A commentator on my recent post on Riva Ridge wanted to know how RR fared as a sire. Not very well was the long and the short of my reply. I did point out that RR was much better as a broodmare sire than as a sire of males and that his best daughter was probably Blitey (out of Lady Pitt, by Sword Dancer out of Rock Drill, by Whirlaway).
Rock Drill is interesting in herself, and the female line she established is the subject of this post. Listed below are all stakes winners among sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Rock Drill in the female line. I trust that the format is familiar to you by now. Discussion starts after the list.
Stakes Winners, Sales Foals of 2003-2007, Rock Drill in Tail Female
Name Price RR Generation
Liquid Louie 03Y9,465 163 3rd
Pole Position–Hadramis Hill, Temperence Hill
Warning Zone 05Y60,000 943 5th
Chester House–Migrate, Storm Bird
Dr. Powers 06Y1,500 254 6th
Crown Ambassador–Stalack, Stalwars
Nightly Ritual 07Y14,500 265 6th
Crown Ambassador–Knight Rose, Knight
A minor stakes winner in her own right, Rock Drill was a 1951 filly by Whirlaway out of Flyaway Home, by Display. Over three seasons of racing she posted a record of 32-3-5-1 for earnings of $13,511.
Rock Drill produced 14 foals, 11 starters, and nine winners, including four stakes winners: Doug’s Serenade (1956 filly by Royal Serenade), Rocky Link (1960 colt by Sailor and a minor sire), Lady Pitt (1963 filly by Sword Dancer), and Gunite (1966 filly by Crozier and dam of stakes winner My Sweet Baby, a filly by In Reality).
Lady Pitt was by far the best of these four stakes winners. Over four seasons of racing she posted a record of 47-10-14-5 for earnings of $413,382 and was champion three-year-old filly in 1966, when she won four stakes, including the CCA Oaks and Mother Goose Stakes.
Lady Pitt produced ten foals, nine runners, and six winners, including G1 winner The Liberal Member (1975 colt by Bold Reason) and the aforementioned G2 winner Blitey (1976 filly by Riva Ridge).
Blitey in turn produced 14 foals, 11 starters, all winners, including four stakes winners: G1 winner Dancing Spree (colt by Nijinsky II and an earner of $1,470,484), G1 winner Furlough (filly by Easy Goer), G1 winner Fantastic Find (filly by Mr. Prospector), and G2 winner Dancing All Night (filly by Nijinsky II).
Blitey was also the second dam of 1994 champion three-year-old filly Heavenly Prize (by Seeking the Gold) and of G1 winners Finder’s Fee (filly by Storm Cat) and Oh What a Windfall (filly by Seeking the Gold), among other stakes winners.
Heavenly Prize in turn produced the Storm Cat colts and current sires Good Reward (G1 winner) and Pure Prize (G2 winner).
So Rock Drill-Lady Pitt-Blitey is the most visible branch of this family in current pedigrees. Curiously, however, Warning Zone is the only one of the four stakes winners listed above tracing to Rock Drill through Blitey (also by far the best of those four stakes winners).
Dr. Powers and Nightly Ritual trace to Rock Drill through her daughter Dash’n Home, an unraced 1962 filly by Decathlon out of Rock Drill. Dash’n Home produced the very useful G2 winner Cathy’s Reject (1974 colt by Best Turn).
Liquid Louie traces to Rock Drill through Rockey Lady, an unraced daughter of The Pruner out of Rock Drill produced in 1976, when Rock Drill was 25 years old.
Some of its branches are better than others, but all in all this female family has been very useful over the years.
I found 155 foals tracing to Rock Drill in the female line among these sales foals of 2003-2007. They ranged from the third through the eighth generations (third through eighth dams). The four stakes winners had Rock Drill as their third, fifth, or sixth dams.
Those 155 foals sold for a gross of $6,799,958, an average of $43,871 (compared to the overall average of $54,140), and a maverage of 150.27 (compared to the overall maverage of 163.11). So these 155 foals sold for prices below average and should have had racing results below average as well.
They did have racing results below average–way below average. Four stakes winners from 155 foals is 2.58% (compared to the overall figure of 3.36%). Those four stakes winners were not particularly good either, averaging 406 Performance Points apiece (compared to the overall average of 603).
So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 155 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.52, way below their corresponding Price Index of 0.92. Successful names in pedigrees are no guarantees of successful results.