Mizzen Mast Flourishes With Northern Dancer
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Apr 21, 2009 |
The 1 3/4-mile San Juan
Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) was once one of America’s great races, but it’s
gone the way of all other American contests over a distance of ground, either
shortened or downgraded. That said, it still paid out a nice $120,000 to
winner Midships. He is a member of the second crop of Mizzen Mast,
who is enjoying a very good season with five stakes winners to date this year,
including another graded winner, Jibboom.
Incidentally, Mizzen Mast is turning
out to be a very good cross for Northern Dancer. Midships, who is rated A++ by
TrueNicks, is out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, and Mizzen Mast also has stakes
winners out of mares by Deputy Minister, Danzig, Storm Cat, Nureyev, and Sea
Hero, which represent a pretty fair cross section of the Northern Dancer line.