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Pedigree Spotlight: Soldat, Archarcharch & Stay Thirsty

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 68
Pedigree Spotlight written by Scott Dick
This Kiaran Mclaughlin trained colt has become quite versatile. As a two year old, he broke his maiden in the grade III With Anticipation Stakes on the turf. He followed that up with back to back second place finishes, first in the grade III Pilgrim Stakes on a yielding turf, and then in the grade II Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Soldat made his three year old debut in an allowance race at the distance of 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park. The track was listed as sloppy and he seemed to relish the softer surface. Soldat went gate to wire drawing off and winning by a stylish 10 lengths in race horse time of 1:49.1.
To be completely honest, I've had my doubts about the talent of Soldat. I just saw him as a turf horse that caught the slop and freaked. Boy, did he prove me wrong. The War Front colt broke fast on Saturday in the grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream. Taking the lead from the opening of the gates, Soldat set the pace. It wasn't a brisk pace but he had minor pressure from El Grayling. At the quarter pole, he faced the big menacing presence of To Honor and Serve, head and head at the top of the stretch. Soldat repelled the bid of the honorable one and shook clear. Gourmet Dinner ran at him late but he was already gone, scoring an impressive 2 length victory.
Soldat's Sire is War Front. He was a graded stakes winning sprinter. War Front recorded four wins in thirteen starts, with his biggest score being in the grade II Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga defeating Mass Media and Judith's Wild Rush. War Front is sired by the great Danzig. Danzig sired the greats Dayjur, Lure, War Chant, and Hard Spun, just to name a few. The dam of War Front is Starry Dreamer. Starry Dreamer has produced four winners, including two multiple grade II winners in the filly, Teammate, and the colt (and turf specialist) Ecclesiastic.
Teammate liked to run on the front end. She tried the classic distance of 10 furlongs in the grade I Personal Ensign. She flashed speed then faded, finishing a well beaten 5th, 14 lengths behind the winner Miss Shop. War Front -- now a sophomore sire -- is the sire of derby contenders Data Link, and the highly touted Bob Baffert trainee and San Vicente winner, The Factor.
Soldat's Dam is Le Relais. Le Relais is sired by Cornado's Quest. Cornado's Quest was a tremendous race horse in his own right. A winner of 10 races in 17 starts. The "Quest" scored in multiple grade I races including the Travers Stakes defeating Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop. He also won the Haskell and Wood Memorial. He hasn't been quite as productive in the breeding shed as he was on the race track, but he has sired the grade I winning mare Society Selection. Society Selection relished 10 furlongs in her only try, the 2004 Alabama Stakes, where she defeated grade I winning mare and champion Ashado.
Coronado's Quest has the pedigree of a champion, sired by Forty Niner out of the Damascus mare, Laughing Look. Laughing Look has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Warning Glance. Warning Glance won over $648,000 in his career. He is best known for setting the track record at Laurel Park on the turf at the distance of 1 mile and 1/16th's (1:39.35.) You can trace Coronado's Quest bloodlines back to Mr.Prospector, Damascus, Sword Dancer, Moccassin, Bold Ruler, Princequillo, and, surprisingly, Ole Bob Bowers. Ole Bob Bowers is the sire of the great “war horse” John Henry.
Le Relais's dam is Malbay. Malbay only won a single race in her career, but as a broodmare she has produced four winners, including the Canadian bred mare Mulrainy. Mulrainy won $516,000 in her career.
Soldat has been very impressive so far in his career, but the pedigree leaves doubt, with possible distance limitations. Being out of a sprinter you would think he'd have trouble getting the 10 furlong distance. But with the dam's influence (Coronado's Quest) he might be able to run all day.
My mind tells me he's just not bred to go that far, but my heart is telling me he's shown me how good he is and he can run all day. As a friend of mine has said many times, “There is just something special about this horse.”
 
No we're not talking about the St.Louis Arch, or the “Golden Arches.” We're talking about the race horse, Archarcharch! The William Fires trainee made a bold statement in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Sitting off the pace he made a quick four wide move on the turn under the steady handling of Jon Court. The son of Arch burst to the lead and never looked back, Scoring an impressive one length victory over the grade I winning colt J.P's Gusto. The win was Archarcharch's second in four starts, both wins being in stakes company!
Archarcharch's sire, Arch, was a very productive race horse, finding the winner's circle 5 times in 7 starts, with earnings totaling $480,000. The highlight of his career was his win in the Grade III Super Derby. He went on to stud duty at Claiborne Farm where he has been the talk of the town.
When looking back on 2010 one moment, one sentence, one call comes to mind. That would be the call of the great Trevor Denman, as the field came charging for the wire in the Breeders' Cup Classic. "Buuuhlame has won it a head," came the words from the disappointed Denman. It's worth noting that it was Arch who sired the reigning Classic winner, who dealt the great Zenyatta the only defeat of her career.
Arch is also the sire of Les Arcs. The Maryland bred Les Arcs won the group I Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. He followed that performance with another win, this one being at New Market in the group I July Cup. He was eventually named Maryland Bred Horse of the Year. Arch has also sired grade I winner and millionaire Arravale. Not to mention the filly Pine Island who captured the Alabama Stakes which is run at the 10 furlong distance. Pine Island went on to run in the Breeder's Cup Distaff where she was tragically injured and euthanized.
Arch is sired by Kris S. Kris S has been nothing short of remarkable in the breeding shed. He's given us champions in Action This Day, Hollywood Wildcat, Soaring Softly, and two-time Japanese Horse of The Year, Symboli Kris S. He is also the sire of millionaires Rock Hard Ten, Brocco, Prized (who in his first turf start won the Breeders Cup Turf), Kicken Kris, Kissin Kris, Machikane Allegro, and Kudos. He is also the broodmare sire of Zenyatta.
Take a peek into Arch's bloodlines and you will see his dam is Aurora. Aurora has produced six winner's, including the grade I winning mare and millionaire Acoma. Aurora also produced 2001 UAE Horse of the Year, Festival of Light.
Arch Arch Arch's dam is Woodman's Dancer. Woodman's Dancer won 5 races in her career and captured purses totaling upwards of $298,000. She was predominately a sprinter with all of her wins coming at seven furlongs or shorter. As a broodmare, Woodman's Dancer has produced four winners including, Run Sully Run who won a total of 4 races in his career, including a stakes victory in the Gilded Time Stakes at Monmouth Park.  
Woodman's Dancer is nicely bred, Sired by Woodman out of the Nureyev mare, Pattern Step. Pattern Step has produced eight winners. She is the dam of the mare Gold Pattern, who produced Arch Swing who has won over $400,000 in Europe. You can trace Woodman's Dancer's bloodlines back to the greats Native Dancer, Tom Fool, Swaps, and Buckpasser.
Archarcharch has plenty of upside and is bred to run a marathon. He's lightly raced and will need to improve off his last stakes wins to compete with the likes of Uncle Mo. But with a little improvement and experience, I see this son of Arch making some noise in the three year old division.
 
