More Of A Good Thing

In our last post we noted that the three sophomore grade I winners last weekend all had some form of Storm Cat and Blushing Groom on their pedigree pages. Storm Cat and Blushing Groom are also found in the pedigree of American Lion (TrueNicks B+) who punched his ticket to Churchill Downs with a 2¾ lengths win in the Illinois Derby (gr. III). The son of Tiznow (TrueNicks,SRO) is out of Storm Tide, a daughter of Storm Cat and the grade I winning Carson City (dam by Blushing Groom) mare, City Band.
The reverse cross to Storm Tide is found in three-year-old filly, City to City (TrueNicks A+), successful in the Providencia Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. She’s by City Zip (TrueNicks,SRO) , out of a Storm Cat mare, and since Carson City’s granddam is by Nijinsky II, is yet another good winner with the Storm Bird/Nijinsky II combination. Incidentally, the second here, the Irish-foaled Andina, is by Singspiel, out of a mare by Singspiel’s half-brother, Rahy, and so inbred 2 x 3 to Champion Glorious Song.
The day before the Providencia Stakes, Blind Luck (TrueNicks A), another three-year-old filly by a son of Carson City (she is by sophomore sire Pollard’s Vision) took the Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. Her pedigree is particularly notable for linebreeding to the magnificent filly Chris Evert, through Pollard’s Vision’s third dam, Nijinsky Star, and Best of Luck’s broodmare sire, Chief’s Crown (one by a son of Northern Dancer out of Chris Evert, the other by a grandson of Northern Dancer out of Chris Evert). This was another race where the runner-up had an intriguing pedigree. She is Tidal Pool, by the Storm Cat horse Yankee Gentleman (now in Louisiana, where he looks a very useful addition to the local ranks). Yankee Gentleman’s dam, grade I winner Key Phrase, is by Flying Paster out of Sown (by Ribot’s grandson Grenfal from the mare Bad Seed). Tidal Pool’s granddam, Pirate’s Revenge, by is by Pirate’s Bounty (by Ribot’s grandson Hoist the Flag out of Bad Seed), and out of a daughter of Flying Paster.

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