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2017 Eclipse Vote Counts are available on the individual Eclipse category pages.

David Cowl updates our Outcross Sires list after reviewing 2017 - Click on 2017 Outcross Sires.
David offered the following additional observations:

It is becoming difficult to find North American based replacements for the outcross sires that were pensioned or exported.

Here's what I have come up with.  Mr Prospector's son
Fappiano appears in many of these pedigrees.

Cross Traffic (USA) 4-c Unbridled Song x Stop Traffic by Cure the Blues stands at Spendthrift Farm, KY for $7,500.
Mission Impazible (USA) 19-b Unbridled Song x La Paz by Hold Your Peace stands at Sequel Stallions, NY for $7,500.
I Want Revenge (USA) 3-n Stephen Got Even x Meguial by Roy stands at Millennium Farms, KY for $5,000.
Astrology (USA) 16-a A P Indy x Quiet Eclipse by Quiet American stands at Acadiana Equine, LA for $4,500.
Friesan Fire (USA) 2-c A P Indy x Bollinger by Dehere stands at Country Life Farm, MD for $4,000.

A couple of European stallions worth considering:
Balko (FR) 12-b Pistolet Blue x Ella Royale by Royal Charter stands at Haras du Lion for E4,500.
Jukebox Jury (IRE) 22-a Montjeu x Mare Aux Fees by Kenmare stands at Gestuet Etzean for E4,500.

Things We Like:
One of our subscribers in the United Kingdom, in renewing her Pedlines subscription, commented that
"I would rather have beans on toast for a month, rather than miss my subscription to Pedlines."

And you wonder why we love the British.

Speaking of Pedlines --
Pedlines #181 Winter 2018 Contents:
Commentary:  Stakes Winner Dalarna; plus,
Death of Mighty Forum (GB) (pictured below with owner Valerie Harris)

Breeding:  Breeding Race Record to Race Record
Observations:  Zenyatta Matings
Inbreeding:  The Aloe Factor
Bloodlines:  Beloved Bayakoa (Arg)
New Reines:
Family 9f - Queen Hostess, Forest Princess
Family 1S - Lady Winborne, La Gueriere

Triple Crown Reflections

Ellen Parker

And Then There Were Three

Well, at long last the 2017 Triple Crown is complete.  Along the way, we made stallions of Mastery and Royal Mo while Epicharis and Classic Empire managed to get hurt – in the case of Classic Empire we are not sure he was ever 100% healed.  Poor Epicharis just has the bad luck of having those horrible pink feet.

It took three tries but we finally got one helluva classic pedigree in Tapwrit.  Blows us away that everyone just seems to have discovered Tapit.  We’ll be the first to admit he scared us to death because he ran so briefly.  But we always knew what he is.  Just go look at an old photo of Beadah and you’ll see for yourself the type that Tapit imparts, because it is she, this fabulous little grey mare, which Tapit throws.  

And boy, does he ever throw it!  Nearly all of his babies are greys – Tonalist is an exception- but most wear the Beadah coat and this year’s Belmont winner is no exception.  Thanks to Tapwrit’s win, his tail-female line of Forest Song will be featured in the next Pedlines as a new Reine-de-Course.  We already had a folder set up on her, so she was always in our rear view mirror.

It is probably because of Slewpy that we loved this line so much.  This Seattle Slew son traveled to Europe to race in Teenoso’s 1983 Epsom Derby, but the ultra-soft going was not appealing to him and he beat only two of his 18 rivals.  We always loved Slewpy and his strength and substance were good for the breed but we wish he had stayed in Kentucky rather than moving to California where he did not always get the best and biggest books.

Tapwrit is Seattle Slew both top and bottom (he possesses a sex-balanced A.P. Indy/Sodeo Sodeo cross at 4 x 4.)   Sodeo Sodeo is a ¾ sister to Slewpy sharing a Seattle Slew/Prince John/Forest Song nexus).  In addition to this pattern Tapwrit has Round Table x2/Monarchy at 7 x 6 x 6.  He further has a treble of In Reality (Charedi/Moon Glitter/Valid Appeal at 6 x 5 x 4).  

Doubles or better of Somethingroyal, Mr. Prospector, Rough ‘n Tumble, Aspidistra and Nijinsky II also appear. There is more, but this is the ‘meat’.

One other note:  Famed British writer/historian Tony Morris is starting a new series on the ‘100 top shapers of the breed’.  He began with Djebel.  This is intriguing as it coincided with Tapwrit’s classic victory since sire Tapit’s lynchpin Beadah is tail-male to Djebel via Djeddah who is inbred to Teddy and Banshee/Frizette.  Beadah’s pedigree is rich in history reading – Boussac Stud/Bull Dog-Plucky Liege/Man o’ War/The Tetrarch/Black Duchess.  That is what we call in the pedigree business a serious ‘wow’.  

