Breeders' Cup Review

  • Vale of York was one of two Breeders' Cup winners for sons of Green Desert, who has founded his own distinct branch of the Danzig line. Vale of York also has siblings close up as his sire, Invincible Spirit, is out of a mare by Kris, and his dam is by Halling, a son of Kris's full-brother, Diesis (he's the second stakes winner bred on this cross). 
  • She Be Wild is out of a mare by Seeking the Gold, and is one of two stakes from two starters by Offlee Wild (TrueNicks,SRO) out of Seeking the Gold line mares (the other is by Petionville (TrueNicks,SRO)).
  • The victory of Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) completed a great week for her sire, Street Cry (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) , who a few days earlier had been represented by the Melbourne Cup (gr. I) winner, Shocking. We wonder how often a sire gets the winners of two of the greatest races in two different continents within a week. We should also note that with the Melbourne Cup being at two miles, Street Cry already has winners of group/grade one events at just about every commonly run distance from six furlong to two miles.
  • Conduit, who won a second Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) hails from the same female line as Street Cry. He is going to stud in Japan, and there is a precedent for a member of this family succeeding at stud there, as Neo Universe, who shares the same third dam as Street Cry, sired the winners of the Japanese 2,000 Guineas (gr. II) and Japanese Derby (gr. II) equivalents in his first crop this year. 
  • Filly and Mare Turf heroine, Midday is by Oasis Dream (Green Desert again), out of a mare by Kingmambo (TrueNicks,SRO) . Oasis Dream has sired at least 49 starters out of Mr. Prospector line mares, and four are stakes winners. That's a very creditable 8% stakes winners to starters, but out of all other mares, he's had 11% stakes winners to starters. However, even though the Mr. Prospector mares aren't particularly helping him, on pure class, he has upgraded the Mr. Prospector mares to which he has been bred, so the cross earns a TrueNicks C+.  What we do expect to see going forward is that certain branches of the line will turn out to be positive for him.
  • On the subject of emerging nicks (or anti-nicks) a cross for an established sire that has only just made itself felt is Smart Strike (TrueNicks,SRO) , with mares from the Blushing Groom line, and specifically Rahy. He's had only six starters out of Rahy mares, and two of these are stakes winners, including upset Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. II) winner Furthest Land (TrueNicks A++). Furthest Land and the other stakes winner on the cross, Miss Blakely, are foals of 2005 and 2006, and the one earlier stakes winner by Smart Strike out of a Blushing Groom line mare is out of a daughter of Runaway Groom, and was a foal of 2002.

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