THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 10 April 2013, Wednesday
“Psychic” Breeders Already Have “Leroi” Line Horses
Thanks to at least a couple of our industry’s breeders, the local Thoroughbred stock will be supercharged with Leroidesanimaux blood, now sure to be in demand worldwide after the impressive win of his son Animal Kingdom in the US$10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse last March 30.
In my last column, I wished our horseowners could import horses of the lineage of Animal Kingdom to get some of that speed and stamina on our tracks.
It turns out that a couple of them are way ahead of the pack on this one.
Horseowners Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier Jr. and Nathaniel “Nel” Velasco make you wonder if they have psychic ability. Their unerring selection and purchase of horses from the Brazilian-bred “Leroi” lineage last year borders on the prescient.
Nel Velasco’s 4YO colt Poetic Justice was sired by Leroidesanimaux out of Lecturn, who’s something special – she’s by Pulpit out of Steel Maiden. Pulpit was Claiborne-bred, who won a couple of G2 races (one of them the Fountain of Youth); his sire was AP Indy, who at 3YO won the Santa Anita Derby, Belmont Stakes, and Breeders Cup Classic, all G1 races, and was named Eclipse Champion Three Year Old Male.
But excellent horse pedigrees are the kind of gifts that keep on giving, and AP Indy’s sire was the great Seattle Slew, who in 1977 became the only horse to win the Triple Crown undefeated. He was also the only Triple Crown winner to beat another Triple Crown winner – Affirmed – in the Marlboro Cup of 1978.
The Slew’s great-grandsire on the sire side was Bold Ruler, whose most illustrious son was the incomparable Secretariat.
On the other hand, Steel Maiden’s grandsire on the dam side was also Bold Ruler, giving Poetic Justice a double dose of that mojo.
Mayor Sandy Javier emailed to say, “RMR [his Royal Maverick Ranch in Batangas] has a colt on the ground by Leroidesanimaux, maganda siya.” He attached pedigrees of “two of the eight mares that we got from Keeneland last November. One, in foal to Big Brown, has since become a half-sister to Super Ninety Nine, a Kentucky Derby contender this year. The other has a foal at foot by Leroidesanimaux.”
His Boogie to Seattle (foaled 2008), the one in foal to Big Brown, is by Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat x She’s A Winner), a stakes winner who earned over $1.7 million, out of Exogenetic (unraced), who had Super Ninety Nine, a colt by Pulpit. Let’s see how he performs on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.
Big Brown was the 2008 Eclipse Champion Three Year Old Male, having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness that year, as well as the Florida Derby and Haskell Invitational, all G1 races, earning $3.6 million for eight starts.
Mayor Sandy’s Key Lime Secret (f. 2007) had the foal by “Leroi.” She’s by Limehouse (a stakes winner of over $1.1 million) out of Secretly, who was sired by Secretariat; she placed second in the G2 Monmouth Stakes and earned nearly $185,000.
All these coincidences – it’s downright uncanny. Either that, or it’s meant to be.
What it does tell us for sure is that these breeders have got the knowledge and the intuition for choosing good horses, and that’s a winning skill to be proud of. ***