Stallion Watch

27 for Sioux Nation

New winners

Sioux Nation – Sioux Spirit (2 f ex Scarlet Pimpernel by Sir Percy) provided Coolmore first-season sire Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) with a 27th individual winner, comfortably getting off the mark at the third time of asking in a five-furlong maiden at Navan. The Ken Condon-trained filly made good headway inside the final furlong and ran on well to come two and a quarter lengths clear of the Aidan O’Brien-trained runner-up Pop Star (Sioux Nation), with Jer Batt (Dragon Pulse) a further half-length back in third. A €26,000 (approx. AU$37,240) purchase as a yearling, Sioux Spirit is the third foal out of the winning Sir Percy (Mark Of Esteem) mare Scarlet Pimpernel, herself a half-sister to Group 3-winner Scarlet Runner (Night Shift) and useful winner Bronze Prince (Oasis Dream). Sioux Nation, who has now had 64 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Castlehyde Stud for €10,000 (approx. AU$14,320).

 

New Group / Grade 1 winners

Curlin – Cody’s Wish (4 h ex Dance Card by Tapit) provided Curlin (Smart Strike) with an 18th individual elite-level winner when he downed the red-hot favourite Jackie’s Warrior (Maclean’s Music) in an upset to the Forego Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Saratoga. The Bill Mott-trained Cody’s Wish came with a late run to inflict a first defeat on Jackie’s Warrior in six starts, a length and a quarter separating the first two home at the wire. Pipeline (Speightstown) was a further two and a quarter lengths adrift in third. Out of the Tapit (Pulpit)  mare Dance Card, Cody’s Wish is a half-brother to the Grade 2-placed winner Endorsed (Medaglia D’Oro) and the stakes-placed Bocephus (Medaglia D’Oro). Dance Card also has a yearling Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) colt and a Street Sense (Street Cry) filly born earlier this year. Curlin, who has had 836 starters, stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms where his 2022 fee was listed at US$175,000 (approx. AU$.253,955).

 

Not This Time – Epicenter (3 c ex Silent Candy by Candy Ride) became the third individual elite-level winner for Not This Time (Giant’s Causeway) when running out a hugely impressive winner of the Travers Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Saratoga. The Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) runner-up finished five and a quarter lengths in front of Cyberknife (Gun Runner) who came out on top in a three-way battle for the runner up position. Zandon (Upstart) was a nose behind in third with Derby hero Rich Strike (Keen Ice) a neck further away in fourth. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Epicenter now has six wins and three seconds to his name from ten starts. A US$260,000 buy from the Bettersworth Westwind Farms consignment at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Epicenter is the sixth foal from nine out of Silent Candy (Candy Ride) and is her lone Graded stakes winner. She also has a two-year-old colt by Always Dreaming (Bodemeister), a yearling filly by Tapiture (Tapit) and dropped an Outwork (Uncle Mo) filly this year. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Gr 1, 8.5f) second Not This Time, who has had 177 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions for a fee of US$45,000 (approx. AU$65.300).

 

New stakes winners

Caravaggio – Coolmore’s Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) sired his eighth individual stakes winner when the Jessica Harrington-trained Viareggio (3 f ex Just Joan by Pour Moi) ran out a clear winner of the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 1f) at the Curragh. With just two nursery wins to her name, the three-year-old was sent off a 9-1 chance but she ended her losing run when defeating Magic Chegaga (Teofilo) by two and a quarter lengths. Favourite Juncture (Dark Angel) finished three lengths behind the winner in third. Bought for 61,000gns out of Book 1 at Tattersalls, Viareggio is the second foal out of Just Joan (Pour Moi), who herself is closely related to Danjeu (Montjeu), a Listed-placed three-time winner for Chris Waller. Former shuttler Caravaggio, who has had 168 starters, now stands full-time at Ashford Stud for a fee of US$35,000 (approx. AU$60,790). 

 

Danon Ballade – Kita Wing (2 f ex Kitano Ritsumei by I’ll Have Another) provided Danon Ballade (Deep Impact) with a third individual stakes winner when striking in the Niigata Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m). Trained by Shigeyuki Kojima, the juvenile beat Win Odin (Epiphaneia) by half a length. Sea Wizard (Beach Patrol) finished three-quarters of a length behind the winner in third. Danon Ballade has had 77 starters.

