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Childers: Part II – The People

This is the second edition of my five-part series on the great 18th century racehorse Flying Childers. The first part can be found here.

Flying Childers, son of the famous Darley Arabian and out of Betty Leedes, was born in 1714 as the property of his breeder, Colonel Leonard Childers of Cantley Hall in Doncaster. Childers’ Betty Leedes was one of a select few outside mares who were covered by the Darley Arabian, and was said to have cost her owner only seven pounds. Most sources have the colt’s name at birth as simply “Childers;” The life and correspondence of the Right Hon. Hugh C. E. Childers by Edmund Spencer Eardley Childers describes the horse as “Bay Childers.”

Col. Childers, born in 1673, was a great-grandson of Hugh Childers, mayor of Doncaster who built nearby Carr House in 1604. While there is not a lot of information on Childers, there is a wealth of facts to be found about the man who purchased his future champion.

William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, was born in either 1672 or 1673 (sources vary). His father, the 1st Duke of Devonshire, was described as “a willful, flamboyant man who defied and created kings. . .picked quarrels at the drop of a hat” in Cavendish by Christa Jungnickel and Russell McCormmach. It was the 1st Duke who rebuilt the grand Chatsworth House, one of the finest estates in England and a popular tourist attraction today. In contrast, his son is remembered as quite level-headed and well-mannered.

He was married quite young, just 16, to 14-year-old Rachel Russell, daughter of Baron Russell, who was executed for treason on July 21, 1683. He embarked on a political career when he came of age and was elected to Parliament, representing Derbyshire, in 1695. Cavendish – known before his father’s death as the Marquess of Hartington – was a Whig, the political party that supported William and Mary’s ascension to the throne in 1689 and opposed the Catholic House of Stuart. Whigs looked down on absolute rule and were all in favor of an orderly constitutional monarchy.

Hartington was a dedicated member of Parliament and was quite opinionated, “acting often independently from party.” He served for Derbyshire until 1702, when he would represent Yorkshire upon Queen Anne’s succession and the new general elections.

On August 18, 1707, his father died, and Hartington became the 2nd Duke of Devonshire – the 1st Duke’s shoes would certainly be big ones to fill, indeed. He left his seat in the House of Commons to take his father’s place in the House of Lords, and found a place in Queen Anne’s court as a political advisor. He served as Lord President of the Privy Council on two occasions, including a four year period that ended with his death in 1729.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire had many children, most of whom survived to adulthood. There was the eldest son, William, who would succeed his father as the 3rd Duke of Devonshire, and Lord Charles, the father of Henry Cavendish, a famous chemist who recognized hydrogen as an element in a 1783 paper (he called it “inflammable air”). The 4th Duke of Devonshire, the 2nd Duke’s grandson, performed the duties of Prime Minister from 1756 to 1757.

But for all he did for British politics, his name is best known in Thoroughbred circles for not himself, but his outstanding horse. It is not known exactly when the Duke purchased the Childers colt, nor the price he paid, though one can imagine it must have been steep for such a well-bred youngster.

Then again, what horse could be too expensive for the master of Chatsworth?

The Darley Arabian never raced. Instead, he cemented his name in history by letting his sons and daughters do the running for him. On April 26, 1721, English racegoers would get their very first glimpse at the Duke of Devonshire’s Childers. There and then, they would see what the bay stallion was capable of.


The Peerage: Leonard Childers (various relations to him linked on webpage)

The life and correspondence of the Right Hon. Hugh C. E. Childers …, Volume 1 – Edmund Spencer Eardley Childers

General Stud Book: Volumes 1-2

The Peerage: William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire (various relations to him linked on webpage)

Cavendish – Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach (in its entirity on Google Books)

Thoroughbred Heritage; Portraits – Flying Childers


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Childers: Part I – The Pedigree

This is the first edition of a five part series I am doing to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Flying Childers, who many consider to be one of the greatest racehorses of all time. Certainly, he was the best of his generation, staying undefeated in just six starts, as no one wanted to line up against the magnificent creature.

