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The Pedigree of Always Dreaming

The Pedigree of Always Dreaming

Ellen Parker

  The 2017 Kentucky Derby is in the record books and while it was a muddy, roughly-run train wreck of a race, at least one of the better horses won it.  We do feel for Classic Empire which might have been the best of all and of course we are disappointed that ill-fated G3 winner Royal Mo wasn’t in the gate while the maiden Sonneteer ran – or shall we say straggled - home.

           Always Dreaming is by the very promising Empire Maker son Bodemeister who ran only six times, one win of which was the G1 Arkansas Derby and two of places were seconds behind I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.  The handsome bay had a rare peripheral nerve injury in his shoulder, possibly caused by a stumble.  It was determined that he would not heal in time to race in the Breeders’ Cup, so he was retired.  Always Dreaming is from his first crop.

           Bodemeister, who resembles Empire Maker a great deal is from the same immediate family as Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Colts winner Action This Day.  Both tail to the Book Debt sub-branch of Chelandry (family 1-N).  This is the same family as Book Law, a full sister to Book Debt – a branch which includes Forty Niner and Swale.

           The first three dams of Always Dreaming are California-breds.  The first two, Above Perfection and Something Perfect were bred by Old English Rancho, the third by Ray Freeark Jr.  The family tails to the imported British matron Mary Keenan and on out to its taproot, the Ladas mare Sluice, Family 4-P, a member of the massive Kate Dayrell clan.

           As one can see below, this family has been solid but up until the time that Above Perfection foaled Hot Dixie Chick it was largely a G3 family.  In Excess (IRE), broodmare sire of the Derby winner was a force to be reckoned with in California and was indeed a very good racehorse – in fact a four-time G1 winner - who extended his branch of Grey Sovereign via Indian Charlie-Uncle Mo-Nyquist.  This is quite a major impact for a regional sire, thus In Excess, despite having ankle conformation problems, was able to impart the best lines of his pedigree – and they are truly golden.  He sired the winners of over $44 million prior to his death at age 26 in 2013.

           The second dam of Always Dreaming was by Secretariat’s Northern Dancer half brother Somethingfabulous and he is one of the keys to how the intricate inbreeding of Always Dreaming improved a rather common female line.  Third dam Happening was by the quite ordinary Terrang by Swaps’ sire *Khaled.  He also had a line of Swaps’ family- A-4 via broodmare sire Flying Heels, a son of 1925 Kentucky Derby winner Flying Ebony.

           The inbreeding of Always Dreaming truly is the key to his talent - and it is major.  For starters, he is linebred to Somethingroyal x5 – Secretariat x2/Sir Gaylord x2/Somethingfabulous.  He is also linebred to several other extraordinary matrons – to Frizette via Mr. Prospector/Seattle Slew (x2)/Siberian Express and Sing Sing.  Then there is Teresina via Empire Maker plus *Alibhai and Turkhan in In Excess.  And finally, Ballantrae is well represented via Noureddin/Determine/Intentionally x2.

           This is a deep group of major matrons and there is actually more, but these are the standouts.  If Always Dreaming does not continue to improve it will only be because he reverts to his immediate family line.  Then again, Empire Maker has proven so prepotent that he could possibly rule the day.  But one cannot help but wonder how this colt will do at stud unless his mates are chosen very carefully indeed.

Mary Keenan (GB), 1953-1975.

Mary Basis, 1957 f. by Basis.  Winner.
           Landing Base, 1969 f. by Landing.  Winner.
                       Autumn Bells, 1981 f. by Calligraphy.  Winner.  2nd Singing Susan S.

Zebadiah, 1958 g. by General Staff.  Winner.  2nd Breeders’ Futurity.

