Broodmarathon -- Lion Heart Half-Sister IFT Hard Spun

Before we hit the sales catalog for today's broodmare pick, I have some recommended reading. 

Here's something you don't find every day:  one of the best minds in Thoroughbred auctions is offering a free peek at her Cheat Sheet for the Keeneland November sale.  If you follow Thoroughbred sales news, you recognize our Bloodstock Sales Editor, Deirdre Biles, from her analysis pieces in The Blood-Horse magazine and on  Here's a chance to take a look at the hips that she will be watching come November.

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And now, on to the subject of today's pedigree review.  This one falls squarely into the category of "way out of my league."  But it's still fun to look!

Hip #340 (catalog page, pedigree), a 9-year-old mare named French Satin, sells Tues., Nov. 4, 2008  at the Keeneland November mixed sale
  • Thoroughbred female family:  10-c
  • Race record:  three wins and seven times in the money from 15 starts for total earnings of $165,894.  Winner of the 2002 Florida Oaks (gr. III).
  • Produce record: dam of five foals, including two winners and three unraced (foals of 2006-2008).
  • Covering sire: Hard Spun (SRO).  2008 stud fee:  $50,000. 

French Satin is a half-sister to millionaire runner and current #1 first-crop sire Lion Heart (SRO).  She's by a son of -- am I starting to sound like a broken record? -- Deputy Minister, and is a graded stakes winner.  She has foals on the ground by Tiznow (SRO) (2005 filly) and Mineshaft (SRO) (2007 filly, 2008 colt) -- which translates as:  she has the opportunity for huge catalog page upgrades before it's time to sell or race the Hard Spun foal she's carrying.

And how about that Hard Spun!  For a horse who was regularly a bridesmaid and rarely a bride, he came away as the favorite 3-year-old of 2007 for a lot of Thoroughbred racing fans.  He was just a hard-knocking, hard-working, and mega-talented colt who would've been the star most years, but he came in the same class as other super-horses Curlin, Rags to Riches, and Street Sense (SRO).  (And he fit in nicely with the rugged image of his trainer, the class act guy Larry Jones.  We need more horsemen like Jones to keep American Thoroughbred racing a viable sport in the future.)

What do you like about this mare's catalog page?  How do you see Hard Spun's influence as a new sire?  Any other sire line that you think is good for French Satin?  Would you send her to Tale of the Cat (SRO) (sire of Lion Heart) with the idea that that sire obviously works with this mare's family bloodlines?

(By the way:  "IFT" in the title is shorthand for "in foal to."  You'll see that throughout the fall breeding stock season!)

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