Bim Bam - One, Two Punch

Bim Bam is a son of Deputy Wild Cat (by Deputy Minister, out of Champion Hollywood Wildcat, and a brother to stake winner Minister’s Wildcat, and half-brother to War Chant (TrueNicks,SRO) ), who stands at Fairberry Farm in Illinois. Deputy Wildcat has sired just 64 foals in his first three crops, and two of these are stakes winners, Bim Bam, and Ashley River, a filly from her sire’s first crop, who won the Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes. What’s interesting here is that Bim Bam and Ashley River are both out of mares by Colony Light (by Pleasant Colony). This isn’t a case of a sire having a slew of mares by one broodmare sire, either, as the two stakes winners are two of the only three foals on the cross.
The source of the potential affinity isn’t exactly obvious. In general, Deputy Minister/Pleasant Colony has been an under-performing cross, and has produced just one graded winner. Kris S./Roberto the broodmare sire line of Deputy Wildcat has been even less effective. Colony Light is inbred to Blue Hen Misty Morn, and it wouldn’t surprise us if there is something behind that influence working.
The other family affair at the weekend was at the top level. Court Vision added another grade one in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I), while grade I winner Richard’s Kid, prepped for Dubai with a tally in the San Antonio Handicap (gr. II). The connection here is the wonderful Lassie Dear family. Court Vision (by Gulch, by Mr. Prospector), is out of Weekend Storm, a sister to Summer Squall, half-sister to A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO), and granddaughter of Lassie Dear.
The connection with Richard’s Kid, is that his sire, Lemon Drop Kid (TrueNicks,SRO) , who has turned into one of the most prolific stakes sires around, is by Kingmambo (by Mr. Prospector) out of a daughter of Lassie Dear. Incidentally, Richard’s Kid has some interesting genetic relative linebreeding going on with the three-quarters relatives Sir Gaylord and Fast Turn (dam of Ack Ack, who is responsible for Richard’s Kid’s broodmare sire, Broad Brush), and the similarly-bred Poker (Round Table/Nasrullah) and Blade (by a son of Nasrullah out of a sister to Round Table).
While still with the A.P. Indy family, that horse’s son, Stephen Got Even (TrueNicks,SRO) – who is turning into a very good value-for-money racehorse sire – had a classic trial winner in Peppi Knows, who took the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct. Peppi Knows (TrueNicks A++) is out of Miracle Worker, a daughter of Seeking the Gold, a great foil for A.P. Indy.

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