Pedigrees in Practice -- Cherry One

One of the most interesting stakes winners last weekend was Cherry One (TrueNicks A++), who took the El Paso Times Handicap at Sunland Park, to remain undefeated in three starts. From the first crop of the Cherokee Run horse Sir Cherokee, Cherry One is out of the El Gran Senor mare One Accord. This is particularly interesting when one recalls that Sir Cherokee’s dam is by Last Tycoon (IRE), a son of Try My Best (brother to El Gran Senor).

This is not the first time that Try My Best and El Gran Senor have combined successfully. The five-time group I-winning English champion miler Ramonti (FR) (now standing under the Darley banner at Kildangan Stud in Ireland) is by the otherwise undistinguished Martino Alonso (IRE) (by Last Tycoon’s son Marju (IRE)) out of a mare by El Gran Senor, so having the brothers 4 x 2.

Another similar combination resulted in Zimbabwean-bred Firebolt (ZIM), a graded winner in South Africa. His sire, Rabah (GB), is out of a mare by Try My Best, and his dam is by Northern Guest, a brother to Try My Best and El Gran Senor.

At the recent Keeneland January sales, Sir Cherokee was purchased for $35,000 by Granton Bloodstock (John Turner), for export to the Philippines. There he will stand at the Royal Maverick Ranch of "Sandy" Javier, a leading figure on the Philippines racing and breeding scene. Sir Cherokee is certainly looking like a good buy. Since his purchase, not only has Cherry One captured her stakes, but also Captain Cherokee, a $650,000 Barretts 2-year-old in training purchase and a half-brother to champion sprinter Midnight Lute, broke his maiden in impressive style at the Fair Grounds.

We know that Javier is a true pedigree aficionado so there is a good bet that Sir Cherokee will have more chances to cross with mares carrying El Gran Senor and his family (Sex Appeal/Best In Show). Interestingly enough, Masterclass, a son of The Minstrel out of a half-sister to the dam of El Gran Senor and Try My Best, already stands in the Philippines, so there might be a ready-made nick!

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