All Over The Map

We don’t see a lot of graded winners bred in New Jersey, but one who hails from the Garden State is the Commonwealth Handicap (gr. II) winner, Together Indy, a four-year-old by Maryland’s perpetual leading sire, Not For Love (TrueNicks,SRO), out of I Ain’t P T, a daughter of A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO). Rated B+ by TrueNicks, Together Indy has a pedigree full of La Troienne, as Not For Love’s second dam, Numbered Account, is inbred to the three-parts-sisters Busanda (dam of Buckpasser) and Striking, and A.P. Indy’s sire, Seattle Slew, has the sisters Striking and Busher, with A.P. Indy’s dam again bringing in Buckpasser. Not For Love is by Mr. Prospector out of a Northern Dancer mare, and Together Indy’s granddam, the talented I Ain’t Bluffing, is a Northern Dancer/Raise a Cup (three-quarters relative to Mr. Prospector) cross.
Moving on North of the border, we’ll give a call to Hennessy’s very useful value-for-money son, Cactus Ridge (TrueNicks,SRO). In addition to having Hot Cha Cha (previously a graded winner herself), run third to Wasted Tears in the Jenny Wiley S. (gr. II), his Oklahoma-foaled son, Hollywood Hit (TrueNicks A++) took the Jacques Cartier Stakes at Woodbine. From limited opportunities, Cactus Ridge has eight stakes winners and 15 stakes placed horses in his first three crops, so is certainly worth a look at an advertised $7,500. Hollywood Hit, whose dam is by Time For A Change, follows multiple stakes winner Big Glen as his second stakes winner out of a Damascus line mare.
Also in Canada, and also from the Storm Cat line, comes three-year-old filly Biofuel, who won the Star Shoot Stakes. A two-year-old standout (who incidentally ran a bang-up fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) after getting a bad bump at the eighth pole), Biofuel (TrueNicks A++) is by Stormin Fever (TrueNicks,SRO), who is now in California. She’s one of two stakes winners by sons of Storm Cat out of mares by Indian Charlie (TrueNicks,SRO). We’ve been looking for Indian Charlie and Storm Cat to combine, as Indian Charlie’s broodmare sire, Leo Castelli, is by Sovereign Dancer, a Northern Dancer/Bold Ruler cross, like Storm Cat.  There are also three stakes winners from 40 starters by sons of Storm Cat out of mares by In Excess (the sire of Indian Charlie), which is pretty reasonable given the sires involved, so Stormin Fever/In Excess might turn out to be a worthwhile West Coast experiment. By the way, both Storm Cat sons with stakes winners out of Indian Charlie mares are Storm Cat/Seattle Slew crosses, maybe Seattle Slew playing into In Excess' propensity for Frizette?

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