Alcibiades Female Line

As most of you well know, the Alcibiades Stakes for two-year-old fillies in the fall at Keeneland is named after the broodmare of the same name (who in turn was named after the Athenian politician and general). Alcibiades the Thoroughbred was the foundation mare of Hal Price Headley’s Beaumont Farm (on a small portion of which Beaumont Center in Lexington is now located).

The female line of Alcibiades is the subject of this post. Listed below are the 16 stakes winners among these 70,714 sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Alcibiades in their female lines.

I am trying a slightly different format in the list below. The 16 stakes winners are arranged in descending order (highest to lowest) by the number of Performance Points they earned. Hence Strike a Deal below is the best of the 16 stakes winners, having earned 1,872 Performance Points. After that is listed the pedigree (sire–dam, broodmare sire). The notation 7th means that Alcibiades was his seventh dam. Lithe is the particular daughter of Alcibiades who was his sixth dam. Lastly is the sales information. Discussion resumes at the end of this list.

Strike a Deal (1,872, Smart Strike–Shag, Dixieland Band, 7th, Lithe). $350,000 as a yearling in 2005.

Monba (1,069, Maria’s Mon–Hamba, Easy Goer, 6th, Hipparete). $200,000 as a yearling in 2006.

Restless Youth (537, Helmsman–Restless Appeal, Restless Con, 8th, Salaminia). $13,000 as a weanling in 2003.

Noon Win (529, Winthrop–Glory, Knight, 6th, Lithe). $11,000 as a yearling in 2003.

Immigration (491, Delineator–Still Reflection, Roanoke, 7th, Hipparete). $6,000 as a yearling in 2005.

Gentle Charmer (444, Bertrando–Triple Charm, Great Charmer, 8th, Salaminia). $17,000 as a yearling in 2003.

Yesshecandance (362, Yes It’s True–Mystery Dance, Sword Dance, 8th, Salaminia). $87,000 as a weanling in 2004.

Active Duty (362, Deputy Commander–Punchbowl, Two Punch, 6th, Salaminia). $80,000 as a yearling in 2007.

Moon de French (277, Malibu Moon–French Silk, French Deputy, 8th, Hipparete). $140,000 as a yearling in 2006.

Colony Club (262, Lion Hearted–Wild Shine, Wild Again, 8th, Sparta). $7,500 as a yearling in 2007.

Cinderella’s Dream (234, Prime Timber–Broadway Hoofer, Belong to Me, 8th, Salaminia). $190,000 as a two-year-old in 2005.

Charming Colleen (226, Charismatic–Restless Appeal, Restless Con, 8th, Salaminia). $32,000 as a yearling in 2003.

Concerto’s Queen (212, Concerto–Lara Wants, Saint Ballado, 6th, Hipparete). $25,000 as a two-year-old in 2005.

Copa de Plata (202, Pioneering–Sarita Sarita, Taylor’s Special, 6th, Salaminia). $40,000 as a yearling in 2004 and $150,000 as a two-year-old in 2005.

Might Bea Princess (177, Notebook–Might Be a Queen, Mighty Appealing, 5th, Hipparete). $31,000 as a two-year-old in 2004.

Jodi’s Star (135, Salt Lake–Tea Cozzy, Irish River, 7th Salaminia). $50,000 as a two-year-old in 2006.

Alcibiades was a 1927 filly by Supremus out of Regal Roman, by Roi Herode. She posted a record on the track of 23-7-2-4 for earnings of $47,860 and was champion two- and three-year-old filly. Among her four stakes victories was the Kentucky Oaks.

Alcibiades produced eight foals, seven starters, all winners, including four stakes winners: Sparta (1933 filly by St. Germans), champion two-year-old Menow (1935 colt by Pharamond II), Salaminia (1937 filly by Man o’ War), and Lithe (1946 filly by Pharamond II).

Menow is by far the most recognizable of those four names and not just for being 1937 champion two-year-old. Menow sired 1953 Horse of the Year Tom Fool, who sired 1966 Horse of the Year Buckpasser.

Half of the 16 stakes winners listed above trace to Alcibiades through Salaminia. At stud Salaminia produced 11 foals, all starters, and ten winners, including two stakes winners: Athenia (1943 filly by Pharamond II) and Libba (1948 filly by Sir Damion and the dam of stakes winner and sire Assemblyman, by Menow).

Athenia produced only one stakes winner (Georgian, 1952 colt by Revoked). She achieved somewhat more lasting fame as the second dam of 1968 English Horse of the Year Sir Ivor (1965 colt by Sir Gaylord out of the stakes-placed winner Attica, by Mr. Trouble out of Athenia). Sir Ivor sired 94 stakes winners and is still seen in modern pedigrees as the broodmare sire of El Prado, among many others. Ivory Wand, the second dam of Elusive Quality, is also by Sir Ivor.

Lithe earned the most money of Alcibiades’s four stakes winners. She posted a record of 62-10-8-8 for earnings of $187,415, winning six stakes. She produced only one stakes winner (Supple, 1953 filly by Mr. Trouble). Two of the 16 stakes winners listed above (Strike a Deal and Noon Win) descend from Alcibiades through Lithe. Colony Club descends from Alcibiades through Sparta.

The remaining five stakes winners descend from Alcibiades through Hipparete, a 1944 filly by Pharamond II out of Alcibiades. Hipparete posted a record of 15-4-2-1 for earnings of $8,850 (SSI of 2.18). She produced 13 foals, ten starters, and eight winners, including three stakes winners: Pillow Talk (1954 filly by Mr. Trouble), Rash Statement (1957 filly by Ambiorix), and Out Talk (1963 filly by Ambiorix).

So the female line of Alcibiades flourished throughout most of the 20th century and is still producing stakes winners here in the 21st century.

I found 415 foals among these sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Alcibiades in the female line. These 415 foals ranged from the fifth through the tenth generation (Alcibiades as their fifth through tenth dams). The 16 stakes winners ranged from the fifth through the eighth generation (Alcibiades as their fifth through eighth dams).

These 415 foals were not overly expensive. They sold for a gross of $18,766,653, an average of $45,221 (below the overall average of $54,140), a maverage of 146.86 (below the overall maverage of 163.11), and a Price Index of 0.90.

Sixteen stakes winners from 415 foals is 3.86%, above the overall figure of 3.39%. The 16 stakes winners were not a particularly good group though, collectively averaged only 462 Performance Points apiece (well below the overall average of 608). That works out to a PPI (result) of 0.86, slightly below their Price Index of 0.90.

So they sold for prices about 10% below average and achieved results about 14% below average. Not quite par for the course. I would exercise some generosity and give them a “B” in terms of a letter grade. Once again, as the old adage goes, you get pretty much what you pay for.

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