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2013 Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile - Revolutionary

Revolutionary lived up to his heroic name in the Withers Stakes (G-3) this past Saturday at Aqueduct. Much has been written about the wild trip the Todd Pletcher trainee sustained so we'll skip the details. If you haven't had a chance to see the race, read Matt Shifman's comments and catch the Withers' video on his Horse Racing Nation blog, New York State of Racing.

REVOLUTIONARY (War Pass - Runup the Colors, by A.P. Indy) was a $250K 2012 OBS March Two Year Old in Training purchase by WinStar Farm after the colt zipped a furlong in :10.20 in the under-tack show. Revolutionary needed four starts to win his maiden. He placed in three previous starts and the light bulb came on in a huge way last December, when he amazed racegoers with an 8 ½ length victory traveling a mile in 1:36.52 over the Aqueduct track. His final time was just a tick off of the track record of 1:35. 79 and it's quite possible that he could have eclipsed it that day if asked. To date, Revolutionary has compiled a 5-2-1-2 ($188,500) race record and ten points in the Derby points system.

The well-bred colt is by 2007 Juvenile Champion War Pass, who sired only two crops before his untimely death in 2010. War Pass was a brilliant two year old who entered the Breeders' Cup Juvenile undefeated after dominating front-running scores in his debut, an allowance race and the Champagne Stakes. The son of Cherokee run splashed his way to a 4 ¾ length victory in the Juvenile. The following year, War Pass continued his winning ways with a seven length victory in an allowance test, but suffered a shocking defeat in the Tampa Bay Derby after a rough trip. He took one more stab at the triple crown preps in the Wood Memorial, winging it on the front end in his usual style, but War Pass faltered in the stretch, finishing second by a ½ length to Tale of Ekati, a colt he dominated as a two year old. War Pass suffered a foreleg injury during the race and was retired.

War Pass sired 65 foals in his initial crop and he was #13 on the Freshman Sire list of 2012 in terms of earnings. The promising stallion was represented by only 20 runners on the track, yet nine of them won and five were repeat winners. His son Java's War became War Pass' first stakes winner with a victory in the Sunday Silence Stakes and earned graded stakes status in the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (G-1). War Pass' offspring have been successful over all surfaces, primarily dirt. Revolutionary is his sire's first winner at 1 1/6 miles. War Pass stood only two years at stud, including a stint in Australia, before his mysterious death right before the 2011 breeding season.

It's difficult to say how far War Pass' progeny will want to run. His sire Cherokee Run was the Champion Sprinter of 1994. Cherokee Run's offspring won stakes races up to 1 1/8 miles and two placed at 1 ¼ miles. His two most prominent sons at stud are Kafwain and Yonaguska. Kafwain sired two stakes winners at 1 1/8 miles, Daisy Devine and The Pamplemousse and one son Don't Forget Gil, placed at 1 ¼ miles. The same for Yonaguska. His offspring win up to 1 1/8 miles. His best son, Musket Man finished third in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

War Pass' damsire Mr. Prospector is a Brilliant/Classic Chef-de-race and the second damsire Hoist The Flag is a Brilliant/Intermediate Chef-de-race, so it is not a stretch to say that If War Pass' babies follow in his hoofprints and those of his sire Cherokee Run, they will likely be distance challenged beyond
1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles.

Revolutionary_Sire_War_PassWAR PASS ( Cherokee Run - Vue, by Mr. Prospector)
Race Record: 7-5-1-0 ($1,583,400)

1st – Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G-1) 1 1/16 miles
1st – Champagne Stakes (G-1) 1 mile
2nd – Wood Memorial Stakes (G-1) 1 1/8 miles

Female Family:
Revolutionary's distaff line traces back to one of the best-producing mares in history, La Troienne. Four Kentucky Derby winners (Sea Hero, Go For Gin, Smarty Jones and Super Saver) have descended from this mare, as did Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer.

Revolutionary's dam Runup The Colors is a product of the Lanes End Farm breeding program. Typical of the progeny of A.P. Indy, Runup The Colors wasn't a precocious juvenile. She won her maiden in her fourth attempt. A year later, she raced at the allowance level four four months before jumping into stakes competition. She was up to the challenge, winning the Delaware Oaks by 1 ½ lengths. Runup The Colors faced a small but competitive group in the Alabama Stakes (G-1), beating Ajina by 1 ¼ lengths and ironically, Runup The Colors' close relative Tomisue's Delight. Unfortunately, that was the last race Runup The Colors won, however, she did place in two other stakes races.

Besides Revolutionary, Runup The Colors bore six other foals to race, two of whom own blacktype. Tafaseel (by Belong To Me) placed in the Jerome Stakes (8F) and Ice Road (by Unbridled's Song) was third in the Ohio Derby (G-3) (9F). Runup The Colors has an unnamed Quality Road yearling and is in foal to English Channel.

Revolutionary's second dam is the blue hen, Up the Flagpole (Hoist The Flag - Garden Club, by Herbager), heroine of the Delaware Oaks. Seven of the eleven foals she bore owned blacktype. Two of the most notable are Flagbird (by Nureyev), European highweight mare and the grand-dam of Ashland Stakes (G-1) winner and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Little Belle. The second noteworthy foal was Prospector's Delite (by Mr. Prospector), who won the Acorn (G-1) and Ashland Stakes (G-1). Prospector's Delite is also a blue hen and is better known as dam of Mineshaft, (Horse of the Year and prominent sire), plus his full sister, multiple Grade 1 winner Tomisue's Delight and full brother stakes winner Rock Slide. A half brother, Monashee Mountain is a multiple Group 3 winner in Ireland. Up the Flagpole also produced King's Bishop hero and sire Top Account (by Private Account) and stakes winners Fold the Flag (by Raja Babba), Allied Flag (by Danzig), Long View (by Damascus) and Kyowa Je T'Aime (by Seattle Slew), a Japanese stakes winner.

