Future Stars Friday: ROYALLY BRED IN THE ROYAL LODGE
Courtesy of Ren Carothers (@RenCarothers)
The Gr2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series race offering berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on #FutureStarsFriday, has drawn a field of ten colts set to rumble over the Rowley Mile Course at Newmarket. Roaring Lion, who just seized his third consecutive Group 1 victory, winning the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, won this event last year. So, pay attention. You might just discover a star in the making.
Here’s a pedigree-focused look at the field:
Arthur Kitt – Arthur is, fittingly, by Camelot, 2012’s Cartier champion three-year-old colt and Irish Horse of the Year. Camelot won the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy at two, and, at three, the 200 Guineas, Epsom Derby, and Irish Derby. Remarkably, Arthur Kitt was raised by a foster mare named Delilah after his dam, Ceiling Kitty, winner of the 2012 Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, tragically passed due to foaling complications. He obviously inherited ability and has further black type in the pedigree to support it, as his second dam is a half to Jeweler, who won Japan’s Gr1 Oka Sho, and One Carat, a multiple Gr3 winning sprinter in Japan. Furthermore, his third dam, Baldwina, won the Gr3 Prix Penelope at Saint- Cloud.
Beatboxer – His sire, Scat Daddy, has certainly left a legacy behind, having sired many talented runners, among them our thirteenth Triple Crown champion, Justify. Scat Daddy was a multiple G1 winner himself, with the Champagne Stakes and Florida Derby on the résumé. He did attempt Breeders’ Cup glory, but was a well-beaten fourth in the 2006 edition of the Juvenile won by Street Sense. Beatboxer’s dam is an unplaced daughter of influential sire and multiple G1 winner Unbridled’s Song, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 1995. This colt’s second dam, Miss Fortunate, set a new track record winning the G3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup Stakes, and is a full sister to Trial By Jury, who won the G3 Dallas Turf Cup. Miss Fortunate is also a half sister to multiple G3W Worldly Ways, whose scores include the Cinema and All American Handicaps. Other stakes horses in the pedigree include third dam Fantastic Ways and her half sister, G1 winner Fantastic Look, who won the Fantasy back in 1989.
Cape of Good Hope – He’s by prepotent sire Galileo, who was European champion three-year-old in 2001, with wins including the Epsom and Irish Derbies, and out of the multiple Gr2 placed Danehill mare Hveger. This cross means he’s a full brother to the superb, seven-time G1 winner Highland Reel, whose résumé is so impressive, it deserves more than this space permits, but a few of the highlights include the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf, two editions of the Hong Kong Vase (2015, 2017), and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Cape of Good Hope is also a full brother to Idaho, who won the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes, Gr2 Hardwicke, and Gr3 Ormonde. Idaho was second in the 2016 Irish Derby and third in the Epsom Derby. This colt’s second dam, Circles of Gold, won the Gr1 Australian Oaks, and in addition to producing his mom, also foaled her full brother, Elvstroem, champion older horse in Australia. Elvstroem won the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free, Gr1 Caulfield Cup, Gr1 Victoria Derby, Gr1 Underwood, and Gr1 C. F. Orr Stakes. Circles of Gold is also the dam of Haradasun, 2006 champion three-year-old in Australia, whose G1 wins include the Doncaster Handicap, Cathay Pacific George Ryder Stakes and Queen Anne. Another big name in this black type pedigree is two-time champion sprinter in Europe and Australia, Starspangledbanner, winner of the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Gr1 Golden Jubilee, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, and Gr1 July Cup.
Duke of Hazzard – His sire, Lope de Vega, won the Gr1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Gr1 Prix du Jockey-Club, and his dam, With Your Spirit, is a daughter of Gr1 winning sprinter and top sire Invincible Spirit. Her half brother, Palace Episode, won the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy, and her half sister, Adventure, produced Laughing Lashes, who scored in the G2 Keeneland Debutante, was second in the Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, and third in the Gr1 Irish One Thousand Guineas. Duke’s second dam, Palace Weekend, is an unraced half sister to millionaire Tejano Run. He won the G2 Breeders’ Futurity, among other graded- stakes, was third in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and second to Thunder Gulch in the Kentucky Derby the following year. Palace Weekend is also a half to G2 Jersey Derby winner More Royal, who was second in the Royal Lodge. This family also includes G1W Sweet Loretta, Sovereign champion two-year old filly Spring in the Air, and the great Lady Eli, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2014, was second to Queen’s Trust in the 2016 Filly and Mare Turf -after beating laminitis- and was named Eclipse champion turf female in 2017.
