Tomorrow's Nick Today -- Milwaukee Brew and Holy Bull

We've previously drawn attention on this site to the deeds of Milwaukee Brew (TrueNicks,SRO) , who ended 2008 as Florida's leading second-season stallion and third leading sire overall.

A runner that peaks at 5 and 6 -- as did Milwaukee Brew, when he won back-to-back renewals of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) -- is never expected to produce precocious progeny. So it was encouraging that with his first crop (3-year-olds of 2008), the Adena Springs South stallion has been represented by three stakes winners, including Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Ginger Brew.

What's a little more surprising, however, is that Milwaukee Brew was represented by a trio of juvenile black-type winners from his second crop. We were particularly intrigued by the most recent of those, Dr. Zic, who took the Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa on December 27.

Dr. Zic is out of the Holy Bull (TrueNicks,SRO) mare Royal Corona. Now, readers with good memories will remember that, some while back, we discussed Holy Bull's young stallion Macho Uno (TrueNicks,SRO) , who also stands under the Adena Springs banner. What we found particularly interesting about him was that all of his stakes winners (four at the time, now six) have the sire Khaled in their dam. This includes the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Macho Again, who is out of a mare by Wild Again (dam by Khaled), the sire of Milwaukee Brew.

So, if Holy Bull's son Macho Uno likes Wild Again, we won't be surprised if Wild Again's son Milwaukee Brew like Holy Bull. Adena Springs have been heavy Holy Bull supporters, so this could be an important nick in coming years.  

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