Revolutionary's third dam Garden Club ( Herbager – Fashion Verdict, by Court Martial) was also a blue hen. While Garden Club's other progeny were successful producers, none approached the status of the branch established by Up the Flagpole and her daughter Prospector's Delite. Revolutionary's dam Runup The Colors is becoming another top producer from this branch.

RUNUP THE COLORS (A.P. Indy - Up the Flagpole, by Hoist the Flag)
Revolutionary_dam_Runup_the_colorsRace Record: 18-6-3-4 ($555,024)

Career Highlights:
1st – Alabama Stakes (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
1st – Delaware Oaks 1 1/16 miles
2nd – Ballerina Handicap (G-1) 7 Furlongs
2nd – Spinster Stakes (G-1) 1 1/8 miles
A.P. Indy, Revolutionary's damsire, has been designated an Intermediate/Classic Chef-de-race, meaning that it is recognized that he passes along stamina to his offspring. Now retired from stud duty, A.P. Indy's status as a racehorse and major stallion is already cemented in history. By a Triple Crown winner out of the daughter of a Triple Crown winner, A.P. Indy earned Horse of the Year status with victories in the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. He is recognized worldwide as a sire of sires and his genes live on through his recently deceased son Pulpit, Bernardini, Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Majestic Warrior, Jump Start and many more.

A.P. Indy is no slouch as a broodmare sire, either, as he's been a top 20 leading broodmare sire for the last seven years. His daughters have produced 160 stakes winners, including the Champion mares Royal Delta and Wait A While, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, and Kentucky Oaks heroine Plum Pretty.

A. P. INDY (Seattle Slew - Weekend Surprise, by Secretariat)
Revolutionary_damsire_A.P. IndyRace Record: 11-8-0-1 ($2,979,815)

Career Highlights:
1st – Belmont Stakes (G-1) 1 ½ miles
1st - Breeders' Cup Classic (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
1st – Santa Anita Derby (G-1) 1 1/8 miles
1st - Hollywood Futurity (G-1) 1 1/6 miles
1st – Peter Pan Stakes (G-2) 1 1/8 miles
3rd - Jockey Club Gold Cup (G-1) 1 ¼ miles

Going back a generation, Revolutionary's second damsire was the Brilliant/Intermediate Chef-de-race Hoist The Flag (Tom Rolfe – Wavy Navy, by War Admiral). The speedy colt received Championship Juvenile honors in 1970. He won all six starts, but was disqualified in the Champagne Stakes. He was a leading sire and broodmare sire during his time at stud.

War Pass was bred to eight daughters of A.P. Indy. To date, Revolutionary is the only starter and winner. There is precedent for this breeding cross. Cherokee Run has 13 foals out of A.P. Indy mares. 11 have started and nine of those are winners. Two, the full siblings Zanjero and Acacia (Cherokee Run - Checkered Flag, by A.P. Indy) own blacktype. Zanjero is a multiple graded stakes winner up to 1 1/8 miles, whose roster of victories includes the Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes, Indiana Derby and West Virginia Derby.

Revolutionary_ConformationRevolutionary has a bounding gait, with an excellent, far-reaching stride. The dark brown colt appears to favor his sire in conformation and build. He isn't overly muscular, but has a nicely slanted shoulder, short back and well-shaped, hindquarters. Revolutionary has a classic speed over stamina pedigree and is borderline for 1 ¼ miles. He's shown tenacity and dogged determination to overcome trouble in a couple of his starts, which bodes well should he make it to the bumper-car field of the Kentucky Derby. He's certainly a colt to keep an eye on in future outings. Revolutionary will spend time at Palm Meadows resting up and training towards his next start, which is undecided.


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Older Comments about 2013 Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile - Revolutionary...

if it's not sloppy he's screwed.
Don’t overanalyze and get off this guy now, zatt >> And you gotta beat Orb, too!
Calvin has the mount, and i like this horse more every day. Most of the derby horses are all suspect at the distance, and all will have to outrun their pedigree to claim the roses. Revolutionary, certainly has the heart to succeed.
Golden Soul in the slop. He Can run all day. Out Run their pedigree,lol Golden Soul can run all day!!!
The Phipps family definitely got the great end of the breeding by buying E. R. Bradley's broodmares at his death. Most of their top horses, like Buckpasser, Personal Ensign etc. etc. descended from the daughters of La Troienne. I also remember two of Fashion Verdict's foals who raced for Ogden Phipps quite successfully. One was Beau Brummell another was Dapper Dan who finished I think second or third in the Derby.
I remember the third dam The Garden Club running in NY. She wasn't much on the track a couple wins out 15 or 20 starts, but I remember seeing her breeding in the program and thinking she would make a great broodmare.
I have followed this female family fro years. I hope the colt runs well.
Laurie, thanks for including me in your profile of Revolutionary.
Glad to see this colt is being sent to Florida. This one's a keeper.
Up the Flagpole is one of my all-time favorite broodmares. This female family is a big reason why I like this one.

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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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