Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 21, 2008 |
Perhaps because he was viewed as something of a "spoiler" when foiling
Smarty Jones' Triple Crown bid with his 2004 Belmont (gr. I) win, Birdstone probably never got the credit he
deserved a a racehorse, given that he also captured the Champagne and Travers Stakes (both gr. I).
We've noticed that his rather useful start as a sire is also not
gaining much recognition. Despite having a first crop sired at a relatively
modest fee -- only $10,000 -- Birdstone (TrueNicks,SRO) already has 12 individual 2-year-old winners, of which no less
than four are stakes winners. Leader of the group is the Grey Stakes (gr. III)
winner Mine That Bird, who was voted a Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 2-year-old. TrueNicks rated A++, Mine That Bird is out of Mining My
Own, a daughter of Smart Strike (TrueNicks,SRO)
, so he is the product of a broad Mr.
Prospector/Mr. Prospector cross (although Mr. Prospector is back in the fifth
generation on the sire's side). Birdstone is out of a mare by Storm Bird, and
Mining My Own out of mare by Vice Regent, so sire and dam are both Mr.
Prospector/Northern Dancer crosses.
Birdstone's second graded stakes winner is Livin Lovin, who
captured the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) in November. Another rated A++, she is out of a mare by Captain Bodgit (by Saint Ballado, from
the Halo line). We can note in the dam crosses Greek Answer (by Northern Answer) and
Nijinsky II, these both being Northern Dancer-line horses with background
similarities to Storm Bird (Nijinsky II, particularly so).
When we come to Mot
Mot, a Birdstone filly who won Clasico Antonio "Tony" Stanziola Emiliani (a
Panamian grade III event, but an ungraded black type event for U.S.
catalogs), we find that she is out of a mare by Forty Niner (making her another
Mr. Prospector/Mr. Prospector cross, which rates A++), but her third dam is by The Minstrel, another very close
relative to Storm Bird.
The only one of Birdstone's four black type winners to date not to
have reinforcement of the Storm Bird background is Texas Birdstone, an
Arkansas-bred son of Birdstone, who took the Razorback Futurity at Louisiana Downs in October. He is out of a mare by Ray's
Pegasus (a grandson of Crimson Satan) and his-pedigree is a complete outcross through five generations.
Another Unbridled-line horse making a good start is Even the Score
(Unbridled's Song--Ashtabula, by Rahy (TrueNicks,SRO)
), who stands at Millennium Farms in Lexington, Ky., for $7,500. He has
two stakes winners in his first crop: Four Gifts (TrueNicks rated A),
winner of the Boyd Gaming's Delta Princess Powered by Youbet.com Stakes (gr. III) and Enjoy the Score (TrueNicks rated A), who took the Donnie Wilhite Memorial Handicap at Louisiana
Four Gifts, who is inbred 4 x 4 to Blushing Groom, is out of a mare by
the Deputy Minister stallion Service Stripe, and so is a product of a cross
that has also produced graded winners Songster and Last Song, one by
Songandaprayer, and the other by his sire, Unbridled's Song.
Enjoy the Score is
out of a mare by Distorted Humor, and is the second stakes winner bred on an
Unbridled's Song (TrueNicks,SRO)
/Forty Niner cross.
We'll also give a quick call to Maryland sire Domestic Dispute (TrueNicks,SRO)
(Unbridled's Song - Majestical Moment, by Magesterial), a Strub Stakes (gr. II)
winner who stands at Northview Stallion Station for $3,500. He was represented
by an eye-catching youngster in the shape of the filly Life by R R, who broke
her maiden at Hollywood Park going wire to wire for a 3 3/4 lengths score, in a
very shart 1:08.47. Out of the West by West mare Pindar, and TrueNicks rated A+, she is bred on a similar cross to grade II winner Forest Music
(by Unbridled's Song out of a Gone West mare) and grade III hero Praying For
Cash (by Songandaprayer out of a West by West mare). We can also note that her
dam is inbred to Gone West‘s granddam, Tamerett, the second strain coming
through Known Fact (by In Reality, another strain that is good with the