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PRACTICAL JOKE Brilliant Gr.1 winner at 2 and 3 years
CLASSIC EMPIRE Champion 2YO and triple Gr.1 winner
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4 AIR FORCE BLUE
Triple Gr.1 winning champion 2YO byWar Front
8 AMERICAN PHAROAH An all-time great and the first Triple Crown winner for 37 years Private 14 CLASSIC EMPIRE Gr.1 winner at 2 and 3 by Pioneerof The Nile $35,000 18 COMPETITIVE EDGE Brilliant Gr.1 winning 2YO by Super Saver $7,500 22 CUPID Impressive Gr.1 winner by Tapit $12,500 26 DECLARATION OF WAR A leading Freshman sire of 2017 with 4 Graded Stakes horses $25,000 30 FUSAICHI PEGASUS 76 Stakes winners worldwide $7,500 34 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY Triple Champion sire and twice Champion 2YO sire $75,000 38 LOOKIN AT LUCKY Champion racehorse and proven sire by Smart Strike $17,500 42 MAGICIAN Classic and Breeders’ Cup winner by Galileo $7,500 46 MUNNINGS His Gr.1 winners include I’m a Chatterbox and El Deal $25,000 50 PRACTICAL JOKE Gr.1 winner at 2 and 3 by Into Mischief $30,000 54 SHANGHAI BOBBY An exciting Freshman sire in 2017 by Harlan’s Holiday $15,000 58 TALE OF THE CAT Proven Gr.1 sire with 78 SW’s in the northern hemisphere $25,000 62 UNCLE MO A brilliant young sire with 30 SW’s in his first 2 crops $125,000 68 VANCOUVER Champion and a brilliant 2YO by Medaglia d’Oro $15,000 74 VERRAZANO Record-breaking Haskell winner by More Than Ready $17,500 New New New
7 champion juveniles are standing at Ashford for 2018
TRIPLE GR.1 WINNING EUROPEAN CHAMPION 2YO Height: 16.0½ Won from 6f. to 7f.
• The best juvenile by War Front . • The highest-rated 2YO ever from the Danzig sire line. • The only 2YO in Europe to win 3 consecutive Gr.1 races since 2001!
Air Force Blue is completely dominant in the Dewhurst S.-Gr.1 and wins by 3¼ lengths.
AIR FORCE BLUE Bay Colt; foaled 2013
Northern Dancer Pas de Nom Rubiano Lara's Star Wavering Monarch Carlotta Maria Seeking the Gold Starlet Storm
AIR FORCE BLUE
Circle of Gold....................
By WAR FRONT (2002). Black-type winner of $424,205, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders' Cup H. [G2] (SAR, $124,920), etc. Among the leading sires, sire of 8 crops of racing age, 565 foals, 431 starters, 64 black-type winners, 308 winners of 847 races and earning $46,028,788, 3 champions, including Lines of Battle [G1] ($1,286,753), Declaration of War [G1] ($1,848,565), US Navy Flag [G1] ($635,151), Roly Poly [G1] (to 3, 2017, $946,235), The Factor [G1] ($922,180), Avenge [G1] ($868,341), etc. 1st dam Chatham , by Maria's Mon. 3 wins at 2 and 3, $156,431, 2nd Esplanade S. [L] (FG, $20,000), 3rd Instant Racing Breeders' Cup S. [L] (OP, $10,000). Dam of 6 foals, 4 winners, including-- AIR FORCE BLUE (c. by War Front). Black-type winner, below. Schon Meer (c. by Arch). Winner at 3, ¥20,550,000, in Japan. (Total: $185,779). Soleil de Paris (c. by Lemon Drop Kid). 2 wins in 4 starts at 3, 2017, ¥14,000,000, in Japan. (Total: $125,795). 2nd dam CIRCLE OF GOLD, by Seeking the Gold. Unraced. Sister to FLANDERS . Dam of-- Chatham (f. by Maria's Mon). Black-type-placed winner, above. Starlight Tiara. Placed at 3, $9,750. Dam of 2 winners, including-- SURFSIDE TIARA (f. by Scat Daddy). 2 wins at 2, $109,125, Anoakia S. (SA, $44,100). Lost Gold. Unraced. Dam of 2 foals, 1 to race-- MISS DOUBLE D'ORO (f. by Medaglia d'Oro). 3 wins at 3 and 4, placed at 5, 2017, $219,242, Arboretum II S. (SA, $47,700), Wine Country S. (SR, $32,950), 2nd Senator Ken Maddy S. [G3] (SA, $20,000), Mizdirec- tion S. (SA, $15,800), 3rd Giant's Causeway S. [L] (KEE, $10,000), etc. 3rd dam STARLET STORM, by Storm Bird. 2 wins in 2 starts at 3, $35,200. Sister to STORM STAR [G3] , half-sister to SYOURINOMEGAMI (Total: $2,292,- 723), Choctaw Ridge [G3] ($87,651, sire). Dam of 8 winners, including-- FLANDERS . 4 wins in 5 starts at 2, $805,000, champion 2-year-old filly, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies [G1] , Frizette S. [G1] , etc. Dam of SURF- SIDE [G1] ($1,852,987, champion 3-year-old filly, dam of IRISH SURF [G3] , $277,910; Shark [L], $183,076; granddam of HIGH CELEBRITY [G3] ), BATTLE PLAN [G2] , $373,143, sire), Flanders Fields ($135,631, sire). Granddam of OPEN WATER [G2] ($310,366), HOLY REINA , Island Warrior [G3] , etc. Black-type-placed winners: Late Edition (sire), Cobb's Creek (sire). RACE RECORD: Hwt. colt at 2 on European Hand., In Ireland. At 2, 3 wins (Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S. [G1] , Keeneland Phoenix S. [G1] ) in 3 starts; at 3, unplaced in 2 starts. Earned € 331,420. In England. At 2, one win (Dubai Dewhurst S. [G1] ), once 2nd (Coventry S. [G2] ) in 2 starts; at 3, unplaced in 2 starts. Earned £309,350. (Total: $844,919).
