Written by Alan Porter 1 | Dec 30, 2009 |
With Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO)
, Sky Mesa (TrueNicks,SRO)
and the over-achieving Stroll (TrueNicks,SRO) (now back at
Claiborne from a sojourn in Italy), Pulpit (TrueNicks,SRO) has made quite a start as
a sire of sires.
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Another Pulpit son, freshman sire Purge (TrueNicks,SRO)
a smart performer in Macias. He scored a first stakes victory when he
took the Jack Goodman Stakes at Oak Tree-at-Santa Anita, running the
six furlongs in a sharp 1:08.98. Switched to the turf, Macias showed he
has versatility, as well as class, by adding the one mile Eddie Logan
Stakes at Santa Anita on December 28.
Macias has a rather
unusual pedigree, as his dam, Azelna is a French-bred daughter of
Tropular. That horse probably doesn’t ring bells with most U.S.
breeders, but he was a French listed winner at nine furlongs, and is by
Troy (by Petingo, from the Fair Trial line), also the broodmare sire of
Street Cry (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO)
. Tropular is quite an outcross to most U.S. bloodlines, but
does bring some interesting strains, as he has two daughters of Nearco
and one of Nasrullah (both much more frequently found through sons),
and his dam is inbred to the mare Fille d’Amour (from the family of the
great mare, Plucky Liege, best-known in the U.S. as dam of Bull Dog and
Sir Gallahad III).
It’s when we get to Macias’ second dam, La
Miserable, that things get really interesting. She is by Miswaki (a son
of Mr. Prospector) out of the Nijinsky II mare, Baranova. Purge’s sire,
Pulpit, is out of Preach, who is by Mr. Prospector, out of a daughter
of State, a three-parts-sister to Baranova. So Macias has close genetic
relatives 3 x 2 in his pedigree. Macias is the first stakes winner
under the first two dams, so the intricate linebreeding seems to have
been a major factor for upgrading. It also strongly suggests trying
Purge with mares by Tale of the Cat (TrueNicks,SRO)
, Johannesburg and Minardi, who would
all give very similar patterns, going back to Yarn a sister to Preach.