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Researching a Smart Pedigree

Surprisingly, the richest race of the past weekend wasn’t one of the graded contests. Instead that honor went to the inaugural Charles Town Classic, a nine-furlong contest with a purse of $500,000. The winner, who more than doubled his lifetime earnings, was the Two Smart (by Two Punch) gelding Reseacher. This was the sixth win in his last seven starts for Researcher, who last year gained graded status with a win in the Queens County Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

Researcher is the only stakes winner for his sire, a Maryland-bred who captured the Sir Barton and two additional stakes at Pimlico. He is also the only stakes winner produced by any of his first four dams (although his granddam was stakes-placed, and his fourth dam is a half-sister to champion 2-year-old Hoist the Flag).

With this in mind, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Researcher has quite a clever pedigree. Rated A by TrueNicks, he has the brothers Mr. Prospector and Red Ryder 3 x 3 at the top and bottom of the pedigree. (Duplicating Raise a Native and Gold Digger through Mr. Prospector and one of his brothers, Red Ryder or Search For Gold, has worked quite well and there are at least 13 other stakes winners with this combination.)

In the pedigree of Reseacher, the Mr. Prospector/Red Ryder combination is supplemented by a double of Nantallah, which comes through two of his most important daughters, Lady Dulcinea (stakes winner, and multiple stakes producer, including champion 2-year-old filly Heavenly Cause), and Moccasin (Horse of the Year at 2 on some polls, and a noted producer, including Researcher’s broodmare sire Apalachee, an English champion 2-year-old). It’s worth noting that Nantallah is bred on very similar lines to Nashua, the broodmare sire of Mr. Prospector/Red Ryder: he’s by Nasrullah out of a mare by Flares (grandsire and granddam, Sir Gallahad III and Flambette (FR)), where Nashua is by Nasrullah out of a mare by Johnstown (dam, La France, by Sir Gallahad III out of Flambette).

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Researcher is spelled with two r's

  • Scot's reply:  I count three...
steeplestakes 23 Apr 2009 4:08 PM

Allow me to play devil's advocate with this one-perhaps broach a subject that may be long overdue. Who knows, it may prove instructive to your readers, if not to Mr. Porter. -

You term this a "smart ("clever") pedigree".

You cite as evidence, 1) rated A by TrueNicks, 2)Full-siblings Mr. Prospector-Red Ryder 3x3, 3) Linebreeding to Nantallah through two of his best producing daughters, also yielding multiple linebreeding to the near-pedigree of Nashua... First, two minor points: The fact that there are 13 SWs having both Mr. P and Red Ryder, or Mr. P and Search For Gold in their pedigrees means little without knowing the total number of offspring from such cross(s)...2nd minor point, and one familiar to you- It seems illogical that you would classify this pedigree as an "A" nick. Needless to say, you were required to go back several generations for the affinity data required. Compare this to your "A nick" when there is sufficient data from the direct sire and broodmare sire alone. Are these "A"s equal in degree of confidence?

Now, to the more important issue, and I'll touch upon it only briefly: Researcher possesses appox. (on average) 18.75% Mr. Prospector genes (Red Ryder possesses, on average, 50% Mr. Prospector genes)-(Researcher received, on average, approx. 6.25% Mr. P. genes from his dam, Wild Magnolia). Consider had Wild Magnolia's damsire not been Red Ryder, but instead Bold Ruler or Northern Dancer. Are you suggesting that, on average, this exchange would have "weakened" Researcher's pedigree; made him less likely to have been the performer he is? Since you cannot have any statistics to offer as evidence, I'd like to hear your genetic rationale.        

sceptre 25 Apr 2009 12:46 AM

i have bred 'initfortheroses' to 'best of the bests' being a full brother's combo of 'mr.p' & 'search for gold' plus the family is from a full sister to 'native dancer'

i hope it works again 28 Apr 2009 10:00 PM

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