producing multiple U.S. Grade 2 winner Grand Jewel (Java Gold) and a third half-sister producing a winner of the Grade 3 Bessarabian Handicap.

SUPREMO (King Seraf), who is in post position three, is from the family of multiple U.S. graded stakes winner Sir Shackleton (Miswaki), who set multiple track records and finished second in the Grade 1 Woodward.

Copa Velcidad del Caribe
Three-year-old EL MAGNANIMO, who is one of two horses by Panama champion Forever and Ever in this race, is out of a half-sister to multiple U.S. stakes placed Saratoga Lulaby (Brahms). Farther back in the family is Matron Handicap and Mademoiselle winner Redispot (Topersider).

By the Storm Cat stallion City Place, MARIA MARIA is out of a Maria’s Mon mare who raced in the United States. Her dam’s full brother is multiple stakes winner Rockerfeller with Maria Maria’s third dam producing stakes winning track record setter Nephrite (Majestic Luight) and graded stakes winner Jaded Dancer (Nijinsky II. Maria Maria shares a third dam with two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection (Mizzen Mast) and Grade 1 winner Hooh Why (Cloudy Hopping) among others.
Maria Maria
REAL ONOFRE is a half-brother to multiple group stakes winners in Venezuela but his granddam is a Canadian stakes winner from the family of Grade 3 winner Gleam of Hope (City Zip) and Grade 2 winner Trickey Trever (Demaloot Demashoot).

By the graded stakes winner Sweetsouthernsaint (Saint Ballado), SAN SE ACABO is out of a Charismatic mare whose dam is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winning sire Quiet American (Fappiano). Those two share a family with multiple grade 1 winner Dare and Go (Alydar) and Grade 1 Sword Dancer winner Go Deputy (Deputy Minister).

Copa Dama del Caribe
A 3-year-old bay filly, HEAKABU is by the Storm Cat stallion Impervious but her real North American connection comes from her dam, Takabu’s (Woodman), side of the family. Her dam is out of the multiple Grade 1 winner Nastique (Naskra), who also produced multiple stakes winner Nobo True (Broad Brush) and the Grade 3 winner Thunder Kitten (Storm Cat), who is the dam of Grade 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner Michita (Dynaformer) and Grade 3 winner Cat O’Mountain (Street Cry (IRE)) among others. Also produced by Nastique’s daughters was Singapore Horse of the Year War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly (NZ)) and multiple Grade 2 winner Skylighter (Sky Mesa).

Another horse by Forever and Ever, KATALINA LA OH is from the same family as 1969 U.S. champion 2-year-old filly Fast Attack (Your Alibhai). Under Katalina La Oh’s fourth dam is stakes winner Black Coyote (Phalanx).

By Sadler’s Well’s son Synergetic (FR), MALALA is from the family of a United States fan favorite in Twilight Eclipse (Purim). Malala’s third dam is the stakes winning mare Shimmy (Ninjinsky), who is Twilight Eclipse’s grand dam, in addition to stakes winner Itsacryingshame (Cure the Blues) and the fourth dam of Grade 3 Lone Star Derby winner Mythical Power (Congaree).

Panama Filly Triple Crown winner MONKEY BUSINESS is representing record-breaking 2-year-old The Green Monkey in the weekend’s races while also holding a strong hand in her female family. Monkey Business’s third dam is the granddam of multiple Grade 1 winner Premium Tap (Pleasant Tap) and stakes winner Red Rally (Reformer Rally) with Monkey Business’ fourth dam producing U.S. champion Tight Spot (His Majesty) and Grade 1 winner Valiant Nature (His Majesty).

Monkey Business
Copa Invitacional Importados
By multiple U.S. Grade 3 winner Gottcha Gold (Coronado’s Quest), DELAND is out of a daughter of 1993 Florida Oaks winner Star Jolie (John Alden). Farther back in her pedigree include multiple graded stakes winner Heros Reward (Partner’s Hero) and Grade 2 Sabin Stakes track record setter Devil’s Cave (Put It Back).

By 2002 Grade 1 Futurity Stakes winner Whywhywhy, SALUSTIO’s second dam is the multiple stakes winner Chris’s Thunder (Rubiano) and Italian highweight horse Damascus Regal (Damascus).

A son of 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava (Wild Again) TORNIQUETTE’s second dam is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Ocean Crest (Storm Bird) with his fourth dam producing multiple Grade 1 winner Slewpy (Seattle Slew). Also notable in his family are Top Corsage (Topsider) and Grade 2 winner Water Bank (Naskra) among the 14 stakes winners listed under Torniquette’s fourth dam (including him).

Istan’s son YOU’RE MY BUDDY is out of a full sister to Grade 1 winner Cash Included (Include) who was a winner herself. Farther back in the 6-year-old gelding’s family is multiple Grade 1 winner By Land By Sea (Sauce Boat) and stakes winner Like a Hawk (Silver Hawk).

Copa Confraternidad
By 2004 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Wilko (Awesome Again), defending Confraternidad winner DON CARLOS R. has seven U.S. stakes winners under his first four dams with most running in Washington State. Among those winners are multiple stakes winner Flying With Eagles (Skywalker) and Money By Choice (Knights Choice).

ECLAIRE has a modern U.S. family that many would recognize. Her dam is a half-sister to Skipping Around (Skip Trial), who produced Grade 1 winner Sugar Shake (Awesome Again) who in turn produced this year’s Kentucky Oaks runner up Shook Up (Tapit).