GSW’s BY AIR FORCE BLUE'S SIRE WAR FRONT: NAME SIRE OF DAM SIRE OF 2ND DAM GRADE AIR FORCE BLUE Maria's Mon Seeking e Gold Gr.1 AMERICAN PATRIOT Tiznow Notebook Gr.1 AVENGE Woodman Nijinsky Gr.1 BRAVE ANNA Sadler's Wells Danehill Dancer Gr.1 DATA LINK Known Fact Deputy Minister Gr.1 DECLARATION OF WAR Rahy Gone West Gr.1 HELENE SUPER STAR Arch His Majesty Gr.1 HIT IT A BOMB Sadler's Wells Danehill Dancer Gr.1 JACK MILTON Forty Niner Believe it Gr.1 PEACE AND WAR Smart Strike Gilded Time Gr.1 ROLY POLY Galileo Storm Cat Gr.1 SUMMER SOIREE Mazel Trick Silver Hawk Gr.1 THE FACTOR Miswaki Icecapade Gr.1 U S NAVY FLAG Galileo Storm Cat Gr.1 WAR COMMAND Red Ransom His Majesty Gr.1 WAR FLAG Arch His Majesty Gr.1 WARNING FLAG Unbridled's Song Jade Hunter Gr.1 BASHART Clever Trick Inverness Drive Gr.2 CAMBODIA Smart Strike Known Fact Gr.2 DEPARTING Pulpit Forty Niner Gr.2 ON LEAVE A.P. Indy Spectacular Bid Gr.2 PONTCHATRAIN Housebuster Mr Prospector Gr.2 SOLDAT Coronado's Quest Apalachee Gr.2 SPIRIT OF VALOR Grindstone Known Fact Gr.2 STATE OF PLAY Procida Nijinsky Gr.2 SUMMER FRONT El Prado Cherokee Colony Gr.2 WAR DANCER Alydeed Silver Hawk Gr.2 WAR DECREE Street Cry Royal Applause Gr.2 HOMESMAN Red Ransom His Majesty Gr.3 INTELLIGENCE CROSS Unbridled's Song Jade Hunter Gr.3 JOURNEY HOME A.P. Indy Pleasant Colony Gr.3 LONG ISLAND SOUND Pulpit Kris S. Gr.3 NATIVE BOMBSHELL Pulpit Storm Cat Gr.3 PEACE PRESERVER Forty Niner Believe It Gr.3 ROYAL ARTILLERY Dynaformer Mr Prospector Gr.3 WAR CORRESPONDENT Rahy Gone West Gr.3 WAR DISPATCH Unbridled's Song Arch Gr.3 MATING SUGGESTIONS: Excellence as a 2YO has been the hallmark of many of Ashford Stud’s most successful stallions, such as Giant’s Causeway, Scat Daddy and Uncle Mo. Air Force Blue excelled at that age in England and Ireland and was rated Europe’s best 2YO with a Timeform rating of 128p, after winning three consecutive Gr.1 races. He took the Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs and both the National Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes over seven. A $490,000 yearling, Air Force Blue comes from the sixth crop by War Front whose previous five crops had all been sired at fees of €15,000 or less. The son of Danzig has amassed an impressive percentage of Graded/Group winners, with 36 among the 399 runners from his first 7 crops - this equates to a world-class figure of more than 9 per cent and War Front seems destined to follow in Danzig’s footsteps as an important sire of sires. 6
Although Air Force Blue made his name on turf, both his parents and both his grandsires did all their winning on dirt, so he is entitled to prove as versatile as War Front regarding his progeny’s surface requirements. His second dam, Circle of Gold, is a sister to Flanders, America’s champion two-year-old filly of 1994 and dam of another American champion Surfside. Air Force Blue has the advantage of having none of the SEATTLE SLEW blood which helped Flanders produce the multiple Gr.1 winner Surfside. War Front has sired Graded winners from mares by A.P. INDY and his son PULPIT , achieving an impressive 21 per cent black-type winners with daughters of PULPIT . This suggests daughters of TAPIT could play to Air Force Blue’s strengths. War Front has several good winners inbred 2x4 to DANZIG , including the Gr.1 winners War Flag, Hit It A Bomb (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) and Brave Anna. Some of these good winners have dams by ARCH , who was out of a DANZIG mare. Mares by sons of DANZIG will create 3x3 inbreeding. The great MR PROSPECTOR , who has combined extremely well with the Danzig male line, will be back in the fifth and sixth generations of Air Force Blue’s foals. This means he has plenty of scope to shine with mares from this prolific male line. War Front has Gr.1 winners out of mares by FORTY NINER , MISWAKI , SMART STRIKE and WOODMAN . Other sons of War Front have already sired Graded winners from daughters of GULCH , CITY ZIP and Forty Niner’s grandson TRIPPI , The FAPPIANO branch is another attractive option, as War Front has three black-type winners from his first 20 foals out of UNBRIDLED’S SONG mares, as well as a Gr.2 winner from a GRINDSTONE mare. Air Force Blue is well worth trying with mares by Mr Prospector’s grandsons, such as STREET CRY (War Front has two black-type winners from his first six foals) and ELUSIVE QUALITY . Mares from the SADLER’S WELLS line should also shine with Air Force Blue. War Front has two Gr.1 2YO winners out of a SADLER’S WELLS mare, two Gr.1 winners out of a GALILEO mare (including 2017 Dewhurst Stakes and Middle Park Stakes winner U S Navy Flag) and a Gr.2 winner out of an EL PRADO mare. Mares by MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY are therefore likeable options. At least six other grandsons of Danzig have sired Gr.1 winners from STORM CAT line mares, including from daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY , HENNESSY , TALE OF THE CAT and FOREST WILDCAT . Mares by SCAT DADDY should be guaranteed to produce good 2YO’s. War Front has Graded winners from mares by two BLUSHING GROOM line stallions, including the top-class Declaration of War from a RAHY mare. The ROBERTO male line should also suit well, as War Front has Graded winners from daughters of DYNAFORMER and RED RANSOM , and from mares by ARCH , a son of KRIS S . He also has Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners with second dams by SILVER HAWK .
