Rasmussen Factor, Somethingroyal

Somethingroyal is almost as revered as La Troienne, mainly for being the dam of Secretariat. Somethingroyal was Broodmare of the Year in 1973, the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown and his second title as Horse of the Year. Somethingroyal produced three other stakes winners (Sir Gaylord, First Family, and Syrian Sea) from 18 foals.

Sir Gaylord (by Turn-to) was a foal of 1959 and already an established sire when Secretariat (by Bold Ruler and a foal of 1970) came along. It was almost inevitable that inbreeding to Somethingroyal through her two best sons would become pandemic in North American pedigrees.

Indeed, Somethingroyal is the most popular female name duplicated among these sales foals of 2003-2007 (followed by Almahmoud, Natalma, and Gold Digger). So I decided to do a post apiece on these four names and how well (or not) inbreeding to them has succeeded. Discussion begins at the end of the two lists.

Stakes Winners Inbred to Somethingroyal Among Sales Foals of 2003-2007

Name                                        Price                       RR           Inbreeding

Stakes Winners

Declan’s Moon                        03Y125,000          1,906          5×4

Malibu Moon–Vee Vee Star, Norquestor

High Blues                             03W190,000            397            5×5

High Yield–Kim’s Blues, Cure the Blues

Malibu Mint                            03Y15,000            1,524          5×5

Malibu Moon–Ivory Mint, Key to the Mint

Queansco                                   03Y600                 414            5×5

Humming–Century Storm, Eastern Bazaar

Amandatude                           04Y58,000              509           5×5

Aptitude–Heavenliness, Lord Avie

Belgravia                                 04W190,000           327            5×5

Mr. Greeley–Peaks Mill, Stalwart

Church Service                        04Y32,000             790            5×5

Pulpit–To Be Approved, With Approval

She’s All Silk                             04Y7,500               518             5×4

Delineator–Shimmer of Silk, Drone

Silence Dogood                        o4W160,000           225            5×5

Grand Slam–Crystal Vous, Crystal Water

Union Avenue                         04Y300,000           704            4×5

Gone West–Miss Union Avenue, Steinlen

Catman Running                      05Y65,000            226             5×5

Tactical Cat–Nurse Dopey, Dr. Blum

Wollaston Bay                          05Y325,000           247             5×5

Sea of Secrets–Wollaston’s Baby, Wollaston

Avie’s Tale                                06Y110,000           310             5×5

Tale of the Cat–Fly for Avie, Lord Avie

Champagne Eyes                      06Y30,000            328             5×5

Flatter–Corking, Sensitive Prince

Hatfield                                      07Y70,000             272             5×5

Proud Citizen–Key Flight, Bates Motel

Insolito                                       07Y15,000             128             5×5

Storm Boot–Treasure Mine, Forty Niner

Ju Jitsu Jax                               07Y57,000            1,006           5x4x5

Tiger Ridge–Carol’s Amore, Two Punch

Performing Dancer                   07Y5,500                202            5×5

Performing Magic–Milkmustache, Green Dancer

Quindici Man                             07Y12,000              917             5×5

Came Home–Humble, Valiant Nature

Soul of Nataka                           07Y75,000              299             4×5

Perfect Soul–Nataka, With Approval

Not Stakes Winners Sold for $1,000,000+

Hashimiya                               03Y3,800,000           UP             4×5

Gone West–Touch of Greatness, Hero’s Honor

Greathearted                         04Y1,050,000           UR              5×5

Giant’s Causeway–Touch of Greatness, Hero’s Honor

Chekhov                                04T3,300,000            GSP             5×5

Pulpit–In My Cap, Vice Regent

Magical Affair                      07Y1,550,000             SPW             5x5x5

Giant’s Causeway–Mayville’s Magic, Gone West

Fashion Storm                    07T1,200,000               UR              5x5x5

Storm Cat–Fashion Star, Chief’s Crown

The first list shows the 20 stakes winners among these sales foals of 2003-2007 inbred to Somethingroyal (hereafter to be abbreviated as SR) and their details. I trust the format is familiar to you by now.

Belgravia is listed as being sold for $190,000 as a weanling in 2004. He also sold for $180,000 as a yearling in 2005 and for $2,000,000 as a two-year-old in 2006. All three prices are counted separately.

The second chart lists the other five sales foals of 2003-2007 inbred to SR which sold for $1,000,000 or more. It gives you a fair idea of the quality of pedigrees (good) involved. I decided against listing all the foals in this group inbred to SR (do I detect a sigh of relief out there????).

A total of 643 of these 5,110 sales foals were inbred to SR. That is 12.6%, or a little over an eighth of the total. Those 643 foals sold for a gross of $47,286,065, an average of $73,340, and a maverage of 185.78. Those figures are well above the overall average of $54,140 and overall maverage of 163.11 for all 70,714 foals. Given the six foals sold for $1,000,000 or more listed above, that is not surprising. It also means that the racing results for this group should have been above average as well.

The racing results for these 643 foals were NOT above average. The 20 stakes winners are listed above. Twenty of 643 is 3.15% stakes winners from foals, compared to the overall figure of 3.36%.

