A Nick in the Making? Indian Charlie and Storm Cat
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Jan 02, 2009 |
In the last couple of years we have been experimenting with
crossing Indian Charlie (TrueNicks,SRO) over Storm Cat-line mares. It's not a cross that has
been much tested yet, although Indian Charlie does have a listed stakes winner
out of a mare by Hermitage (by Storm Cat's sire, Storm Bird). However, we had a
strong conviction that the cross had potential, particularly over mares that
were by Storm Cat/Raise Native crosses, or that were themselves bred on the
The reason? Indian Charlie's dam, the very speedy Soviet Sojourn,
is by Leo Castelli. In turn, his sire is by Sovereign Dancer, who is a Northern
Dancer/Bold Ruler cross, as is Storm Cat. We can note that there are already at
least five stakes winners with Storm Cat in the sire and Sovereign Dancer in
the dam. Two of these are by Giant's Causeway (TrueNicks,SRO)
and Forestry (TrueNicks,SRO)
, but the other three
are by the far less high-profile Storm Boot, High Yield, and Sea of Secrets.
It's also interesting that four of them are out of mares that stem from the
direct Sovereign Dancer line. So, the cross has enjoyed success, despite being
through the generally underperforming male line/male line cross.
The reason we
like the Storm Cat/Raise a Native cross in the dam here is because Leo Castelli
is out of a Raise a Native mare, making him a virtual parallel to horses like Tale of the Cat (TrueNicks,SRO)
and Forest Wildcat. For good measure, Indian Charlie's second
dam is by Diplomat Way, a Nasrullah/Princequillo cross, like Storm Cat's
broodmare sire, Secretariat.
Anyway, the weekend gave some encouragement with regard to our
theory, this in the shape of Navigator, a (then-) 2-year-old filly who captured the
Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita. Navigator is by Stormy Atlantic (TrueNicks,SRO)
, who had a
good weekend, with another 2-year-old, Not Grounded, taking the Calcasieu
Stakes at Delta Downs. He now has four 2008 juvenile stakes winners, also
including graded winner Bittel Road.
What made Navigator particularly interesting to us, however, is
that she is out of a mare by Indian Charlie, so is a reverse of the Indian Charlie/Storm Cat cross. Navigator is only the second stakes winner out of an
Indian Charlie mare, and is also only the second starter that we can find by a
son of Storm Cat out of an Indian Charlie mare (the other, Heather's Angel, was
an allowance winner at Saratoga this summer).
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