 

Deep Field – Newgate sire Deep Field (Northern Meteor) sired his 16th individual stakes winner when Sweet Ride (3 c ex How Sweet It Is by Foxwedge) claimed a shock victory in the San Domenico Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Rosehill. The Annabel Neasham-trained Sweet Ride won by a length and a half from Nettuno (I Am Invincible) with the winner’s stablemate Swiss Exile (Pariah) in third, a further neck adrift. Bred by Burt Vieira, the colt was purchased by trainers Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou for $320,000 from the Widden Stud draft at last year’s Inglis Easter yearling sale before coming back under the ownership of Vieira. He is the first foal out of winning mare How Sweet It Is (Foxwedge), a daughter of the stakes placed Southern Venture (Zabeel), herself a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Metal Bender (Danasinga). Sweet Ride becomes the first stakes winner in Australia as a broodmare sire for Woodside Park Stud’s Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock). Champion Hong Kong sire Deep Field, who has had 419 starters, stands the upcoming season for a fee of $88,000 (inc GST).

 

Dubawi – Darley’s Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) was among the big-race winners once again this week as he sired two more stakes winners. Fairy Cross (2 f ex Devonshire by Fast Company) got first run on her rivals to provide the super sire with his 238th individual stakes winner with a victory in the Prestige Fillies’ Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Goodwood. Lining up off the back of a second in a Listed contest at Sandown, the Charlie Applebly-trained juvenile made it two wins in four starts as she crossed the line a length in front of Breege (Starspangledbanner). Bright Diamond (El Kabeir) did her best work late on to finish another three-quarters of a length away in third. Bred and raced by Godolphin, Fairy Cross is the third foal out of the Group 2-winning Fast Company (Danehill Dancer) filly Devonshire. The highly tried Dubawi Legend (3 c ex Lovely Pass by Raven’s Pass) finally added to his maiden victory when striking in the Golden Peitsche (Gr 3, 1200m) at Baden-Baden to provide Dubawi with his 239th individual stakes winner. The Hugo Palmer-trained colt, who finished second in last season’s Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Newmarket, returned to winning ways as he beat Best Flying (Pedro The Great) and Irish Action (Zoffany). Dubawi Legend is the fourth foal out of the Raven’s Pass (Elusive Quality) mare Lovely Pass, making him a half-brother to the Listed-winning Golden Pass (Golden Horn). Lovely Pass herself was a winner of the UAE 1,000 Guineas (Listed, 1600m) when trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin. Dubawi, who has had 1,513 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £250,000 (approx. AU$427,180). 

 

Fighting Sun – Chain Of Lightning (4 m ex Magic Art by Perugino) became the first Group winner for her sire Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor), winning the Cockram Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Caulfield. The Peter Moody-trained mare kept her unbeaten record intact as she posted a fifth career victory, getting the better of She’s All Class (I Am Invincible) to win by a length and a quarter, with Kissonallfourcheeks (Written Tycoon) two lengths from the winner in third. Owned by Stuart Ramsey of Ramsey Pastoral, Chain Of Lightning is the third foal out of Magic Art, herself a daughter of Magic Night Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Mardi’s Magic (Kenny’s Best Pal). Fighting Sun, who died in 2020, has had 288 starters having had six crops of racing age. 

 

I Am Invincible – Garibaldi (6 g ex Sonnenblume by Exceed And Excel) provided Yarraman Park stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) with an 81st individual stakes winner from 932 starters when producing a storming late effort to win the Goldmarket Handicap (Listed, 1200m) at the Gold Coast. The Tony Gollan-trained six-year-old gelding ran on strongly under Ryan Maloney to deny runner-up Axe (Written Tycoon) by a short-head at the line with a further three-quarters of a length back to Ef Troop (Spirit Of Boom) in third. Out of the winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Sonnenblume, Garibaldi is a half-brother to winners Consider It Done (Manhattan Rain) and Seeblume (Sebring). I Am Invincible, who has had 933 starters, stands for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST).

