Five things we learned from the Breeders’ Cup
Arrogate (left): out of Bubbler, a daughter of Distorted Humor
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Five things we learned from the Breeders' Cup
By Martin Stevens 5:04PM 7 NOV 2016
1 Juddmonte blue hen has remarkable record in Filly & Mare Turf
One mare has exerted an extraordinary influence in the showpiece turf contest for females at the Breeders' Cup. Hasili produced five Group/Grade 1 winners for Juddmonte, including Banks Hill and Intercontinental, who scored in the 2001 and 2005 renewals of the Filly & Mare Turf. Her son Dansili, who did not manage a top-level win but was placed six times in those races including the Breeders' Cup Mile, has now sired two winners of the race – Dank in 2013 and Queen's Trust on Saturday.
For good measure, Banks Hill also finished second in the 2002 Filly & Mare Turf and is the dam of Romantica, runner-up to Dank in the race. Another of Hasili's star daughters, Heat Haze, was a close fourth to Islington in the race in 2003.
Queen's Trust – owned and bred by Cheveley Park Stud out of the Group 3-winning King's Best mare Queen's Best – capped a good night for Dansili at Santa Anita, as his son Flintshire lost little caste in defeat when second to Highland Reel in the Turf. Flintshire now embarks on his stallion career at Hill ‘n' Dale Farms and, with the support of that stud, his breeder Juddmonte, SF Bloodstock and China Horse Club, he should be given every chance to succeed.
2 Hard to find a more exciting filly to breed from than Arc heroine
Another multiple Group 1- winning celebrity who racing fans took to their heart was retired after the Breeders' Cup Turf in the shape of third-placed Found, Coolmore's brilliantly consistent and consistently brilliant filly who failed to reach the frame in just one of her 21 starts.
Found makes a mouthwatering breeding prospect, ticking every box. She was talented at two, winning the Prix Marcel Boussac, and was just touched off in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at three but went on to conquer Golden Horn at the Breeders' Cup at the end of the season. A string of runner-up finishes against colts in Group 1s at four ended with victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last month.
Found also has an unimpeachable pedigree as a daughter of Galileo and another mare who beat the boys at the highest level, Lockinge Stakes heroine Red Evie. Her sisters Best In The World and Magical Dream are also Group 3 winners.
The only question is, which stallion is worthy of her? War Front, Coolmore's preferred outcross for their many Galileo mares in recent years, would have to be favourite, although Fastnet Rock – who has clicked so well with Galileo mares to supply Intricately, Qualify and Rivet – and the up-and-coming Zoffany can count themselves potential suitors.
Or perhaps Coolmore would consider one of the big-hitters in their Kentucky ranks such as American Pharoah or Uncle Mo. Whoever the sire turns out to be, there will be great expectations placed on the first foal of Found.
3 A damsire to look out for with plenty of daughters available
Kentucky-based Distorted Humor has covered himself in glory throughout his career, siring celebrities Any Given Saturday, Drosselmeyer and Funny Cide and appearing as the grandsire of dual Classic winner I'll Have Another. His progeny have also excelled in Europe, with Aesop's Fables, Cursory Glance and Pathfork striking in Group 1s on this side of the Atlantic.
The 23-year-old son of Forty Niner is now proving to be an important broodmare sire, notching two winners at this year's Breeders' Cup meeting in this department – Arrogate in the Classic and New Money Honey in the Juvenile Fillies Turf – along with a third in the Juvenile in previous dual Grade 1 scorer Practical Joke.
They join a list of Grade 1 winners out of Distorted Humor daughters that also includes Book Review, Constitution, Moanin and Molly Morgan.
European breeders who want to jump on the bandwagon have plenty of opportunity to add a mare by the sire to their bands at this winter's breeding-stock sales. There are six at Tattersalls, including Mystic Image (lot 2096), an unraced sister to Cursory Glance, and half-sisters to Breeders' Cup Turf winner Johar (1491) and Rule Of Law (2003); two at Goffs, one of them a daughter of Grade 1 winner Zoftig and a half-sister to another in Zo Impressive (1377); and another two at Arqana, including a daughter of Grade 1 winner Buster's Ready (199).
4 Sire brothers enjoying hot streak
Baby Zip may not be a name familiar to that many in Europe, but she has appeared in the pedigree of many Breeders' Cup winners in recent years thanks to her sire sons City Zip and Ghostzapper.
City Zip was on the mark with a winner at the meeting for the third year in a row, with the victory of Finest City in the Filly & Mare Sprint on Saturday following those of Catch A Glimpse in the Juvenile Fillies Turf last year and Dayatthespa in the Filly & Mare Turf and Work All Week in the Sprint in 2014.
Ghostzapper, the impressive winner of the Classic himself in 2004, sired the first two home, Judy The Beauty and Better Lucky, in the Filly & Mare Sprint in 2014 and his daughter Paulassilverlining was third to Finest City on Saturday. He also features as damsire of Drefong, who captured the Sprint on the same night.
The name Baby Zip in a pedigree is a hallmark of quality for the Breeders' Cup.
5 Obviously shows you don't always need deep pockets
Career earnings of Saturday's Turf Sprint winner Obviously now stand at just under £1.5 million and yet his humble beginnings give hope to everyone in the industry operating on a tight budget.
He was bought by Clare View Farms for just €2,000 at the Goffs February Sale in 2009 and, after being trained by Peter Fahey to win two races, was sold on at Tattersalls in 2011 to Jamie Lloyd and Boomer Bloodstock for 130,000gns to continue his career in the US.
Obviously was bred by Deirdre Cogan when his sire Choisir stood at €9,000, while his dam Leala – a daughter of Montjeu, no less – was bought by Martin Flinter for just €4,500 when offered at the 2010 Goffs February Sale.