The creation of a champion racehorse is an intricate, drawn-out process. Even when all the boxes are checked, the pampered, well-conditioned million dollar horse could still flop on the track, failing to win a single race. Despite all this, breeders, owners, and trainers all try to build their horses up to be the very best, and spend a lot of time and money in the process.

The first building blocks of a star equine are bloodlines.

As is commonly understood, the Thoroughbred is the product of hardy running mares from England and imported stallions from the Middle East and North Africa. There are many stallions who served to create the Thoroughbred, but only three are found in tail-male lines today: the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian, and the Byerley Turk.

It is the Darley Arabian that needs to be discussed first; through the great Eclipse, he is the tail-male ancestor of nearly every Thoroughbred today.

Born around the beginning of the 18th century – many sources say 1700 – the Darley Arabian was originally owned by Sheikh Mirza II of the Fedan Bedouins, who resided near Aleppo in Syria. Thomas Darley, the British Consul in Syria at the time, was quite fond of the fine bay colt. As legend as it, he offered 300 golden sovereigns for the colt, but the Sheikh was loath to part with his prized possession. Determined to have the horse for his own, Darley arranged for sailors to smuggle the colt out of Syria and into England.

The young stallion arrived in England in 1704 and was moved to Aldby Hall in Yorkshire, the home of Darley’s brother, Richard. There he stood at stud until his death in 1730, appreciated and praised by the horsemen around the area.

For the most part, the Darley Arabian covered Darley’s own mares, mares of which, the General Stud Book (GSB) remarks, “were very few well bred, besides Almanzor’s dam.” Yet in spite of that, the stallion was successful, getting a great deal of runners. His greatest racing son, however, would come from a mare outside the Darley stud.

Pedigrees and bloodlines don’t end with the sire, though the stallion is lauded often to a greater extent than the mare. Dams play a vital role in the formation of a champion, and, certainly, the mare sent to the Darley Arabian was no exception.

Betty Leedes was a daughter of (Old) Careless, a stallion known as one of the best racehorses of his day. She was out of a mare named Cream Cheeks, and this female line, like many in the depths of the Thoroughbred stud books, has some question marks.

According to the GSB, Cream Cheeks was a daughter of an unnamed daughter of Spanker, whose unconventional breeding still raises eyebrows today. That Spanker Mare is out of the Old Morocco Mare – the dam of Spanker himself. Combined with Careless, who was sired by Spanker, this makes Betty Leedes inbred 2 x 3 to the great 17th century racehorse, and 3 x 3 x 4 to the Old Morocco Mare. Not uncommon to see this much inbreeding in older pedigrees, but it is unheard of today.

But was she really? An entry in the diary of Lord Hervey, who visited the Leedes Stud where many of these horses in question resided, states that a horse named Young Spanker was the sire of that Spanker Mare, not Spanker himself.

In addition, in a book entitled Early Records of the Thoroughbred Horse by C.M. Prior, there is evidence that Cream Cheeks may not be of the breeding that the GSB says she was. According to Prior, while researching the papers of Cuthbert Routh, a Yorkshire breeder, he found a statement that said that Cream Cheeks was by the Leedes Arabian – her sire on record – but out of “a famous roan mare of Sr [Sir] Mar.[Marmaduke] Wyvill’s.”

If Cream Cheeks is out of Sir Wyvill’s mare, and not out of the Spanker Mare, this would remove herself and the rest of her descendants from Female Family No. 6.

No matter from whom or where they originated from, it is almost certain that the Darley Arabian covered Betty Leedes, and she gave birth to a colt in 1714 (a few sources say 1715, but the majority of opinion believes 1714). The colt was already a treasure, by a coveted Arabian stallion out of a well-bred mare, but little did anyone know that he would become an icon in Thoroughbred racing.

The bloodlines are just the first step in the creation of a champion. The people involved are just as important. In the next part of this series, I will discuss the people involved with the ownership and handling of Flying Childers.


