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We happened to be studying a Saint Ballado mare the other day for a client, and noticed that to date, the only two graded stakes winners out of mares by that stallion are Saint Afleet (TrueNicks A), who took the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) and this year's Futurity (gr. II) winner, Charitable Man (TrueNicks B).

The speedy Saint Afleet is a son of Northern Afleet (TrueNicks,SRO) and Charitable Man is by Lemon Drop Kid (TrueNicks,SRO) , and there is an interesting pedigree connection here. Northern Afleet is a by a son of Mr. Prospector out of a mare by Nureyev, and Lemon Drop Kid is by Kingmambo, a son of Mr. Prospector out of a mare by Nureyev. So both of the graded stakes winners out of Saint Ballado mares are by stallions that have a Mr. Prospector/Nureyev cross. To add to the "coincidence' we can note that Northern Afleet also has a 2008 stakes winner out of mare by Devil's Bag, the brother to Saint Ballado.

Speaking of such, Northern Afleet also earned considerable attention last weekend with a 2-year-old stakes double and an older stakes winner, giving him three stakes winners on the weekend. The current Northern Afleet 2-year-olds are from his first Kentucky crop (conceived after Afleet Alex's 2-year-old career, but prior to his championship-earning 3-year-old campaign) so he looks set for a big 2009 on the track. So far 11 from that crop have already won, and on September 27 two of them took stakes.

Afleet Aussie (TrueNicks B) won the First State Dash Stakes and La Danseur (TrueNicks B) took the Small Wonder Stakes. Both of these horses have interesting pedigrees. Afleet Aussie is out of a mare by King's Theatre, so giving King's Theatre's sire, Sadler's Wells, and his close genetic relative Nureyev 3 x 3. La Danseur's broodmare sire, Citidancer, is by a son of Northern Dancer out of a mare by Tentam, an identical formula to the one that produced Northern Afleet's dam, Nuryette.

Northern Afleet has almost silently crept up the General Sires list with nine stakes winners in 2008, a figure that places him equal to both Storm Cat and A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) and for a stallion that has produced an out-and-out champion in Afleet Alex (TrueNicks,SRO) as well as a slew of other stakes winners, breeders should certainly be looking at this stallion as a value play in 2009.

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4 Comments:

I have watching Northern Afleet even before Afleet Alex and I always hoped he would get the chance to breed to better mares. Lets hope this is the start of something big.

Rggc 02 Oct 2008 4:35 PM

With this being a successful and note worthy cross, how about taking a closer look at another Halo line mare Angelic Song mated to Sadler's Wells for Sligo Bay...Why just a "c" rating ? You're thoughts Thanks

  • Alan respondsThank you for you question. You mention looking at Angelic Song with Sadler's Wells - the mating that produced Sligo Bay - only rating a "C." However, when I checked, the mating is rated "A++", with Sligo Bay being the best winner on the cross. The Sligo Bay/My Agenda mating is only a "C" because it is based on the Sadler's Wells/Halo cross rather than the Sadler's Wells/Hail to Reason cross as is the case with Sligo Bay's own pedigree. The inbreeding to the brothers Saint Ballado and Devil's Bag should be interesting.

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RjA 14 Oct 2008 10:45 PM

Ps We liked the Northern Afleet / Devil's Bag Cross we           went to Saint Afleet with My Agenda for a 3x3 Halo       through Saint Ballado and Devil's Bag,your thoughts      RjA

RjA 15 Oct 2008 1:09 AM

I have a Hawkster mare who I have finally been able to get to Northern Afleet (had to ship from Florida), and she is currently in foal to him.  Besides the Afleet Alex/Unforgettable Max copycat here (Northern Afleet x Hawkster mare), my mare's younger half sister is by Afleet, earned $250,000 or so on the track, and has produced a graded stakes-placed filly who also earned over $200K, I believe. So it's an extra strong cross.  Plus, I don't ever come across any Northern Afleets out of Hawkster mares(except for the 2 out of Maggy Hawk, of course), so I'm led to believe that this foal will pretty much be a one of a kind type deal when he goes for sale.  Even Maggy Hawk herself has not been bred back to Northern Afleet, and I just don't get that one at all.  Anyway, my mare sure can throw a beautiful & correct offspring so I'm very hopeful.

crazyhawkfly 20 Jul 2009 8:38 AM

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