❝ Air Force Blue’s superiority was overwhelming and assured him of champion two-year-old status ~
❝ the imposing bay delivered another masterclass ~ , after winning the Gr.1 National Stakes by 3 lengths
Timeform Racehorses of 2015, after winning the Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes by 3¼ lengths
❝ the acceleration was instant ~ RACING P O ST, after winning the Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes by 2 lengths
Won from 7f. to 1 ½ m.
Dual Gr.1-winning Champion 2YO. The first Triple Crown winner for 37 years. Record-breaking winner of the
Breeders’ Cup Classic. 8 Grade 1 wins by a combined 38¼ lengths and retired sound.
AMERICAN PHAROAH Bay Horse; foaled 2012
Unbridled Toussaud Lord At War (ARG) Castle Eight Storm Cat Key Phrase
Pioneerof the Nile............
Star of Goshen..................
Ecliptical Zetta Jet
By PIONEEROF THE NILE (2006). Black-type winner of $1,634,200, CashCall Futurity [G1] (HOL, $400,000), etc. Among the leading sires, sire of 5 crops of racing age, 434 foals, 273 starters, 19 black-type winners, 175 winners of 389 races and earning $27,431,888, 3 champions, including American Pharoah ($8,650,300, Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby [G1] (CD, $1,418,800), etc.), Classic Empire ($2,520,220, Breeders' Cup Juvenile [G1] (SA, $1,100,000), etc.), Midnight Storm [G1] ($1,783,110), Cairo Prince [G2] . 1st dam LITTLEPRINCESSEMMA, by Yankee Gentleman. Unplaced in 2 starts. Dam of 4 foals, all winners, including-- AMERICAN PHAROAH (c. by Pioneerof the Nile). Horse of the year, below. American Cleopatra (f. by Pioneerof the Nile). Winner at 2, $98,519, 2nd Del Mar Debutante S. [G1] (DMR, $60,000). St Patrick's Day (c. by Pioneerof the Nile). Winner in 2 starts at 2, 2017, $48,000. 2nd dam EXCLUSIVE ROSETTE , by Ecliptical. 3 wins at 2 and 3, $27,281, Florida Thor- oughbred Charities S.-R (OTC, $15,000). Set ncr at Atlantic City. Dam of-- STORM WOLF (c. by Stormin Fever). 3 wins in 5 starts at 3, $147,840, Lazaro Barrera Memorial S. [G2] (HOL, $90,000). Sire. MISTY ROSETTE (f. by Stormin Fever). 4 wins at 2 and 3, $184,021, Old Hat S. [G3] (GP, $60,000), Crank It Up S. (MTH, $33,000), Sandpiper S. (TAM, $27,000), 3rd Darley Test S. [G1] (SAR, $25,000), Forward Gal S. [G2] (GP, $16,500). Producer. Vintage Red. 2 wins at 3, $73,584. Dam of 5 winners, including-- Red Raffles (g. by Bold n' Flashy). 5 wins, 3 to 5, $309,125, in Canada, 2nd Vice Regent S.-R (WO, $25,000), 3rd Achievement S.-R (WO, $16,500), Deputy Minister S.-R (WO, $13,750). (Total: $290,530). Lea's Moon. 2 wins at 3, $124,211, in Canada. (Total: $120,622). Dam of Ellas My Love (c. by Pool Play, at 2, 2017, Total: $42,951, 3rd OLG/ OR Simcoe S.-R (WO, $20,000)). 3rd dam ZETTA JET, by Tri Jet. Unplaced. Dam of 8 winners, including-- EXCLUSIVE ROSETTE . Black-type winner, above. RACE RECORD: At 2, champion 2-year-old colt, 2 wins (Del Mar Futurity [G1] (DMR, $180,000), FrontRunner S. [G1] (SA, $180,000)) in 3 starts; at 3, horse of the year, champion 3-year-old colt, Triple Crown, 7 wins (Ken- tucky Derby [G1] (CD, $1,418,800), Preakness S. [G1] (PIM, $900,000), Belmont S. [G1] (BEL, $800,000), Breeders' Cup Classic [G1] (KEE, $2,750,000)-ntr, 1 1/4 mi. in 2:00, William Hill Haskell Invitational S. [G1] (MTH, $1,100,000), Arkansas Derby [G1] (OP, $600,000), Rebel S. [G2] (OP, $450,000)), once 2nd (Travers S. [G1] (SAR, $270,000)) in 8 starts. Totals: 9 wins, once 2nd in 11 starts. Earned $8,650,300.
