Friar’s Carse Female Line

As Charles Hatton has pointed out, Friar’s Carse figures prominently in the pedigrees of three of the champions of 1959: Sword Dancer, Intentionally, and My Dear Girl (all three of whom were recently posted about in this space). The female family of Friar’s Carse is the subject of today’s post.

Listed below are all stakes winners among sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Friar’s Carse 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, Friar’s Carse in Tail Female

Name                        Price               RR               Generation

C. G’s Dollar               03Y12,500               507            9th, Anchors Ahead

Ghostly Moves—Flycatcher, Relaunch

High Blues                03W190,000            397            10th, Speed Boat

High Yield—Kim’s Blues, Cure the Blues

Kin to a Kitty            03W10,000             201             8th, Black Carse

Tactical Cat—Pisces Appeal, Valid Appeal

What’s Up Dude       03Y23,750              311              7th, Anchors Ahead

Furiously—What a Bout, Fit to Fight

Celluloid Hero          04Y50,000            731               9th, War Kilt

Glitterman—Timely Legend, Navarone

Diamond Omi           04Y190,000          461               7th, Anchors Ahead

Giant’s Causeway—Hum Along, Fappiano

High Cotton              04Y110,000          863               8th, Anchors Ahead

Dixie Union—Happy Tune, A. P. Indy

Sweet Idea                  04Y20,000         509                7th, Speed Boat

Langfuhr—Concept Statement, Quack

Slew by Slew               05Y7,000           336                 9th, Anchors Ahead

Slew City Slew—Cradlesong, Pine Bluff

Song of Navarone     05Y22,000       1,258              9th, War Kilt

Sultry Song—Timely Legend, Navarone

Kinsale King                06Y27,000       2,404            6th, War Kilt

Yankee Victor—Flaming Mirage, Woodman

Our Edge                      06W25,000         581              6th, War Kilt

The Cliff’s Edge—Cash the Flash, Star de Naskra

S. S. Stone                  07Y135,000        354              8th, Speed Boat

Birdstone—Sing and Swing, Dixieland Band

Friar’s Carse was a 1923 filly by Friar Rock out of Problem, by Superman. She was champion two-year-old filly in 1925, the only year she raced, when  she won won five of seven starts, with one second, and earned $20,225 (SSI of 21.56).

At stud Friar’s Carse produced 11 foals, seven starters, five winners, and three stakes winners (all by Man o’ War): Speed Boat (1930 filly), War Relic (1938 colt), and War Kilt (1943 filly). Note that Friar’s Carse was 20 years old when she produced War Kilt in 1943.

War Relic was by far the best of these three stakes winners.  My Dear Girl was out of Iltis, by War Relic. Intentionally was by Intent, by War Relic. In Reality was by Intentionally and was 3×3 to War Relic. The Man o’ War male line hangs on by a thread through In Reality to Tiznow in the present day. I mention this merely for those of you interested in (or perhaps I should say obsessed with) male lines.

Back to female lines. Speed Boat produced ten foals, eight starters, five winners, and one stakes winner. That one stakes winner was a pretty good one, 1940 champion two-year-old filly Level Best (by Equipoise). Speed Boat also enhanced the reputation of this female family by becoming the third dam of Sword Dancer. Three of the 13 stakes winners listed above trace to Friar’s Carse through Speed Boat.

War Kilt did not produce any stakes winners, but she did develop a very viable branch of this family. She became the third dam of 1982 champion two-year-old Roving Boy (by Olden Times, by Relic, by War Relic), and the branch took off from there. Four of the 13 stakes winners listed above trace to Friar’s Carse through War Kilt.

(Roving Boy was 4×4 to Man o’ War and Friar’s Carse through the full siblings War Relic and War Kilt. For my commentary on this particular duplication and the pattern it generally represents, see Rasmussen Factor, Inbreeding Patterns.)

Probably the most prolific branch of Friar’s Carse is that of Anchors Ahead, an unraced 1932 filly by Man o’ War out of Friar’s Carse and hence a full sister to Speed Boat, War Relic, and War Kilt. Anchors Ahead produced ten foals, all starters, eight winners, and three stakes winners: Ocean Blue (1938 gelding by Blue Larkspur), Price Level (1942 filly by Sickle), and Air Hero (1943 colt by Blenheim II). Price Level produced stakes winner The Blend (1951 gelding by Blenheim II).

Among many other stakes winners, this is the family of 1996 champion two-year-old filly Storm Song (by Summer Squall). Five of the 13 stakes winners listed above trace to Friar’s Carse though Anchors Ahead.

The one remaining stakes winner of the 13 listed above (Kin to a Kitty) traces to Friar’s Carse through Black Carse, a 1927 stakes-placed filly by Black Toney out of Friar’s Carse. Black Carse did not produce any stakes winners, but she is the third dam of 1984 Broodmare of the Year Hasty Queen II (an unraced 1963 filly by One Count out of Queen Hopeful, by Roman). This is also a very popular branch of Friar’s Carse.

So at the very least the female family of Friar’s Carse is still extremely popular today. I found 506 foals among these sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Friar’s Carse in the female line. That is more foals than almost any female other than La Troienne.

Those 506 foals ranged from the fifth through tenth generations (Friar’s Carse as the fifth through tenth dams). The 13 stakes winners ranged from the sixth through ninth generations (Friar’s Carse as the sixth through ninth dams). I also found 20 foals with Friar’s Carse as their 11th dams, but I did not consider them for purposes of this study. Going back ten generations is ridiculous enough.

Those 506 foals sold for a gross of $28,399,218, an average of $56,215 (higher than the overall average of $54,140), and a maverage of 146.65 (lower than the overall maverage of 163.11).

Nawakhida and Times Gone By were two of the reasons why the average for this group was above the overall average while the maverage was below the overall maverage. Nawakhida (colt by Mr. Greeley out of Silvester Lady, by Pivotal) sold for $5,700,000 as a yearling in 2006 and was unraced. Times Gone By (gelding by Giant’s Causeway out of Happy Tune, by A.P. Indy) sold for $1,900,00 as a yearling in 2006 and won three races from 21 starts for earnings of $222,590.

That is precisely why I do maverages in the first place, to minimize the effects of such high prices. The overall Price Index (based on the maverage) for all 506 foals was 0.90. So these 506 foals sold for prices below average and should have had racetrack results below average as well.

They did have racetrack results below average. Thirteen stakes winners from 506 foals is 2.57%, compared with the overall figure of 3.36%. These 13 stakes winners were pretty good, however, thanks mainly to Kinsale King (2,404). They averaged 686 Performance Points apiece, compared to the overall average of 603.

So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 506 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.87, just a hair below their Price Index of 0.90. So their prices were about 10% below average, and their results were about 13% below average.

As the old expression goes, you get pretty much exactly what you pay for.

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