Juddmonte Farm had an excellent Memorial Day weekend, particularly with runners related to Kind, one of the most coveted broodmares in the world. Two stakes winners on the weekend proved that highly regarded Frankel was not the sole measure of worth for the daughter of Danehill, who was a stakes winner herself.
Kind was foaled in 2001. Sired by Sprint Cup (ENG-G1) winner Danehill, a son of Danzig, she is out of Rainbow Quest, a daughter of Rainbow Lake with plenty of stamina in her pedigree. Just a year previous, Rainbow Lake had produced a colt named Powerscourt (Sadler’s Wells), who went on to win Grade and Group 1 races in America and England. Another foal out of Rainbow Lake, Riposte (Dansili), went wire to wire in the Sheepshead Bay (G2) at Belmont Park last Saturday.
As a racehorse, Kind won two stakes races, 6 of 13 lifetime, and £72,402 in earnings. She was decent on the track but would become brilliant in the breeding shed.
Her first foal was Bullet Train, a quick son of Sadler’s Wells who flashed talent as a 3-year-old with a Group 3 win at Lingfield. Unfortunately for his race record, he was often used as a pacemaker for his brilliant brother Frankel – used up early so Frankel could sit back and pounce on a hot pace. Bullet Train retired with just two wins and a second in 14 starts and £114,824 in earnings. He now stands in Kentucky at Crestwood Farm.
Then in 2008 came Frankel, whose name will certainly be in the history books for the rest of racing history. Sired by Galileo (Sadler’s Wells), winner of the English and Irish Derbies, he won all 14 of his starts and earned a whopping £4,302,632 and the highest Timeform rating ever given – 147. With his breathtaking runaway performance in the 2000 Guineas, complete domination at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne, and gritty determination against the hard-knocking Cirrus Des Aigles on soft ground in the Champion Stakes, Frankel will almost certainly never be forgotten. He stands at stud at Banstead Manor in Suffolk.
Kind’s next was a full brother to Frankel named Noble Mission. Though it would be impossible to match his sibling’s racing talent, he has turned out to not be a bad racehorse at all, competing at stakes level. And he may be getting better with age – the 5-year-old stallion just defeated Breeders’ Cup Turf champion Magician in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (IRE-G1) at the Curragh on Sunday, so bigger and brighter things may be ahead yet for Noble Mission.
For her next two matings, Juddmonte sent Kind to Oasis Dream, a member of the Danzig part of the Northern Dancer line, rather than the Sadler’s Wells line that had produced her first three foals. The first of these two is Morpheus, who made his first start just three days before Frankel made his last. A winner thrice in ten starts, Morpheus’ last two starts have been in the United States under the care of Bill Mott, where he has yet to finish on the board, finishing ninth and fifth, respectively. Maybe third time will be the charm here for Morpheus!
The second of the Oasis Dream foals is Joyeuse, a clearly talented filly, as she displayed in a stakes win on Saturday at Haydock. She was unsuccessful in a try at the 1000 Guineas (ENG-G1) won by Miss France but clearly relishes the six furlong distance, so maybe sprinting will be the best future for her. That would mean that Kind has the ability to produce sprinters like Joyeuse, brilliant milers like Frankel, and stayers such as Morpheus. Truly a versatile mare.
Last year, Kind foaled a full brother to Frankel and Noble Mission. While he may never be a world champion, based on his dam’s progeny record above, it’s likely he will shine on the racetrack in some capacity.