LEADING PERFORMERS BY AMERICAN PHAROAH'S SIRE PIONEEROF THE NILE: NAME SIRE OF DAM SIRE OF 2ND DAM GRADE AMERICAN PHAROAH Yankee Gentleman Ecliptical Gr.1 CLASSIC EMPIRE Cat ief Miswaki Gr.1 MIDNIGHT STORM Bertrando Darby Creek Road Gr.1 CAIRO PRINCE Holy Bull Accipiter Gr.2 JOJO WARRIOR Carson City Deputy Minister Gr.2 CASH CONTROL Mt Livermore Roberto Gr.3 DARK NILE Bernardini Chief 's Crown Gr.3 LEVANTE LION Ghostzapper Dynaformer Gr.3 VINCEREMOS More an Ready Double Zeus Gr.3 CONQUEST TOP GUN Jump Start Relaunch SW COURTIER Touch Gold A.P. Indy SW EIGHTH WONDER Pioneering Magesterial SW HAIL TO THE NILE Fly So Free Never Tabled SW HIEROGLYPHICS Limehouse Mountain Cat SW INSTA ERMA Woodman El Gran Senor SW SISTER BLUES Wild Again Cure e Blues SW AMERICAN CLEOPATRA Yankee Gentleman Ecliptical Gr.1-pl CATCH MY DRIFT Yonaguska Tabasco Cat Gr.1-pl CONQUEST COBRA Silver Deputy Ogygian Gr.1-pl SOCIAL INCLUSION Saint Ballado Runaway Groom Gr.1-pl RIVER DANCER eatrical Clever Trick Gr.2-pl COLONIST Bluegrass Cat Fortunate Prospect Gr.3-pl MARGARET REAY Include Tour d'Or Gr.3-pl PIONEEROF THE WEST Forestry Affirmed Gr.3-pl MATING SUGGESTIONS: If any horse was ever going to end the long wait for a Triple Crown hero, there was a strong chance that he would be a representative of the Fappiano male line. Fappiano’s son Unbridled gave this male line its first success in a Triple Crown event when he won the 1990 Kentucky Derby. Two other sons of Fappiano made an impact on the Triple Crown, with the two colts who dominated the 1998 races being by Quiet American and Cryptoclearance. It has been Unbridled, though, who has been the male line’s main flagbearer. He sired winners of each of the Triple Crown races and his Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone went on to sire a Belmont Stakes winner, who in turn sired winners of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont. Unbridled’s son Empire Maker found only one too good for him in the Kentucky Derby as did Empire Maker’s son Pioneerof The Nile. Although American Pharoah wasn’t able to contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he had been so impressive in winning the Gr.1 Del Mar Futurity and Gr.1 FrontRunner Stakes that the compilers of the Experimental Free Handicap felt compelled to award him joint-top weight with the Juvenile winner. He secured the Eclipse Award and of course justified all the confidence shown in him, extending his winning sequence to eight. In the process he showed all the talent, versatility, durability and courage which entitle him to the greatest respect as a stallion. His pedigree is a blend of speed and stamina, as his dam Littleprincessemma is closely related to Storm Wolf (Gr.2 Lazaro Barrera Memorial over 7f.) and Misty Rosette (Gr.3 winner over 6½f.). American Pharoah’s bloodlines allow him tremendous scope. Mr Prospector will be back in the sixth generation of his foals and his pedigree is free of such as A.P. INDY , SEATTLE SLEW , DANZIG , SADLER’S WELLS , DEPUTY MINISTER , ROBERTO and HALO . Even STORM CAT will be back in the fourth generation of his foals and FAPPIANO in the fifth, allowing a second line. 10
Empire Maker sired Gr.1 winners from mares by three different sons of SEATTLE SLEW , including the three-time champion Royal Delta from an A.P. INDY mare. Altogether he sired 8% black-type winners from daughters of A.P. INDY . American Pharoah must be a prime candidate for daughters of A.P. INDY and his sons, especially those who combine A.P. INDY with MR PROSPECTOR , such as PULPIT , MALIBU MOON and MINESHAFT . Daughters of TAPIT would have every chance of transmitting American Pharoah’s Triple Crown prowess, as they create 4x4 to UNBRIDLED . The same could be said of daughters of BERNARDINI , broodmare sire of Pioneerof The Nile’s Gr.3 winner Dark Nile. Empire Maker sired 16% black-type winners from daughters of SEEKING THE GOLD . There are numerous other options from this MR PROSPECTOR male line, including KINGMAMBO , CARSON CITY , SMART STRIKE , CURLIN , DISTORTED HUMOR , SPEIGHTSTOWN (4x4 to Storm Cat) and STREET CRY . Mares by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and other sons of Storm Cat create only 4x3 to STORM CAT . This is well worth trying, as Empire Maker sired Bodemeister and In Lingerie from daughters of STORM CAT . In addition to American Pharoah, Pioneerof The Nile sired the champion 2YO Classic Empire from a grand-daughter of STORM CAT . Empire Maker sired a Gr.1 winner from a mare by Danzig, plus Gr.2 winners from mares by BELONG TO ME and PINE BLUFF . This suggests American Pharoah could thrive with mares by other dirt performers by DANZIG , such as WAR FRONT and HARD SPUN . EL PRADO and his sons MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY represent the SADLER’S WELLS line. Empire Maker and Pioneerof The Nile have both sired black-type winners from a daughter of TOUCH GOLD . Pioneerof The Nile also has a Gr.3-winning juvenile with a dam by GHOSTZAPPER . Pioneerof The Nile is shaping up with the HAIL TO REASON line, siring the Gr.3 winner Vinceremos from a MORE THAN READY mare and Preakness third Social Inclusion from a SAINT BALLADO mare. HOLY BULL is the broodmare sire of Cairo Prince, another one of Pioneerof The Nile’s best sons.
“American Pharoah just seems to be putting an intangible quality in his foals. They kind of have this swagger and this balance...They are nothing short of awesome” Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Racing Post, Kentucky November Sales Special
$500,000 filly ex LIFE AT TEN at Keeneland Nov.
“We just thought she was a beautiful, balanced filly, and maybe one of the best in the sale. She’s out of a Grade 1 winner and she’s all class, so we’ll take a shot…The sky’s the limit for American Pharoah.” B RIAN G RAVES OF B LUE S KY S TABLES
$400,000 colt ex KINDLE at Keeneland Nov.
“He had a great presence and a great walk. For me, he was the best American Pharoah here. The sire speaks for himself. He was such a wonderful racehorse, so we had to get a piece of the action. [The American Pharoah’s] all have tremendous action and great presence. They all look like they’ll run.”
P ETER O’C ALLAGHAN OF C AVALIER B LOODSTOCK
$1,000,000 lly ex UNTOUCHED TALENT at Fasig-Tipton. “We love her type, and her pedigree is outstanding, obviously… We’re looking at [American Pharoah] fillies… He looks very promising.” E MMANUEL DE S EROUX OF N ARVICK I NTERNATIONAL
“I'm going to tell you these American Pharoahs are going to blow through the roof. The ones I've seen are outstanding and he's stamping them - they have huge shoulders and great hips, good length and scope.” R EILEY M C D ONALD
Height: 16.1½ Won from 4 ½ f. to 1 1 / 8 m.
Champion 2YO & Grade 1 winning 3YO. By PIONEEROF THE NILE . From the family of HARLAN'S HOLIDAY . Bred on the same cross as AMERICAN PHAROAH .
