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Corredor of Power

El Corredor (TrueNicks,SRO) is off to a very good start in 2010, and when El Caballo took the Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes (gr. III), he followed the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) victress Crisp, as the second graded winner of January for the sire.
 
El Caballo, a six-year-old gelding who was beaten a nose in the Mervin Muniz Jr. Handicap (gr. II) in his previous outing, was winning his first black-type event. Crisp, a very promising three-year-old filly, has started just three times, and was coming into the Santa Ysabel off a maiden win. This duo have something else in common besides being first time graded winners this month as both are out of Storm Cat line mares, El Caballo is out of Fine Jewel (by Storm Cat out of Champion Older Mare Jewel Princess) and Crisp out of a mare by Sir Cat. In fact the El Corredor/Storm Cat cross (TrueNicks A++) is a rapidly emerging one, as El Corredor also sired 2009 graded stakes winner El Gato Malo out of a mare by Mountain Cat, and 2009 stakes winner Fearless Cowboy out of a mare by Forest Wildcat. In this affinity, he seems to be very much following the footsteps of his sire, Mr. Greeley (TrueNicks,SRO), who also has four stakes winners out of Storm Cat line mares, including multiple grade I winner Saoirse Abu and graded winner Horse Greeley (TrueNicks,SRO).
 
El Corredor now has 20 stakes winners, 12 graded in his first five crops, and we note that he is one of what is still a relatively small group of stallions who have sired grade I winners on dirt, turf and all-weather. At his 2010 fee of $15,000 stands and nurses, he warrants some close attention this year.
 

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