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Einstein (BRZ)

Ellen Parker

What is it about a black or almost black horse?  Is it the Black Beauty thing?  Maybe the Black Stallion lore?  Either way, the chocolate-coated Einstein who now stands in California is one of the loveliest examples.

We find it hard to think of him as a real Brazilian since he’s Buckpasser line via Kentucky Derby winning Spend A Buck and is out of a mare by a Lyphard sire.  His second dam is by French-raced British-bred  Waldmeister (by Wild Risk) from Teresina’s family and his second is by the British bred Epsom and Irish Derby winner Santa Claus.  He tails to Reine-de-Course Horama.

The bottom line is this horse is bred right to the stars but we wonder how many Americans are going to appreciate him.  He’s spot-on for Seattle Slews offspring since his sire is linebred to *La Troienne and her ¾ sister Adargatis.  Anything carrying Northfields or Dancer’s Image (to pick up the Khara in Habitat) will fit nicely, and he will no doubt love the descendents of Beadah to pick up on his Santa Claus line.

His own family is far-flung but very classy.  Kirtling stood briefly in the U. S. and there might still be a trickle of his blood via Political Ambition and Sir Percy’s daughters will suit him.  A mare bred in England is no longer that difficult to obtain.  

Ghadeer, his broodmare sire, is bred on the same Northern Dancer/Fair Trial/Quick Change cross as Danzig, which might be worth a try provided it’s a tougher Danzig like Langfuhr.  And because of Spend A Buck’s No Robbery cross we would love to see some Never Bend thrown his way, which would also add more *La Troienne via Bimelech.

Einstein carries absolutely no Raise a Native and only one Northern Dancer cross.  This is one of the reasons he took his time to mature.  Remember that the very thing which gives us precocity also gives us fragility and that the latter tends to trump the former most of the time.

Thus Einstein, absent these fragile lines, did not race at two and only three times as a sophomore.  Once he got going, though, he raced through the age of seven and won five Grade I races.  He won GI or G2 races on turf, synthetic and regulation dirt tracks.  Translation:  Give them some time and they will be able to handle anything you throw at them for as long as you want them to do it.

He started at Adena where "different horses" are often tried out – thus sires like Giacomo (now in Oregon), Running Stag (since sent to Korea), Milwaukee Brew (Canada) and Foxtrail (to Canada where he died) were at least given a chance.  Einstein follows this pattern and we can’t help but think that perhaps Frank Stronach likes an occasional outcross to go with his Sadler’s Wells (El Prado, though he was hardly typical) and Deputy Minister (Awesome Again and Touch Gold) blood.

Even in California Einstein is in a position to do something really remarkable.  All anyone has to do is open his mind.  That of course has always been the challenge.  If he isn’t given a sufficient opportunity, he will be one of our last chances for this blood.  We beg you not to let it die.

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