Classic Empire shows his class in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1
CLASSIC EMPIRE Bay Colt; foaled 2014
Unbridled Toussaud Lord At War (ARG) Castle Eight Storm Cat Train Robbery Miswaki Forever Waving
Pioneerof the Nile............
Star of Goshen..................
Sambuca Classica............ (2004)
In Her Glory......................
By PIONEEROF THE NILE (2006). Black-type winner of $1,634,200, CashCall Futurity [G1] (HOL, $400,000), etc. Among the leading sires, sire of 5 crops of racing age, 434 foals, 273 starters, 19 black-type winners, 175 winners of 389 races and earning $27,431,888, 3 champions, including American Pharoah ($8,650,300, Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby [G1] (CD, $1,418,800), etc.), Classic Empire ( $2,520,220, Breeders' Cup Juvenile [G1] (SA, $1,100,000), etc.), Midnight Storm [G1] ($1,783,110), Cairo Prince [G2] . 1st dam SAMBUCA CLASSICA, by Cat Thief. Placed at 3, $8,663, in Canada. (Total: $13,896). Dam of 5 foals, 4 to race, all winners-- CLASSIC EMPIRE (c. by Pioneerof the Nile). Champion, below. ANYTIMEMAGIC (g. by Fusaichi Pegasus). 15 wins, 2 to 6, $202,945, Lost in the Fog S. (GG, $30,450), Everett Nevin Alameda County S.-R (PLN, $33,150). UPTOWN TWIRL (f. by Twirling Candy). 4 wins at 2 and 3, $170,714, Surfside S. (LRC, $45,000), Pleasanton Oaks (OTP, $31,500), 2nd Anoakia S. (SA, $14,700). Song Girl (f. by Songandaprayer). 3 wins at 2 and 3, $84,644. 2nd dam IN HER GLORY , by Miswaki. 6 wins, 2 to 4, $199,244, Garland of Roses S. (AQU, $28,740), 3rd Acorn S. [G1] , Gazelle H. [G1] , Davona Dale S. [G3] . Half-sister to Uncharted Waters (3 wins, $117,290, 3rd Revidere S. (MTH, $3,850)). Dam of 10 foals to race, 7 winners, including-- Seattle Glory (c. by Seattle Slew). 4 wins at 3 and 4, $109,150, 3rd Skip Trial S. (MTH, $5,500). Combanchera (f. by Seattle Slew). 2 wins at 2, $87,235, 2nd Maid of the Mist S.-R (BEL, $20,000), 3rd East View S.-R (AQU, $8,885). Dam of- BAY PARK BOY (g. by Johannesburg). 3 wins at 2 and 4, $166,567, Aspi- rant S.-R (FL, $75,832), 3rd New York Breeders' Futurity-R (FL, $26,088). Emblem's Glory. Winner at 3, $19,436. Dam of 5 foals, all winners, including-- Atrevete (g. by Artie Schiller). 3 wins at 2 and 3, $21,382, 3rd Clasico Jose Coll Vidal S. Z Smoking Gun. 6 wins, 2 to 5, 2017, $108,110. Forever Sunshine. Unraced. Dam of 4 foals, 2 to race, including-- BRONX BEAUTY (f. by Liaison). 2 wins in 3 starts at 2, 2017, $60,720, Colleen S. (MTH, $34,200). RACE RECORD: At 2, champion 2-year-old colt, 4 wins (Breeders' Cup Juvenile [G1] (SA, $1,100,000), Claiborne Breeders' Futurity [G1] (KEE, $300,000), Bashford Manor S. [G3] (CD, $59,520)) in 5 starts; at 3, 2017, one win (Arkansas Derby [G1] (OP, $600,000)), once 2nd (Preakness S. [G1] (PIM, $300,000)), once 3rd (Holy Bull S. [G2] (GP, $34,300)). Totals: 5 wins, once 2nd, once 3rd in 9 starts. Earned $2,520,220.
BEST RUNNERS BY CLASSIC EMPIRE'S SIRE PIONEEROF THE NILE: NAME SIRE OF DAM SIRE OF 2ND DAM GRADE AMERICAN PHAROAH Yankee Gentleman Ecliptical Gr.1 CLASSIC EMPIRE Cat ief Miswaki Gr.1 MIDNIGHT STORM Bertrando Darby Creek Road Gr.1 CAIRO PRINCE Holy Bull Accipiter Gr.2 JOJO WARRIOR Carson City Deputy Minister Gr.2 CASH CONTROL Mt Livermore Roberto Gr.3 DARK NILE Bernardini Chief 's Crown Gr.3 LEVANTE LION Ghostzapper Dynaformer Gr.3 VINCEREMOS More an Ready Double Zeus Gr.3 CONQUEST TOP GUN Jump Start Relaunch SW COURTIER Touch Gold A.P. Indy SW EIGHTH WONDER Pioneering Magesterial SW HAIL TO THE NILE Fly So Free Never Tabled SW HIEROGLYPHICS Limehouse Mountain Cat SW INSTA ERMA Woodman El Gran Senor SW SISTER BLUES Wild Again Cure e Blues SW AMERICAN CLEOPATRA Yankee Gentleman Ecliptical Gr.1-pl CATCH MY DRIFT Yonaguska Tabasco Cat Gr.1-pl CONQUEST COBRA Silver Deputy Ogygian Gr.1-pl SOCIAL INCLUSION Saint Ballado Runaway Groom Gr.1-pl RIVER DANCER eatrical Clever Trick Gr.2-pl COLONIST Bluegrass Cat Fortunate Prospect Gr.3-pl MARGARET REAY Include Tour d'Or Gr.3-pl PIONEEROF THE WEST Forestry Affirmed Gr.3-pl MATING SUGGESTIONS: When the voters nominated their 2016 Eclipse Award champions, Classic Empire took the 2YO male title with a landslide 248 votes out of a possible 248. It is fair to say that he