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Cocotte Hot

The family of the Troy mare Cocotte has been hot this year with four group/graded winners among her descendents. First, in May, Creachadoir captured his first group I win in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Then on June 29, Creachadoir's half-brother Youmzain took the Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I). Rated A by TrueNicks, Creachadoir, a son of King's Best (a son of Kingmambo out of the great mare Miesque) has the closely-related Nureyev and Sadler's Wells (sire of Sadima, the dam of Creachadoir and Youmzain) 4 x 2.

Youmzain is by Sinndar (a son of the Chief's Crown stallion Grand Lodge) and has a complex pedigree pattern. Sinndar is a Northern Dancer/Mill Reef (by Never Bend) cross; Sadler's Wells, the broodmare sire, is a Northern Dancer/Bold Reason (half-brother to Never Bend) cross; and the granddam, Anima, is by Ajdal, a son of Northern Dancer, out of Cocotte, with a second dam by Mill Reef.

The family gained two more group/graded winners in the space of four days in July. On July 12, Pennsylvania-bred Palmilla captured the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware. By the deceased A.P. Indy stallion Crowd Pleaser, Palmilla is out of the stakes-winning Allen's Prospect mare Got a Crush, and is rated A+ by TrueNicks. Got a Crush is out of Cocotte's stakes-winning daughter Glowing Ardour, a daughter of Dancing Brave.

On July 16, Mood Indigo, a half-sister to Got a Crush, was represented by a stakes winner when her son Luminous Eyes captured the Silver Flash Stakes (gr. III). A 2-year-old from the first crop of the Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) winner Bachelor Duke (by Miswaki) out of an Indian Ridge mare, Luminous Eyes is rated A by TrueNicks on the basis of the Mr. Prospector/Indian Rdige cross.

Looking at her record, it's really not surprising that Cocotte should turn out to be such a successful influence. By Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Troy, out of a daughter of the Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) winner Gaily, Cocotte herself ran second in the Prix de Psyche (Fr-III). At stud she produced six stakes winners, including Pilsudski, winner of six group or grade I events in five different countries, including the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) and Japan Cup (Jpn-I), and multiple Japanese grade I winner,Fine Motion.

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