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Dehere and Storm Cat Emerge as Profitable Duo

Those who have been reading articles on this blog and posts by Alan Porter and me on the PedigreeConsultants.com site will have noticed some time ago that we are big fans of the Deputy Minister stallion Dehere (TrueNicks,SRO) as a broodmare sire. We know we are not alone in this admiration.

Dehere's first stakes winner as a broodmare sire was the 2002 foal Oratory, a brilliant son of Pulpit. By now, we are all well aware of the potency of the Seattle Slew/Deputy Minister nick, and Dehere's daughters have proven to follow the pattern of success when mated to a Seattle Slew-line stallion.

Oratory was quickly followed by Thrilling Victory, a daughter of Event of the Year, and then came Vaulcluse and this years Classic hopeful Friesan Fire, both by A.P Indy, the stallion responsible for the best representative yet of the Seattle Slew/Deputy Minister nick in Rags to Riches.

Dehere certainly has the structure to be a leading broodmare sire. His sire Deputy Minister excelled in that role and his next two dams are by Secretariat (one of the best in the business as a damsire) and Damascus (no slouch either!). With Seattle Slew's broodmare sire Poker being bred on similar lines to Secretariat, and A.P Indy being out of a mare by Secretariat, one can see how the combination of Seattle Slew/AP Indy with Dehere has enduring strength.  

Dehere is no "one sireline wonder" as a broodmare sire, however. His daughters also have done well with the Blushing Groom (FR)-line Cherokee Run (Recapturetheglory) and his son Yonaguska (Digger). Dehere is also the broodmare sire of the high class Australian runner Fravashi (AUS) who is by Falbrav (IRE), a stallion from the Northern Dancer line (who also carries Seattle Slew in his dam).

More recently however, Dehere is shining with sons of Storm Cat. To date Dehere is the broodmare sire of the stakes winners Admiral's Arch (by High Yield), Hoya (Cat Thief), and last weekend's stakes winner First Passage (Giant's Causeway), a stakes winner from a mating recommended by Alan. Of course Storm Cat and Dehere are bred along similar lines, Northern Dancer on top (with both Storm Bird and Deputy Minister having female lines packed with the old Windfields blood), out of Secretariat mares. Physically one can also see how Storm Cat and Dehere would combine well although it must be said that the three sons of Storm Cat that have produced stakes winners out of Dehere mares are, at least from a physical aspect, a fair way away from their sire with all three being taller, leggier types rather than the stockier balanced type their sire is.

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I'm thrilled that Dehere is doing so good as a broodmare sire. Even moreso that he his nicking well with both A.P. Indy and Storm Cat, as I love the inbreeding/linebreeding to Secretariat.

For Big Red 07 May 2009 12:42 PM

Any thoughts on this cross upside down for those of us with fillies by sons of Storm Cat? How about Summer Squall on the bottom of a sires pedigree? Thanks enjoyed the article.

Michael D 07 May 2009 1:12 PM

Surprising to see that Storm Cat sons are working well with Dehere mares. Both have Northern Dancer on their tail-male line. Could be a case of sex biased (favoring the male). I would want to see more high-class filly coming from this mating.  

Kerby Chua 07 May 2009 1:36 PM

Here's a little gem if I can explain it right: Deputy Minister is broodmare sire of Sherriff's Deputy,the dam of Curlin, Vice Regent is sire of Deputy Minister.

Now, Smart Strike ios the sire of Curlin, but he is also the broodmare sire of Mine That Bird, and Vice Regent is the Broodmare Sire of Aspenelle, the dam of Mining My Own, MTB's dam, the same cross as Curlin...and of course MTB has storm Bird on top.

Now, somebody else go put that together better than me, but I was impressed!

da3hoss 07 May 2009 3:44 PM

Michael....There is no reason I couldn't see it working the other way. Dehere is getting on a little but it is worth a try. You might also look at horses like Pulpit (A.P Indy) and his sons (I mention Pulpit as there is a high class Storm Cat line horse or two in his female line) and also a horse like Proud Citizen (Gone West).

Kerby....I hope a high class filly is on the way! I bred in partnership a filly called Tale of Love (AUS). She is by Tale of the Cat out of a Dehere mare. She has won a touch over A$175,000 in her two year old career but it yet to win a stakes race. Hopefully that will come next season as a three year old.

Thanks for commenting

Byron Rogers 07 May 2009 4:25 PM

Sky Mesa might work nicely with Dehere as he combines both the AP indy as well as the Storm Cat.  That would triple up Secretariat

Jackman 07 May 2009 7:06 PM

Based on watching my two homebred Dehere 2yo's I have in training now (colt out of my G1 placed producing Rubiano mare and a filly out of my Raise A Native family mare whose damside includes the dams of the two time champions Bed O'Roses and Challedon), be prepared for the shockwave of Dehere's first US sired crop in a decade.

FiftyYearsPlus 07 May 2009 8:42 PM

Fifty....more than likely you already knew but the colt out of the Rubiano mare is a B+ but is bred on the same cross as Dehere's best North American representative in Take Charge Lady. Dehere and French Deputy probably both would have had profitable careers had they remained in North America. It is interesting that French Deputy has done well in Japan while Dehere never fired a single shot!

Byron Rogers 07 May 2009 10:30 PM

Brogers... Dehere is on his way to become one of the elite broodmare sires. He has shown great affinity with the three major and most influential sire lines (Mr. Prospector, Seattle Slew and Northern Dancer). In addition to Take Charge Lady, he is also the broodmare sire of Midnight Lute (2x Breeders Cup Sprint Champ) by Real Quiet another Mr. Prospector tail-male line.

Kerby Chua 08 May 2009 2:24 AM

Another point to consider about the broodmare siring ability of Dehere is that, his dam Sister Dot is what we can consider a double-copy mare. A large heart or x-factor carrier thru her sire and dam. Sister Dot's sire Secretariat, whose dam Somethingroyal is by a large heart stallion Princequillo. Her dam Sword Game is by another large heart carrier Damascus. Damascus' 3rd dam Bar Nothing is by Blue Larkspur another noted large heart stallion.  

Kerby Chua 08 May 2009 3:04 AM

Supposition 1- the X chromosome contains genes which impact cardiac volume.

Supposition 2- Princequillo's and Blue Larkspur's X chromosome contained genes which positively impacted on cardiac volume.

Supposition 3- (while Bar Nothing did indeed inherit Blue Larkspur's X chromosome) Blade Of Time then inherited Blue Larkspur's X chromosome (rather than Bar Nothing's dam's X)-Kerala inherited (from Blade Of Time) Bar Nothing's Blue Larkspur X, rather than *Sickle's-Damascus received Kearla's Blade Of Times X, rather than *My Babu's- Sister Dot inherited Sword Game's Damascus X, rather than Bill and I's X----Dehere then inherited either Sister Dot's Sword Game X, or Secretariat's Somethingroyal X-but not both. ..Similar can be said (traced) re-the supposedly + *Princequillo X chromosome... And Mr. Chua states with conviction that Sister Dot IS a large heart (or x-factor carrier)...Rather than this being fact, it appears infinitely more likely that it is fiction. Yes, it is remotely possible that his conclusion is accurate-this is far from being a likely reality (as it was stated).      

sceptre 09 May 2009 6:00 PM

what would be a good cross for a filly out of stormin fever,a storm

cat son.

cajun rain 10 May 2009 5:40 PM

What about Dehere's son Graeme hall has broodmare sire.anu thoughts on him

gustavo 26 Jun 2009 11:26 PM

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