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We've looked at the pedigree of Rachel Alexandra in considerable detail in previous posts, but as far as her sire, Medaglia d'Oro (TrueNicks,SRO) is concerned, the big news was the weekend victory of Al Khail, who became the first stakes winning colt for his sire with a win in the Saranac Stakes (gr. III). That win took Medaglia d'Oro's total of stakes winners to 11, ten from his first crop. Out of a granddaughter of grade I winner Chic Shirine, Al Khali is the second stakes winner from three starters by Medaglia d'Oro out of mares by Capote (TrueNicks rated A++). Capote is very heavy in the Frizette family (three crosses), and this is the same female line as Medaglia d'Oro's broodmare sire, Bailjumper, while his grandsire Sadler's Wells, brings in Djeddah, who is inbred to the Frizette family.

Pulpit had a very good weekend with Mi Sueno winning the Debutante Stakes (gr. I) - covered in an earlier post - and Pyro, a classic candidate last year, who shortened up to win the Forego Stakes (gr. I) over seven furlongs. Rated A++, he is one of two stakes winners by Pulpit out of mares by Wild Again.

Meanwhile the West coast sprinters have a clear leader in Zensational (Unbridled's Song (TrueNicks,SRO) - Joke by Phone Trick) who led throughout to win the Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. I). Zensational (rated A) is the second grade I winner by Unbridled or a son, out of a Phone Trick mare (the first was the ill-fated Exogenous). His seventh dam, Manzana, is a three-parts-sister to the granddam of his male-line ancestor Mr. Prospector (the Frizette family again), and his fourth dam, Fun and Tears, is bred very along similar lines to Mr. Prospector's dam, Gold Digger.

Lemon Drop Kid (TrueNicks,SRO) has been on a real tear in the last two years. He had 21 stakes winners last year, this year he has 15, the latest being Richard's Kid who became his sire's sixth graded stakes winner of the year when he upset the seemingly deep Pacific Classic (gr. I) field. Out of the stakes winning Broad Brush mare, Tough Broad, He has multiple War Admiral/La Troienne (three times in the dam of Lemon Drop Kid, and twice in the mare through the dam of Private Account). His third dam is by Blade, who was by Bold Ruler out of a sister to Round Table, which must play into Lemon Drop Kid's broodmare sire, Seattle Slew, who is a Bold Ruler/Princequillo cross, out of a mare by Poker (by Round Table out of a Nasrullah mare, so reverse cross to Blade).


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How does Dublin come True Nicks rating wise.

He seems a talented horse but I assume he must favour the mare physically.

poormansracehorse 09 Sep 2009 9:36 PM

Lemon Drop kid is a treasure for soundness and stamina in the breeding shed...he will be an extremely important broodmare sire for the breed.

da3hoss 10 Sep 2009 11:54 AM

Speaking of Dublin - what is your opinion of Storm Bird as a sire (and broodmare sire) in his own right-other than just being the sire of Storm Cat.

AnneM 10 Sep 2009 2:47 PM

I'm noting that Rachel Alexandra has run 7 furlongs in faster time than she did in the Woodward; twice.  In the Mother Goose she did it in 1:46.33, two seconds quicker than her 1:48.29 in the Wood.  Her fractions in the Mother Goose were more outstanding.  And she accomplished them without pressure.

Given the differences in the tracks, it could be that the race schedule is beginning to tell, and her speed numbers are beginning to show it.  Who knows if at four she will return to top form, or if she is so valuable as a brood mare, that she will be retired.

Whatever her future, I just hope that she is rested for a good long time and not pushed any more this year.  She has given plenty, and should not be asked for more.

Remember Ruffian's trainer saying he didn't want his young filly pushed in a match race with Foolish Pleasure.  If someone had listened ....

Don't push Rachel.  

M. King 10 Sep 2009 6:16 PM


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Bellwether 11 Sep 2009 3:23 AM

Given that he developed relatively early fertility problems, Storm Bird was quite a good sire, he had a very good European filly in Indian Skimmer. as well as Summer Squall, Bluebird, Classy Mirage, Magical Wonder, Personal Hope - all G1 winners. Not a bad broodmare sire - if not outstanding - and his daughters have produced the stallions Thunder Gulch (tailed off commercially now, but a pretty good sire by any fair reckoning) and Medicean, who is at least useful in Europe.

Alan Porter 11 Sep 2009 1:48 PM

I think with Rachel Alexandra, the difference in the Woodward was that the first quarter was so quick - as my experiences as a runner remind me, once you've gone out too quick, it's going to hurt, and gutting it out of the only option.

The only horse I can think of going out in a dirt G1 at nine furlongs or more in :22 and change and winning is Holy Bull in the Travers. E Dubai flew early in one of his nine furlong wins, but that was in a G2 (pretty astounding splits, however).

Alan Porter 11 Sep 2009 1:51 PM

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