Pedigree Time Machine: Relaunch

With the La Jolla Handicap (gr. II) set for this Saturday at Del Mar, featuring Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Sidney's Candy, let's take a brief look at the 1979 La Jolla winner – Relaunch.

The three-year-old Relaunch won three starts at Del Mar during the month of August, 1979 – first was an easy five-length win in a 8.5-furlong turf allowance; one week later was the La Jolla Mile Stakes (gr. III); and, two weeks after that, was the 9-furlong Del Mar Derby Handicap (gr. III), where he led throughout to win by 4 ½ lengths.

Relaunch was sired by In Reality, winner of the Florida Derby and Met Mile, but primarily a source of speed at stud. Relaunch may have taken more after his dam, Foggy Note, who was also a speedy turf horse excelling up to and slightly beyond one mile. In addition to Relaunch, Foggy Note is ancestress of Rubiano, Glitterman, Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO), Summer Bird (TrueNicks), and Life At Ten in direct female line. Foggy Note's sire (Relaunch's broodmare sire) was the distance-oriented The Axe II, 1963 Champion Grass Horse in Canada and member of the great La Troienne family.

At stud, Relaunch became a source of precocious speed, but his progeny showed the ability to stay classic distances with added maturity. Relaunch sired notable sons Skywalker, Waquoit, Honour and Glory, With Anticipation, and Cee's Tizzy – the sire of Tiznow (TrueNicks,SRO).

Relaunch also became one of the leading broodmare sires. His daughters have produced grade/group I winners Ghostzapper (TrueNicks,SRO), City Zip (TrueNicks,SRO), Forever Together, Stellar Jayne, Starrer, Passing Shot, House Party, Pure as Gold, Ad Valorem (TrueNicks,SRO), and Negligee.

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