 

Into Mischief – Bob Baffert sent out his eighth winner of the Pat O’Brien Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Del Mar when Juddmonte’s Laurel River (4 h ex Calm Water by Empire Maker) upset eastern raider Speaker’s Corner (Street Sense) to become the 114th individual stakes winner for Into Mischief. The four-year-old scored by three-quarters of a length over American Theorem (American Pharoah) with Senor Buscador (Mineshaft) another length and a quarter away in third. Speaker’s Corner was a disappointing fourth. Juddmonte bred Laurel River, a son of Into Mischief, out of Calm Water (Empire Maker) in Kentucky. Calm Water, also a Juddmonte homebred, is a sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Emollient. Into Mischief, who has had 1,070 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Spendthrift Farm for US$250,000 (approx. AU$362,795).

 

Justify – Aspen Grove (2 f ex Data Dependent by More Than Ready) caused a huge shock when she downed her more fancied rivals in the Newtownanner Stud Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at the Curragh to become the fourth individual stakes winner for US Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy). Getting off the mark at the third time of asking, the Fozzy Stack-trained two-year-old became Justify’s tenth winner as she left her previous form well behind to score at odds of 66-1. Favourite Shelton (Mehmas) got closest to the surprise winner, finishing a length and a quarter behind, with just another head back to Eternal Silence (War Front) in third. Aspen Grove is the first foal out of the US Graded stakes-placed winner Data Dependent (More Than Ready) who herself is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Skitter Scatter (Scat Daddy). Justify, who is due to have his first runners in the southern hemisphere this spring, will not shuttle this season. He has now had 31 starters.

 

Kamsin – Sioux (7 g ex Sweet Dreams by Sterkonig) provided Grade 1-winning stallion Kamsin (Samum) with a sixth individual stakes winner when he won the Solms Cup (Listed, 2800m) at Baden-Baden. Kamsin has had 152 starters.

 

Maurice – Champion second-season sire Maurice (Screen Hero) earned his ninth individual stakes winner and third in Australia, when Kibou (3 g ex Fortiche by Any Given Saturday) won the Up And Coming Stakes (Gr 3, 1300m) at Rosehill. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained gelding profited from the pre-race scratching of favourite Conqueror (Churchill) to lead all the way in posting a two-length win over Golden Mile (Astern). Basquiat (Snitzel) finished third, five and a half lengths from the winner. Kibou finished ninth in the season-opening Breeders’ Plate (Gr 3, 1000m) last season and was since gelded, returning in June to post back-to-back victories. He arrived here having finished fourth in the Rosebud (Listed, 1100m) last time out. Bred by Arrowfield, who stand his Japanese sire in Australia, Kibou was a $170,000 buy for his trainers and Kestrel Thoroughbreds out of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is the fourth foal out of Fortiche (Any Given Saturday), herself a half-sister to Group 2 winner Mic Mac (Statue Of Liberty). Maurice, who has had 419 starters, stands the southern hemisphere season at Arrowfield for a fee of $82,500 (inc GST).

 

New Bay – Ballylinch Stud resident New Bay (Dubawi) sired his eighth individual stakes winner when Cresta (3 c ex La Negra by Dark Angel) ran out an easy winner of the August Stakes (Listed, 1m 3.5f) at Windsor. The Martyn and Freddie Meade-trained colt pulled clear of his rivals late on to sail home six and a half lengths clear of his nearest pursuer, Maksud (Golden Horn). Groundbreaker (Oasis Dream) finished another neck away in third.  A £490,000 buy from the Goffs London sale on the eve of Royal Ascot, Cresta is the second foal out of the unraced Dark Angel (Acclamation) mare La Negra, who herself is a sister to the Listed winner Gabrial. New Bay, who has had 144 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €37,500 (approx. AU$54,235). 

 

Lord Kanaloa – Le Plus Fort (6 g ex Maino Chikara by Sunday Silence) became the 38th individual stakes winner for Shadai Stallion Station resident Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha) when he came out on top in a tight finish to the Toki Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Niigata. The Mikio Matsunaga-trained gelding beat La La Christine (Mikki Isle) by a head with favourite Taisei Divine (Rulership) a nose further away in third. Lord Kanaloa, who has had 881 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of ¥15,000,000 (approx. AU$158,265). 

