Weekend Action for A.P. Indy and Fappiano Bloodlines
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Mar 10, 2009 |
In 1999, Stephen Got Even came into
the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as one of favorites, having won the last three of
his four starts, including the Galleryfurniture.com Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway
Park. Away well, Stephen Got Even was bumped at the first turn, and thereafter
never reached contention, ultimately finishing fourteenth to Charismatic.
Fourth in the Preakness and fifth in the Belmont (both gr. I), Stephen Got
Even did gain a grade I triumph at 4, capturing the Donn Handicap (gr. I)
from Golden Missile and Behrens on his only start at that age.
With his first crop, Stephen Got Even (TrueNicks,SRO)
came up with a Derby contender in Don't
Get Mad (TrueNicks A++), who flew through the lane to take fourth to Giacomo,
beaten 3 1/2 lengths. Now Stephen Got Even may have another very serious classic
candidate in I Want Revenge, who was making his debut on true dirt when running
away with the Gotham Stakes (gr. III). I Want Revenge is out of the Argentine-raced
Meguial (ARG), a listed winner and three-time grade I-placed in her native country,
and also black-type placed in the U.S. Meguial is by the Fappiano horse Roy, a
sensation at stud in South America, but a disappointment when he shuttled to
the U.S. We note that Aptitude, another son of Stephen Got Even's sire, A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO), is responsible for 2-year-old grade I winner Great Hunter out of a
mare by Roy.
Stephen Got Even's strike rate with Mr. Prospector has improved this year, with
I Want Revenge being one of two new stakes winners on the cross, and the
Stephen Got Even/Mr. Prospector cross now rates a very solid B. The second dam
of I Want Revenge is by Fitzcarraldo (ARG), an Argentine horse with an European
background. Roy provides a "melding" element here as he is an
American-bred horse with a pedigree chock full of the Frizette family.
Fitzcarraldo has the European stallion Sing Sing (GB), who is also from the Frizette
family, along with inbreeding that ties into the background of Frizette. Of
course, Stephen Got Even's grandsire, Seattle Slew, is from the Frizette
family and his granddam has an additional cross of Frizette's daughter Frizeur.
It is hard to keep A.P. Indy and Fappiano -- either separately or in concert --
out of the picture at the moment. In fact, they were quite literally in the
picture at the end of the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I). That race saw champion 2-year-old filly Stardom Bound (an A.P. Indy/Fappiano cross) prevail by a nose over Third Dawn, who is
by another Pulpit son, the resurgent Sky Mesa, out of a mare by Quiet American
(by Fappiano). This is the same Sky Mesa/Fappiano cross that has supplied graded
stakes winners Sky Diva and General Quarters, both from the same crop as Third
Another A.P. Indy son to have a good weekend was [MalibuMoon]. His 6-year-old
son Ah Day gained a first graded triumph with a win in the Toboggan Stakes (gr. III). On the same day, his 4-year-old daughter Sweet August Moon took
her first black type event, the $100,000 Honest Lady Stakes at Santa Anita.
What is important to remember about Malibu Moon is that his first four crops
were sired inexpensively in Maryland (Ah Day is one of 24 stakes winners, six
of them graded, to emerge from those crops). His fifth crop, 4-year-olds this year, was sired in Kentucky at a fee of $10,000. The first of his more
expensive crops (sired at $30,000) are his 3-year-olds of 2009, and he
already has four stakes winners from that crop.
Empire Maker -- a grandson of Fappiano -- also had a good weekend. His 4-year-old filly Acoma (out of Aurora by Danzig, and rated TrueNicks A++)
romped in the Azeri Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. In addition, his 3-year-old Imperial Council finished well for second -- albeit a somewhat
distant one -- to I Want Revenge in the Gotham on his stakes
debut. As he's by a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner, out of a mare by a Belmont
Stakes winner (Thunder Gulch), with a second dam by a Belmont Stakes winner
(Risen Star), Imperial Council is going to get better as the distances stretch
out, and we certainly wouldn't discount him as a classic candidate yet.
Incidentally, he's another example of a horse by a stallion bred on the Mr.
Prospector/Northern Dancer cross, out of a mare by stallion bred the same way.
His third dam, Special Warmth, is also the third dam of The Pamplemousse, who
is vying with another Empire Maker colt, Pioneerof the Nile, for leadership of
the West Coast 3-year-olds.
A while ago in a story on the Pedigree Consultants blog we noted Tale of the Cat as a good bet for 2009, in part because of the
quality of some horses that he would have to run this year. That hunch
bet payed an early dividend at the weekend, when 4-year-old Gio Ponti took
the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT), thus gaining his first grade I event.
Like I Want Revenge, Gio Ponti comes from a South American family, and South
America also supplied the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), the
Brazilian-bred Einstein (BRZ_, who was making his all-weather debut. Einstein's sire,
Spend a Buck , was generally a disappointment during his time at stud in the
U.S., but was extremely good in South America, particularly with mares by the
Lyphard horse Ghadeer (FR), this cross producing six grade I winners.
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