(We’re a bit behind schedule because of the holidays but wanted to get in one more post before the New Year, so thanks for your patience.)
In our last post we promised to write about all the Secretariat descendants who ran in the 2011 Breeder’s Cup races. That may have been a little ambitious, as one fan pointed out there were 83! We haven’t checked those numbers but will take his word for it. To make this manageable, we will focus on the races where the winners and major contenders have Secretariat in their pedigree (or in some cases, Sir Ivor, son of Sir Gaylord, whose dam was Somethingroyal.)
Ladies Classic – Royal Delta out of Delta Princess by A. P. Indy won this race. She beat It’s Tricky and Plum Pretty, also A. P. Indy girls.
Juvenile Sprint – Secret Circle by Eddington won this. He’s not a direct descendant but his sire has Sir Ivor by Sir Gaylord on his dam’s side. (Sir Ivor won the Epsom Derby, redeeming Sir Gaylord’s failure to run in the Kentucky Derby in 1962 due to a fractured sesamoid.)
Juvenile Fillies Turf – Stephanie’s Kitten by Kitten’s Joy won this race. She has Sir Ivor/Sir Gaylord on the top and Storm Cat on the bottom of her pedigree.
Filly and Mare Sprint – Musical Romance beat Turbulent Descent, the heavy favorite, who has both Indy and Storm Cat bloodlines. Turbulent Descent is cited as one to watch for 2012.
Juvenile Fillies – My Miss Aurelia took this one. She is a great-granddaughter of Storm Cat.
Filly and Mare Turf – Perfect Shirl , a great-granddaughter of Big Red himself, took this one.
Juvenile Turf – Wrote won this and he has the Sir Ivor/Sir Gaylord link on the bottom.
Turf Sprint – Regally Ready won it (no relation) but Country Day placed second. He’s a great-grandson of Gone West out of the mare Secrettame.
Dirt Mile – Caleb’s Posse (no relation) won it but Shackleford, who won the 2011 Preakness, placed second. Also in this race were Tapizar byPulpit (A. P. Indy) and Wilburn by Bernardini (A.P. Indy).
Breeder’s Cup Juvenile – Hansen won this. He’s by Tapit by Pulpit and also has Storm Cat on the bottom.
Breeder’s Cup Mile – Court Vision won. His dam is Weekend Storm out of Weekend Surprise, a Secretariat daughter. Other “cousins” who ran include: Gio Ponti , Sidney’s Candy, Get Stormy and Courageous Cat – all of the Storm Cat bloodline.
Breeder’s Cup Classic – Drosselmeyer (no relation) who won the 2011 Belmont, won this race. Also in this talented field were: Flat Out by Flatter (A.P.Indy); To Honor and Serve and Stay Thirsty, both by Bernardini; Ice Box by Pulpit; and Rattlesnake Bridge and Headache, both by Tapit. Clearly the A.P.Indy line dominated this field.
Good news for 2012: Stay Thirsty will continue to race, as will Florida Derby winner Dialed In, a Mineshaft colt (A. P. Indy.)
We’ll need a spread sheet but we’ll be keeping a close eye on these Big Red babies for 2012! In fact, we’ll start on Sunday, New Year’s Day with the new Gulfstream Park Derby. Bernardini has Casual Trick running and Pulpit has Sacristy. Silver Menace (Storm Cat) will also bear watching.
We close out this year by wishing all Thoroughbreds Happy Birthday on January 1, their official date of birth. Happy New Year to all our readers and fans of Secretariat!