Pedigree Spotlight: Santiva, Sweet Ducky & Gourmet Dinner

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 54

Pedigree Spotlight written by Scott Dick

Santiva has shown nothing but class in his five career starts.  He's yet to finish off the board and has not run a bad race.  The Giant's Causeway colt has raced on wet and fast tracks, as well as turf and synthetic surfaces.  He's handled all challenges like a professional.  Though he's only won a single race, it was an impressive victory in the grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, where he defeated Derby hopeful Astrology.
Santiva is coming off a workman like 2nd place finish in the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds.  The Eddie Kenneally trainee was very wide into the 1st turn, and extremely wide around the 2nd turn, putting his nose in front in the stretch, Santiva loomed large. But the lay off and the loss of ground was too much to over come, fading just a bit deep in the stretch, the fresher Mucho Macho Man defeated him by 1 and ½ lengths.

Santiva's sire is Giant's Causeway.  Giant's Causeway was a phenom as a racehorse.  He was best known for his great duel in the 2000 Breeder's Cup Classic with champion and two time Breeder's Cup Classic winner Tiznow. Giant's Causeway finished no worse than 2nd in his 13 career starts, against the highest class of competition.  Recording 9 wins the Giant won several group ones, including the Juddmonte International and the Irish Champion Stakes.  In the breeding shed, Giant's Causeway has matched his great success on the racetrack.

He's sired such grade I winners as Aragorn, Carriage Trail, Eskendereya, First Samurai, Giant Oak, Heatseeke, My Typhoon, Red Giant and Swift Temper, not to mention grade II winners Cowboy Cal and Hold Me Back.  The dam of Giant's Causeway is Mariah's Storm. Mariah's Storm was an incredible race mare and in fact, the movie “Dreamer” is loosely based on her story. She fractured her cannon bone in the 1993 Alcibiadies Stakes and came back at the age of four to win several graded stakes.  Mariah's Storm has been just as special as a broodmare.  She's produced extremely useful sire's in Roar of the Tiger and the New York based stallion Freud.

The dam of Santiva is Slide.  Slide has produced 8 winners, including the colt Take Arms who won over a $100,000 in his career.  Slide is a half sister to Champion Sprinter Safely Kept, she is also a half to Partner's Hero.  Slide's sire is Smarten. Smarten was sensational in his three year old season.  He went on a string of graded stakes wins, scoring victories in the grade III Illinois Derby, the Pennsylvania Derby, the grade III Ohio Derby, the grade II American Derby, the grade III Woodlawn Stakes and the grade III Marylander Handicap.  He also set a in winning the Ohio Derby.  He has proved useful as broodmare sire.

The dam of slide is Safely Home.  Safely Home was a consistent runner, trying her heart out in all of her races.  She found the winners circle 16 times in 72 starts. Safely Home has been an even better broodmare.  She's the dam of the aforementioned Champion Sprinter Safely Kept.  She finished her career with earnings exceeding $2,000,000.  Safely Home is also the dam of Partner's Hero.  Partner's Hero won 5 stakes and $554,000 in purse money.  He has also been a useful sire, he's sired grade II turf sprinter and millionaire Hero's Reward, as well as New York Hero, winner of the grade II Lane's End Stakes.

Santiva has yet to run a bad race, and has shown a will to overcome adversity with signs of having real superstar talent.  He's coming off a very good 2nd place finish and should definitely move forward with his 2nd start of the year.  I am personally very high on this colt, he has a winners pedigree and seems to have the mind and heart of a champion.  I will definitely be using this horse in the exotics, if he does find himself in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May!
The New Jersey based Sweet Ducky has been very consistent, with 3 wins in 6 starts.  He's coming off a credible 2nd place finish in the Holy Bull Stakes to winner Dialed In.  Sweet Ducky has won two minor stakes at Monmouth Park, but he's yet to score in graded stakes company. He ran a disappointing 4th place finish in the Delta Jackpot Million stakes beaten 9 3/4th's lengths to Gourmet Dinner.

Sweet Ducky is sired by Pulpit.  Pulpit only raced 6 times in his impressive, but short career.  He scored 4 wins, including graded stakes in the Toyota Blue Grass and the Fountain of Youth.  Pulpit has been quite the Stud.  He's sired grade I winners in Tapit, Stroll, Sky Mesa, Rutherienne, Pyro, Purge,Mi Sueno, and Corinithian. Not to mention grade II winner and Millionaire, Essence of Dubai. Pulpit has been very versatile as a sire, he's had sprint winners and distance winners.

The dam of Pulpit is Preach. Preach was a precocious filly, winning the grade I Frizette stakes at the distance of 1 mile in only her 3rd career start.  She won 4 races in 15 starts and purse money exceeding $300,000. She's been a useful broodmare, producing 7 winners.

