Breeders' Cup: All in the Family

When I wrote a pedigree review of 2010 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Dangerous Midge (profile, pedigree) for this week's issue of The Blood-Horse, I focused my 500 words on the La Troienne female family. I looked specifically at the overall influence of the 1962 Hail to Reason mare Straight Deal, a spectacular race mare (99 starts, 21 wins, 21 places, 9 shows--including 36 in-the-money stakes efforts--and $733,020 earnings in the '60s!) who produced three stakes winners, one at grade I level. Straight Deal is great-granddam of Dangeous Midge.

I also discussed Dangerous Midge's dam, Adored Slew, who was bred on a similar pattern to a grade I winner out of another Straight Deal daughter.

I sort of glossed over the "middle mare" in the pedigree, though: Affirmatively (pedigree). Affirmatively is a daughter of Straight Deal and the dam of Adored Slew.

And Affirmatively had a big Breeders' Cup weekend.

In addition to Dangerous Midge's Turf win, Affirmatively plays a pedigree role in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Awesome Feather (profile, pedigree). Awesome Feather--who was sold Sunday for $2.3 million (as hip 10) at Fasig-Tipton's premier bloodstock sale--is a daughter of Awesome of Course.  If you knew much about Awesome of Course before Sunday, you're in the minority. Awesome of Course, a son of Awesome Again, was a modest stakes winner at 2 and 3 in Florida who attracted little attention his first seven years at stud in Florida and Oklahoma. Brent and Crystal Fernung will stand Awesome of Course at their Journeyman Stud in 2011. With Awesome Feather to his credit and 10% stakes winners-to-starters currently, Awesome of Course should be attractive to Sunshine State breeders.

So, what's the connection?  Awesome of Course is out of Mais Oui, another daughter of Affirmatively. Now that is a big weekend!

 

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sgillies

Couldn't make it out to the sale today but I just watched hip 448 go through the ring, via Keeneland's video stream. Miss Abita is a great-granddaughter of Straight Deal, from the immediate family of Eight Belles.  Went for $700,000.

09 Nov 2010 3:17 PM
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10 Nov 2010 5:57 AM
Pedigree Shelly

       Awesome Feathers female line looks kinda " Awesome " She's decends from the excellent broodmare Quill her third dam , (family 5 g ) by Princequillo .Quill produced stakes winner and useful sire Caucasus by Nijinsky II and One For All by Northern Dancer , an excellent Broodmare Sire ! Awesome Feathers' sire Awesome Of  Course , isn't really well known but ,has a nice pedigree and could do better with quality mares ! I have a feeling the reason Adena Springs acquired Awesome Feathers is because she was a perfect racing and breeding prospect and she's a granddaughter of the family stallion Awesome Again :)

10 Nov 2010 6:48 PM
Pedigree Shelly

       Awesome Feathers female line looks kinda " Awesome " She's decends from the excellent broodmare Quill her third dam , (family 5 g ) by Princequillo .Quill produced stakes winner and useful sire Caucasus by Nijinsky II and One For All by Northern Dancer , an excellent Broodmare Sire ! Awesome Feathers' sire Awesome Of  Course , isn't really well known but ,has a nice pedigree and could do better with quality mares ! I have a feeling the reason Adena Springs acquired Awesome Feathers is because she was a perfect racing and breeding prospect and she's a granddaughter of the family stallion Awesome Again :)

10 Nov 2010 8:28 PM
Pedigree Shelly

        Scot , Check out hip # 3784 Scaife Road. Anyone who's looking for a young mare with lots of stamina in her pedigree and a well proven female line , she could be it at a reasonable price , What do you think ?

  • Scot's reply: Interesting pedigree.  The mare's dam is bred similarly to the useful sire Stage Colony (now deceased): by Pleasant Colony out of a daughter of the good mare Northern Meteor. (Northern Meteor produced two grade I winners, and her final foal--at age 24--was also a stakes winner.)
10 Nov 2010 8:36 PM
Pedigree Shelly

         Scot , Thanks for taking the time to check this mare out ,Much Appreciated !

11 Nov 2010 11:12 PM
peggy7

Yes, Straight Deal is the one! Just found your note on her. I discovered her in those pedigrees some time ago and was rootin for her through those horses. I have a gelding by a stallion from her line--really great mover and incredibly athletic. Anything going back to La Troienne has that potential with Hail to Reason in there too a major bonus! He's the hero of the breeders cup too me.

12 Nov 2010 9:30 PM

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