On Sunday, January 29, 2012, El Padrino proved his 12 ¾ length victory
over maidens in the slop last year at Belmont Park was no fluke. Breaking sharply from the second position, the
flashy Chestnut colt briefly contested the lead before settling back into
fourth place along the rail. Changing course to circumvent the rapidly tiring
Bartolome, El Padrino swung to the outside and targeted the front runner, Take
Charge Indy. The Todd Pletcher trainee
showed rapid acceleration through the stretch, flying by Take Charge Indy to
beat that rival by an easy two lengths.
Take Charge Indy tired slightly, but finished up 13 ¾ lengths in front
of the third place horse. El Padrino’s final time for the 1 1/16 miles contest
El Padrino, whose name translates from the Spanish word for master
or boss, has dominated in two of his four starts, both victories obtained over
a sloppy track. The blaze faced colt was second in his debut and a swiftly
closing third in the Remsen Stakes (G-3) last year. He was beaten only ¾ a
length in each of those starts. El Padrino appears to be a colt who wants to
PADRINO(Pulpit - Enchanted Rock, by
Giant's Causeway) is by the nation’s fifth leading sire. Pulpit, bred by historical Claiborne Farm,
won his only start as a two year old. He came back he following year to post an
allowance win before making his presence known on the Triple Crown trail. The son of A.P. Indy scored a 1 ½ length win
in the1 1/16 mile Fountain Of Youth as the favorite. Three weeks later he was again sent off as
the favorite in the Florida Derby, but wound up second, passed by Captain
Bodgit in the stretch. Pulpit answered his doubters with an easy 3 ½ length
triumph in the Blue Grass Stakes (G-2), contested at 1 1/8 miles. In the 1997 Kentucky Derby, Pulpit battled
early with Free House for the lead, but weakened in the stretch. Still, the
talented colt finished fourth, beaten about 6 ½ lengths. Unfortunately, the brilliant Pulpit suffered
a hind leg injury in the Kentucky Derby and was retired.
Pulpit has evolved into a consistent and respected stallion. With
over 20 sons at stud in various parts of the world, Pulpit has built a
reputation as a sire of sires. His sons Tapit,
Sky Mesa, Stroll and Corinthian are emulating Pulpit at stud in getting solid
stakes winners. Despite being a son of
Classic Chef-de-Race A. P. Indy, Pulpit infuses more speed than stamina into
his offspring. Represented by 51 stakes winners both in the US and internationally,
Pulpit has produced only five stakes winners at 1 ¼ miles, and just two of them
were successful over the dirt. Out of the five stakes winners that were
successful at classic distances, four of them were out of Northern Dancer sire
line mares and two, like El Padrino, claimed a son of Storm Cat as their
El Padrino’s dam Enchanted Rock, was unplaced in her sole start
and El Padrino is her first foal. This distaff family is loaded with talented
stars and the mares of this distaff line are excellent producers. Enchanted Rock has six half siblings. Two, who are full siblings to each other,
Tara Roma and Waldboro, are Grade 2 winners. The aforementioned Tara Roma bore
Go For Wand heroine Serra Lake, the multiple Grade 3 winner Cappuccino and an
unraced filly named Wiscasset, who produced Salvadore Mile (G-3) winner Coal
Enchanted Rock’s half-sister Flying Passage is the dam of Grade 3
sprinter/miler Soaring Empire and Grade 2 winner Soaring Empire. Another half-sister, Chic Corrine, gave us
the stakes winning fillies Somali Lemonade, Rasta Farian and stakes placed Chic
Joy. Still another half-sister is the
grand-dam of the multiple Grade 1 winning turf router Al Khali.
El Padrino's second dam Chic Shirine won the Grade 1 Ashland. She’s
a full sister to the Champion Older Mare Queena, dam of the Grade 1 winning
sire Brahms and Grade 2 winner LaReina. El
Padrino's third dam Too Chic was a Grade 1 heroine and equaled the Belmont
track record of 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.40.
To top off this fantastic female family are El Padrino’s fourth and fifth dams
Remedia and Monade, who are blue hens (superior females).
El Padrino’s damsire Giant’s Causeway was nicknamed “The Iron
Horse,” for his exploits over the English, Irish and French racecourses,
Giant’s Causeway came within a flared nostril of winning the Breeders’ Cup
Classic in his only start on dirt, racing over a left-handed course in an
unfamiliar setting. The 2000 European
Horse Of The Year won from a mile to 1 5/16 miles (10.5 furlongs) and placed at
the shorter distance of seven furlongs.
He competed in ten Group 1 Stakes and was victorious in six of them,
including the St. James Palace, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion, Queen
Elizabeth II, and Prix de la Salamandre.
Giant’s Causeway raced 13 times in two years, winning nine events and
placing six times.
Giant’s Causeway has upheld his Iron Horse moniker at stud. He is
a son of the world’s most expensive sire Storm Cat out of Maria’s Storm, a
Grade 1 winning mare by Rahy. Giant’s Causeway is in demand in both the US and
his shuttle country, Australia. He was
leading US sire in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he was recognized as a Classic
chef-de-race, which indicates that he passes his stamina to his offspring.
Giant’s Causeway hasn’t yet cracked the top 20 on the Broodmare
Sire list as he’s still a young stallion.
As a damsire, he’s represented by six stakes winners. One, the
Irish-bred Planteur, has been successful at 1 ¼ miles. Since Giant’s Causeway
is noted for contributing stamina to his offspring, it isn’t a stretch to
assume that he will do the same as a broodmare sire.
The phenomenal Mr. Prospector is El Padrino’s second damsire. He
is also the damsire of Pulpit and is represented in El Padrino’s pedigree as a
3S x 3D cross. Mr. Prospector is a dual Chef –de-race who offers Brilliant
speed and Classic stamina.
While it is difficult to ascertain a horse’s conformation from
photos that are not conformation shots, it appears that El Padrino is a large,
muscular horse with almost a quarter-horsy build. He has an easy to recognize
white face and three white socks. El Padrino has filled out since his two year
old season, with a thicker neck and powerful hindquarters, yet he has a deep
slanted shoulder which helps with his leg extension. El Padrino has a long stride, but appears to
paddle with his right foreleg. El
Padrino is clearly talented and loves the slop, but he has yet to win over a
fast track. He’s mentally mature, will
rate for his jockey and has shown athleticism in overcome minor trouble. Although his pedigree is slightly borderline
for Classic distances, His running style and talent can overcome this and make
him one to watch on the Derby trail.
-By HRN Pedigree Expert, Laurie Ross