Thoroughbred Heritage; Historic Dams: Family 6 – Old Bald Peg

Thoroughbred Heritage; Portraits: Darley Arabian

Thoroughbred Heritage; Foundation Sires: (Old) Careless, (Old) Spanker

PedigreeQuery: 5-cross Pedigree of Betty Leedes

Early Records of the Thoroughbred Horse – C.M. Prior (information obtained through citations on Thoroughbred Heritage)

General Stud Book (information obtained through citations on Thoroughbred Heritage)


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Pedigree Profile – One of a ‘Kind’

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.

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Pedigree Profile – Sir Peter & The Derby

The year is 1809. Take a walk around the Earl of Derby’s Knowsley Stud in Lancashire. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch a peak of Sir Peter Teazle, an imperious old brown stallion, a former champion. He is in his fifth consecutive year of leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland, and his ninth overall. Just two years later, Sir Peter will leave this world, dead at the age of 27, his work as a Thoroughbred patriarch completed.

More than 200 years later, Sir Peter’s direct male line has not brought its success to the present day. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, like someone skipping ahead to the last page of a book. Let’s start over.

The year is 1784. A new foal has been born for the 12th Earl of Derby, the man whose title gave the name to England’s Derby Stakes, and every other Derby after that one, too. The colt’s blood is as blue as it comes; all three foundation sires are represented in his pedigree, as well as the undefeated champions Regulus and Flying Childers. His sire, Highflyer, was also undefeated and the apple of his owner’s eye, a notable racing man named Richard Tattersalls. The dam of the colt, Papillon, is a daughter of the speedy leading sire Snap, who descends directly from Flying Childers.

Big plans are in store for this colt. Derby names him Sir Peter Teazle, after a character in a play in which his lover, Elizabeth Farren, has acted in.

Sir Peter first races in 1787, in a race at Epsom named for his owner – the Derby Stakes itself. Legend has it that seven years previous, Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury, a leading member of the first Jockey Club organisation, flipped a coin for the rights to the name of this new sweepstakes for 3-year-old colts. The fillies would race in the Oaks, a race named for Derby’s estate near Epsom. The coin landed in favor of the Earl. The Derby Stakes was what it would be, and what it still is today. Ironically, Bunbury’s colt Diomed went on to win the very first edition.

Derby has not won his namesake race yet. This year, however, he will send out Sir Peter Teazle and come out victorious. Sir Peter finishes his three year-old season undefeated. In fact, the brown colt seems unbeatable until the late autumn of his four year-old season, in which he is defeated by a colt named Dash. Never mind that Dash raced with 32 less pounds to deal with on his back than the Derby champion; Sir Peter has still only lost once in his career.

1790: 10 years after the first Derby Stakes was run, Sir Peter Teazle is standing his first year at stud. He wasn’t quite the same horse in his five year-old season, only winning once. This is also the year that Waxy, another Derby-winning leading sire, is born to Sir Ferdinando Poole. Waxy is a grandson of the great Eclipse and out of a mare by Herod, the grandsire of Sir Peter. Waxy got started a little later, but eventually, his offspring would knock heads with Sir Peter’s.

In 1795, a colt named Sir Harry is born during the reign of Highflyer’s long reign as leading stallion. Sir Harry is by Sir Peter Teazle, who is now more than a decade old. Three years later, Sir Harry will go to post in the Derby and win the race. This event is significant because no other Derby winner has gone on to sire another Derby winner. Sir Peter is the first.

The success doesn’t stop there. In 1799, another son of Sir Peter takes the Derby Stakes – Archduke, out of a mare named Horatia. This also happens to be the first year that Sir Peter is crowned champion sire in England and Ireland, snagging that distinction from his own sire, Highflyer. Two more Derby winners follow, though much later – Ditto in 1803 and Paris, a full brother to Archduke, in 1806. Three years after Paris, Waxy, who won the Derby Stakes himself as well, sires his first winner of the prestigious race – Waxy Pope.

Waxy and Sir Peter Teazle are the first sires to produce four Derby winners. In the future, they will be joined only by Cyllene, Blandford, and Montjeu.

Waxy gives us Whalebone, a Derby winner who will become one of the most important names in the majority of Thoroughbred sirelines. Sir Peter’s sons, while winners, will fail to carry on the male tradition. Herod’s sireline will not continue through one of his greatest grandsons.

