Last week 1958 champion two-year-old filly champion Quill was featured through the lens of Charles Hatton. This week the topic of discussion is the female family of Quick Touch, dam of Quill. Listed below are the eight stakes winners among sales foal of 2003-2007 tracing to Quick Touch in the female line. Discussion begins after the list.
Afleet Alex (4,666 Performance Points, Northern Afleet–Maggy Hawk, Hawkster), 6th, Noble Touch, sold for $75,000 as a two-year-old in 2004.
Lady Alexander (871, Exchange Rate–Lady Ironwood, Housebuster), 5th, Quill, sold for $25,000 as a yearling in 2007.
Crafty Bear (421, Yonaguska–Mine Darlin, Crafty Prospector), 6th, Capelet, sold for $45,000 as a yearling in 2005.
Flawless Gold (411, Gold Tribute–Flawless Figure, Rahy), 5th, Quill, sold for $3,900 as a yearling in 2005.
Rivoltella (338, Broken Vow–Port Roberto, Dynaformer), 5th, Noble Touch, sold for $55,000 as a yearling in 2005.
Out of Gwedda (331, Out of Place–Gwedda, Gone West), 4th, Capelet, sold for $52,000 as a yearling in 2005 and for $100,000 as a two-year-old in 2006.
Belgravia (327, Mr. Greeley–Peaks Mill, Stalwart), 5th, Noble Touch, sold for $190,000 as a weanling in 2004, $180,000 as a yearling in 2005, and $2,000,000 as a two-year-old in 2006.
Charming N Lovable (246, Horse Chestnut–St Lucinda, St. Jovite), 5th, Capelet, sold for $60,000 as a yearling in 2004.
Hatton was not impressed with the racing class of Quick Touch, dismissing her as “a moderate plater. . . . And Quick Touch’s racing career was so compromised by unsoundness that Greentree considered her good riddance. . . . Though she has breeding enough, no horse grower would have embraced her as a desirable broodmare prospect before her retirement by Webster. For she flouted the arbitrary qualifications of conformation and the sticklers for ‘class in the dam.’ “
Quick Touch posted a record on the track of 27-5-5-3 for earnings of $14,950 and an SSI of 2.78 (1.00 being average). Hatton dismissed this race record a little too readily (“Uncle Joe” Estes would not have made the same mistake). The average racehorse is a moderate plater. Therefore, a filly who was SUCCESSFUL as a moderate plater (and Quick Touch fits that description) is above average as a broodmare prospect (as long as her pedigree is acceptable). This was even more true before 1950 than it is now, given that fillies and mares had very limited opportunities to race back then.
Quick Touch was a 1946 filly by Count Fleet out of Alms, by St. Brideaux. The sire alone was enough to make her pedigree acceptable or better as a broodmare prospect. Alms was no “moderate plater” either, having posted a record of 15-5-2-3 for earnings of $15,225 and an SSI of 10.01 (1.00 being average). She won the Pimlico Oaks and was second in the Louisiana Derby and third in the Delaware Oaks. Additionally, she was a half-sister to Twenty Grand, 1931 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year.
Quick Touch produced ten foals, eight starters, all winners, and four stakes winners: Sorceress (1952 filly by Slide Rule), Capelet (1954 filly by Bolero), the aforementioned Quill (1956 filly by Princequillo), and Count Amber (1957 colt by Ambiorix).
(Slide Rule was by Snark, by Boojum, I note in passing. Count Amber had exactly one claim to distinction as a sire. I wonder if any astute reader can point out what that was.)
Quill herself is the ancestress of two of the eight stakes winners listed above. The other six were divided three each to Capelet and Noble Touch.
Quill produced 11 foals, seven starters, five winners, and three stakes winners: One for All (1966 colt by Northern Dancer), Caucasus (1972 colt by Nijnsky II), and Last Feather (1979 filly by Vaguely Noble). Note that Quill produced Last Feather (a G3 winner in England) at the age of 23. Caucasus was a classic winner in Ireland and a G1 winner in North America. One for All raced before stakes were graded but was on a par with Caucasus.
Capelet produced 1963 Hopeful Stakes winner Traffic (colt by Traffic Judge), who was the leading sire in France in 1971. Through her daughter Style (a full sister to Traffic) and Style’s daughter Coiffure (by Sir Gaylord) and others Capelet has become the ancestress of many stakes winners.
Noble Touch was a 1958 filly by Crafty Admiral out of Quick Touch. She posted a record of 16-1-2-5 for earnings of $7,755 and an SSI of 1.67. The best of her seven foals was the stakes-placed Chosun Victory (1962 colt by Ambiorix and an undistinguished sire). Her family flourished over the years, however, and culminated with dual classic winner and 2005 champion three-year-old Afleet Alex. Noble Touch is the fifth dam of Afleet Alex and the fourth dam of Belgravia among the eight stakes winners listed above.
I found a total of 224 foals among these North American sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Quick Touch in the female line, with Quick Touch ranging from the third through the seventh dam. The eight stakes winners had Quick Touch as their fourth, fifth, or sixth dams.
Those 224 foals were not cheap. They sold for a gross of $13,820,647, an average of $61,699 (above the overall average of $54,140), a maverage of 178.96 (above the overall maverage of 163.11), and a Price Index of 1.10 (1.00 being average).
Eight stakes winners from 224 foals is 3.57%, just above the overall figure of 3.40%. Thanks to Afleet Alex, those eight stakes winners were pretty good collectively, averaging 951 Performance Points apiece, well above the overall average of 610.
Taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 224 foals had a PPI (result) of 1.64, well above their corresponding Price Index of 1.10. So they sold for prices about 10% above average and achieved results about 64% above average, obviously a very good result.
The only obvious fly in this ointment is Afleet Alex, who accounts for more than 60% of the Performance Points earned by these eight stakes winners (4,666 of a total of 7,611). Without Afleet Alex the PPI for these 224 foals drops to an anemic 0.63.
I have commented on this pattern before. If the female family of a particular mare has good results, usually it is because of one exceptional runner. Take away that one exceptional runner, and the remaining results are only average (or worse).