Sadler’s Wells, a son of Northern Dancer, is the greatest classic sire in recent European history, and his two high-powered sons, Galileo and Montjeu, are continuing this tradition on the continent, where turf rules. Montjeu also has had success in Australia and New Zealand, where the late Sadler’s Wells stallion Scenic has left his mark as well. Racing in Australia and New Zealand is on turf, too, and grass has been the preferred surface for this line, but things are changing.
The Sadler’s Wells horse El Prado, who passed away this year, started the dirt revolution for this line in the new world, and his son Medaglia d’Oro is continuing the fight. His first crop, age 3 this year, includes the future hall of famer and classic-winning filly Rachel Alexandra, who beat colts in the Preakness, Haskell, and Woodward.
Another son of Sadler’s Wells, Water Poet, is the leading sire in Venezuela, where his 3-year-old daughter Bambera is a multiple classic winner on dirt who’s defeated colts, like Rachel Alexandra.
Yesterday in Argentina (Nov. 14), the Sadler’s Wells shuttler Poliglote, who is mediocre in Europe but has seven Group 1 winners in Argentina, was represented by the Oaks winner Kalath Wells, who won the race on dirt.
Note that all three fillies have speed and race on or with the pace. Bambera is in the light blue silks below and starts in second before taking over; Rachel sets the pace; and Kalath Wells, a gray, also races on the lead.
See the fillies below. First up is Bambera, shown winning the Clasico Simon Bolivar at La Rinconada Oct. 25 over 2400 meters; next is Rachel Alexandra’s Preakness, at 1 3/16 miles at Pimlico; and finally, Kalath Wells’s Oaks at Palermo over 2000 meters yesterday.