It was a Claiborne kind of weekend in New York, where the Super Saturday racing at Belmont Park included a victory by Flat Out, a son of the Claiborne-bred, -raced, and -owned Flatter (by A.P. Indy) in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, and in California, where the Pulpit colt Power Broker won the G1 Frontrunner (formerly the Norfolk) and the First Samurai filly Executiveprivilege won the G1 Chandelier (formerly the Oak Leaf).
In addition to these three major winners sired by Claiborne Farm stallions on Saturday, the Phipps Stable's Point of Entry (Dynaformer) polished his Eclipse Award prospects with a good and game victory (his fifth in a row) in the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. Point of Entry was bred and raised at Claiborne for the Phippses.
No top-class racehorse in the States has a better female family than Point of Entry, who is out of Matlacha Pass, a daughter of the Phipps-bred Seeking the Gold, who stood at Claiborne. Matlacha Pass is a full sister to Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home and to multiple graded stakes winner Country Hideaway. Their dam is Our Country Place, a daughter of Alabama Stakes winner Maplejinsky (Nijinsky), who is a daughter of champion sprinter Gold Beauty (Mr. Prospector), also the dam of English highweight Dayjur (Danzig).
To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, Point of Entry's pedigree “'tis brillig, and the Claiborne critters did gyre and gimble in the winner's circle.”
In the male line of winning pedigrees from last Saturday, the story is the continuing success of A.P. Indy and his sons. Not only was the grand seigneur of Lane's End represented by the Pulpit colt's victory in California, but Malibu Moon scored a G1 success with his unbeaten daughter Kauai Katie in the Matron at Belmont, where Flatter's Flat Out picked up another G1 win with his second victory in the Gold Cup at 10 furlongs, which he won by a head from Bernardini's son Stay Thirsty.
All four of these stallions had relatively short spells on the racetrack, but they have made careers for themselves as significant sires with stock that is sound and talented. And in contrast to the immediate name recognition that Pulpit and Bernardini earned with their high-profile victories on the racetrack, both Malibu Moon and Flatter retired to stud as non-winners of a stakes race. They earned their stud success the old-fashioned way: with talented racers who kept on kicking.
Flat Out could hardly be a better example. The winner of $2 million has prospered with maturity and has won three stakes, plus finishing in the money in a half-dozen more, over the last two years. He acts sound and happy as any young horse on the racetrack and appears likely to take another season of racing.
The combination of speed with the ability to carry it at least nine furlongs has been the hallmark of the A.P. Indy tribe, and although the great stallion had his last crop of yearlings pass through the yearling sales this season, there are still stars to come from him, as the stallion's stock matures well and his young horses should continue to develop competitively for at least another three years.
One of the most recent stars from A.P. Indy has been Love and Pride, who won the G1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. The 4-year-old filly had won her first G1 in August when she defeated this weekend's Beldame winner Royal Delta (Empire Maker out of an A.P. Indy mare) in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga.
A winner of a restricted stakes at 3, when she also ran third in the G1 Gazelle Stakes at Belmont, Love and Pride has been on an rising line of form as she has gained strength and maturity. The filly is out of the G1-placed Storm Cat mare Ile de France, whose dam is Cara Rafaela, also the dam of champion Bernardini. After that son of A.P. Indy showed such ability, it was natural to send his half-sister Ile de France to A.P. Indy, as well.
The match has paid off nicely with a multiple G1 winner who is now a pearl of great price. The mare has a 3-year-old full brother to Love and Pride named French Storm who is a non-winner in three starts, has no 2-year-old, but has a yearling filly by Street Cry.
Frank Mitchell is author of Racehorse Breeding Theories, as well as the book Great Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks. In addition to writing the column “Sires and Dams” in Daily Racing Form for nearly 15 years, he has contributed articles to Thoroughbred Daily News, Thoroughbred Times, Thoroughbred Record, International Thoroughbred, and other major publications. In addition, Frank is a private consultant to breeders on pedigrees, matings, and conformation. He is a hands-on caretaker of his own broodmares and foals in central Kentucky. Check out Frank's lively Bloodstock in the Bluegrass blog.
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