Camacho (GB) b 2002 (Breeder: Juddmonte Farms)
|Danehill (USA) 1986||Danzig (USA) 1977||Northern Dancer (USA) 1961||Nearctic (Can) 1954|
|Natalma (USA) 1957|
|Pas De Nom (USA) 1968||Admiral’s Voyage
|Razyana (USA) 1981||His Majesty (USA) 1968||Ribot (GB) 1952|
|Flower Bowl (USA) 1952|
|Spring Adieu (Can) 1976||Buckpasser
|Natalma (USA) 1957|
|Gone West (USA) 1984||Mr.Prospector (USA) 1970|
|Zaizafon (USA) 1982||The Minstrel
|Mofida (Gb) 1974|
|Warning (GB) 1985||Known Fact
|Slightly Dangerous (USA) 1979|
|Andaleeb (USA) 1985||Lyphard (USA) 1969|
|Bag of Tunes
All names in Green were bred by Juddmonte. All names in bold face black type were purchased by Juddmonte.
There are more heralded sons of Danehill at stud, but the promising and inexpensive European Listed stakes winner Camacho, whose first crop is 3 in 2010 and contains two stakes winners so far, including today’s Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Fred Darling Stakes) winner Puff at Newbury, is a living example of the history and breeding legacy of Juddmonte Farms—one of the few top-class home breeding operations in existence today.
Mr. K. Abdulla established Juddmonte in 1977 and became the first Arab owner of a British classic winner when his Known Fact—a horse he purchased—won the 1980 2000 Guineas on the disqualification of Nureyev. He has since won each of the five British classics with horses he has bred over the past 28 years, as well as the Belmont Stakes in this country with Empire Maker.
Breeding stock Mr. Abdulla has been associated with over the years include two Kentucky Broodmares of the Year—Toussaud, dam of Empire Maker and others, in 2002; and Slightly Dangerous, dam of Warning and others, in 1997—and one British Broodmare of the Year, Hasili, in 2006, as well as numerous high-class stallions around the world, most notably the late Danehill, who was bred and raced by Juddmonte but sold as a sire prospect to Coolmore and Arrowfield.
Camacho is an 8-year-old son of Danehill bred and raced by Juddmonte but now at stud in Ireland at Morristown Lattin Stud for 4000 Euros. Aside from Puff, he’s also the sire of Listed stakes winner Star Rover, and on physique, he looks much like the full-quartered Danzig-influenced Danehills and is very much a Northern Dancer type.
The phenotype is very much linked to the genotype here: On pedigree, Danehill was inbred 2×2 to Northern Dancer and his half-sister Spring Adieu (both out of Natalma), and Camacho’s dam is inbred 4×4 to Northern Dancer himself, so Camacho’s pedigree contains three crosses to Northern Dancer through similarly built sons Danzig, Lyphard, and The Minstrel, plus four crosses to Northern Dancer’s dam, Natalma, through these sons plus one daughter, Spring Adieu.
I won’t bore you with more inbreeding and pedigree links, but note the sheer amount of Juddmonte influence in the pedigree and the Old World practice of layering the daughters of home stallions with the new farm stallions or stallions bred or raced by the farm, so that, for example, Warning’s daughter was bred to Zafonic, and that resulting daughter was bred to Danehill, ending in the very macho-looking Camacho.
In addition to Camacho, Juddmonte bred the next three dams (see pedigree box)—all stakes winners. The next dam, Bag of Tunes, was purchased for $600,000 as a broodmare (in foal to Quack) from C.V. Whitney at the Keeneland November sale in 1980, and she descends from a long line of Whitney-bred stakes winners.