Among the weekend’s fillies, the biggest win was that scored by Amen Hallelujah in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II). The daughter of Montbrook was overdue a good win, having finished third in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) and Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I). She is out of Sara’s Success, a stakes winning daughter of Concorde’s Tune (by Concorde Bound, a son of Super Concorde – French Champion Two-Year-Old son of Bold Reasoning, also sire of Seattle Slew).

This is a cross that’s had very little opportunity, but is none the less, an interesting one. Montbrook is by Buckaroo, who is inbred to La Troienne – his sire, Buckpasser, is out of Busanda (War Admiral – Businesslike by Blue Larkspur – La Troienne). His dam is by No Robbery, who is out of Bimlette (by Bimlech, a son of La Troienne, out of Bloodroot by Blue Larkspur). Concorde’s Tune has Never Bend (granddam to a sister to Bimlette) in his sire, and in his dam has The Pruner (dam by Better Self – by Bimelech out of a War Admiral mare – out of a daughter of Bloodroot), and Francis S. (dam by War Admiral out of Big Event by Blue Larkspur – La Troienne). A bit complicated to follow, but basically there is a slew of genetic relatives shared between Buckaroo and Concorde’s Tune, with La Troienne, Black Toney, Blue Larkspur and the Bloodroot family focus through a few similarly-bred individuals.

Talking of genetic relatives, we can’t over-look Sassy Victory (TrueNicks rated A), who took the off turf Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park by 4½ lengths. She is by Broken Vow (TrueNicks,SRO) (dam by Nijinsky II) out of a mare by Hennesy, so has genetic relatives Nijnsky II and Storm Bird 3 x 4. She’s also a reverse parallel pattern – Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer and Northern Dancer/Mr. Prospector. Already a grade II winner on the lawn, she looks like she is going to be a tough contender in the filly ranks this year. We don't know if you can still get to Broken Vow for 2010, but he is a horse with real momentum, and we think great value at $25,000

In the Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa, three-year-old filly, Diva Delite, scored a first stakes win. She is another example of why her sire, Repent (TrueNicks,SRO) looks such a good addition for the New York stallion ranks, where he is advertised at $5,000 for the coming year. He has 10 stakes winners from his first three crops, four graded. Diva Delite has quite an interesting switch around in her pedigree, as Repent is by a son of Sovereign Dancer, a Northern Dancer/Bold Ruler cross. Diva Delite’s dam is by Tour d’Or, who is a son of Medaille d’Or (a Bold Ruler/Northern Dancer cross).

Among older mares, Pretty Unusual upset Stardom Bound in the El Encino Stakes (gr. II). She’s by California stallion standout, Unusual Heat (by Nureyev out of Danish Champion Rossard). Rated A++ by TrueNicks, this is a pretty international pedigree, as the dam is a daughter of the Brazilian-bred Siphon (shaping as if he might not be a bad broodmare sire). She has Forli 4 x 5, which might tie in with Siphon’s South American bloodlines. She’s also linebred to Nearctic, and Siphon has the European-bred Falkland, a reverse Hyperion/Nearco cross to Nearctic.

Finally, in a portentous victory, Quiet Charmer, from a cross recommended by Pedigree Consultants, defeated Lady Shakespeare and fellow dead-heater Romacaca in the Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The graded winning daughter of Silver Deputy – Meghan’s Joy by A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) looks set for a good season.

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