Two fresh forces for the next cycle

Each year, like fireflies, they emerge with the increasing heat of summer. Even as more established sophomores limp out of the Triple Crown series – many in need of rest or recovery, some even threatened by retirement – a second wave reliably invigorates the crop. Indeed, in recent days, a few new names have volunteered to test the resilience of these classic protagonists who persevere in Saratoga and beyond.

But while the two share a fresh and progressive profile, in other respects they could hardly be more different. Rising star of TDN‘First Captain (Curlin), GIII winner Dwyer S. in his stakes debut on Monday, is starting to live up to his hefty bill as the leader of the $ 1.5 million Fasig-Tipton Saratoga joint sales by One of the best stallions in the world. In contrast, Masqueparade, which won the GIII Ohio Derby the previous weekend, belongs to the very first generation of Reached, an aptly named $ 10,000 foil in Airdrie to the $ 175,000 veteran of Hill ‘n’ Dale.

On the contrary, the pedigree of the first captain has become even more aristocratic since its presentation by one of our greatest horsemen, Arthur Hancock of Stone Farm, at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in 2019. Because it represents a famous dynasty already refreshed this year not only by GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. winner Greatest Honor (Tapit), but also by Cézanne, 4 years old, another son of Curlin for claiming the highest price in an elite sale. (Although it must be recognized that the $ 3.65 million 2-year-old Gulfstream has once again shown its fragility since that stunning comeback in the GIII Kona Gold S.).

Greatest Honor, Cezanne and First Captain trace all their ancestors back to matriarch Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom {Fr}), the 1982 Kentucky Oaks GI winner whose daughter Better Than Honor (Deputy Minister) produced back-to-back winners of the GI Belmont S. – Jazil (Seeking the Gold, 2006) and Rags to Riches (AP Indy, 2007). Greatest Honor and Cézanne do it thanks to Better Than Honor herself, second and third mothers respectively; but the mother of Grade III winner First Captain, America (AP Indy) is a granddaughter of Butterfly Blue (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), the half-sister of Better Than Honor.

It is remarkable to remember now that Blush With Pride was cashed in at the age of 18 for $ 635,000 in the November 1997 Keeneland sale. At this point, Better Than Honor was still just a yearling, but John Magnier and his Coolmore mates – as so often – were ahead of the game even with an aging mare who appeared to use her opportunities unevenly. By the time Better Than Honor had become an excellent performer on the track and then an even better broodmare, Blush With Pride had closed her own breeding career in Ireland with four foals from Coolmore champion Sadler’s Wells.

The first of these turned out to be the juvenile Maryinsky (Ire), classified in Group 1, who went on to produce elite runners at Peeping Fawn (Danehill) and Thewayyouare (Kingmambo). And next was Butterfly Blue (Ire), who only smashed their first start in the nine-start final (though very tried on occasion) for Aidan O’Brien and was knocked out with a first recovery by Fasliyev, an early sprinter from Nureyev, for $ 610,000 at Horse France in Keeneland in November 2004.

The filly she was carrying that day was sold in the same ring 12 months later for $ 290,000 to the late Jim Sapara of Winsong Farm. And it wasn’t until a few weeks after this filly, meanwhile named Lacadena, added a bet to her first win at Woodbine in 2007 that her dam’s half-sister was credited with her second success at Belmont.

With her family tree duly earned another historic honor, Lacadena failed to reach her $ 1.4 million stash at Keeneland in November. Nonetheless, she resurfaced the following year in Bobby Flay’s silks, and although unable to win in a lightweight sophomore campaign, she would prove to be a fertile investment.

Obviously, when he returned to Keeneland in 2015 to make $ 1.3 million from the Heider Family Stables. In the meantime, however, she had produced two important daughters. One, Paris Bikini (Bernardini), grossed $ 425,000 at the end of a mildly successful track career – only to generate a big profit for WinStar last year when it was sold to Katsumi Yoshida for $ 1.95 million at Fasig – Tipton last November, his daughter born Paris Lights (Curlin) having won the GI Coaching Club American Oaks.

The other high performer bred by Flay de Lacadena was America, the mother of First Captain. She was daringly selected at $ 725,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, a bet that paid off fairly well. For starters, she proved to be a productive performance for Bill Mott, winning five of 22 starts and adding podiums in the GI Mother Goose S. and GI Delaware H. to success in the GIII Turnback the Alarm H. And she was then. , very premonitory, mated with the father of Paris Lights just a few days after the birth of this filly. The result is the first captain, who won the Saratoga sale just weeks before being offered a Uncle Mo cover to Fasig-Tipton in November 2019. Again, the reserve was both ambitious – it was held at $ 3.1 million –

and clever. His half-sister, let us remember, would only be elated by the rise of Paris Lights the following year.