 

Rubick – Swettenham Stud stallion Rubick (Encosta De Lago) continued his flying start to the new season by adding a sixth individual stakes winner to his career tally when Jacquinot (3 c ex Ponterro by Pierro) won the HDF McNeil Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Caulfield. Rubick, who is the first stallion to sire two stakes winners this season, has sired 17 winners since the start of August. The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained colt won by one and a half lengths ahead of Aft Cabin (Astern), with Tijauna (American Pharoah) three and a quarter lengths from the winner in third. Jacquinot passed in with a reserve of $120,000 as a yearling, and is raced by his breeder Lindsay Maxted. He is the first foal out of the unraced Ponterro, herself a sister to Dragon Leap and half-sister to Illation (So You Think) who finished fourth and last respectively in the Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m). She is also a half-sister to Randwick Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Inference (So You Think). Ponterro is due to foal to Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) this season, having not produced a live foal since. Jacquinot is the first stakes winner as a damsire for Coolmore sire Pierro (Lonhro). Rubick, who has had 315 starters, stands this breeding season in Victoria for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST).

 

Shooting To Win – Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) earned an eighth individual stakes winner courtesy of victory for Queensland raider Shooting For Gold (5 g ex Amber’s Crown by Excites) in the Heath 1100 (Gr 3, 1100m) at Caulfield. The Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted-trained five-year-old ran out a neck winner over Generation (Snitzel) and Star Patrol (Starspangledbanner), who finished a length and a half further back in third. Shooting For Gold took his record to eight wins from 19 starts. He is owned by his breeder Joe Rapisarda and sold for $8,000 at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in 2019. Shooting For Gold is the fourth named foal out of six-time winning mare Amber’s Crown and a half-brother to the Group 3-placed River Bird (Epaulette). She is due to foal to Darley shuttler Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) this spring. Shooting To Win, who has had 255 starters, stands at Oakland Park Stud in Western Australia where he commands a fee of $9,900 (inc GST).  

 

Showcasing – The fitting of cheekpieces brought about a reversal in fortunes for Sam Maximus (3 c ex Daring Day by Acclamation) as the three-year-old won for the first time since scoring on his debut by taking out the Hopeful Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Newmarket. Sent out the outsider of the nine-strong field, the James Horton-trained gelding belied his odds as he ran on well inside the final furlong to become the 62nd individual stakes winner for Showcasing (Oasis Dream). Vadream (Brazen Beau) was beaten by a head into second with favourite Great Ambassador (Exceed And Excel) another neck away in third in a bunch finish. An 85,000gns buy out of Book 2 at Tattersalls, Sam Maximus is the second foal out of the placed Daring Day (Acclamation), who herself is closely related to Group 3 juvenile winner Habaayib (Royal Applause). Former shuttler Showcasing, who has had 1,097 starters, stands at Whitsbury Manor Stud where his 2022 fee was listed at £45,000 (approx. AU$76,890).  

 

Swiss Spirit – Batsford Stud resident Swiss Spirit (Invincible Spirit) sired his second individual stakes winner when Tees Spirit (4 g ex Mistress Twister by Pivotal) overcame a tardy start to take out the Abergwaun Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Tipperary. Trained in the UK by Adrian Nicholls, Tess Spirit was winning for the sixth time in 18 starts as he beat favourite Erosandpsyche (Sepoy) by a nose. Moss Tucker (Excelebration) was the same margin away in a tight finish. A homebred for owners Ingleby Bloodstock, Tess Spirit is the ninth foal out of the Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Mistress Twister, making him a half-brother to five winners. Group 3-winning sprinter Swiss Spirit, who has had 271 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of £2,500 (approx. AU$4,260).

 

Territories – Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) runner-up Hoo Ya Mal (3 c ex Sensationally by Montjeu) became the fifth individual stakes winner for Darley’s Territories (Invincible Spirit) when he ran out a comfortable winner of the March Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 6f) at Goodwood. The George Boughey-trained colt is the sixth foal out of the Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) mare Sensationally, who herself is a half-sister to US Grade 2 winner Sun Boat (Machiavellian) out of the Group 1 winner One So Wonderful (Nashwan). Territories, who has had 217 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £10,000 (approx. AU$17,050).

 

US Navy Flag – Love Reigns (2 f ex Humble And Proud by Pivotal) became US Navy Flag’s (War Front) second stakes winner when she was victorious in the Bolton Landing Stakes (Listed, 5.5f) at Saratoga. It was the juvenile filly’s second win from three starts, having finished fourth in the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) at Royal Ascot on her previous start. US Navy Flag, who has now had 32 starters, shuttles to The Oaks Stud in Cambridge where he stands for a fee of $15,000 (plus GST).