Monsun, the German sire of French-bred Prix de Diane (French Oaks) winner Stacelita, has a live horse in the July 5 Deutsches Derby (German Derby) at Hamburg in Suestado— an undefeated colt who’s bred very much like Monsun’s Stacelita. Click on their names and you’ll note that both are from the same female family and were produced from the half-sisters (actually closer) Soignee (by Dashing Blade and dam of Stacelita) and Suivi (by Darshaan and the dam of Suestado). Note also that Dashing Blade is a grandson of Shirley Heights, and Darshaan is a son of Shirley Heights; therefore, both share Monsun as a sire, both are out of Shirley Heights-line mares, and both are from the same female family.
If Suestado, who’s won both of his starts, including a Listed race over 2200 meters (1 3/8 miles), were to win the German Derby, it would give Monsun, who stands at Gestut Schlenderhan, four winners of the classic (see post below for his other winners).
Schlenderhan has won the Derby 17 times, most recently in 2007 with homebred Adlerflug, a son of In the Wings, but it has never won the classic with a son of its famous sire. Monsun’s Shirocco, the 2004 winner, was bred and owned by Georg Baron von Ullmann, whose late mother, Karin Baroness von Ullmann, owned Schlenderhan until her death two weeks ago at age 87. But he races in his own silks. By the way, Georg, who runs Schlenderhan, also owns Suestado.
But Schlenderhan has its own live horse for the Derby. Homebred Wiener Walzer, a German-foaled son of US sire Dynaformer, won Sunday’s Group 2 Oppenhein-Union-Rennen at Cologne over 2200 meters for his second win in three starts.
It’s easy to see why Schlenderhan patronized Dynaformer. Although he’s the sire of the late Barbaro, who won the Kentucky Derby on dirt, Dynaformer is best siring turf horses who stay the classic Derby distances. Click here to read a recent post on Dynaformer from Jack Werk.
So, what you have is an interesting matchup between two promising colts, and if they both do figure in the finish, will the sire stop the farm from getting its 18th Derby winner? Or will the farm stop the sire from Derby winner #4? Will it be Monsun? Or will it be a German Derby winner for Dynaformer?
Interesting questions to ponder before the answer is delivered on July 5.