Fox Tal – Sire Sea the Stars, Cartier Horse of the Year in 2009, needs no introduction, but if you need a reminder, he won the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes, Irish Campion Stakes, and, oh yeah, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. His unraced dam, Maskunah, is by 1984’s champion miler in France and “chef-de-race” Sadler’s Wells, and she produced two three-quarters brothers: Gr3W Laaheb, and Gr3P Ruwaiyan. Maskunah herself is a three-quarters sister to multiple stakes winners, Luso, champion older horse in Italy in 1996 and Germany in 1997, and Warrsan, who was champion older horse in Germany in 2004 and 2005. Interestingly, she’s also a three-quarters sister to Gr3W/Gr1P Cloud Castle, whose daughter, Gr3W Queen’s Best, is the dam of the aforementioned Queen’s Trust, who beat Lady Eli in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
Kadar – This colt’s sire, the late Scat Daddy, was a multiple G1 winner, with the Champagne Stakes and Florida Derby on the résumé. He did attempt Breeders’ Cup glory, but was a well-beaten fourth in the 2006 edition of the Juvenile won by Street Sense. Kadar is out of Kaloura, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Sinndar, winner of the 2000 editions of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Irish Derby and Epsom Derby. Sinndar also won the Gr1 National Stakes at two. Kaloura’s half brother, Kalanisi, won the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Turf and Eclipse champion grass horse honors. Another half sibling, Oriental Magic, won the Gr2 Scottish Derby and picked up two Gr1 placings, running second in the St. James’s Palace Stakes and third in the Eclipse.
Kuwait Currency – What do you get when you cross a Kitty with a Bunny? Kuwait Currency. His dad is 2004’s Eclipse champion grass horse, Kitten’s Joy, who was second to Better Talk Now in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, and mom is Thebignbadestbunny. She is a daughter of G1W Smart Strike, winner of the 1996 Philip H. Iselin Handicap, and a three-quarters sister to Silent Fusaichi, who was second in the Chavez County Stakes. Kuwait Currency’s second dam, Silent Eskimo, was a multiple graded-stakes winner and millionaire, with scores in the Louisville Breeders’ Cup Handicap, Fantasy, Falls City Handicap, and Gardenia Handicap, as well as a third place finish behind Banshee Breeze and Sister Act in the 1999 G1 Apple Blossom. Her stakes winning dam, Slide Out Front, was also, coincidentally, third in the 1992 Apple Blossom.
Mohawk – He’s another son of the influential Galileo and out of Empowering, who won the Gr3 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes. She’s a daughter of Encosta de Lago, a multiple Gr1 winner and former leading sire in Australia. Her dam, Blue Cloud, won the Prix Imprudence, and was third in the Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac. One of Blue Cloud’s half siblings, Bigstone, prevailed in multiple Gr1 events, including the Queen Elizabeth II, Sussex Stakes, Prix de la Foret, and Prix d’Ispahan. Another half sibling, Bague Bleue, won the Prix Yacowlef and later produced a Luminosity, the dam of G2 San Clemente winner Little Treasure, and Keep Quiet, who won the G3 Dixiana Bourbon. Luminosity is, additionally, the second dam Rhythm of Light, winner of the G2 Goldikova Stakes, and More Chocolate, whose record includes the G2 La Canada and a trio of G1, runner-up finishes in the Santa Margarita, Vanity, and Clement L. Hirsch.
Sydney Opera House – He is by Australia, who won the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes and continued to shine at three, with Group 1 triumphs in the Juddmonte International, Epsom Derby, and Irish Derby. While Australia, a son of Galileo, never competed in the United States, his dam, Ouija Board, made her visits across the pond worthy of the history books. In a campaign which included wins in the 2004 Epsom and Irish Oaks, she captured the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, which, after a runner-up finish in 2005, she claimed again in 2006. She was no worse than third in eighteen of twenty-two starts, ten of those efforts being wins, and amassed $6,312,552 in earnings. In 2004 and 2006, she was named European Horse of the Year, as well as Eclipse champion grass mare.
Sydney is a three-quarters brother to Golden Sword, winner of the Gr3 Chester Vase Stakes and Gr1 Irish Derby runner-up, and Rekindling, who took the Gr3 Ballysax. While there are many stakes runners in the pedigree, what stands out most is that Sydney’s mom, Sitara, is a half sister to Shouk, dam of multiple Gr1 winner Alexandrova (Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks) and Magical Romance, who won the Gr1 Cheveley Park.
Victory Command – He’s a half brother to Conquest, who counts among his wins the Gr2 Gimcrack Stakes. This colt’s sire, War Command, is a son of War Front, and won the Gr1 Dewhurst in 2013. Victory Command’s dam, Aguinaga, is a half sister to Iktamal. He captured the Gr1 Haydock Park Sprint and was sixth in the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Woodbine, which Lit de Justice claimed. Aguinaga is also a half to Gr2W First Magnitude, and Arkansas Derby winner Rockamundo. Rooting this pedigree further is Victory Command’s fourth dam, 1976’s champion older mare in England, Rose Bowl.
The Juddmonte Royal Lodge has a field bred in the purple. Fitting, as the Breeders’ Cup’s colors are purple and gold. Highland Reel, Lady Eli, Queen’s Trust... Stars of the past will collide through their relations, but only one will emerge with a ticket to #FutureStarsFriday.
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