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Mizzen Mast Flourishes With Northern Dancer

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.

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3 Comments:

Midships was galloping along in that race and then exploded when called on.  His rider said he did not even get tired until the very end.  With his 2nd dam being a Stage Door Johnny he is loaded with stamina on his bottom side.  Breeders should flock to this guy when he is retired to stud.  

ROBERT 21 Apr 2009 3:13 PM

I love Caro wherever he appears and of course I love Mizzen Mast pedigrees. Caro is a strong influence in young great sire Pivotal, as his damsire is by Cozzene. Too near for crossing his daughters with Mizzen Mast, but there is an interesting cross with the daughters of Linamix. Linamix is a great broadmare sire and he is by Mendez. Mendez damsire y Caro.

I like very much the presence of Ribot/Alibhai and Princequillo in Mizzen Mast pedigree, as the three deliver Tracery genes and female lines of Pocahontas through Wellingtonia.

Finally, the combination of Caro and Sadler's Wells, was known here by our champion Fol Parade: www.pedigreequery.com/fol+parade

He progressed so much in the spring of his three year old campain, that he won the spanish derby by 22lengths, and in San Sebastian he beat Benta Berri (a stakes winner in France) by 12 lengths. Unfortunately he injured in a workout just before he was going to run a Grade2 in France. Now he is a stallion here (he has a half sibling group1 winner in Argentina).

I have a daughter of him, of my mare Kahyava (from the family of Zarkava, and whose pedigree is near the same, as Zarkava's dam)

www.pedigreequery.com/kahmpanilla

Perhaps I try Zamindar in teh future.

Regards from Spain.

Alfonso 22 Apr 2009 12:41 AM

Hi Alfonso,

Caro is certainly a major influence, and doubling him works well.

Foi Parade is interesting with No Robbery and two crosses of Never Bend in the mare.

Alan Porter 22 Apr 2009 1:46 PM

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