In posts past, we've looked at pedigrees of all types of horses: mares for sale, new and established sires, and a few Thoroughbred race horses that I've identified as having interesting breeding. A frequent commenter thought it would be fun to "analyze" the horses owned by other blog contributors.
I like the idea and would enjoy the opportunity to hear feedback on these horses.
The idea is to share insights on specific details of a given horse's five-cross pedigree. What works, what doesn't. Whether the subject horse is living up to her potential as a sprinter, or perhaps whether she would do better on the turf. What ancestors the horse most closely resembles -- he's the perfect replica of his sire, or he looks more like his broodmare sire. Whether there's a relative that's rarely seen in pedigrees, or perhaps whether the subject horse has especially common bloodlines. Perhaps you recall watching her third dam win a race 30 years ago. Or you bred to his grandsire before he became a top-tier sire. Feel free to comment on what you think of the subject horse in terms of breeding potential, as well.
We'll start this week with the mare Queen Bailey (pedigree). Unfortunately, no picture is available.
Here's what owner Cah has to say about the mare's pedigree: As you can see the dam line is pretty deep, especially Queen Pat. Student Council has been a lot of fun to follow this year and last. Queen Pat and her daughters are from the late Fred Hoopers' breeding program and even though Queen Bailey is unraced, I feel there is a lot of potential.
I like the Thoroughbred family 9-e lineage; Queen Bailey's eighth dam is none other than Fairy Gold, the dam of both Fair Play and Friar Rock. Up closer in Queen Bailey's pedigree, we find the stakes-winning mare Pat's Joy, whose first seven foals were winners, and who is out of the multiple stakes-producing Queen Pat. As Cah pointed out, Student Council (SRO) also desends from this line; his third dam is Queen Pat.
Queen Bailey's sire is the former Lane's End stallion Supremo, a son of Gone West (SRO) and bred on the popular Mr. Prospector-Northern Dancer cross.
I notice that this mare has a preponderance of Selene (pedigree) bloodlines both top and bottom -- in fact, the dam of Hyperion and Pharamond and Sickle appears 13 times in Queen Bailey's first 10 generations.
There are a fair share of stallions in the mare's pedigree that are not commonly seen, especially in the U.S. -- including broodmare sire Daryl's Joy, the 1968 champion 2-year-old in New Zealand who was bred 3 X 3 to Hyperion.
When you look at Queen Bailey's pedigree, what jumps out at you? Observations welcome.