Classic Review -- Rachel's Romp
Written by Alan Porter 1 | May 05, 2009 |
The Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) was taken in devasting style by Rachel
Alexandra, who romped by 20 1/4 lengths. Like Mine That Bird, she is from the
first crop of her sire -- in her case, Medaglia d'Oro (TrueNicks,SRO)
. (With Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO)
, Speightstown (TrueNicks,SRO)
, Candy Ride (ARG) (TrueNicks,SRO)
, and Even the Score (TrueNicks,SRO)
also having first-crop 3-year-olds in 2009, this is beginning to look like a very smart, if
slightly surprising group).
Medaglia d'Oro (by El Prado (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO)
, by Sadler's Wells),
was among the best of his crop at 3 (when, like Mine That Bird's sire Birdstone (TrueNicks,SRO), he took the
Travers (gr. I)), 4, and 5. He's had seven first-crop stakes winners, all fillies,
and the day after the Oaks he was represented by two stakes-placed horses and
an allowance winner (two of which were colts).
Rachel Alexandra (TrueNicks rated A++) and stakes winner She's Our Annie
are the only starters by Medaglia d'Oro out of mares by the Forty Niner
stallion Roar. Rachel Alexandra's dam Lotta Kim was a stakes-winning
daughter of that horse, and is half-sister to stakes winners Lotta Rhythm and
High Blues. The third dam, Early Decision, was a stakes-winning daughter of
Lord Gaylord, and her granddam Native Go Go was a stakes-winning daughter of
Raise a Native, out of a half-sister to the Belmont Stakes, Jersey Derby, and Travers Stakes winner
Hail to All. The family goes back to Ellen's Best, a mare who owns a very
unusual pedigree as she is by War Relic, and her third dam is Speed Boat,
winner of the 1933 Test Stakes and a sister to War Relic.
There doesn't appear to be one defining reason for Medaglia d'Oro to
particularly like mares by Roar. His sire El Prado has sired a lot of stakes
winners out of Mr. Prospector-line mares, although his strike rate on the cross
has not been sensational. There is well-placed Northern Dancer inbreeding; five crosses of Turn-to plus one of his genetic relative My Babu; and
three of Ribot. As mentioned, Medagila d'Oro and the dam of Roar are from the
same sire line; both also go back to mares bred on a Ribot/Royal Charger cross.
this pedigree, however, we're more intrigued by the build-up of the
Imperatrice family through Sir Gaylord and Cure the Blues. Sir Gaylord (Turn-to--Somethingroyal, a daughter of Imperatrice) appears 5 x 5, and Rachel
Alexandra's granddam is by Cure the Blues (by a grandson of Turn-to, out of a
granddaughter of Imperatrice).