dominated his generation from the moment he made a winning debut three days before the Kentucky Derby. From then on it was Graded stakes only and he remained unbeaten, except for the time he lost his rider in the Gr.1 Hopeful Stakes. Fast enough to take the Gr.3 Bashford Manor Stakes over six furlongs in early July, Classic Empire was much the best in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Futurity and he showed courage as well as class in repelling Not This Time’s challenge in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile earning a 102 Beyer Speed Figure. Despite this demanding juvenile campaign, Classic Empire trained on well, notably taking the Gr.1 Arkansas Derby and running a head second in the Gr.1 Preakness. A $475,000 Keeneland September yearling, Classic Empire also has the pedigree of a potentially high-class stallion. He’s bred along similar lines to Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, as both were sired by Pioneerof The Nile from grand-daughters of Storm Cat. Like American Pharoah, Classic Empire enjoys the significant benefit of having a pedigree free of such as A.P. INDY , SEATTLE SLEW , DANZIG , SADLER’S WELLS , DEPUTY MINISTER , ROBERTO and HALO . His two lines to Mr Prospector will be no closer than the fifth and sixth generations of his foals’ pedigrees. Even STORM CAT will be back in the fourth generation and Fappiano in the fifth. Empire Maker sired Gr.1 winners from mares by three different sons of SEATTLE SLEW , including Royal Delta from an A.P. INDY mare. Altogether he sired 8% black-type winners from daughters of A.P. INDY . Empire Maker’s son Bodemeister has sired the fast Gr.2 winner American Anthem from an A.P. INDY mare. Classic Empire must be a prime candidate for daughters of A.P. INDY and his sons. Daughters of TAPIT create 4x4 to the powerful classic influence UNBRIDLED . Daughters of BERNARDINI , broodmare sire of Pioneerof The Nile’s Gr.3 winner Dark Nile, should also help Classic Empire sire potential Triple Crown performers. 16
Empire Maker sired 16% black-type winners from daughters of SEEKING THE GOLD . There are numerous other options from this MR PROSPECTOR male line, including KINGMAMBO , CARSON CITY , SMART STRIKE , CURLIN , DISTORTED HUMOR , SPEIGHTSTOWN (4x4 to Storm Cat) and STREET CRY . Mares by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and other sons of Storm Cat create only 4x3 to STORM CAT . This is well worth trying, as Empire Maker sired Bodemeister and In Lingerie from daughters of STORM CAT . Empire Maker sired a Gr.1 winner from a mare by DANZIG , plus Gr.2 winners from mares by Danzig’s sons BELONG TO ME and PINE BLUFF . This suggests Classic Empire could thrive with mares by other dirt performers by DANZIG , such as WAR FRONT , HARD SPUN and EXCHANGE RATE . EL PRADO and his sons MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY represent the SADLER’S WELLS line. Empire Maker and Pioneerof The Nile have both sired black-type winners from a daughter of TOUCH GOLD . This suggests daughters of AWESOME AGAIN , DEHERE and GHOSTZAPPER , especially as Pioneerof The Nile has a Gr.3-winning juvenile with a dam by GHOSTZAPPER . Pioneerof The Nile is shaping up with the HAIL TO REASON line, siring the Gr.3 winner Vinceremos from a MORE THAN READY mare and Preakness third Social Inclusion from a SAINT BALLADO mare. HOLY BULL is the broodmare sire of Cairo Prince, another of Pioneerof The Nile’s best sons. “…the GI Breeders’Cup Juvenile fell to Classic Empire , a colt by Pioneerof the Nile ... Classic Empire is therefore guaranteed to be popular when the time comes for him to take up stallion duties... American Pharoah [also by Pioneerof the Nile] is out of a granddaughter of Storm Cat and so is Classic Empire ... Breeders will ultimately like the fact that Classic Empire’s female line, descending from Alanesian , produced that very successful sire Harlan’s Holiday .” Andrew Caulfield’s Pedigree Insights , TDN, 7th Nov 2016 ❝ one of the most impressive performances ever seen in the BC Juvenile ~ Steve Haskin , Bloodhorse.com, 20th October 2017
Won from 6f. to 1m.
Exceptional Gr.1-winning 2YO and record-breaking 3YO.
Competitive Edge wins the Hopeful S.-Gr.1 by 5¾ lengths.
