Awesome Act, the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes winner Saturday, is from the beautifully bred mare Houdini’s Honey, a 14-year-old daughter of Mr. Prospector out of Coup de Folie, by Halo. Pedigree aficionados will recognize her as a sister to Machiavellian, from the immediate family of Northern Dancer. She was purchased in 2007 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $900,000 by Chuck Fipke, at the time carrying her now-2-year-old colt by Johannesburg.
The mare had dropped Awesome Act in 2007, and he was one of four live foals for the mare in the previous six years of production. The mare’s first live foal was the Theatrical filly Eternal Path, placed twice from 3 starts; her second foal was the Deputy Minister colt Xi, listed by The Jockey Club as unraced; and the third foal was the Giant’s Causeway colt Victory Lane, a winner.
Her official record to date, according to The Jockey Club, is 4 foals of racing age, three starters, two winners, and one Graded stakes winner. This, however, is not the case, and yes, The Jockey Club stats are incorrect. Xi, the Deputy Minister colt listed as being unraced, is actually a winner, too. Click here to see The Jockey Club pedigree and race record of Xi on Equineline.
Xi was sold at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training sale for 9,000gns as a 2-year-old in 2007 and was shipped to Hungary, where he has been racing since 2008 at Kincsem Park. The Hungarian racing database at the track lists his record at 4 wins from 18 starts; the chestnut colt won 3 of 9 starts in 2008, and 1 of 9 starts in 2009.
Another database used by pedigree students, pedigreequery.com, lists the colt as “Xinian” but also shows that he has 18 starts and 4 wins. A photo of the colt is also included, showing the colt in the paddock at Kincsem Park. Click here to view the pedigree, race record, and photo. (Thanks to Jessica Chapel at raceday360.com for bringing this to my attention.)
Houdini’s Honey’s “official” produce record, therefore, needs to be updated to include the extra winner.