Bernstein and Easing Along — both sires of 2400-meter Pellegrini winners + top sprinters — aren’t the only good sons of Storm Cat in South America. They stand in Argentina, but Chile has, among others, Tumblebrutus, a stakes-placed full brother to Giant’s Causeway who entered stud at Walmac in 2005 and left for Haras Mocito Guapo in Chile later that year. He never returned. At Walmac, he had behavioral issues in the breeding shed and covered only 19 mares, eventually getting 8 live foals in 2006. Of these, 5 made it to the track and 4 won. The best was his first winner in 2008, Boricua Bomber, who was stakes-placed in Puerto Rico.
In Chile, Tumblebrutus was more popular and successful in the breeding shed. His first Southern Hemisphere crop of 2006 Chilean-breds numbered 64 foals, of which 49 have started and 36 have won to date. There have been 9 stakes winners from this crop so far, 3-year-olds of 2009.
Today, Tumblebrutus had an explosive debut winner from his second crop of 68 foals at Club Hipico de Santiago. Named Vamos Pagando, the colt won by 8 lengths in the excellent time of 1:05.62 for the 1100 meters on turf and will be closely watched from here on in. Tumblebrutus had more bragging rights in the race because the 2nd and 3rd in the 12-runner field were by him as well. The time of this race was faster than the 1:06.51 debut win posted by Proud Citizen’s Ghost Horse a few races earlier.
The appeal of the Storm Cats in South America is their class and speed. Bernstein and Easing Along, for example, also have sired top-class Group 1 winners in Argentina over the minimum trip. In fact, on Pellegrini day, Easing Along also was represented by 4-year-old sprinter Lloron Cat, winner of the 1000-meter Group 1 Alzaga Unzue on turf.
Today, Bernstein’s Que Felicidad won a Group 2 at San Isidro over 1000 meters in 0.56:35. In 2008, the champion sprinter in Chile was the Storm Cat sire Merchant of Venice’s Alcohuaz, who was exported to Sweden earlier this year and won a 1000-meter Listed race in Baden-Baden, in Germany, in October. Merchant of Venice, like Tumblebrutus and Bernstein, came out of Coolmore’s racing stable and is a half-brother to succesful Argentine shuttler Orpen and US-raced Jules, who also shuttled to Brazil.
Video below of Vamos Pagando winning debut today. He has a white shadow roll and comes through on the rail: