Got the following note from Fernando Martinez, pedigree advisor at Haras Musa, in Uruguay, about the tremendous success Galileo has enjoyed with mares from female family 9. It’s an interesting read. I have edited for language, when appropriate, and length.
22,22% of Group 1 winners by GALILEO are from mares descending from the female family 9. Undoubtedly it’s a high and uncommon average! It’s something that needs a deep investigation, but as I’ve been saying, it seems to exist that there is an affinity between GALILEO and the female family 9, despite the majority of breeders who consider the female family numbers of Bruce Lowe an archaic system. I will try to show you that it’s a useful tool.
I tried to compare Galileo’s success with four other top stallions to assess the information. For example, note that DUBAWI, with 16 Group 1 winners, doesn’t have any from female family 9. And from 16 Group 2 winners, 2 belong to female family 9.
DEEP IMPACT has in total 18 Group 1 winners and 3 (16,67%) belong to female family 9.
DANSILI has 0 from female family 9 from 18 Group 1 winners.
TAPIT has 14 Group 1 winners and only 1 (7,14%) belongs to female family 9. And from 11 Group 2 winners, 2 belong to female family 9.
We must be conscious that the female family 9 is ranked first for stakes classics in the United States for many years, and due to its multiple sub-branches it is the most common at the first level of races in the United States; therefore, it’s very interesting what TAPIT’s figures display.
Here are the statistics:
GALILEO – covered 8,56% mares from his total books to date from family 9
TAPIT – covered 9,36% mares from family 9
DUBAWI – covered 7,49% mares from family 9
DANSILI – covered 11,06 % mares from family 9
DEEP IMPACT – covered 7,84% mares from family 9
Looking at the % there are two stallions (TAPIT & DANSILI) that covered a higher % of broodmares from the female family 9 than GALILEO, but they haven’t gotten more % Group 1 winners from this family than GALILEO. And the small difference of % with the other two (DUBAWI & DEEP IMPACT) doesn’t reflect the great difference in the % of Group 1 winners too.
Best wishes from Uruguay,