The dam of Sweet Ducky is Storm's Darling.  Storm's Darling was a versatile mare, winning races at distances ranging from 5 furlongs to 8.5 furlongs. Storm's Darling has only produced two horses to date, Sweet Ducky and the filly Pegasus Storm. Pegasus Storm only managed one 2nd place finish and one 3rd place finish in her 7 race career.  She is now a broodmare and in foal.  The dam of Storm's Darling is Sinceilostmybaby.  Sinceilostmybaby found the winners circle 11 times in 42 career starts.  She was a speedy filly who won the 7 furlong Devil Tower Stakes.  The sire of Storm's Darling is Storm Boot.  Although Storm Boot only won 4 races in his career, he became a very strong sire.  He's the sire of stakes winner and Breeder's Cup Turf Sprint 3rd place finisher, Storm Treasure.  He's also sired the grade III winner and grade I stakes placed Bourbon Belle.  Bourbon Belle is the dam of Not Bourbon, winner of the Queen's Plate and earner of over a $1,000,000 in his race career.  Storm Boot sired 46 stakes winners and his progeny has earned over $26,000,000.

Sweet Ducky has been a consistent colt, but he's yet to win in graded stakes company.  His only start further then 1 mile was a poor 4th place finish at Delta Downs, which is a bullring and I think Sweet Ducky prefers a bigger race track.  I have a feeling we haven't seen the best from this colt.  He has good bloodlines with both distance and speed in his pedigree.  He might be able to surprise people in the triple crown ranks. 
This hard trying colt has left his connections hungry, “Derby hungry.”  Gourmet Dinner has yet to run a bad race, he's tried and tested with 4 wins in 8 starts.  His biggest score was in the grade III Delta Jackpot Million, at odds of 20-1 Gourmet Dinner served a delicious victory for his backers.  In that race, Gourmet Dinner defeated fellow Derby hopefuls Sweet Ducky and Clubhouse Ride. The delicious one started his 3 year old season with two credible finishes in graded stakes company, a better then it looked 3rd place finish to Dialed In in the Holy Bull Stakes.  He then took his shot at Soldat in the Fountain of Youth.  Soldat was on an unpressured easy lead before Gourmet Dinner made his run at him, showing a nice kick, Gourmet Dinner closed the gap to finish 2nd, beaten only 2 lengths.

Gourmet Dinner's sire is Trippi.  Trippi was a very talented sprinter, winning 7 of 14 starts.  Trippi scored in multiple graded stakes including the grade II Tom Fool Handicap and the grade II Riva Ridge Handicap.  Trippi has been a very good sire, he's the sire of current top Oaks contender R Heat Lightning.  Trippi also the sire of  Jamican Champion Psychedelic. He's sired this year’s Sunshine Million Turf winner, Trip for A.J.   The dam of Trippi is Jealous Appeal.  Jealous Appeal won 4 races in 18 starts, but she was extremely useful as a broodmare.   She's the dam of 7 winners, such as the lightning quick, Appealing Skier who won won 3 grade II races and set two track records.  Jealous Appeal is also the dam of Miss Jealski.  Miss Jealski was a tough filly and a stakes winner.

The dam of Gourmet Dinner is Potluck Dinner.  Potluck dinner only raced once, but as a broodmare she has produced several winners.  She's the dam of On The Rail.  On The Rail won 9 races in 38 starts and captured over $219,000 in purse money. Most of Potluck Dinner's progeny have been sprinters.  The sire of Potluck Dinner is Pentelicus.  The speedy Pentelicus won 11 races in 37 starts, he is a stakes winner and set the track record for 6 ½ furlongs at Arlington Park.  Pentelicus was royally bred, he is a half brother to the mare Gana Facil. Gana Facil is the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled, she is also the dam of Wood Memorial winner Cahill Road.

The dam of Potluck Dinner is Romantic Dinner.  Romantic Dinner won only a single race in her 30 race career.  She as produced 7 winners, including Sea Of Green who won the Dancing Count and the Rumson Stakes and finished 2nd in the grade III Jersey Shore Breeder's Cup Stakes.Romantic Dinner is the dam of Candlelightdinner.  Candlelightdinner has produced the filly Musical Romance who has won over $177,000 to date. Candlelightdinner is also the dam of the gelding Vuelve Ruben M who has won 4 times in 7 starts with purse money exceeding $103,000.

Gourmet Dinner is a fighter and has proven his quality.  He's kind of a head scratcher, his bloodlines all point to sprinting, but yet he's been able to stretch out.  I like this colt quite a bit, he reminds me a little bit of Musket Man.  I'm not sure this colt can win the Derby, but have high hopes he will make a good showing for himself and who knows with the right trip, anything can happen!

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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