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Bucking a Trend

We don't hear too much from the Buckpasser sire line these days, the great son of Tom Fool having been a much better broodmare sire than sire of sires. The last 10 days, however, gave us three stakes winners, all from the Buckaroo branch.

The Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (gr. I) went to Einstein (BRZ), a son of Spend a Buck, who sired other U.S. grade I winners Pico Central (BRZ) and Hard Buck (BRZ) from his time in Brazil. Einstein is out of Gay Charm, a daughter of the Lyphard stallion Ghadeer (FR). This earns him an A++ TrueNicks rating, which is not surprising given that Spend a Buck sired a total of seven graded winners and five grade I winners out of mares by Ghadeer.

Oddly enough, there was another stakes winner Feb. 23 with an A++ rating bred on a Buckaroo/Lyphard cross. This was Scrappy Roo, a Texas-bred who took the Tomball Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. He is by Buckaroo's son Roo Art, out of a mare by the Lyphard stallion King Lyph.

Buckaroo's son, Montbrook, who has been the chief standard bearer for the Buckpasser line in recent years - at least in North America - weighed in with a stakes winner of his own. This was Run Right Thru (out of Catbird Creek, by Storm Creek), who took the Santa Teresa Handicap at Sunland Park, also on the 23rd. Once again, Run Right Thru is an A++ rated horse.

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