His colt Curlin’s dossier had been signed under seven different names, but Flay himself resurfaced alongside three of them – West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm and Woodford Racing – in the registered partnership behind First Captain for his delay. , but an impeccable start for Shug McGaughey. After beating a next ‘Rising star’ Mahaamel (Into Mischief) over seven stages in April, he moved up to a slop mile allowance score before clinching the odds, albeit not in the most flamboyant fashion, reeling a favorite in the Dwyer. In fairness, it was forced to enter the stretch widely and a second turn will no doubt tell us more about the feasibility of the GI. Runhappy Through S.

Given the admirable circumspection of its trainer, the Curlin S. might well please not only for its accuracy, but also as a less sought after repetition than GII Jim Dandy S. Whatever happens, it will surely continue to improve. Even at the most basic level, a Curlin foal from an AP Indy mare can be expected to thrive to maturity and distance; and Sadler’s Wells earlier intervention in one of the classic benchmark families of the modern race can only serve this orientation.

AP Influence Behind the ‘Mask’…

AP Indy is also an important presence behind Masqueparade, which is by a grandson and whose mother father is one of his daughters. This is another type of slow combustion. As the first captain was late at the scene, but landed running, Masqueparade entered the track two (albeit fair) but then needed four attempts around the fairground to break his young daughter. With those foundations laid, however, it came as a revelation when Al Stall Jr. brought him to Churchill, winning a Derby undercard allocation of just under a dozen lengths; and he then solidified that breakthrough by taking out some pretty accomplished rivals in Thistledown.

I love the background of this horse, which represents not only a model barn but also one of the Bluegrass’s most exemplary programs, having been bred by Brereton C. Jones in support of Reacheddebut at Airdrie Stud. Masqueparade’s mother, Cry War Eagle (Any Given Saturday), was recruited to the retired farm for just $ 40,000 at Keeneland in January 2015. That says a lot about our odd industry as its value as a wean. ‘was so depreciated – she had changed hands for $ 170,000 in the same ring, despite winning five of 20 starts in the meantime.

This record was sewn up from robust genetic reserves: his half-brother Actin Good (Yes It’s True) was a winner of stakes or ranked stakes in four consecutive seasons, including the GIII Pegasus S. among five wins in 25 starts. in total. And their mother was a half-sister of Voice Of Destiny (Mane Minister), winner in teak of 24 races (including a few graded bets) between 2 and 10 years old! Additionally, the next dam is a half-sister to Alysheba of the winner of the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint Very Subtle (Hoist the Silver) and another quick at Schematic (Upper Mile), whose respective victories totaled 12 for 29 and eight. for-15.

We can count on Airdrie to extract such healthy ingredients not only from their group of broodmares, but also from their stallion roster. Enough on, Reached was ranked in grade I at two, three and four, in addition to fighting Frosted by five and a half lengths in the GII Lambholm South Holy Bull S.

How auspicious, then, that Upstart should have made such a serious start with its first juveniles last year. The risk of reinvestment exploded in a Saratoga maiden first to become a ‘Rising star’ before chasing Jackie’s Warrior home speedball twice (Maclean’s music) at level I, while only the fleeing train Not this time gathered more freshman winners. In keeping with his own track profile, Upstart now maintains that momentum in a second campaign where only Protonico’s eccentric case deprives him of the highest named colt earnings among active Kentucky stallions in this promotion.

In the meantime, moreover, he was again in high demand in the 2-year-old sales, advancing what was already a good yield for his second crop of yearlings (his average of $ 45,159 held up well to the expense, especially in a pandemic market and while relocating up to 41 of 47 in the ring) up to $ 113,250. Plus, he’s already weathered the usual trend, with his first yearlings having been received so warmly ($ 63,608 on average) that his fourth pound, a notoriously tough challenge for most bulls, climbed back to 90 after taking the lead. usual slide from 146 to 86. and then only 38.

Both as a starter and as a stallion, Upstart introduced more precocity than what we associate with the Flatter Mark. But remember how another son of Flatter, Western coast, is one of the best recent examples of the sophomore type under discussion. (Although credited with beating all three Classic winners in his Travers, it would be rude to claim that they arrived at Saratoga in the same sort of form). So don’t be surprised to see Upstart consolidate from here.

Other new names will no doubt appear to challenge those who have absorbed the grueling Triple Crown Trail, however. M. Wireless (Called) tore up the script prepared for the odds dazzling (Into Mischief) in the GIII Indiana Derby on Wednesday. Remarkably, Mr. Wireless’s breeders John and Iveta Kerber had also been responsible for the Iowa Derby winner Stilleto Boy (Shackleford) five days previously. The Kerbers remain involved with Stilleto Boy and hope to secure the due reward for this notable achievement when he enters the ring at Fasig Tipton next week as hip 557 for sale of racehorses of age.

Of course, not all of these later developers will face the rise in the bar. Some, like these fireflies, will fade as timidly as they appeared. But one or two, perhaps, will discover a glow that lasts until the sunset over the Pacific is reflected in the Breeders’ Cup in November.

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