Too often, mares do not accept the acclaim they deserve. On the ancestry and bloodstock ancillary of the fence in particular, mares are about disregarded by the accessible and alike by professionals due to the all-inclusive achievement from stallions compared to the on assembly a adult can add to the Thoroughbred citizenry annually.
A acceptable mare, a absolutely acceptable one who ancestor out foals like peas, produces one filly a year. For some mares, however, for some actual appropriate mares, one is enough.
Take the case of Urban Sea (by Miswaki). On the racecourse, she won eight of her 23 races, but the achievement that counted best was the 1993 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. On her best canicule besides the Arc, Urban Sea showed absolutely acceptable form; she was additional in the G1 Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot, additional in the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine, third in the Prix Vermeille and in the Prix Ganay, both at Longchamp.
So, Urban Sea was talented, was tough, and she was a champ at 2 and connected that into her 5-year-old season. Then she went to stud and became a legend.
That’s not the norm; that’s not statistically probable. Nonetheless, Urban Sea did it.
The mare’s aboriginal four foals were all stakes winners. Urban Ocean (Bering) won the Gallinule Stakes. Melikah (Lammtarra) won the Pretty Polly; the mare’s fourth foal, a filly by Sadler’s Wells called Black Sam Bellamy, won the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
That colt’s abounding brother was Urban Sea’s third foal. He won a half-dozen races, including the English Derby, Irish Derby, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. His name is Galileo.
Like his dam and like his sire, Galileo was a appropriate nice aerialist on the racetrack. And back he went to stud, he was a bigger ambassador of racehorses than annihilation like the norm, alike for actual acceptable racehorses and sires.
Currently, Galileo is address bottomward on his aing doubtful ambition as a afford of incomparable accomplishments: he is activity to canyon 300 lifetime stakes winners ancient in the aing year. That’s not article that ability appear or would be nice to happen. Just as the sun will rise tomorrow, Galileo will canyon 300 stakes winners; he has 286 at aftermost count, but that could change any minute. Galileo is additionally the arch afford in England and Ireland for the 10th time, the ninth in a row.
Over the weekend, Galileo’s babe Magical won her aboriginal G1 stakes in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes; the 3-year-old abounding sister to three-time G1 champ Rhododendron was already a G2 stakes winner. On the Champions Day card, the accessible affection at 10 furlongs was the Champion Stakes, and for the additional year in a row, the chase went to Cracksman, the best son of Frankel to date.
Unbeaten Frankel was the best antagonism son of Galileo, and the best bay is behest to be the best son at stud also. With about three dozen stakes winners to date, Frankel is represented by three crops of antagonism age, led by the 4-year-old Cracksman.
In the Champion, Cracksman won his chase at the amount of Crystal Ocean, one of the chic racers of 2018 by the once-beaten Sea the Stars (Cape Cross). A champ of the English Derby, 2,000 Guineas, Eclipse Stakes, Irish Champion, and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Sea the Stars is one of the four stakes winners from the aftermost six foals from Urban Sea.
A half-brother to Galileo, Sea the Stars has been a mightily able afford of archetypal performers, with Oaks champ Taghrooda, English Derby champ Harzand, and German Derby champ Sea the Moon amid the sire’s best performers to date from about four dozen stakes winners. The arch racers by Sea the Stars this division accommodate Cloth of Stars (G1 Prix Ganay) and Stradivarius, champ of the British Champions Long Distance Cup on Saturday and the arch stayer in England who is best in bristles starts in 2018. Additionally on Saturday, the filly Listen In (Sea the Stars) won the Prix du Conseil du Paris (about 12 furlongs) at Chantilly.
Without doubt, Galileo and Sea the Stars are the primary conduits for overextension the access of their acclaimed dam throughout the pedigrees of the world.
Of the eight stakes winners out of Urban Sea, Galileo and Sea the Stars are aeon of the branch in antagonism and breeding. Everywhere, they are advised amid the best of the best. Archetypal winners and sires of archetypal winners and champions, they are not, however, the alone important producers of important antagonism banal that Urban Sea has produced.
One of the ironies of ancestry is that Urban Sea, as abundant a broodmare as she was, had alone 11 called foals. That is 10 percent (or less) of the assembly from a accepted adolescent in a distinct year. From Urban Sea’s baby pool, however, she has launched a abundant course of bloodstock about the world.
Frank Mitchell is columnist of Racehorse Ancestry Theories, as able-bodied as the book Abundant Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks. In accession to autograph the cavalcade “Sires and Dams” in Circadian Antagonism Form for about 15 years, he has contributed accessories to Thoroughbred Circadian News, Thoroughbred Times, Thoroughbred Record, International Thoroughbred, and added above publications. In addition, Frank is arch of biomechanics for DataTrack International and is a hands-on babysitter of his own broodmares and foals in Central Kentucky. Check out Frank’s lively Bloodstock in the Bluegrass blog.
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