The Dominican Republic is known for its ball players like Pedro Martinez instead of its racehorses, who are the poor relations of the Caribbean racing countries. But over the last few years one Dominican horse, 4-year-old Sicotico, has put up gaudy Pedro Martinez-like numbers, winning 24 straight races from 26 starts, including the Dominican triple crown. None of it mattered in the international arena, however, because the DR is a Part III country in “International Cataloguing Standards,” the little blue book that’s the arbiter of black type in pedigrees. Stakes races in Part IIIs, which also include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Qatar, Mexico, and Spain, among other countries, are not considered of high enough international caliber to be assigned black type — that all important designation on the catalog page.
However, the Clasico del Caribe, a $300,000 race that brings together the best of the Caribbean 3-year-olds in Puerto Rico, is considered a black type event by ICS. This year, the Venezuelan super filly Bambera won it. Last year, Sicotico took the event with Dominican-born Joel Rosario aboard and officially became a black type winner. It is the only race on his resume that qualifies for black type, but it confirmed what observers in the Caribbean — particularly the DR — had known all along: Sicotico was for real. He was the first winner of the race for the DR in its 41-year history to 2008.
Sicotico was bred by Dr. Angel B. Contreras, whose father, Dr. Angel R. Contreras, founded the DR stud farm Rancho San Antonio, where Sicotico’s sire, Blueformer, stands. A winner from 4 starts, 10-year-old Blueformer, by Dynaformer, is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Exogenous. Sicotico will stand in 2010 next to his sire at San Antonio. Sicotico lost his first and last starts but won 24 consecutive races in between. Below is a video of his Clasico del Caribe score last December. He’s in green silks and appears 5th turning for home, splits horses on the bend, and prevails in deep stretch.