These 20 stakes winners were not a particularly good group. The overall average for all 2,373 stakes winners is 603 Performance Points. These 20 stakes winners averaged only 562 Performance Points. Six of the 20 were above 603 Performance Points: Declan’s Moon (1,906), Malibu Mint (1,524), Ju Jitsu Jax (1,006), Quindici Man (917), Church Service (790), and Union Avenue (704). The other 14 were all below 603.

So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 643 foals have a PPI (result) of 0.864, well below the overall average of 1.00 and also below their corresponding Price Index of 1.14. Their prices were about 14% ABOVE average. Their results were almost 14% BELOW average.

I divided these 643 foals into three groups. More than two-thirds of them (445) had Secretariat on top (in the sire’s half of the pedigree) of Sir Gaylord (in the dam’s half of the pedigree). Only 61 had Sir Gaylord on top of Secretariat. The remaining 137 foals I classified as miscellaneous. Some had more than two duplications of SR. Others had only two duplications but did NOT involve both Secretariat and Sir Gaylord.

The 445 foals with Secretariat on top of Sir Gaylord sold for an average of $85,007 and a maverage of 197.10, both figures higher than those for all 643 foals ($73,340 and 185.78). Seventeen of those 445 foals were stakes winners (3.82%, better than the 3.36% for all 70,714 foals). Those 17 stakes winners were not particularly good, averaging only 483 Performance Points. So taking both quantity and quality into account, these 445 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.91, better than the 0.864 for all 643 foals, below the 1.00 overall average, and well below their corresponding Price Index of 1.21.

The 61 foals with Sir Gaylord on top of Secretariat sold for an average of $53,310 and a maverage of 159.39, both just slightly below the overall figures of $54,410 and 163.11. This group was no bargain, however. It included ZERO stakes winners.

The 137 miscellaneous foals sold for an average of $45,301 and a maverage of 160.76, both below the overall figures of $54,140 and 163.11. This group included three stakes winners (2.19%, not good). But those three stakes winners (Declan’s Moon, 1,906; Ju Jitsu Jax, 1,006; and Insolito, 128) were pretty good, averaging 1,013 Performance Points apiece. Taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, they had a PPI (result) of 1.09, above their corresponding Price Index of 0.99.

Declan’s Moon was a combination of Secretariat on top of Somethingfabulous, yet another son of SR, this one by Northern Dancer. Ju Jitsu Jax has three duplications of SR, two Secretariats on top and one Sir Gaylord on bottom. Insolito has Secretariat on top and The Bride (his full sister) on bottom. So that is three completely different sources of SR. That group truly was miscellaneous.

Combinations of SR through Secretariat and Sir Gaylord are male-male combinations. That provoked my curiosity into looking at male-male, female-female, male (top)-female (bottom), and female (top)-male (bottom). I did so using only those foals with only two duplications. The rest (one name duplicated more than twice or more than one name duplicated) I classified as miscellaneous.

I found 1,073 foals classified as male-male (not counting combinations of Secretariat and Sir Gaylord). That is 21% 0f all 5,110 RF foals. Those 1,073 foals sold for an average of $45,174 and a maverage of 148.24, below the overall figures of $54,140 and 163.11.

Those 1,073 foals were actually pretty good. They included 35 stakes winners (3.26%, just below the overall average of 3.36%). Those 35 stakes winners were pretty good, averaging 688 Performance Points apiece (compared to the overall average of 603). So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 1,073 foals had a PPI (result) of 1.11, compared to their corresponding Price Index of 0.91. So their prices were about 9% BELOW average, but their results were about 11% above average.

This group included the best of all 170 RF stakes winners, Round Pond (3,399 Performance Points). Round Pond was 4×5 to the full brothers Vice Regent and Viceregal. Without Round Pond this group had a PPI (result) of only 0.95.

If you add combinations of SR through Secretariat and Sir Gaylord into the account, you get 1,579 foals (almost 31% of the total of 5,110 RF foals). Those 1,579 foals sold for an average of $56,714 (just above the overall average of $54,140) and a maverage of 162.44 (just below the overall maverage of 163.11).

Of those 1,579 foals, 52 (3.29%) were stakes winners, just below the overall figure of 3.36%. Those 52 stakes winners were pretty good, averaging 621 Performance Points apiece (compared to the overall average of 603). So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 1,579 foals had a PPI (result) of 1.01, just above their corresponding Price Index of 0.996. So their prices were about 0.4% below average, and their results were about 1% above average (thanks to Round Pond). That is about as close to a wash as you can get.

I find this result pretty amusing because many people seem to believe that male-male and female-female are not nearly as good as male-female or female-male. As one reader from New Zealand wrote to me about 20 years ago, “Duplications of sires, only by sons, does nothing at all for the racing class of the progeny. . . . The balance of sexes I think is essential. . . . ”

Presumably this reader would feel the same about duplications of mares, only by sons (male-male applied to the RF, as in SR through Secretariat and Sir Gaylord). I will have more to say about this subject of the combinations of sexes when I resume this series, next time around, with Almahmoud.

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