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Mojo Man's Pedigree

October 14, 2006

Photo by Fred Taylor
For a breeder, culling champions from top quality breeding stock is the nature of the business. As we’ve talked about previously, good confirmation, stamina, and closing acceleration are primary characteristics that we want in our Runner. The challenge of capturing these traits is daunting, and can only be achieved when the best qualities of a thoroughbred’s ancestors are passed along.

One way to reproduce successful traits is accomplished by inbreeding. Inbreeding occurs when the same ancestor appears twice among different offspring. Naturally, the word “inbreeding” conjures up images of hillbillies picking banjos on the front porch of a rickety log cabin. Granted, like in humans, close breeding between siblings or a parent to offspring is one of the surest ways to reveal recessive traits and deformities. However, in animal husbandry, some distant matches between third and fourth generation individuals will produce offspring that carry forward the best traits of their parents, as well as eliminate genetic detriments.

Great racehorses don’t always produce great runners. In the same regard, any type of inbreeding doesn’t necessarily guarantee the best results. The breeders look for matings that match individuals that have proven to produce superior offspring. Pedigree expert Roger Lyons notes that the most successful racehorses are those who descended through the lineage of Raise a Native, Northern Dancer, Bold Ruler, Nasrullah, and Princequillo—who is commonly known for passing on a stamina influence. According Lyons, “The quality of runners inbred to such ancestors tends to improve as those ancestors become more generationally distant and the debilitating effects become more innocuous.”

As such, some inbreeding with proven producers of winning offspring has a tendency to improve the scope of the individual’s qualities without having to search for “uncrossed” foals which share grandparents with superior racing and breeding characteristics.

The Mojo Man’s Pedigree:

Our Runner is by Fusaichi Pegasus out of Hollywood Princess (detailed pedigree profiles follow).

Inbred to Northern Dancer on both sides of his sire’s and dam’s family.

Fusaichi Pegasus (Sire)

Fu Peg won the Kentucky Derby, Wood Memorial (G1), San Felipe (G2), Jerome H.(G3); and was 2nd Preakness. Fu Peg sold for $4,000,000 in the Keeneland July Yearling Sale. He’s owned by Coolmoore Farm and currently stands for $125,000 at Ashford Stud in Versailles, KY.

Leading 2nd-crop sire of 2005; nine 1st-crop SWs; sire of 28 stakes horses in first two crops to race; and 14 juvenile winners in 2005—including five stakes horses.

Fusaichi Pegasus with Storm Bird mares: nine foals, four starters (44%), three winners (33%), two stakes winners (22%).

Fusaichi Pegasus with Storm Cat mares: ten foals, six starters (60%), four winners (40%), one stakes winner (10%).

Fu Peg is by Mr. Prospector. Mr Prospector is by Raise a Native. Mr. Prospector’s offspring include Gone West, Gulch, Forty-Niner, Seeking The Gold, and Fusaichi Pegasus. He died June 1999, buried at Claiborne Farm.

Fu Peg’s mom, Angel Fever, was sired by Danzig. Danzig topped US general sires' list from 1991-93. He is the sire of Breeders' Cup winners Lure, Chief's Crown, War Chant, and Dance Smartly. Danzig is the leading sire by stakes wins in N. American history. Highest Average Earnings Index.

Danzig’s sire is the great Northern Dancer. Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Queen's Plate Stakes, Florida Derby, Flamingo Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes, Remsen Stakes, Carleton Stakes, Coronation Futurity, and Summer Stakes. He also came in second in the Cup And Saucer Stakes, and Vandal Stakes; and third in the Belmont Stakes. Northern Dancer was Champion 2YO colt in Canada in 1963, and Champion 3YO colt in the US in 1964. He is widely regarded as the #1 sire of the 20th Century.

Fu Peg Inbreeding

Inbred to Native Dancer on both his sire’s and dam’s family. Native Dancer’s Race Record: 21 – 1 – 0 in 22 starts, earning $785,240. He won the Futurity S, East View S, Hopeful S, Saratoga Special, Youthful S, Grand Union Hotel S, Flash S, Preakness, Wood Memorial, Belmont, American Derby, Arlington Classic, Dwyer S, Gotham S, Withers S, Travers S, Metropolitan H. Finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby. Rated the #6 race horse in the 20th Century by Blood Horse. One of the most dominant sires of the 2nd half of the 20th Century.

Inbred to Nearco on both side of his sire’s and dam’s family. Nearco is one of Frederico Tesio’s famous stallions. In 1938, Nearco won the Derby Italiano Gr.1 (ITY), 2000 Guineas. Gr.1 (ITY), 1938 Gran Premio di Milano, Grand Prix de Paris Gr.1 (FR) 3100m, Criterium Nazionale 1200m, Gran Criterium (Italy) 1500m, Gran Premio d'Italia 2400m, Premio Chiusura 1400m, Premio Emanuele. Filiberto 2000m, Premio Parioli 1600m, and the Premio Tevere 1600m. He is the sire of champions Neartic & Nasrullah, thus the point stallion for the Northern Dancer and Bold Ruler lines.

Angel Fever is inbred to Almamoud by her grandsires, Northern Dancer and Halo. Halo was the leading sire in America in 1983 and 1989. He sired 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo and 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Sunday Silence. Also sired Devil's Bag, Glorious Song, and Saint Ballado. Sunday Silence became the world's leading sire by earnings for almost a decade. Saint Ballado was N. America's leading sire in 2005, with Saint Liam and Ashado.

Hollywood Princess (Dam)

Was purchased at the 2000 Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale for $65,000. Her race record is 2 – 2 – 0 in 11 starts for which she earned $73,080. She was sold in the 2005 Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale for $50,000. Our Runner is her first foal.

Hollywood Princess is by Tomorrow’s Cat. Tomorrow’s Cat won $516,000 in 15 starts. He was sired by Storm Cat. Storm Cat is the perennial leading sire in North America, including 2000 and 2001. His $500,000 stud fee is the highest worldwide. Storm Cat is sired by Storm Bird.

Hollywood Princess’ dam is Starring Monique. Starring Monique is by Risen Star. Risen Star’s race record is: 8 - 2 – 1 in 11 starts earning $2,029,845. At age two, he won the Minstrel S.; 2ND Sport of Kings Futurity. At age three he won the Preakness S. (G1), Belmont S. (G1), Lexington S. (G2), Coors Louisiana Derby (G3), Lousiana Derby Trial S.; he was second in the Lecomte H.; and he finished third in Kentucky Derby (G1). He was the 1988 Eclipse Champion Three Year Old. Risen Star’s sire is the great Secretariat.

Hollywood Princess Inbreeding

Inbred to Secretariat on both sides of her sire’s and dam’s family. Princequillo is the sire of Secretariat’s dam.

Inbred to Northern Dancer on her sire’s side.

Inbred to Nearctic on her sire’s and dam’s side. Nearctic’s race record is : 21 - 5 – 3 in 47 starts earning $152,384. At two, he won the Saratoga Special, Victoria S., Carleton S, Clarendon S; at three he won the International H; and at four he won Michigan Mile , Canadian Maturity, Greenwood H., Sandown S., Swynford S., Jacques Cartier S. Nt, Seaway H., Vigil H., Bold Venture H. Neartic is the sire of Northern Dancer.