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Tribal Rule, Unusual Heat Dominate Horse Racing in California

In a big weekend for Cal-breds, two sires had a particularly good time. The blazingly fast but lightly-raced Storm Cat son Tribal Rule (TrueNicks,SRO) was represented at Hollywood Park by Rule the Storm, who took the Warren's Thoroughbreds Stakes, and by Tribal Justice, successful in the Grey Memo Stakes. In his first three crops, Tribal Rule -- a close genetic relative to [YankeeGentelman] -- now has 12 stakes winners from just 91 starters. Rule the Storm is out of a mare by Falstaff and Tribal Justice out of a mare by Danzig (both rated A++ by TrueNicks), which means that Tribal Rule now has four stakes winners (also including grade I winner Georgie Boy) out of Northern Dancer-line mares, even though he's a great-grandson of Northern Dancer himself.

The Nureyev stallion Unusual Heat was represented by Pretty Unusual and Beltene, who took first and third in the Melair Stakes, and Unusual Smoke and Apoplectic, who occupied the same positions in the TVG Khaled Stakes.

Pretty Unusual (TrueNicks rated A++) is out of a mare by Siphon (BRZ) (TrueNicks,SRO), and is interesting as her second dam has Nearctic and Forli, the two grandsires of Unusual Heat's sire Nureyev, in the first three generations of her pedigree. Unusual Smoke -- also rated A++ -- is out of a mare by Red Bishop, a son of Silver Hawk, and is the third stakes winner sired by Unusual Heat out of a Roberto-line mare. By strange coincidence, both Pretty Unusual and Unusual Smoke have second dams by Time to Explode (a son of the Nearctic son Explodent). \

All told Unusual Heat has 23 stakes winners, six graded, including grade I winner Golden Doc A, and grade II scorers Lethal Heat and Tucked Away.  

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