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Kentucky Derby 2014 - Samraat Pedigree Profile

Samraat head on 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
“Samraat by a head, Uncle Sigh at the rail, the others are far back. Now they’re inside the eighth pole and it is Samraat and Uncle Sigh and they’ve been dueling from the start. Samraat now prevailing by a half-length. Uncle Sigh is second and Samraat will stay undefeated! He’s four-for-four and he’s undefeated!”   
With the concluding words of track announcer John Imbriale, the renewal of the 2014 Withers Stakes became the most exciting race thus far on the 2014 Kentucky Derby trail.  Samraat has won all four of his starts, including the Damon Runyon Stakes.  His final time in the Withers was a pokey 1:46.31.  To be fair, it was the fastest 1 1/16 miles of the day. In fact, it was the fastest 1 1/16 miles run in the last four days. 
Samraat sire noble causewaySamraat (Noble Causeway - Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie) is a My Meadowview Farm homebred has banked $283,200 and has earned ten points in the Kentucky Derby Points system. 
His sire Noble Causeway (Giant’s Causeway - Mimi's Golden Girl, by Seeking the Gold) brought  $1,150,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.  The son of Giant’s Causeway is out of a daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Classy Cathy.  Like many overpriced yearlings, Noble Causeway didn’t live up to hefty price tag on the track.  He briefly made some noise on the 2005 Kentucky Derby trail with a second place finish in the Florida Derby behind High Fly, but finished twelfth in Kentucky and sixth in the Preakness. Noble Causeway’s only other blacktype was earned with a third place finish in the 1 1/8 mile Ben Ali (G-3) at Keeneland.  He retired with a 18-3-6-1 ($360,010) record.
At stud, Noble Causeway has sired 73 winners from 123 foals in four crops, including a Mexican Champion and Group Stakes winner in Venezuela.  Samraat is his sire’s first graded stakes winner on US soil. Nobile Causeway’s offspring are dirt sprinter/milers. Samraat is his first winner at 1 1/16 miles. All three of Noble Causeway’s victories came at 1 1/8 miles over the dirt, so it wouldn’t be farfetched to say that some of his offspring will handle a route of ground.
Female Family:
Samraat’s dam Little Indian Girl (Indian Charlie - Brighter Than Gold, by Light Idea) won once in eight starts, a 1 1/16 mile maiden claiming race. She placed once at 1  1/16 on the turf and once at a mile on the dirt. She retired with an 8-1-1-1 ($22,820) race record. 
Little Indian Girl has become a much better broodmare than she was competitor. All seven foals of racing age have run and six are winners.  Samraat is his dam’s only stakes winner, however, she also bore his stakes placed half siblings Original Fate (by Grand Slam), Kaddish (by Bernstein) and Screen Legend (by Tiznow).  Samraat has an unnamed two year old half-sister by Harlan’s Holiday.
Little Indian Girl is a half-sister to the popular stakes veteran Nonsuch Bay (by Mr. Greeley). The mare was a two-time winner of the Banshee Breeze Handicap, plus she recorded victories in the Mother Goose (G-1),  Nassau Bay Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G-2) and was a runner up in many other stakes races to such greats as Sightseek, You, Harmony Lodge and Raging Fever.  Samraat’s second dam Brighter Than Gold ( Light Idea - Princess Born, by Brent's Prince) competed mainly in Ohio-bred races at the allowance and claiming levels as a dirt sprinter/miler. She’s a full sister to Ohio-bred stakes winner Light’s Question.  There’s little notable blacktype in past generations of Samraat’s female family.  Samraat carries no inbreeding in five generations.
Samraat pedigree
Indian CharlieSanta Anita Derby hero Indian Charlie (In Excess (IRE) - Soviet Sojourn, by Leo Castelli) is Samraat’s damsire.  The bob Baffert trainee was a buzz horse on the 1998 triple crown trail. After trouncing maidens by 12 lengths, Indian Charlie zipped through two allowance races before beating stablemate Real Quiet in the Santa Anitia Derby.  The undefeated son of In Excess saw fortunes reversed in the Kentucky Derby, as Real Quiet wore the roses that day and Indian Charlie finished third. Not only was it his first loss, but he suffered a career ending injury. 
Indian Charlie was a popular, useful sire. His offspring were best as sprinter milers, although a few won at 1 1/8 miles and one captured a stakes at 1 ¼ miles.  His son Uncle Sigh was an excellent runner-up to Samraat in the Withers, considering that Uncle Sigh was making only his third start.
Indian Charlie is a young broodmare sire.  His daughters bore 22 stakes winners to date, and include two-time Canadian Champion filly Biofuel, Champion Two-year-old Filly  Tu Endie Wei and Raven Run (G-2) winner Gypsy Robin. None of the stakes winners have won past 1 1/16 miles, although three have placed at 1 1/8 miles and two have placed at 1 ¼ miles.
SamraatSamraat is a leggy, lightly built colt with a slightly upright shoulder. He holds good muscle in his hindquarters. His gait is smooth, of average extension without superfluous movement. Undoubtedly the most skillful three year old in New York at this point. Take nothing away from his victories, Samraat is undeniably talented.  However, despite his gritty Withers win over a lightly raced New York bred, Samraat hasn’t faced true graded stakes competition.  His pedigree indicates that the farther he goes, the more vulnerable Samraat will become.
   (photo- Matt Shifman)
Samraat’s trainer Rick Violette, Jr. stated after the Withers, "This was a tough race.  We might wait for the Wood Memorial [April 5]. We're in a good spot now. If he's kind of kicking the walls down he can certainly come back for the Gotham [March 1] or we can wait for the Wood or the Louisiana Derby [March 29]. There are a lot of options."  Hopefully for race fans, Samraat and Uncle Sigh will meet up again before the Kentucky Derby.


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interesting history about the Oaks and Derby. from Wiki: The Derby originated at a celebration following the first running of the Oaks Stakes in 1779. A new race was planned, and it was decided that it should be named after either the host of the party, the 12th Earl of Derby, or one of his guests, Sir Charles Bunbury. According to legend the decision was made by the toss of a coin, but it is probable that Bunbury, the Steward of the Jockey Club, deferred to his host. The inaugural running of the Derby was held on Thursday 4 May 1780. It was won by Diomed, a colt owned by Sir Charles Bunbury, who collected prize money of £1,065 15s. The first four runnings were contested over 1 mile, but this was amended to the current distance of 1½ miles in 1784.
owner blindness is in epic proprtions come the K Derby
The connections for this colt, should look to other options then the derby. His pedigree does not suggest the derby distance, so why subject this talented and improving horse to that the mile and a quarter.?? Please pass on the derby.
he's got some 3rd and 4th generation good old time breeding behind him
just about ANY horse running under the pressure of another pace setter, ALMOST ANY HORSE, would show signs of the effort.
I would seriously challenge that staement regarding Samraat. Very talented,but i personally think that Noble Moon is still on top of the Empire State building when it comes to horses vacationing at Aqueduct this winter. Although Samraat was impressive in his last,he was asked to put alot of effort into th race. Noble Moon on the other hand has been doing it on his own.
That one sentence says it all, "His pedigree indicates that the farther he goes, the more vulnerable Samraat will become." And it even showed in victory, as he was led to the Winners Circle he was one tired horse. He's one of the glaring omissions from my annual GQ Derby Double Dozen to be posted tomorrow (Feb. 4th). Great photo Matt!
It's very rare that you see a stakes type runner with no in-breeding in the first 5 generations these days. I agree with your assessment, as I don't expect Samraat to make a whole lot of noise as the distances increase. He has the potential to be a bang up miler, though.

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