Click here to listen to the Feb. 25 At the Races radio broadcast with host Steve Byk. We discussed the filly Ekati’s Phaeton and her sire, plus Notional’s son Far Right, but the conversation meandered through a lot of pedigree territory as it always does when Steve and I talk shop. One correction: I said that Ekati’s Phaeton and her dam were RNAs at Keeneland January when I should have said the venue was Fasig-Tipton February.
Metaboss, the Street Boss colt who will aim to get to the Derby without a win on dirt – like Animal Kingdom – was the starting point of a pedigree analysis on Wednesday on the weekly radio appearance I make on At the Races, Steve Byk’s show. Also discussed: the exciting Kaleem Shah homebred Power Jam, a son of the Tapit horse Concord Point who debuted recently in eight and change with a 92 BSF.
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Craig Bernick, president of Glen Hill Farm and grandson of GHF founder Leonard Lavin, tweeted tonight that Ocala Stud has been sold to developers and that GHF wasn’t afforded an opportunity to buy the land, much to Bernick’s dismay. However, a day earlier GHF’s Diversy Harbor won her first Graded stakes, which brought a lot of smiles to GHF, as well as a spotlight to the late Miss Barbara Hunter of Brownwood Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., the filly’s breeder. Tony Lacy of Four Star Sales managed Brownwood, and Four Star sold Diversy Harbor (a $95,000 RNA, later sold privately to GHF and its trainer, Tom Proctor, who’d also trained for Miss Hunter).
Follow this story through these recent tweets and all the way back to mine from last year.
Got the following note from Fernando Martinez, pedigree advisor at Haras Musa, in Uruguay, about the tremendous success Galileo has enjoyed with mares from female family 9. It’s an interesting read. I have edited for language, when appropriate, and length.
22,22% of Group 1 winners by GALILEO are from mares descending from the female family 9. Undoubtedly it’s a high and uncommon average! It’s something that needs a deep investigation, but as I’ve been saying, it seems to exist that there is an affinity between GALILEO and the female family 9, despite the majority of breeders who consider the female family numbers of Bruce Lowe an archaic system. I will try to show you that it’s a useful tool.
I tried to compare Galileo’s success with four other top stallions to assess the information. For example, note that DUBAWI, with 16 Group 1 winners, doesn’t have any from female family 9. And from 16 Group 2 winners, 2 belong to female family 9.
DEEP IMPACT has in total 18 Group 1 winners and 3 (16,67%) belong to female family 9.
DANSILI has 0 from female family 9 from 18 Group 1 winners.
TAPIT has 14 Group 1 winners and only 1 (7,14%) belongs to female family 9. And from 11 Group 2 winners, 2 belong to female family 9.
We must be conscious that the female family 9 is ranked first for stakes classics in the United States for many years, and due to its multiple sub-branches it is the most common at the first level of races in the United States; therefore, it’s very interesting what TAPIT’s figures display.
Here are the statistics:
GALILEO – covered 8,56% mares from his total books to date from family 9
TAPIT – covered 9,36% mares from family 9
DUBAWI – covered 7,49% mares from family 9
DANSILI – covered 11,06 % mares from family 9
DEEP IMPACT – covered 7,84% mares from family 9
Looking at the % there are two stallions (TAPIT & DANSILI) that covered a higher % of broodmares from the female family 9 than GALILEO, but they haven’t gotten more % Group 1 winners from this family than GALILEO. And the small difference of % with the other two (DUBAWI & DEEP IMPACT) doesn’t reflect the great difference in the % of Group 1 winners too.
Best wishes from Uruguay,