Lazy Mary, 1962 f. by Noureddin.  Winner.
           Happening, 1967 f. by Terrang.  Winner.  2nd Goose Girl S., etc.
                       CONKY JOHNSTON, 1977 f. by Majestic Prince.  Las Madrinas H., etc.
                                   SOUNDS FABULOUS, 1988 c. by Somethingfabulous.  Canadian Derby (L), etc.
                                   SOME SENSATION, 1984 f. by Somethingfabulous.  Providencia S. (LR),
                                                           2nd Honeymoon H. (G3).
                                               FLYING SENSATION, 1991 c. by Flying Paster.  Cal Cup Juvenile S. (R),
                                                                       2nd El Camino Real Derby (G3).
                                               Absolute Sensation, 1993 f. by Tank’s Prospect.  Unraced.
                                                           Abby’s Not Normal, 2000 f. by Bold Badgett.  Winner.  3rd Fleet Diver S.  (R).
                                   Sentimentallysweet, 1987 f. by Kennedy Road.  Winner.  3rd Luther Burbank H. (L).
                                               Purrfect Heritage, 1995 f. by Mountain Cat.  Placed.
                                                           Asisa’s Assault, 2004 g. by West Acre.
                                                                       2nd Florida Thoroughbred Charities S. (R).
                                   Somefabulous Miss, 1990 f. by Somethingfabulous.  Unraced.
                                               FABULOUS FLIGHT, 1996 f. by Flying Continental.  Delta Colleen H.,
                                                                       2nd Ballerina Breeders’ Cup S. (G3).
                       Something Perfect, 1980 f. by Somethingfabulous.  Unraced.
                                   ABOVE PERFECTION, 1998 f. by In Excess (IRE).  Las Flores H. (G3),
                                                           2nd Prioress S. (G1).
                                               ALWAYS DREAMING, 2014 c. by Bodemeister.  Kentucky Derby, Florida Derby (G1).
                                               HOT DIXIE CHICK, 2007 f. by Dixie Union.  Spinaway S. (G1), etc.
                                                           UNION JACKSON, 2012 c. by Curlin.  Sam Houston Sprint Cup S.
                                                                                   3rd Aristides S. (G3).
                                   MADE TO PERFECTION, 1992 f. by Bolger.  Santa Paula S. (L), etc.  Producer.
                                   Perfectly Perfect, 2001 f. by Perfect Mandate.  Unplaced.
                                               TWENTY HAWKS, 2007 g. by Unusual Heat.  Governor’s Cup H.
                                               EPITOME OF A LADY, 2006 f. by Poteen.  Harvest Futurity (R).
                       Happy Happenings, 1986 f. by Kennedy Road.  Unraced.
                                   One Happy Fella, 1991 g. by Something Lucky.  Winner.  2nd Atherton S.
                                   A Lucky Happening, 1995 f. by Something Lucky.  Unraced.
                                               ALLSWELLTHATNSWELL, 2001 f. by Perfect Mandate.  Stanford S.,
                                                                       3rd A Gleam Invitational H. (G2).
                                                           ACCEPTANCE, 2012 c. by Vronsky.  King Glorious S. (R).

Kentucky Kin, 1963 c. by Never Give In.  Winner.  2nd Knickerbocker H.

MARY LANCER, 1967 f. by Irish Lancer.  Riley Allison Futurity.

Mary Satan, 1970 f. by Crimson Satan.  Unraced.
           DEVILS WHO, 1989 g. by Never Tabled.  ATBA Sales S. (R).
           Sligo Mary, 1975 f, by Truxton King.  Winner.  3rd Albuquerque S.
           Fallen Angel, 1979 f. by Grenfall.  Placed.
                       Guggenheimer, 1993 g. by Pirate’s Bounty.  Winner.  3rd Santa Fe Futurity.
                       Pirate’s Angel, 1985 f. by Pirate’s Bounty.  Winner.  2nd CTBA S. (LR).
                       Fall From Glory, 1984 f. by Never Tabled.  Winner.
                                   SHINE ‘N’ GLO, 1991 g. by Sunny Feet.  Grand Canyon H. (R).
                       Evening Angel, 1986 f. by Pirate’s Bounty.  Placed.
                                   DIXIE’S ANGEL, 1992 g. by Dixieland Brass.  Golden Gopher S.
                       Angelic Nature, 1987 f. by Pirate’s Bounty.  Unraced.
                                   DEVELISH NATURE, 1992 g. by Never Tabled.  River Edge Farm S. (R).



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