Stay Thirsty my friends! The most interesting man in the world would love this colt. he doesn't normally bet horses, but when he does, he bets Stay Thirsty. All joking aside, Stay Thirsty has been a model of consistency. He's finished in the money in all but one start, the grade I Breeder's Cup Juvenile. He was defeated by his stable mate, the undefeated phenom Uncle Mo. Stay Thirsty also boasts a credible second place finish in the grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, where he was beaten by former Derby hopeful, Boys at Tosconova.
Stay Thirsty is sired by Bernardini. As I mentioned in last week's piece, Bernardini was a monster as a three year old. Scoring graded stakes wins in such races as the Withers, Preakness, Jim Dandy, Travers, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Bernardini has sired Grade I winners in Biondetti and A.Z.Warrior, as well as multiple grade II winner and Kentucky Derby hopeful, To Honor and Serve.
Bernardini is sired by the great A.P. Indy. The dam of Bernardini is the grade I winning mare, Cara Rafaela. She won over $800,000 in her race career. She has produced four winners.
Stay Thirsty is out of the dam Marozia. Marozia only captured one win in her career as a race horse, but she has been quite productive as a broodmare. Marozia has produced seven winners, including the grade III winner and grade I stakes placed colt, (second in the Belmont) Andromeda's Hero. She also produced the graded stakes placed colt, Superfly. Not to mention the gelding King Rama who has won 10 races in Europe.
The sire of Marozia is Storm Bird. Storm Bird who was two year old European champion colt, is best known for siring Storm Cat. Storm Cat has been extremely successful in the breeding industry. Storm Bird also sired multiple grade I and Preakness winner, Summer Squall. You can trace Marozia's bloodline's back to such greats as Roberto, Northern Dancer, Arts and Letters, Native Dancer, and Nashua.
Stay Thirsty has yet to make a start in 2011. He has a lot of catching up to do to the rest of the Derby contenders. He has the pedigree of a champion, but needs to show us the fight of a champion. He has the pedigree to get the 10 furlong distance, but does he have the will? If he can improve off his stellar two year old season, he can become a major player in the triple crown races.

 

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Great stuff Scott....I wish I had the time to do this, so I am thankful that you do!
But it's a very good question Jack, but if you look back to the sires of the last few Derby Winner's they all have distance pedigree's. Maria's Mon,Bird Stone,Boundary,Street Cry.
We're just spot lighting the pedigree of all the derby contenders over the next few weeks. So each reader can be informed and be able to make their own educated decision on which Derby horse to bet.
It's not so much picking my "Derby" horse based of the sire. It's looking at the blood lines and eliminating the horse's I don't think have the pedigree for the derby. I don't make a decision on who I'm going to bet in the Derby till the week of.
Hey Scott, as you know I can't hold a candle to your knowledge of bloodlines, here's my attempt at a "pertinent' question/comment. I wonder how many if any of the past 8 Derby winners you would have picked as top contenders, 2-3 months before the Derrby, based on their sire? I say it would be one , maybe two at most.
I think any horse that has won twice at nine furlongs on dirt in respectable time is an obvious Ky Derby contender.
Rating on turf and rating on dirt are two different animals especially at sandy churchill. I do think he could be a factor though come may with how well he kicked at gulfstream.
Soldat will come from 4 or 5 lengths off the pace in the Ky Derby. in his grass races he came off the pace, he doesn't need the lead. Soldat's detractors say he isn't a true speed horse, and I agree, but I think the fact he has shown such great versatility will serve him well in May.
I actually feel the same way Matt. Soldat rated on a slow pace, but did show nice kick coming home. He does have a lot of distance pedigree on the dam side though. I honestly don't see The Factor getting a Mile let alone 10 furlongs.
War Front is producing some fast babies. Gotta play devils advocate though and question Soldat and The Factor to get 10 furlongs. Hopefully they get some of the Danzig gene who could go fast and long a la Hard Spun.

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