But great 19th century sires like Stockwell, Glencoe, and Lexington each carry Sir Peter Teazle blood in their veins. 20th century champions Man O’ War, Citation, and Secretariat trace back to Sir Peter Teazle, several times over. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a modern pedigree devoid of his blood.

The year is 1811. Two months before Sir Peter Teazle dies, a bay colt with several crosses to the great Herod goes to post for the Derby Stakes. His name is Phantom, and he is a grandson of Sir Peter Teazle through stakes winner Walton. Phantom wins. He will later sire two Derby winners himself, before the Waxy line really takes hold of the race’s history.

But while Eclipse and his descendants get the tail-male glory these days, in every Derby winner’s pedigree, you can find Sir Peter Teazle, lending his blood to the race named for his owner, a race he once commanded himself.

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Pedigree Profile Guest Blog: Glencoe – Nick Pemberton

Glencoe – A Great American Stallion

The Preakness Stakes was first run in 1873, and the winner in that inaugural year was a horse named Survivor. The bay colt won the race by 10 lengths; it would not be until the victory of Smarty Jones in 2004 that this record winning distance would be surpassed. Survivor was by Vandal, a son of one of the first great stallions to stand in America – Glencoe.

Glencoe was bred in England by Lord Jersey and was foaled in 1831. He was a chestnut by six-time champion sire Sultan out of Trampoline, by Tramp. Unraced as a two-year-old, Glencoe won the 2000 Guineas and was third to the very high-class colt Plenipotentiary in the Derby in his classic year of 1834. Glencoe would be the first of four consecutive 2000 Guineas winners by Sultan (he sired a record five in total) and all of them were owned by Lord Jersey and trained by James Edwards. Glencoe also won the 2-1/2m Gold Cup at Ascot on his only start the following season. He retired with an excellent record of eight wins from ten starts, being placed on the other two occasions.

Glencoe would only have one season at stud in England but this was enough to produce Pocahontas, arguably the greatest broodmare in the history of the Turf. She was the dam of Stockwell, known as ‘The Emperor of Stallions’, along with King Tom and Rataplan. Pocahontas was bred by King William IV at the Hampton Court Stud but later sold as a foal following the death of the King in 1837. She never won a race, but her fame would be assured by her success at stud.

Of that famous trio, Rataplan was highly regarded; he won a great many races and later on sired a Derby winner in Kettledrum. King Tom was twice champion sire and, along with the winners of seven classics, he also sired St Angela, the dam of the legendary St Simon. But the most influential son of Pocahontas was Stockwell, who would be champion sire seven times in Great Britain and who was the sire of a record seventeen classic winners (he shares this record with St Simon). Stockwell, who descended from Eclipse, is also a ubiquitous presence in the direct male line of most modern-day Thoroughbreds. In addition to these three great sons, Pocahontas also produced a number of influential daughters such as Araucaria, dam of three classic winners. Some breeders believe Pocahontas carried the ‘X-factor’, a gene on the X chromosome responsible for the development of a large heart in racehorses and thus the source of great champions such as Secretariat.

In 1836 following that first season in England, James Jackson of Alabama bought Glencoe for $10,000 and shipped the stallion across the Atlantic to take up stud duties in America. There he would prove to be both tremendously successful and highly influential. In particular, Glencoe was an outstanding broodmare sire, and his daughters proved to be well suited when bred to the great American stallion Lexington. Asteroid, Kentucky and Norfolk were examples of this particular cross. All three were foaled in 1861, and all were brilliant racehorses. Aerolite, another product of this famous Lexington/Glencoe mare nick (and again born in 1861) would be the dam of Spendthrift, later a leading stallion. Spendthrift was the sire of Hastings, who in turn sired Fair Play; both would be champion sires in North America, and the latter, of course, would gain lasting fame through his son Man o’War.

Glencoe produced a number of other celebrated daughters, such as Southern champion Peytona, who won a famous ‘North versus South’ match race against the mare Fashion in 1845, and Reel, who is generally considered to have been the best broodmare in 19th-century America.

