Brazilian-bred Einstein’s Big Cap win Saturday (click here for the chart) was a reminder of his late sire’s incredible turnaround at stud once he was sent to Brazil. Actually, Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year Spend a Buck was shuttled to Brazil for the 1997 and 1998 Southern Hemisphere seasons, and he was sold for good in 2001. Spend a Buck died at age 20 in Brazil in 2002, the year Einstein was foaled. He’s represented by a remarkable 12 Group 1 winners — each one of them with a South American connection. Four of them won Grade 1 races in the US.
Before his forays into Brazil, Spend a Buck, a son of the Buckpasser stallion Buckaroo, started off with great promise at Lane’s End in 1986. His first crop was foaled in 1987 and got to the races in 1989. What he didn’t have was the requisite Grade 1 winner off the bat — actually, he didn’t get one for a long time — and after a few years it became obvious that he was moderate. For the 1995 season, he was sent packing to McDermott Ranch in Texas, where he covered mares through the 1998 season — including the two Southern Hemisphere seasons in Brazil.
For the 1999 season, Spend a Buck was on the move again like an aging minor leaguer, this time to Red River Farms in Louisiana, where he covered mares through the 2001 season. He was then sold to stand at Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil, where he covered mares on Southern Hemisphere time in 2001. It was then that Einstein was conceived — in his penultimate crop — and the genius of this move was about to be discovered.
Spend a Buck, it turns out, had a thing for the South American fillies, and you can say it was in his genes. His Buckpasser sire line was on its deathbed here — the mare population didn’t seem to fit the line – but it was alive down south, especially in Argentina, through Logical and Egg Toss.
Spend a Buck’s first Group 1 winner, the 1990 US-bred Clausen Export, came in Brazil, and his second, the 1993 US-bred and raced Antespend, was produced from an Argentine-bred mare. Spend a Buck’s only other US-bred Group 1 winner was the 1995 Black Coffey, a Group 1 winner in Peru.
Now here’s the remarkable part: Spend a Buck sired 9 Group 1 winners in Brazil from four crops, and 6 of the 9, including Einstein, were produced from Ghadeer (Fr) mares. Ghadeer is a son of Lyphard and was a dominant stallion in Brazil for almost two decades at Fazenda Mondesir — the breeder of Einstein. There are, of course, many other Group 2, 3, and Listed winners from Ghadeer mares, but I’m including only the Group 1 winners. You can click on each horse to view the pedigree, and you’ll note that another Fazenda Mondesir stallion, Waldmeister, is frequently featured on the bottom of the Ghadeer mares:
Click here to see another post with a photo of Ghadeer.