Parallel Series

We've frequently mentioned, in this and other columns, varieties of what we call "Parallel Patterns." There are variations, but a general description would be where a sire and a mare or broodmare sire are bred on a similar cross (we also have inversion of this, which we've christened "Reverse Parallel Patterns").

A couple of recent 2-year-old races threw up a pair of interesting "Parallel Pattern" matings. In Texas, the Silver Spur Stakes at Lone Star was won by Seacrettina, a daughter of the Storm Cat horse Sea of Secrets, out of the Dehere mare Sha Hearah. This is actually an extra complex "Parallel Pattern" as Sea of Secrets is by Storm Cat (Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross) out of a mare by Mr. Prospector, and Sha Hearah is by Dehere (Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross) out of a mare by Gone West, a son of Mr. Prospector. Seacrettina is also rated A++ by TrueNicks.

Dehere also gets into the picture of our second "Parallel Pattern" horse. This is the Tyro Stakes winner Fellow Crasher, who is by Dehere's son Graeme Hall. Rated A+ by TrueNicks, Fellow Crasher is the product of an extended "Parallel Pattern" as both Dehere and Fellow Crusher's dam, Inch Marlowe, are Northern Dancer/Bold Ruler crosses.

Graeme Hall is actually having a very good year with his current juveniles, and his seven third-crop 2-year-old scorers also include Emmy Darling, who broke her maiden when taking the Landaluce Stakes by two lengths. Emmy Darling is out of Dance Delight, a daughter of Colonial Affair (dam parallel Northern Dancer/Raise a Native cross to Graeme Hall). Dance Delight actually owns an interesting pedigree in her own right, as she has the three-parts-brothers Nijinsky II and The Minstrel 3 x 2. It's also worth noting that The Minstrel is closely related to Vice Regent, the great-grandsire of Graeme Hall.

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