A Line To Hold Onto
It’s funny how one falls in love with a certain horse. Maybe it’s his pedigree, his presence, even a single race in which he showed the most rare kind of courage. Runaway Groom was all those things to us. And when we wrote about him in 2007 we hoped he would establish a line of the Red God/Blushing Groom branch of *Nasrullah that would establish his identity. That he has done – and more.
One thing is certain about U. S. breeders -
Runaway Groom died in 2007 at the age of 28, having left 72 stakes winners (and 57 more out of his daughters as of this writing, plus 70 more which are stakes placed.) But most of all, he left us Cherokee Run which is something of a miracle considering how often he was moved around.
Wasted a bit -
There is little doubt that Runaway Groom made his biggest splash at the races when he defeated eventual Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo in the 1982 Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga. Earlier in the year, Runaway Groom had won two-
The grey son of Blushing Groom began his stud career at El Rancho Murietta in California in 1984 then moved to Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Florida in 1985, where he remained through 1991. In 1992, he moved to Vinery near Lexington, Kentucky where he lived out his life.
Runaway Groom had a fascinating pedigree. He descends from Artful (a full sister to Artless), family 4-
His pedigree composition contains four Lady Josephine lines -
Among the Reine-
Runaway Groom had three well-
Cherokee Run was a champion sprinter and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner from the 15-
But Cherokee Run was proof that Storm Cat did not make this family. He had eight Lady Josephine lines and was a wonderful source of much sounder speed, since he also possesses four *Bull Dog crosses.
In addition, Cherokee Run wqs inbred to *La Troienne (5 x 5 to Bimelech and Big Event) and had a cross of similarly-
Bold Ruler’s Seattle Slew line is alive and well, but it is almost 100% A. P. Indy and has narrowed even further due to Tapit who looks less like Seattle Slew than even A. P. Indy did. Capote, Swale and Slew City Slew, not to mention Vindication, all were more like their sire in color, size and scope.
Thanks mostly to Cherokee Run, the following are still with us: G2 winner During from Barbaro’s family is in West Virginia and has a hot runner in G2 winner Lucy N Ethel this year. He has also gotten the $473K winner Su Casa G Casa. G2 winner, G1 placed Kafwain started out at (Jonabell) Darley and was reportedly a ‘shy’ breeder. Relocated to California he has proven popular and has gotten G1 stakes winners Daisy Devine and Let Faith Arise.
Nationhood is in Washington. He is a non-
Runaway Groom never got the credit he deserved and as a result had to do his work with lesser mares (a 1.42 CI). But not only did he move them up to a 1.76 AEI, he left Cherokee Run, who moved his 1.63 mares up to 1.87. That meant the line was improving.
And this was not done with books of 100 mares -
The daughters of Runaway Groom and Cherokee Run have therefore had to fight the uphill battle of overcoming lesser family lines. They have not done too badly. Runaway Groom’s daughters have foaled 57 stakes winners and 70 more stakes placed.
Among the best of Runaway Groom’s daughters’ produce are Bel Air Sizzle (stakes winner, G2 placed by Unusual Heat), Arkansas Derby second and listed stakes winner Jamaican Rum by Exemplary Leader, and $637K winner You Go West Girl, a filly by Mr. Greeley who was another New York-
Due to his age, Cherokee Run has fewer numbers (1166 foals of racing age out of his daughters vs. 2100 for his sire). To date, his daughters have foaled 28 stakes winners and 39 more stakes placed .
Run Kate Run may be his best U. S. based daughter. She is the dam of $478K earner Kid Kate by Lemon Drop Kid who is a New York-
The overall complexion of offspring of Runaway Groom’s daughters is of regional, hard-
At the end of the day, the line is still with us – for now. We like it as much as we always have. These are very good horses and an alternate to other Blushing Groom lines like the more expensive Animal Kingdom. Thus, if you’re lucky enough to have some of this bloodline give it a chance. Work it properly and do your part to keep it alive. It’s really pretty precious stuff.