❝ when he comes out of the stallion barn to pose for visitors, he’s got the swag of a rugged matinee idol… he looks like the early-maturing speed horse that he was, and it doesn’t take much imagination to visualize him reproducing his well-muscled, quick-twitch type. ~ Sid Fernando + Observations , February 28, 2016
COMPETITIVE EDGE Bay Horse; foaled 2012
Wavering Monarch Carlotta Maria A.P. Indy Get Lucky Seeking the Gold Seaside Attraction Dehere Synformer
Magdalena's Chase.......... (2005)
By SUPERSAVER (2007). Classic winner of $1,889,766, Kentucky Derby [G1] (CD, $1,425,200), etc. Sire of 4 crops of racing age, 421 foals, 274 starters, 13 black-type winners, 166 winners of 378 races and earning $13,137,264, including champion Runhappy ($1,496,250, Breeders' Cup Sprint [G1] (KEE, $820,000)-ntr, etc.), Competitive Edge ($519,280, Hopeful S. [G1] (SAR, $210,000), etc.), Embellish the Lace [G1] (3 wins, $441,540), Inside Straight [G2] (to 4, 2017, $752,889), etc. 1st dam Magdalena's Chase , by Cape Town. 9 wins, 2 to 4, $205,338, 2nd Flashy Lady S. (RP, $10,000), 3rd Remington Park Filly and Mare Sprint S. [L] (RP, $11,000), Bold Ego H. (SUN, $5,000). Dam of 2 foals, 1 to race-- COMPETITIVE EDGE (c. by Super Saver). Black-type winner, below. 2nd dam ILLUMINANCE, by Dehere. 2 wins at 3, $48,410. Dam of 4 winners, including- Magdalena's Chase (f. by Cape Town). Black-type-placed winner, above. 3rd dam SYNFORMER, by Sovereign Dancer. Unplaced in 1 start. Dam of-- WILD SYN . 3 wins at 3, $358,174, Blue Grass S. [G2] , 3rd Holy Bull S.-R (GP, $5,574). Sire. Eagle Sound. Winner at 2, $28,405. Dam of 7 foals, 5 winners, including-- PICKOF THE LITTER . 5 wins, $419,110, Hagyard Fayette S. [G2] (KEE, $120,000)-ntr, 1 1/8 mi., 3rd Coolmore Lexington S. [G3] (KEE, $20,000). 4th dam ANJELICCO , by Angle Light. 5 wins at 3, $26,525, Carmi S., 2nd Goddess S., Whirlaway S. Set ntr at Cahokia Downs, 5 fur. in :57. Dam of-- ALL FIRED UP . 5 wins to 3, $450,015, Arlington-Washington Futurity- G1 , Ak-Sar-Ben Juvenile S.- G3 , 2nd King's Bishop S.-L, Heritage H.-LR, etc. Sire. ASSOMBRIE . 2 wins at 2, € 32,929, in France, Prix Herod; placed, $41,300, in N.A./U.S., 2nd Santa Ysabel S.-R (SA, $15,000), etc. (Total: $78,171). Dam of BRUSHINGBULLY [L] ($359,778), NAVAJO PEARL ($140,255). Granddam of YAWKEY WAY (dam of TAP IT ALL , to 3, 2017), Tee Brown . ANGEL LIGHT . 8 wins, 3 to 6, $67,871, Flora S. Cox's Angel. Unraced. Damof RULEDOFF ($140,453), BINGOTIME ($130,- 320), HORNSGRAY (damof AWESOMEHUMOR [G1] , $848,950; grand- dam of EMCEE [G1] , $479,900, sire; SURFER [G2] , Total: $440,329; SPRING PARTY , $202,077; Baffled [G3] ; etc.). Royal Deception. Unplaced. Dam of ISLAND ESCAPE [L] ($325,010, dam of TRICKYESCAPE [G3] , at 4, 2017, $247,720), Duvalier [L] ($154,212), etc. RACE RECORD: At 2, two wins (Hopeful S. [G1] (SAR, $210,000)) in 2 starts; at 3, two wins (Pat Day Mile S. [G3] (CD, $120,280)). Totals: 4 wins in 7 starts. Earned $519,280.
TOP PERFORMERS FROM THE EARLY CROPS COMPETITIVE EDGE'S SIRE SUPER SAVER: NAME SIRE OF DAM SIRE OF 2ND DAM GRADE COMPETITIVE EDGE Cape Town Dehere Gr.1 EMBELLISH THE LACE Distant View Phone Trick Gr.1 UNHAPPY Broken Vow Northern Jove Gr.1 HIGH DOLLAR WOMAN Fusaichi Pegasus Fly So Free Gr.2 INSIDE STRAIGHT Southern Halo Restless Native Gr.2 I SPENT IT Sky Mesa Sham Gr.2 SUPER MAJESTY Go For Gin Regal and Royal Gr.3 HASHTAG BOURBON Robyn Dancer Staff Writer Gr.3-pl SW AWAKEN Elusive Quality Polish Numbers SW COINCIDENTALLY Sharp Humor Personal Flag SW LIL SUPER BEAR Formal Dinner Cray Prospector SW STAR SUPER Forestry Gone West SW SUPER ALLISON Wildcat Heir Saint Ballado SW BIG HIT Hard Spun Formal Dinner Gr.3-pl HEDGE FUND Distorted Humor Storm Cat Gr.3-pl RANDOMWALK Yes It's True Quiet American Gr.3-pl SAVE ROCK AND ROLL Service Stripe Green Dancer Gr.3-pl MATING SUGGESTIONS: Competitive Edge is one of three Gr.1 winners from the first crop by Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. With the champion 2YO Maria’s Mon as his grandsire, Competitive Edge was precocious enough - and fast enough - to score by more than ten lengths over six furlongs at Saratoga in July. He was again impressive when upped to seven furlongs in the Gr.1 Hopeful Stakes, scoring by nearly six lengths. These efforts earned him 121 on the Experimental Free Handicap. He went on to extend his unbeaten record to four as a 3YO, taking the Tamarac Stakes (7f.) and the Gr.3 Pat Day Mile on Derby day. These four wins were gained by a total of nearly 29 lengths. In addition to winning at the top level, Competitive Edge has a potent pedigree. Both of his parents have Seattle Slew and Mr Prospector in the third generation, so Competitive Edge is inbred 4x4 to both of these champion sires. Combining Seattle Slew with Mr Prospector yielded some rich dividends. For example, Super Saver’s dam Supercharger is a sister to three of the 16 Graded winners sired by A.P. Indy from Mr Prospector mares. Another of these 16 is Pulpit, sire of champion sire Tapit, who is inbred 3 x 4 to Mr Prospector, with one line of Seattle Slew. Tapit has numerous Graded winners with a third line of Mr Prospector. Indeed he has Gr.1, Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners with four lines. Scat Daddy, another stallion inbred to Mr Prospector, also has several Graded winners with a third line and his excellent daughters Acapulco