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Dynameaux First For Leroy

We've already covered the one-two for Afleet Alex in the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) in a separate post, but he wasn’t the only second season sire with a graded winner at the weekend. 2005 Champion Turf Male Leroidesanimaux got off the mark when his son Leroy’s Dynameaux, benefitted from a fast early pace to strike late and take the Will Rogers Stakes (gr. III).

Leroy’s Dynameaux (TrueNicks A++) is out of Dyna Peak (by the ever-improving broodmare sire Dynaformer (TrueNicks,SRO)). Leroy’s Dynameaux is a half sister to graded winner Dyna Da Wyna (herself dam of stakes-winning and graded-placed Sumo). The second dam, stakes winner Quatre Saisons, is also granddam of multiple grade I winner Honey Ryder, and this is also the family of Kentucky Oaks (gr. II) victress, Sun and Snow.

Another three-year-old turf stakes, the Colonial Turf Cup (gr. II) went to Paddy O’Prado (TrueNicks A++), who returned to the lawn after running third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and sixth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The pedigree certainly points to a predilection for the green stuff, as not only is Paddy O’Prado by El Prado, but he’s out of a mare by Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) victor Prized (and is the third group or graded winner for the Sadler’s Wells/Prized cross, the other two being the New Zealand stars Nom du Jeu and Harris Tweed, both by Montjeu). Out of graded winner Fun House, Paddy O’Prado is bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds and from the same Winchell family as Olympio, Early Flyer, Pyro, Wild Wonder, and Cuvee.

Still on the turf, Lady Shakespeare (TrueNicks B) continued her progress towards the top of the division with a win in the New York Stakes (gr. II). By Theatrical, Lady Shakespeare is a sister to the talented and versatile Shakespeare, winner of seven of his eight starts, including the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. I). The dam, Lady Shirl, by the relatively little-know Noholme II grandson That’s a Nice, won the Flower Bowl Handicap (gr. I). Although a few other somewhat obscure names intervene, the female line does go back to La Troienne through Lady Shakespeare’s fifth dam, Glamour, and the third dam, Heatherglow (by The Axe II), has La Troienne 4 x 5.

The family going back the Nalee’s Man (by Gallant Man) mare Tiy had a banner weekend, with three stakes winners (two graded). Tiy’s three-year-old grandson Golden Itiz (TrueNicks A++), a son of Tiznow (TrueNicks,SRO) and the Dixieland Band mare Golden Tiy, took the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) on his stakes debut, scoring by a ½ length over favored Snapshot. There might be something of a Tiznow/Dixieland Band nick in the offing, as Tiznow also has graded winner Tizdejavu out of a Dixie Brass mare, and two stakes-placed horses out of mares by Dixieland Band. Golden Tiy’s half sister Silk n’ Sapphire (by Smart Strike (TrueNicks,SRO)) is the dam of Shared Account (one of five stakes winners from the first crop, now four-year-olds, sired by Pleasantly Perfect), who took the All Along Stakes (gr. III) at Colonial Downs.

The three-timer was actually set off on Friday night by Music City (TrueNicks A++), who zipped through the five furlongs of the Morluc Stakes in 56.56. He is by City Zip (TrueNicks,SRO), who had two weekend stakes winners, as well as previous 2010 stakes winner Working For Hops, who ran second in the Colonial Turf Cup Stakes (gr. III). Music City’s dam, Play Po, is by Play On (by Stop the Music) out of Tiy’s Mr. Leader daughter Ahpo Hel. Tiy is now ancestress of at least 20 stakes winners. She was only a minor winner, but she does go back to a good family, her granddam being Bold Irish, granddam of Ruffian and Icecapade . She did have the three-parts-brothers Nasrullah and Royal Charger 4 x 3, along with the three-parts-brother and sister Mahmoud and Mah Iran (closely related to Mumtaz Begum, dam of Nasrullah; granddam of Royal Charger, all from the Mumtaz Mahal family), and four crosses of Plucky Liege (through three different sons), so there was some serious maternal strength built up.

Finally, in the restricted Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont, Friend or Foe, beat an unusually strong field of New York-breds in a sharp 1:21.68, indicating he is ready to try better. Bred by Chester and Mary Broman from a Pedigree Consultants mating, Friend of Foe is by Friends Lake (TrueNicks,SRO) (another Broman homebred from a Pedigree Consultants mating), out of the Unbridled mare, Unbridled Star. That strong A.P Indy/Fappiano combination strikes yet again.

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