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In a strange instance of synchonicity a pair of stakes at Lone Star Park, Texas, on the same day were taken by horses whose pedigrees - and close inbreeding - are virtual reverses.

The first of these was the Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes, won by Wrenice. By Uncle Abbie, a brother-in-blood to Lemon Drop Kid (TrueNicks, SRO), Wrenice (now an earner of $462,762) is ot of a mare by Slewacide, and is inbred 3 x 3 to Seattle Slew (broodmare sire of Uncle Abbie, and sire of Slewacide) and is B+ rated TrueNicks horse. Interestingly enough, Lemon Drop Kid has sire graded winner and grade I-placed Cosmonaut out of a mare by a son of Seattle Slew, a very similar pattern to Wrenice.

Where Wrenice is by a Mr. Prospector-line stallion and inbred 3 x 3 to Seattle Slew in the center of the pedigree, Gold Coyote, who took the Harold V. Goodman Memorial Stakes, is by a son of Seattle Slew (Gold Legend) and is inbred 3 x 3 to Mr. Prospector in the center of the pedigree (Gold Legend's dam is by Mr. Prospector and Gold Coyote is out of a mare by Seeking the Gold, a son of Mr. Prospector).

On the subject of Seeking the Gold and Seattle Slew, the extremely strong affinity between that pair was underlined again when Golden Spikes (Seeking the Gold - A.P. Interest, by A.P. Indy (TrueNicks, SRO)) staked his claim to be amongst the best 3-year-old sprinters of the crop with score in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) at Calder. Golden Spikes - rated A by TrueNicks - is one of nine stakes winners by Seeking the Gold out of a Seattle Slew-line mare, others including Cape Town and Japanese champion Seeking the Pearl (whose Japan Cup Dirt-winning Storm Cat son Seeking the Dia will be standing the 2009 season in North America).

The reverse cross, Seattle Slew-line stallions over Seeking the Gold mares has produced at least 12 stakes winners, including the brilliant Surfside and grade I-winning 2-year-old Majestic Warrior.

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