Of the three Triple Crown race winners this year, Tapwrit is by far the best bred.  How far his pedigree takes him remains to be seen, but we sure like what we saw in the Belmont.  The pedigree is so versatile we imagine him racing any distance over any surface and obviously eye-balling another horse is not a problem- thank you, Seattle Slew!

The chart for his female line will appear in the next Pedlines as previously mentioned.  Tapwrit is therefore now royalty both top and bottom as his sire Tapit has always been.

CLOUD COMPUTING – The Second Chapter in a Very Strange Year

Poor Classic Empire.  Some horses just can’t catch a break.  He has a rough spring health-wise, still gets enough points to crack the idiotic Derby points list and then gets wiped out at the start in one of the rougher Derbies run in recent memory – and they are usually all pretty rough.

Despite all this, he still runs fourth.  Given just two weeks to recover he is on his way to victory in the Preakness when a horse with one of the weirdest pedigrees in recent memory comes along and defeats him in the last stride.  Without blinkers, Classic Empire would have seen him sooner and would probably have won.

(By the way, we were amazed at how many people were jumping on Always Dreaming’s bandwagon.  There was nothing we could see that gave us a Triple Crown feel with the son of Bodemeister.  We wanted to see him win on a dry track against top company.  Clearly, his Florida Derby foes were not an A+ lot.)

As a result, we are now we are faced with looking at Cloud Computing who, like the dethroned Always Dreaming, is not surprisingly skipping the Belmont.  It’s a miracle he’s run this long.

Let’s start with the sire Maclean’s Music who, with a treble of Mr. Prospector and four lines altogether of Raise a Native made a grand total of one start.  Now there may be a baker’s dozen really good reasons why he only made one start, including the ‘given’ reason that he had complications from splint bone surgery.  Call us a skeptic, but with x4 Raise a Native plus a Danzig cross we kind of think this one was fated.

Up until his first and second dam Forest Music (18 starts) and Defer West (24 starts), this line of Lady Be Good was pretty soft:  Defer (unraced), I Pass (3 starts) and Impish (1 start).  There were a lot of open/barren years along the way, too.

Cloud Computing’s broodmare sire, A.P. Indy is one of the two stronger lines of his pedigree.  The other is Waquoit.  Halo helps as well.  So everything remotely strong comes from his dam whose entire branch of Alcibiades was riddled with barren/dead foal/slipped years.  

This is also a family that tends to have a female bias that shows up again and again.  Menow got the great broodmare sire Buckpasser for example.  Free House got better fillies than colts, as did Sir Ivor.  

Still, how this reads is softly-bred sire from a good family (Lady Be Good) with some soft spots of her own and some fertility problems but with slightly better first two dams.  Cloud Computing’s dam is also okay in the first two generations but with serious reproductive problems farther along the line.

Overall we have two important inbreeding crosses – In Reality x2/Damscus – a good cross that gives us linebreeding to Friar’s Carse/Beaming Beauty/Ballantrae.  Then Seattle Slew is added to all that Mr. Prospector giving us multiples of Myrtlewood-Black Curl/Humanity and Lady Comfey – it’s been a standard cross for quite a while now.

Like Always Dreaming this is not a female line that is likely to get a heavy duty sire and with the stallion’s sire being so intensely linebred to soft Raise a Native to what line will you breed him?  Every time we get something different we either ignore it or sell it.  Of course sometimes we just move it around (Giacomo) until nobody knows where it is anymore.

Bottom line?  The winners of the first two American classic races of 2017 have big holes in them.  Which is probably why as this is being written that Classic Empire has retaken the lead in the NTRA Poll.  Those of us who have seen enough of these races know that it is Classic Empire who stands out so far even though he has not won.

We’ve always said you could tell more about a horse by how he loses than how he wins.  In the case of Classic Empire that has been the exact truth so far.

Now he still has to duck the Sunday Silence grandson Epicharis (JPN), whose form looks pretty good since Thunder Snow (who only came to Kentucky to throw a fit) ran second in the Irish 2000 Guineas to the very highly regarded Churchill.  Being a huge Sunday Silence fan, we have a lot of respect for Epicharis.

With names like Nijinsky II, Sadler’s Wells and Vaguely Noble in addition to Sunday Silence as well as a tail-female line leading to Zariba/Fairy Gold, we doubt he’ll be lacking in stamina.  

No matter, however, who wins this Belmont he will still have been the third horse to win a classic and that’s the second year in a row.  One now begins to really appreciate California Chrome and American Pharoah even more.  The Triple Crown wasn’t supposed to be easy and it’s not.

Besides, we have a feeling that this is a crop that will take far more than just three races to evaluate.  Still and all, it chokes us up a bit to think the colt we liked best, Royal Mo, never got his shot at a classic.  One can only hope that will be corrected in the next generation.

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