by Jarrod Horak
Which horse has the best
pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on
Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list continues
Dullahan’s sire Even The Score
raced 29 times from 2001-04. He won the G2 Mervyn LeRoy and G2 Californian
before finishing 3rd in the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup to end his career
in 2004. He banked more than $751k in his career. His current stud fee is $10k
and in addition to Dullahan he is also responsible for multiple grade one
winner Take The Points.
Even The Score’s sire Unbridled’s
Song (by Unbridled) earned more than a cool million on the racetrack
and was on the Triple Crown trail in 1996. The ’95 BC Juvenile hero won the G1
Florida Derby and G2 Wood Memorial before finishing 5th as the
favorite in the ’96 Derby. He is
responsible for more than 90 stakes winners including Unrivaled Belle,
Midshipman, and Mission Impazible.
Even The Score’s dam Ashtabula (by Rahy) raced 36 times with
earnings of $321,748. She finished 3rd in the 1995 Bayakoa Handicap
Dullahan’s mother Mining My Own (by Smart Strike) never
raced but is best known for throwing 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. The latter finished 3rd
behind Summer Bird and Dunkirk in the Belmont Stakes.
Smart Strike (by Mr. Prospector) went 6-for-8 in 1995-96 including
wins in Monmouth’s G3 Salvator Mile and G1 Iselin. He has sired many stakes
winners including Curlin (2nd Belmont Stakes), English Channel, Lookin
At Lucky, and My Miss Aurelia.
Mining My Own’s dam Aspenelle (by Vice Regent) won 2 of 4
starts in 1993 and wrapped up her career with a place finish in the nine
furlong Canadian Oaks.
Dullahan definitely gets the
bulk of his stamina from the female side of his pedigree and has some marathon
influences on the bottom as well. He is 2-for-2 at Keeneland (polytrack) and is
0-for-7 on dirt/turf. He packs a decent stretch kick but his late pace ratings
are surprisingly light. He will try to get involved late under new rider Javier
Castellano in the Test of Champions.