3-year-old pedigrees: Kingmeister's poised to go long

January 15, 2020 09:53am
3-year-old pedigrees: Kingmeister's poised to go long
Photo: Courtesy of Gulfstream Park

Kingmeister leads this week’s roundup of emerging 3-year-old colts to watch. Let's get to know their bloodlines....

(Bodemeister - Gold d'Oro, by Medaglia d'Oro)

Kingmeister graduated in his third start, a one-mile maiden event over Gulfstream Park’s main track on Saturday. Tyler Gaffalione settled the bay colt in third place early, then let loose around the eighth pole. Kingmeister held off the late challenge of Telephone Talker to win by a half length. The Mark Hennig trainee finished up in 1:36.92.

Kingmeister has a middle-distance/classic pedigree. Bodemeister stood at stud in the U.S. for six years before moving to Turkey. He has so far sired 10 graded/listed winners, including 2017 Kentucky Derby hero Always Dreaming.

Kingmeister’s half-brother, Strike Power, captured the 2018 Swale Stakes. Their dam, Gold d'Oro, is a multiple stakes-placed turf router. She’s a half-sister to multiple graded winner Adriano, a nine-furlong specialist. Three of Gold d'Oro’s half-sisters are black type producers, with their offspring including multiple stakes-winning turf sprinter Lipstick City, plus stakes-placed miler Sweet Opportunity and Hyuma, who is multiple placed in Japan. This is the distaff line of Belmont Stakes hero Bet Twice.

Medaglia d'Oro’s daughters have produced 18 graded/listed winners, led by 2018 Canadian Champion Older Horse Mr. Havercamp. Spinaway Stakes winner Rachel’s Valentina and multiple Grade 1 winning sprinter Rock Fall also claim Medaglia d'Oro as a damsire.

(Fed Biz - French Satin, by French Deputy)

Scilly Cay captured the
Rego Park Stakes stakes over Aqueduct’s main track on Sunday. Facing only three New York-bred rivals, Jose Lezcano had Sicilly Cay contest the pace before drawing off by 2 1/2 lengths. The Linda Rice trainee traveled 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:19.00. Scilly Cay’s victory gave Rice her 2,000th career win.

Scilly Cay has a sprinter/miler pedigree. Fed Biz is a multiple Grade 2 winner ranked No. 6 on the second crop sire list by earnings. He’s the sire of seven stakes winners, two of them listed, including last year’s Lookin At Lucky Stakes winner Bronzed.

Scilly Cay’s half-brothers,
Long Haul Bay and Midnight Transfer, are stakes-winning sprinters. Their dam, French Satin, captured the Florida Oaks (G3), and she’s a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Lion Heart, who finished second in the 2004 Kentucky Derby behind Smarty Jones.

French Deputy stood in the U.S. for five years before moving to Japan. He’s represented by 83 graded/listed winners as a damsire, and his daughters in North America bore 46 of them. The bulk of their progeny are sprinter/milers, although a few won at classic distances, such as Hollywood Gold Cup hero Majestic Harbor and Gulfstream Handicap winner Smooth Air. French Deputy is also the damsire of 2014 Arkansas Derby winner Danza and Santa Margarita Invitational heroine Tara’s Tango.

(Declaration of War - Mira Alta, by Curlin)

War Stopper graduated last Saturday in a one-mile maiden event over Aqueduct’s main track. Jorge Vargas Jr. sent the chestnut colt to a comfortable one-length lead at the outset, and the pair widened the advantage to four lengths at the wire. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee got the mile in 1:37.54.

War Stopper has a late-maturing, classic-oriented pedigree. Declaration of War stood at stud in the U.S. for five years before relocating to Japan for the 2019 season. He’s currently ranked No. 2 on the third-crop sire list by earnings and has 21 graded/listed winners to his credit. His offspring are strongly turf oriented, yet three of his babies -- Kentucky Jockey Club winner Silver Prospector, 2017 Pulpit Stakes winner Speed Franco and multiple listed-winning sprinter Uncle Benny -- have been successful over the main track.

War Stopper is the second foal out of Mira Alta, an unraced half-sister to Grade 1-winning miler Great Hunter. Mira Alta’s half-sister bore multiple Grade 3 winner Owendale. The 2015 Champion Filly Stellar Wind and Met Mile hero Mor Spirit are part of the third generation of War Stopper’s female family.
  Curlin remains a young broodmare sire, and his daughters are just starting to bear winners. Out of 100 starters, 53 are winners, with one stakes-winner, Seabhac, who captured the 2017 Pilgrim Stakes at nine furlongs over the lawn.

(Uncle Mo - Peace Time, by War Front)

Caracaro was much the best in a one-mile maiden event on Saturday over Gulfstream Park’s main track. Emisael Jaramillo and Caracaro pressed the early pace, took the lead around the 5/16s pole and kept going, hitting the wire six lengths in front. The Gustavo Delgado trainee finished a mile in 1:35.16.

Caracaro has miler breeding and may go farther with maturity. Uncle Mo was the leading first-crop sire in 2015 and has been among the leading sires ever since. His first crop included champion 2-year-old and Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist and Wood Memorial winner Outwork. Uncle Mo has sired 43 graded/listed winners. His daughters, multiple Grade 1 winner Bast and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Donna Veloce, are his most accomplished 2019 2-year-olds.  

Caracaro is a first foal. His dam, Peace Time, placed in her only start. Her half-sister bore stakes-winning miler Bombshell and stakes-placed sprinter Little Distorted. Caracaro’s second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Santa Catarina, who earned $645,260 in 10 starts. War Front is a young broodmare sire, with 89 winners to his credit and two listed winners: Stifling, a turf sprinter, and Joevia, winner of last year’s Long Branch Stakes who finished third in the Belmont Stakes.

(Violence - Dazzletown, by Speightstown)

Violent City was an impressive four-length debut winner Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Julien Leparoux hustled the dark bay colt out of the gate, and they fought on the inside before opening up in the stretch. The Ian Wilkes trainee clocked six furlongs in 1:10.51.

Violent City has a sprinter/miler pedigree. Violence is the No. 5 third-crop sire by earnings with his 11 listed winners all sprinter/milers, including last year’s Forward Gal heroine Feedback and Auburn Stakes winner Whatwasithinking, who is also out of a Speightstown mare.

Violent City is a second foal, and there’s no black type in the immediate family. His dam is a half-sister to the old stakes-winning turf veteran Yate’s Black Cat, who earned $538,265 in a 46-race career. There are plenty of black type earners in Violent City third generation, however, including 2012 Canadian Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female Roxy Gap. His third dam, the hardy Special Test, raced for six years and won or placed in stakes in five of them.

Speightstown has become a strong broodmare sire, ranking 15th on the 2018 list by earnings. His daughter’s offspring are stakes winners up to 1 1/8 miles and include last year’s Humana Distaff heroine Mia Mischief, Blue Grass winner Vekoma and 2016 Jim Dandy victor Laoban.


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