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Following on from Alan Porter's article on freshman sires ranked in the top 10 nationally, below is continued analysis of freshman sires that have already sired stakes horses.

... A second son of Forestry (TrueNicks,SRO) with a 2010 freshman stakes winner is Maryland-based Deputy Storm (TrueNicks,SRO), a very speedy individual who was out of the Canadian Champion Two-Year-Old Deputy Jane West. He was represented by Sorority Stakes winner Twelve Pack Shelly, who is out of a Two Punch (TrueNicks,SRO) mare, and whose dam is a reverse Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross to Silver Deputy, the broodmare sire of Deputy Storm. We'll hope this early success for a couple of regional Forestrys is a positive indicator for that horse's brilliant son Discreet Cat (TrueNicks,SRO), whose first crop are yearlings of 2010.

The second leading freshman in Florida is Touch Gold (TrueNicks,SRO)'s Forego Stakes (gr. I) winning son Mass Media (TrueNicks,SRO). He has a minor stakes winner in Alert the Press, successful in the Capitol City Futurity. She is out of a mare by Supremo (by Gone West), a reverse Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross to Mass Media. Interestingly, Touch Gold has another useful looking regional son in Medallist (TrueNicks,SRO) (now in Pennsylvania), a second crop horse with three 2010 stakes winners.

We've heard a lot about Pulpit (TrueNicks,SRO) as a sire of sires, through Tapit (TrueNicks,SRO), Sky Mesa (TrueNicks,SRO), and the upwardly-mobile Stroll (TrueNicks,SRO). A less well-known son of Pulpit is Lucky Pulpit, who we mentioned earlier this week as a five-furlong sprint stakes winner out of a Cozzene three-parts-sister to the dam of Unbridled's Song (TrueNicks,SRO). His Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes winner Luckarack is out of a mare by Dehere (TrueNicks A++), and features 4 x 4 inbreeding to Seattle Slew through A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) at the top of the pedigree, and the somewhat similarly-bred Slew o' Gold at the bottom.

In Texas, the Flash Stakes (gr. III) winner Primal Storm (by Storm Boot) has four winners from eight starters. They include the Manor Downs Thoroughbred Futurity winner Lady Primal (TrueNicks A++). She is out of a mare by Seneca Jones (by Alydar), with a second dam by Storm Cat (so inbred 3 x 3 to Storm Cat). Primal Storm's highest earner, Primal Kitten, is also out of a Seneca Jones mare (he's two for two with winners on the cross), and has a second dam by Storm Cat's son Mountain Cat. Thus both dams are a reverse Raise a Native/Storm Cat cross to Primal Storm's sire, Storm Boot, with the Raise a Native through genetic relatives Mr. Prospector and Alydar.

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hero Giacomo (TrueNicks,SRO) has two winners from 13 starters to date, but both are stakes horses, with Lady Giacamo (TrueNicks A++) winning the ITA Sales Futurity. She's out of a mare by the Buckpasser horse Gallapiat and line bred to Tom Fool and Bold Ruler, a combination that didn't work close up in pedigrees, but has often done well with "clustered" duplications somewhat further back.

Of course, several of the bigger guns in this group are not the type expected to get sprinting two-year-olds, and there are also some promising signs from those. Bluegrass Cat (TrueNicks,SRO) (by Storm Cat), who did take the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) and Nashua Stakes (gr. III) at the back end of his juvenile year, but was much better at three, is actually the leader by individual two-year-old winners, with 13. Two of these, Another Silver Oak (dam by Richter Scale) and Speed Demon (dam by City Zip (TrueNicks,SRO)), are graded-placed. The most expensive of this group by stud fee, A.P. Indy's Champion Three-Year-Old Bernardini (TrueNicks,SRO), didn't even start at two, so it's encouraging to note that he already has five juvenile scorers from 16 starters, including A. Z. Warrior (dam by Carson City), a good second in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III), and Stay Thirsty (dam by Storm Bird), a very promising first-time-out winner at Saratoga last weekend.

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Stay Thirsty is officially on my Derby Watch list.  His pedigree SHOUTS stamina on the bottom side and he will only get better as he stretches out.  

On another note....I would NOT inbreed to Storm Cat if you paid me.  His propensity for bad minds and bad knees, as well as not getting a distance of ground tells me to look in another direction for a horse to inbreed to.

Robert 20 Aug 2010 3:04 PM

Hi Robert,

Storm Cat may have had that reputation, but there are many stallion sons of Storm Cat who don't share these features. I suppose with any mating you wouldn't blindly inbreed to any ancestor unless there were other positive pedigree, conformation, and aptitudinal factors at play.

Also, compare progeny of Tabasco Cat, Harlan, Forest Wildcat, Forestry, and Hennessy -- they are all very different influences.

Ian Tapp 20 Aug 2010 4:45 PM

It's good to see the offspring of Touch Gold doing well at stud. I can remember back in 1996 when the Breeders Cup was held at Woodbine, Touch Gold was running in the undercard as a 2 year old in the 7 furlong Swynford Stakes. He finished second that day to his stablemate Holzmeister, who was a son of Woodman out of the Danzig mare Harbour Club and to be very honest with you it was hard to imagine that just one year later Touch Gold would go on to win the Belmont Stakes.

John T 20 Aug 2010 11:03 PM

I've always loved Bernardini ! Now It looks like he's doing well as a sire ,so far . I agree with Robert , Stay Thirsty is a colt to watch ! I think his next start should be in the Hopeful Stakes ! With T Pletcher as his trainer , this colt will be around on BC Day !!

Pedigree Shelly 21 Aug 2010 8:05 PM

No talk of Congrats?

He is doing very well...and once again, AP Indy/Mr Prospector.

Also note that Bluegrass Cat has this cross underneath on his dam.

Interesting indeed.

Can't wait to see if the success continues and descendants meet up.

Andrea Hoogendoorn Bouwkamp 22 Aug 2010 9:22 AM


Check out the link to Alan's article in the first paragraph of this post. He covers the top 10 freshman sires -- including Congrats -- in that article.

Ian Tapp 22 Aug 2010 11:32 AM

Will do! Thanks. :)

Andrea Hoogendoorn Bouwkamp 22 Aug 2010 12:14 PM

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