The best sons of Glencoe were Pryor and Vandal (sire of that first Preakness winner) who in turn sired Virgil. Although not a top-class runner, Virgil managed to take up a place at stud where he would sire three Kentucky Derby winners; Vagrant, winner of the second running in 1876, Hindoo (1881) and Ben Ali (1886). Hindoo was a superb racehorse and a very good stallion. He sired Belmont Stakes winner Hanover, who would be champion sire four times and who was the maternal grandsire of 1907 Derby winner Orby.

Glencoe himself was champion sire on eight occasions. Unfortunately, in the early 1860s, some of Glencoe’s offspring born in his final years at stud, along with many other horses at the time, did not make it to the racetrack as America was embroiled in a devastating Civil War. This had a significant impact on the Thoroughbred industry, particularly in Kentucky. Sadly, a good number of Thoroughbreds were drafted into service in this terrible conflict, and many would not return. Asteroid himself, the grandson of Glencoe, was stolen by Confederate soldiers from his stud farm in Kentucky. Destined for cavalry service, he was only returned home following payment of a large ransom to the raiders.

So there we have the story of Glencoe. If you look back far enough in the pedigrees of our current champion racehorses, you will find this influential stallion. Look at the pedigree of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, for example, and there is Glencoe’s grandson Stockwell in the top line, and in the direct female line, many generations back, is a certain mare named Julia (the fourteenth dam) – her sire? None other than the illustrious Glencoe.

America in the 1800s saw many important sires from Diomed at the turn of the century through to Sir Archy, Boston and, of course, Lexington. These great stallions have all had a lasting influence on the American Thoroughbred, and, undoubtedly, Glencoe is worthy of his place amongst them.

The article above was written by Nick Pemberton, a racing fan with a great enthusiasm for the history of Thoroughbred racing and breeding. He has submitted pieces to the website for England’s National Horse Racing Museum; you can read a sample of his work, a story on the great stallion The Tetrarch, here.

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Pedigree Profiles Guest Blog: Lisa Danielle – Mary Cage

The first of our Pedigree Profiles guest blogs is here! Read on to learn more about the dam of one of the most beloved horses in America…

It is not uncommon to see a successful racemare become a tremendous broodmare. Mares like Personal Ensign, Serena’s Song, Toussaud, and Urban Sea encountered much success on the track before becoming some of the most remarkable female producers the Thoroughbred breed has seen. Such was not the case for Lisa Danielle. In seven starts, she finished in the top three only twice and found the winner’s circle just once. Not once did she compete at the stakes level. However, her broodmare career has left her racing career many lengths behind.

Unlike her racing career, in which she did not win until her fourth outing, Lisa Danielle’s broodmare career began in style. Her first foal – a son of Roy named Lisa’s Royal Guy – never raced at the stakes level, but in a long career that spanned 61 starts, earned $182,386. But it was Lisa Danielle’s second foal that gave her broodmare career a kick-start. The result of Lisa Danielle’s second mating with Roy, Our Royal Dancer, went on to win the West Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park by 1 ½ lengths and concluded her career with earnings of $195,070. Lisa Danielle’s next four foals did nothing of much note, although two did earn more than $100,000.

But it was Lisa Danielle’s seventh foal, born in 2006, that put Morton Fink’s mare on the map. A son of Successful Appeal, he was given the name Successful Dan. Since beginning his career in 2009, Successful Dan has acquired $998,154. The bay gelding has won four graded stakes races and has placed in another four, including the 2010 Clark Handicap (gr. I), in which he crossed the wire first but was disqualified to second due to interference in the stretch.

While Successful Dan has cemented Lisa Danielle’s status as an elite producer, the son of Wiseman’s Ferry that Lisa Danielle foaled in 2007 was the one that truly cast a spotlight on Lisa Danielle. Racing fans know him as 2012 and 2013 Horse of the Year Wise Dan. From thirty starts, Wise Dan has won 22 races, including two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I). He has won on every surface and has found success at distances from six to nine furlongs. Not only does he have ten grade one victories and a total of six Eclipse Awards to his credit, but Wise Dan holds the course record for one mile on the turf at both Woodbine and Santa Anita.

