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Frankel Fever! Part Two: The Blood

 
 



 

 
Since my interest in horseracing began, I have been enthralled in the study of thoroughbred heritage.  People who tune in to watch only the big races such as the Kentucky Derby do not realize the centuries of foundation building that it took to create these horses.


 

The everlasting legacy horses, such as Eclipse, can have a tremendous influence when they are taken into consideration in the modern-day breeding shed.Frankel is a perfect example of the seamless tapestry made up by looking beyond the fifth generation.


 

Despite doubts that Classic winner, Frankel, would have the ability to run past the one mile distance, his sire’s progeny is known to produce racehorses with both endurance and superiority.Galileo’s offspring who have made headlines include 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, Red Rocks; Rip Van Winkle, Cape Blanco, Lush Lashes, Teofilo, and New Approach who won the 1 ½ mile Epsom Derby in 2008.He is a two-time champion sire, producing eighteen Group I winners-nine of whom are Classic winners.


 

Galileo made news with his own racing career, by winning his first time out by fourteen lengths.He would win the Irish Derby, as well as the Epsom Derby, a race that he won by 3 ½ lengths.Against older horses in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Galileo crossed the wire in front by two lengths.His complete time for the 1 ½ mile affair was 2:27.71.


 

This Sadler’s Wells colt not only earned $2,245,373 in his racing career, but also was voted Three Year Old Champion in Europe.He won six out of his eight starts, placing once, and finishing out of the money once.


 

His pedigree implied greatness as a sire.Being by all-time great, Sadler’s Wells, put him on the path to success, as did his dam, Urban Sea.


 

In 1993, she was declared Champion Older Mare in Europe for her victory against the colts in the Arc.Urban Sea did not fall short as a broodmare, showing amazing consistency in producing outstanding racehorses.She was ranked the top broodmare in both Ireland and England in 2001, and received the ITBA’s award for Outstanding Broodmare in 2005.In 2009, ITBA also awarded Urban Sea with their Special Achievement Award.In the Epsom Derby’s 231 year history, she is one of only two broodmares to produce two horses who crossed the wire first in the Epsom Derby.


 

Aside from Galileo, Urban Sea foaled My Typhoon, who as a weanling, sold for $2.95 million at Tattersalls.My Typhoon went on to be quite popular in the United States by winning the GI Diana Handicap at Saratoga.On the racetrack, My Typhoon earned just over $1.3 million.


 

Cherry Hinton was one of her “lesser” foals, placing in a Group III event, and placing fifth in the Epsom Oaks.


 

Urban Sea foaled two colts who etched their name into the history books as legendary racehorses who should never be overlooked.The first is Galileo, and the other is Sea The Stars who many regard as one of the greatest European racehorses in history.


 

Born in a strong crop of racehorses, Sea The Stars shook the entire racing world in 2009 by winning the Epsom Derby, 2,000 Guineas, and, most notably, the Arc.In a perfect three year old season, Sea The Stars won six Group I’s (three of which were Classics) in just six months. Doubts that he had stamina were silenced when he took the Epsom Derby in come-from-behind fashion.Many consider the colt the greatest racehorse in modern times.


 

Frankel’s dam, Kind, performed well on the racetrack, winning a Stakes race, and finishing third in a Group III event.


 

Kind is a half-sister to Powerscout, explaining Frankel’s similarities to the Group I winner who earned just short of two million dollars on the racetrack.


 

Deeper into Kind’s heritage, I discovered that the successful broodmare had two crosses of Rock Sand, and Fairy Gold, the dam of Fair Play.I also found two crosses of Himyar, the sire of Domino; and also that Bend Or appeared three times in this mare’s pedigree.


 

Lastly, I found five traces of the undefeated St. Simon, a stallion who I admire greatly.Though legendary breeder, Federico Tesio was an advocate against linebreeding, he made exception to seeing multiple crosses of the nine time champion sire, St Simon.Aside from his success on the track and as a sire, St. Simon also proved to be a six-time champion broodmare sire in both Great Britain and Ireland.


 

The theory that only the first five generations affect the way a horse is built does not limit me from searching beyond that boundary when I am studying a racehorse.In my eyes, there is no such thing as a minor detail, which is why I believe the entire pedigree must be taken into consideration when breeding a racehorse.Taking these ancient horses into contemplation sensibly carries through their qualities to the foal in a prominent way.From what I have found, this makes for a stronger horse all around. 
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