By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)
Sunday, Razeen’s daughter Hills and Stars won the Nanoli Stud Pune Derby, Gr.1, in a new track record time. That was his only winner of the day when 11 races were run. Six of the other winners—Yuville (by Placerville), Sharaarat (by the new Danehill sire Ace), Attila, Capriole, Lake Winnipeg and Circus Ring (all by Usha Stud stallion China Visit)—were out of Razeen mares. So Razeen was directly connected with seven winners. In the remaining four races, there was no runners sired by Razeen or out of his daughters, so the departed son of Norther Dancer made a clean sweep of the card.
Racing being so widespread, it is difficult to keep a track of records. Perhaps, there are other similar instances where a stallion has so overwhelmingly dominated a day’s racing and if there are, it will be interesting to hear of them.
Razeen (Northern Dancer – Secret Asset by Graustark) died earlier this year in February at the age of 24 after a splendid career at stud in India. A champion Sire five times, he has sired more classic winners than any other stallion in the history of Indian breeding. He claimed his first title as a champion broodmare sire in 2006-07 and is well on his way to his fourth in five years. He was from the last crop of Northern Dancer.