and Harmonize have four. More Mr Prospector blood is therefore a promising avenue to explore with Competitive Edge, especially as Super Saver has Graded winners out of mares by DISTANT VIEW and FUSAICHI PEGASUS . As Competitive Edge’s Mr Prospector blood will be in his foals’ fifth generation, there are numerous options, including CARSON CITY , CITY ZIP , DISTORTED HUMOR , FLOWER ALLEY , ELUSIVE QUALITY, SPEIGHTSTOWN , MR GREELEY , KINGMAMBO , STREET CRY and SMART STRIKE . The FAPPIANO branch would help Competitive Edge’s progeny shine around two turns. UNBRIDLED , EMPIRE MAKER , UNBRIDLED’S SONG and PIONEEROF THE NILE have obvious potential, and BROKEN VOW is the broodmare sire of Super Saver’s very fast son Runhappy. Super Saver’s 2YO Gr.2 winner I Spent It is inbred 3x4 to A.P. INDY , mares with another line of SEATTLE SLEW , A.P. INDY or even TAPIT , could succeed with Competitive Edge. This could work, as the smart 2017 sprinter Coal Front is inbred 3x3 to A.P. INDY and 4x4x4 to SEATTLE SLEW . The STORM CAT line is another that could reinforce Competitive Edge’s speed. Tapit has Graded winners out of 20
daughters of STORM CAT , HENNESSY , SIR CAT , TABASCO CAT , BLUEGRASS CAT , FORESTRY , GIANT’S CAUSEWAY , CATIENUS , MENIFEE and HARLAN’S HOLIDAY. Other NORTHERN DANCER lines which should work well are those descending from DEPUTY MINISTER , DIXIELAND BAND and EL PRADO , including daughters of AWESOME AGAIN , GHOSTZAPPER , MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY . Exceptional G1SW at 2
1 st Hopeful Stakes-Gr.1 , 7f., Saratoga by 5¾ lengths ( PICTURED ) 1 st Maiden , 6f., Saratoga by 10¼ lengths
Competitive Edge followed up on a jawdropping debut victory with a scintillating 5¾-length triumph in the G1 Hopeful S. at Saratoga Monday. “This one has a great talent,” said winning rider John Velazquez TDN, 09/02/14
Record-Breaking GSW at 3
1 st Pat Day Mile Stakes-Gr.3 , 8f., Churchill Downs in record time by 4½ lengths 1 st Tamarac Stakes , 7f., Gulfstream Park by 8¼ lengths
Record Breaker: Competitive Edge Soars in the Pat Day Mile …He covered the mile on a fast Churchill Downs track in 1:34.18, a new stakes record. The previous record, 1:34.40, was set by Ack Ack in 1969. Source: Horseracingnation.com, May 03, 2015 ❝ ❝
Height: 16.0½ Won from 1m. to 1¼m.
A top-class son of TAPIT . Grade 1 winner of over $1.7m . Out of a leading broodmare. Great looks: $900,000 yearling .
Cupid wins the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes-Gr.1 by 3¼ lengths earning a 108 Beyer.
CUPID Gray or Roan Colt; foaled 2013
A.P. Indy Preach Unbridled Ruby Slippers Bold Ruckus Royal Colleen Vice Regent Office Affair
Tap Your Heels..................
Pretty 'n Smart.................. (1998)
By TAPIT (2001). Black-type winner of $557,300, Wood Memorial S. [G1] (AQU, $450,000), etc. Leading sire 3 times, sire of 10 crops of racing age, 1143 foals, 894 starters, 101 black-type winners, 677 winners of 1983 races and earning $118,360,169, 6 champions, including Untapable [G1] ($3,926,625), Stardom Bound [G1] (5 wins, $1,861,610), Tapwrit [G1] ($1,228,902), and of Tonalist [G1] ($3,647,000), Frosted [G1] ($3,522,800), Creator [G1] ($1,610,320), etc. 1st dam Pretty 'n Smart , by Beau Genius. 2 wins at 3, $77,840, 3rd Railbird S. [G2] , Manhattan Beach S. [L] (HOL, $8,715). Dam of 10 foals, 8 to race, all winners, including-- CUPID (c. by Tapit). Black-type winner, below. HEART ASHLEY (f. by Lion Heart). 6 wins in 10 starts, 2 to 4, $395,896, Cicada S. [G3] (AQU, $64,380), Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness S. [G3] (PIM, $60,000), My Juliet S. [L] (PHA, $150,000). Dam of-- Ameristralia (AUS) (f. by Fastnet Rock). 4 wins at 4, $136,620, in Australia, 3rd Mypunter.com Bellmaine S. [G3] . (Total: $103,115). ASHLEY'S KITTY (f. by Tale of the Cat). 7 wins, 3 to 5, $349,268, Railbird S. [G3] (HOL, $66,600), Desert Stormer H. [L] (HOL, $46,080), Bangles and Beads S. (FPX, $30,000), 2nd Bangles and Beads S. (FPX, $11,700), Pine Tree Lane S.-R (OSA, $11,380), 3rd Las Madrinas H. (FPX, $6,000), Louis R. Rowan S.-R (OSA, $8,030). INDIANAPOLIS (c. by Medaglia d'Oro). 3 wins at 2 and 3, $127,200, in N.A./U.S., San Pedro S. [L] (SA, $46,200). (Total: $139,018). Skipper Tale (f. by Tale of the Cat). 3 wins at 4, $100,805. Dam of-- Quaver (f. by Blame). Winner at 3, $82,965, 2nd Crank It Up S. (MTH, $12,000). Dream Team (c. by Tapit). 4 wins at 3 and 4, $142,710. 2nd dam CHARGE D'AFFAIRES, by Vice Regent. Placed at 3, $6,960. Dam of 12 foals, 9 to race, 8 winners, including-- HOSTESS (f. by Chester House). 4 wins, 3 to 5, $383,134, in N.A./U.S., Or- chid H. [G3] (GP, $90,000), Glens Falls H. [G3] (SAR, $65,340)-ncr, 1 3/8 mi. in 2:11 3/5, 2nd Destiny Dance S. (BEL, $13,400), 3rd New York S. [G2] (BEL, $25,000) twice, Sheepshead Bay H. [G2] (BEL, $15,000) twice, Sands Point S. [G3] (BEL, $11,104). (Total: $383,918). Producer. Pretty 'n Smart (f. by Beau Genius). Black-type-placed winner, above. RACE RECORD: At 3, four wins (Rebel S. [G2] (OP, $540,000), West Virginia Derby [G2] (MNR, $446,250), Indiana Derby [G2] (IND, $285,696)), once 2nd in 8 starts; at 4, 2017, two wins (Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. [G1] (SA, $300,000), Harry F. Brubaker S. (DMR, $47,070)) in 3 starts. Totals: 6 wins, once 2nd in 12 starts. Earned $1,701,873.
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