DE MARE -- Dehere Makes Impact as a Broodmare Sire

For us, the defining moment in the stallion career of Dehere (TrueNicks,SRO) came in the 1998 renewal of the Matron Stakes (gr. I). There, his previously unbeaten daughter Arrested Dreams missed by just a nose. If memory serves correctly, a win by Arrested Dreams would have enabled Dehere to lift the freshman sire honors instead of finishing a close second to End Sweep. It would have also meant that Dehere would have been represented by a first-year grade I winner. Instead, he had to wait until 2002, when Take Charge Lady, a member of his fourth crop, won the Ashland Stakes and Overbrook Spinster Stakes (both gr. I), to be represented by a Northern Hemisphere scorer.

Had that race finished differently, Dehere would have maintained enough momentum to remain in the U.S. until it became clear that he was a solid mid-range sire (who might have done even better with the books he would have received following a leading freshman sire title). As it was, Dehere was exported to Japan in 2000, when Take Charge Lady was just a yearling. (He's now returned stateside and stands at Ashford Stud for a very reasonable $15,000.)

Despite the fact that his runners didn't really appreciate the environment in Japan, Dehere has still racked up a total of 60 stakes winners and 26 graded winners. However, the reason we're writing about Dehere at the moment is his burgeoning career as a broodmare sire (which might have something to do with the fact that his dam is a daughter of broodmare sire great Secretariat).

Dehere is already broodmare sire of 27 stakes winners, and is the youngest stallion in the top 100 on the list of leading broodmare sires in the U.S. for 2008 (he ranks #35). He's also ninth on the Australian broodmare sire list for the 2008-2009 season.

His best-know runner is the back-to-back Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victor Midnight Lute (TrueNicks,SRO), and he's also already broodmare sire of Australian group I winners Forensics (AUS) and Rebel Raider (AUS).

We can note him as a promising cross for Mr. Prospector (particularly through Fappiano), A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) , and Blushing Groom. It's also interesting that he is already broodmare sire of three stakes winners by sons of Storm Cat (specifically, Sea of Secrets, High Yield, and Cat Thief, a trio that would not qualify as three of Storm Cat's better sons). It's probably significant that Storm Cat and Dehere are both products of the Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross.


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