Another edition of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf is in the record books. For the third straight year the European colts outclassed the Americans, as Outstrip and Giovanni Boldini finished one-two. Let's take a closer look at the pedigree of the pretty gray Outstrip.
(GB) (Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Asi
Siempre, by El Prado (IRE))
the third straight year the European colts outclassed the Americans.
The 6-5 favorite Bobby’s
broke sharply on top and set torrid
fractions of :22.27, :45.70 and 1:09.53 in the 1 1/16 mile race,
pressed by All
. The Irish colt Home
followed in third. Giovanni
settled into fourth early and moved up
the rail at the ¾ pole to track in second, while Outstrip lingered
at the back of the pack for much of the race. Rounding the far turn,
Bobby’s Kitten’s lead narrowed as Giovanni Boldini drew closer.
All Cash and Home School dropped out of it and Bon
made a mild run. Meanwhile, Outstrip
unwound from the back of the pack and looking much like his dam, flew
through the stretch to nip Giovanni Boldini by ½ length. A stubborn
Bobby’s Kitten finished third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Giovanni
Boldini. The final time of 1:33.20 is the new stakes record for the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Outstrip had a win-lose
cycle in previous races. He finished third against Group 1 runners
in the Dewhurst Stakes, beaten only 2 ¾ lengths over soft ground.
Last year’s Juvie Turf hero George Vancouver, was also third in the
Dewhurst, so this is a key prep to watch for next year. Outstrip is
a Darley home bred, raced by Godolphin
. The pretty gray colt was handed over
to trainer Charlie
in July switching from the stable of
Godolphin's main guy Saeed bin Suroor. The Juvenile Turf hero was
Mr. Appleby's first runner in the Breeders' Cup. Outstrip has a
5-3-1-1 ($731,034) race record.
Outstrip was one of the
best-bred colts to race in the Juvie Turf. His sire Exceed
, a son of the great Danehill, was
undefeated as a three year old, winning two Group 1's, two Group 2's
and a Group 3 race. His dominance earned him the title of Champion
Australian Turf Sprinter. Exceed and Excel retired after two years of
racing with a 12-7-1-0 (A$1,282,275) race record.
Exceed and Excel
transferred his talent to the breeding shed and has been a leading
sire of juveniles for four straight years. The proud sire of 75
stakes winners, His offspring are best as sprinter/milers, although
three of his stakes winners have succeeded at 1 ¼ miles and beyond.
His offspring include the multiple Group 1 hero Excelebration, who
finished fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile, Margot Did, winner
of the King's Stand Stakes (Gr. 1) at Ascot.
Outstrip’s dam Asi
is more familiar to American racing
fans. She began her racing career in France and earned status as a
Group 3 placed runner. Once Asi Siempre hit US shores, the gray mare
raced in 14 graded stakes over turf and Polytrack. Asi Siempre’s
greatest victory came in the Juddmonte Spinster, contested at 1 1/8
miles over Polytrack. She retired at the age of five and retired
with a 21-7-5-2 ($953,300) record. Outstrip is her first foal to
race. Asi Siempre has an unraced 2009 Distorted Humor filly.
Outstrip is inbred to two
notable blue hens. The first, Natalma, is the dam of Northern Dancer
and his half sister Spring Adieu (by Buckpasser) Both are found in
Exceed and Excel's background as his second sire Danzig is closely
inbred to the mare. On his distaff side, Outstrip is inbred to Cap
and Bells. The blue hen is Outstrip's fourth dam as well as being the
grand-dam of Outstrip's damsire El Prado. Confusing to read, but much
easier to view in the pedigree chart below.
1991 Irish Champion
is Outstrip's damsire. A top 50
leading broodmare sire for the last three years, El Prado is also the
damsire of the outstanding runners Believe You Can (Kentucky Oaks),
Bit of Whimsy (Q.E. II Challenge Cup) and stakes record setter
Hilda's Passion (Humana Distaff). El Prado is a son of the great
Sadler's Wells, a mainstay of European breeding.
The Exceed and Excel/El
Prado bloodline cross has produced only one runner, Outstrip. There's
precedent for the cross, as Exceed and Excel has sired 21 starters,
13 winners and 3 blacktype winners from 25 Sadler's Wells mares.
we seen the last of Outstrip? The careers of the previous Juvenile
Turf winners have been disappointing and the Breeders' Cup was the
highlight of their short careers. There's hope for Outstrip, as he's
already raced five times and has proven himself to be a determined
competitor. Distance wise, he'll likely be best up to 1 1/8 miles
over firm turf and could become a strong miler in England and
Ireland. If we're fortunate, perhaps we'll see Outstrip in a year or
two in the Breeders' Cup Mile.