The Rest of The Story
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Sep 09, 2009 |
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.
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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).