Since producing Wise Dan, Lisa Danielle has also begat Casino Dan and Enchanting Lisa – both of which are merely maiden winners. Whether she will produce another stakes winner or not is left in the hands of destiny, but her produce record to date speaks for itself, having earned her the honor of 2012 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.

While Lisa Danielle’s ancestry could not assist her in becoming a successful racehorse, it has aided her in having an outstanding career as a broodmare. Although her pedigree appears rather modest at first glance, a more extensive study of her bloodlines uncovers the ingredients that have made her such a great producer.

Lisa Danielle’s sire, Wolf Power, was a champion in South Africa in 1981, 1983, and 1984, including the title of the nation’s Horse of the Year in 1984. However, these titles alone do not do justice the brilliance he displayed as a racehorse. A four-time group one winner, he established four course records, even becoming the first horse in South Africa to complete a one-mile race in a time faster than 1:34. He concluded his career with $758,071 – a South African record for earnings at the time. At the conclusion of his racing days, he was imported to Kentucky, where he began his stud career at The Alchemy before transferring to Gainesway Farm.

Wolf Power had modest success as a sire, producing nearly 40 stakes winners and progeny that earned a total of more than $23 million. However, only a handful of his offspring accomplished anything very notable. Among those are the grade one winner Freedom Cry, two-time Mexican champion Alemania, and the track-record-setting, multiple stakes-winning Northern Wolf.

Although Wolf Power’s success as a sire was solid but moderate, his greatest achievement in breeding has come as a broodmare sire. Aside from being the maternal grandsire of Lisa Danielle’s offspring, he is also the damsire of the multiple grade one-winning Milwaukee Brew, as well as the graded stakes winners Hurrahy, Lady Linney, Lendell Ray, Sailors Sunset, and Stay Sound. As a broodmare sire, he is represented by more than 40 stakes winners.

Interestingly, Lisa Danielle’s broodmare sire is the great Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner who is considered by many to be the greatest racehorse of all-time. Although the two-time Horse of the Year had a respectable career, his most remarkable success came as a broodmare sire. “Big Red” was the maternal grandsire of several excellent racehorses and producers, including A.P. Indy, Chief’s Crown, Dehere, Gone West, and Storm Cat.

Lisa Danielle also has power in her dam line, as her fourth dam is the Reine De Course mare Vali, who produced the tremendous racehorse and sire Val De Loir, as well as Valoris, a group one-winning champion and dam of the graded stakes-winning Savannah Dancer.

Lisa Danielle also features two crosses of the excellent broodmare sire Princequillo in her pedigree. Princequillo is not only the damsire of Secretariat, but also the champions Key to the Mint and Mill Reef. The son of Prince Rose was the leading North American broodmare sire an astounding eight times.

Another legend who appears twice in Lisa Danielle’s pedigree is Nasrullah. The English champion was not only the leading sire at one time in England, but was the top sire in the United States for four years. Inbreeding to Nasrullah can be found in the pedigrees of many remarkable broodmares, including Born Gold (the dam of the great champion Goldikova and multiple other group stakes winners) and Sweet Life (the dam of Breeders’ Cup champions Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet).

The article above was written by Mary Cage, an “avid fan of horse racing,” as her bio on her own site describes her! Born and raised around horses herself, the 18-year-old writer wishes to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry. Her work has already been published in Southern Racehorse Magazine and Her own blog is Past the Grandstand, and she also writes for Horse Racing Nation under the same blog name.

I encourage you to visit the two sites above and check out her work, if you haven’t already. Mary is a tremendously talented writer with a very bright future!

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Guest Blog Opportunity

Hello, all!

Well, my first year of college has finally wrapped up, giving me some more time to devote to the blog. But before I crack more into freelance writing, I wanted to extend an invitation to writers out there interested in writing Pedigree Profiles. It feels good to see your work published somewhere else, even if it is just my blog. 🙂

If you have a passion for writing about bloodlines, research and write about any interesting horse you would like, then e-mail me your submission at The pieces received, after review, will be published on this blog daily starting on Friday, May 16. Deadline for these submissions will be 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, May 15.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Otherwise, write away!


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