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Pedigree Power

Spring At Last Pedigree Profile

It was spring all over again at Woodbine last weekend. Spring At Last's daughters Spring Venture and Spring In The Air completed the $66.00 exacta in the Natalma Stakes (G-2) on September 15. The youngsters stamped themselves as contenders for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf while propelling their sire to the leading Freshman Sire position. Spring At Last leads the group of first crop sires in terms of earnings ($534,072) and is tied with Henrythenavagator for the most stakes horses (10).

Spring At Last, didn't race until he was three. However he created fireworks in his debut on the Fourth of July with a 5 ¼ length score sprinting six furlongs over the Belmont dirt for WinStar Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher. After a spectacular maiden win, the son of Silver Deputy took his time maturing. After winning only once more in four subsequent starts, Spring At Last was purchased by J. Paul Reddam for $675,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Transferred to the barn of trainer Doug O'Neill, Spring At Last ran huge in his first graded effort, the seven furlong Malibu Stakes (G-2). He finished two lengths behind the more experienced Latent Heat and defeated the eventual Sprint Champion Midnight Lute. Spring at Last would finish ahead of Midnight Lute in two of their three meetings. The following year, Spring At Last raced five times, placing second in the Strub Stakes (G-2) at 1 1/8 miles and winning the Godolphin Mile at Nad Al Sheba on World Cup day. Spring At Last spent most of his four year old season on the sidelines after his victory in Dubai. He resurfaced in December to claim a one mile turf allowance race at Santa Anita. Racing only twice as a five year old, Spring At Last earned a Grade 1 victory in the Donn Handicap, beating the top handicap veterans Brass Hat and Einstein. The WinStar Farm home-bred retired to his birthplace in to in 2008. He stands for $7,500 stud fee.

Spring At Last (Silver Deputy - Winter's Gone, by Dynaformer)
Race Record: 13-5-2-2 ($1,139,150)
 
Career Highlights:
1st – Donn Handicap (G-1)
1st – Godolphin Mile (Gr. 2)
2nd – Malibu Stakes (G-1)
2nd – Strub Stakes (G-2)

Spring At Last is creating a reputation as a solid sire of runners over every surface. The stallion's five winners have six stakes placings between them. Two of his offspring are stakes winners over turf, one placed in a Polytrack stakes, while a third has been twice stakes placed over dirt. The class and versatility of Spring At Last's progeny isn't surprising considering the stallion's pedigree.

Sire:
Spring At Last's sire Silver Deputy raced only twice, recording a maiden win and a victory in the Swynford Stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile. A racing injury cut the son of Deputy Minister's very promising career short.

Silver Deputy started his stud career in Canada. His first crop included six stakes horses, including the two-time Canadian Champion Filly Jane West. With early success under his girth, Silver Deputy transferred to Kentucky. During his career as a stallion, Silver Deputy sired five Canadian Champions and the two-time Champion US filly, Silverbulletday. Silver Deputy's offspring are classy, consistent performers. The majority are best between sprint distances up to 1 1/8 miles, although he is represented by four stakes horses at Classic (1 ¼ – 1 ½ miles) distances. As a sire of sires, Silver Deputy's sons are just starting to make a name for themselves. His oldest and best son at stud to date is the graded stakes sprinter Posse, himself a leading Freshman Sire in 2006. Other sons of Silver Deputy standing at stud are Will He Shine, J Be K and Badge of Silver.

Silver Deputy (Deputy Minister – Silver Valley, by Mr. Prospector)
Race Record: 2-2-0-0 ($41,820)
 
Career Highlights:
1st – Swynford Stakes


Distaff Family:
Spring At Last is a half brother to Sharp Lisa (by Dixieland Band), heroine of the seven furlong Santa Ynez (G-2), one mile Las Virgenes Stakes (G-1), and 1 ¼ mile Santa Barbara Stakes (G-2). Another half sister, Sharp Susan (by Touch Gold) won the Herecomesthebride Stakes (G-3) and Lake Placid Handicap (G-2) both at 1 1/8 miles over turf.

Spring At Last's dam Winter's Gone (Dynaformer - Stark Winter, by Graustark) combines the best of traditional bloodlines of the historic Darby Dan and Claiborne farms breeding programs. She has Rasmussen Factor breeding (inbred to the same blue hen within five generations) to the top mare Flower Bowl, through her sons, His Majesty (damsire of Dynaformer) and Graustark (damsire of Winter's Gone). The two stallions are full brothers sired by Ribot, one of the best studs in Thoroughbred history. Winter's Gone caries no Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector or Bold Ruler influences, which are the trinity of modern US breeding. Instead, Winter's Gone is reinforced with Classic, Solid and Professional Chef-de-races that while not rare, are not common in today's Thoroughbred bloodlines.

Winter's Song is a half sister to the long-winded multiple Grade 1 hero Bien Bien(by Manila), a winner from 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ miles. She's also a half sister to the multiple graded stakes veteran Dr. Schwartzman (by Fluorescent Light) and the stakes winning sprinter Fantasy Lover (by Raja Baba). The second dam Stark Winter (by Graustark) won five of 18 starts, including the First Lady Handicap.  

 
 

 
Damsire:
The incomparable Dynaformer is Spring At Last's damsire. Dynaformer started 30 times and twice won at the Grade 2 level. Dynaformer proved to be an international quality stallion, siring over 130 stakes winners and he was a fixture on the leading sire list. As a broodmare sire, Dynaformer has routinely graced the top 20 Broodmare Sire Lists for years. His daughters have produced over 75 stakes winners throughout the world.

Dynaformer (Roberto - Andover Way, by His Majesty)
Race Record: 30-7-5-2 ($671,207)
 
Career Highlights:
1st - Jersey Derby (G-2)
1st - Discovery Handicap (G-2)
2nd - Gallant Fox (G-2)
2nd - General George

Spring At Last was bred on a successful bloodline cross. His sire Silver Deputy has sired eight starters, seven winners from Dynaformer mares. Three of the offspring own blacktype and Spring At Last is the most successful of the three. Additionally, it is infrequent to find a horse with points in all Dosage aptitudes. Spring At Last's dosage is 5-1-14-3-1 (24). Dosage is best used as a breeding rather than handicapping tool.

How to bet his offspring:
The best stallions are multifaceted, getting winners over all surfaces and at all distances. Spring At Last may prove to be the best of his sire's sons at stud. Spring At Last was a versatile performer on the track and he should impart this to his progeny. The stallion's offspring should be proficient over all surfaces, especially Polytrack. The distaff line of each individual will be key to how far his babies will want to run. Spring At Last's progeny should improve with maturity and be competitive up to 1 1/8 miles. Like his sire, Spring At Last may produce runners at classic distances if there is adequate stamina influences through individual distaff lines.

 

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Really interesting cross here, Silver Deputy and Dynaformer ... his offspring may be able to do any distance and any surface.
I'm excited to see what Spring At Last can do as a stallion
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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   

 

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