Sunday Evening Female Line

Sunday Evening was the second dam of both 1969 champion two-year-old Silent Screen and 1968 champion three-year-old filly Dark Mirage (subject of my last post). That pretty much launched the female family of Sunday Evening, which is the subject of today’s post.

Listed below are all stakes winners among sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Sunday Evening 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, Sunday Evening in Tail Female

Name                        Price               RR               Generation

Cat Shaker                   03Y2,300                290           5th, Home by Dark

Catienus—Diamonds n Pearls, Black Tie Affair

Slew Motion               03T52,000              324           8th, Royal Society

Slew Gin Fizz—Inthemiddleofitall, Proper Reality

Mia Cat Dancer        04Y20,000              201           7th, Royal Society

Tactical Cat—Master Print, Mt. Livermore

Blazing Sunset         05T32,000               224            5th, Home by Dark

Talk is Money—Chantilly Green, Halo

Si Si Mon Amie       05Y35,000               343           5th, Prayer Bell

El Corredor—French Allure, Lear Fan

Matchless Orinda  06Y140,000             288          7th, Royal Society

Sky Mesa—Perfectly Stunning, Silver Deputy

Monsoor                   07T35,000                232          5th, Prayer Bell

Mt. Livermore—Ghost Bell, Silver Ghost

Musket Man             07Y15,000             1,937        6th, Prayer Bell

Yonaguska—Fortuesque, Fortunate Prospect

Peaceful Reign       07Y10,000                192          4th, Prayer Bell

Liberty Gold—Peaceful Wings, Halo

Sunday Evening was a 1947 filly by Eight Thirty out of Drowsy (a stakes winner and multiple stakes producer), by Royal Minstrel. On the track Sunday Evening posted a record of 8-3-2-1 for earnings of $23,850 and an SSI of 12.44. She won the Spinaway Stakes and finished second in the Schuylerville Stakes.

At stud Sunday Evening produced ten foals, six starters, and five winners, including Test Stakes winner Time for Bed (1961 filly by Bold Ruler). Time for Bed produced no stakes winners, but you might recognize her as the dam of Sleep On It (1977 filly by Buckpasser). Sleep On It was a multiple stakes producer, and her branch of this family remains very popular today.

Dark Mirage was by Persian Road II out of Home by Dark, an unraced 1959 filly by Hill Prince out of Sunday Evening. Two of the nine stakes winners listed above trace to Sunday Evening through Home by Dark, who produced ten foals, all starters, and eight winners. In addition to Dark Mirage, she also produced the stakes winners Gray Mirage (1969 filly by Bold Bidder) and Bold Impulse (1973 colt by Bold Bidder).

Gray Mirage produced the stakes winner Texas Gem (1977 colt by Canonero II). She is even more renowned as the second dam of multiple champion (in Europe) Indian Skimmer (1984 filly by Storm Bird out of Nobiliare, by Vaguely Noble). This is also the family of Classy Mirage (G1 winner of $716,712) and her daughter Missy’s Mirage (G1 winner of $838,894).

Silent Screen was by Prince John out of Prayer Bell, an unraced 1954 filly by Better Self out of Sunday Evening. Four of the nine stakes winners listed above trace to Sunday Evening through Prayer Bell, including Musket Man, by far the best of the nine.

Prayer Bell produced 13 foals, 12 starters, all winners. In addition to Silent Screen, she also produced the stakes winners Prayer Cap (1962 filly by Thinking Cap and the dam of three stakes winners in her own right) and Belladora (1976 filly by Stage Door Johnny). Note that Prayer Bell produced Belladora at the age of 22.

The remaining three stakes winners listed above all trace to Sunday Evening through Royal Society, an unraced 1956 filly by Royal Charger out of Sunday Evening. Royal Society’s main claim to fame is as the fourth dam of G1 winner Travelling Music (1978 colt by Spring Double) and of G2 winner Statesmanship (1994 colt by Silver Deputy).

So Dark Mirage and Silent Screen were by no means the only claims to distinction owned by the family of Sunday Evening.

I found 281 foals among these sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Sunday Evening in the female line. They ranged from the fourth through ninth generations (Sunday Evening as their fourth through ninth dams). The nine stakes winners ranged from the fourth through eighth generations (Sunday Evening as their fourth through eighth dams).

Those 281 foals sold for a gross of $20,645,805, an average of $73,473 (well above the overall average of $54,140), and a maverage of 208.83 (well above the overall maverage of 163.11). So they were very popular, sold for prices well above average, and should have had success on the racetrack well above average as well.

In fact, their racetrack results were distinctly disappointing. Nine stakes winners from 281 foals is 3.20%, just a shade below the overall figure of 3.36%.

Even with Musket Man (1,937 Performance Points) though, these nine stakes winners were not very good collectively. They averaged only 448 Performance Points apiece, well below the overall average of 603. The next best after Musket Man was Si Si Mon Amie at 343, not very good at all.

So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 281 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.71, far below their corresponding Price Index of 1.28.

Their prices were about 28% above average. Their results were about 29% below average. To put a slight spin on the old adage, sometimes you get a lot LESS than what you paid for.

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