Blue Delight Female Line

Calumet Farm has been a source of many popular female families. One of them was Two Bob (two posts ago). Another is Blue Delight, the subject of today’s post.

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

Name                        Price               RR               Generation

Nicandro                      03Y4,000               261                   7th, Real Delight

Rizzi—Lil McTee, Lil E. Tee

Hail to Dawn                  05Y1,403            165                    7th, Princess Turia

Haus of Dehere—Guest Till Dawn, Weekend Guest

Double Down Vinman 06Y25,500       594                    7th, Real Delight

Out of Place—Christmas Strike, Smart Strike

Expect the End                06Y1,200         530                   8th, Real Delight

Precise End—Expect Awhile, Valid Expectations

Officer Cherrie               06Y70,000       560                  6th, Real Delight

Officer—Madamascus, Sheikh Albadou

Blue Delight was a 1938 filly by Blue Larkspur out of stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Chicleight, by Chicle. On the track Blue Delight posted a record of 24-10-2-7 for earnings of $51,615 (SSI of 20.21). She won the Arlington Lassie Stakes and five other stakes.

At stud Blue Delight produced ten foals, all starters, six winners, and five stakes winners. All but one of those five stakes winners were by Bull Lea. They were All Blue (1947 colt), Real Delight (1949 filly), Bubbley (1950 filly), Princess Turia (1953 filly by Heliopolis), and Kentucky Pride (1955 colt).

Real Delight was by far the best of those five stakes winners. She was champion three-year-old filly and champion handicap female in 1952. She won 12 of 15 starts overall, with one second, for earnings of $261,822. Among her ten stakes victories were the CCA Oaks and Kentucky Oaks.

Real Delight produced ten foals, all starters, nine winners, and three stakes winners: Plum Cake (1958 filly by Ponder), No Fooling (1963 colt by Tom Fool), and Spring Sunshine (1966 filly by Nashua).

Four of the five stakes winners listed above trace to Blue Delight through Real Delight. Spring Sunshine was the fifth dam of Nicandro. Heliolight (1957 filly by Helioscope out of Real Delight) was the sixth dam of Expect the End. Plum Cake was the fourth dam of Officer Cherrie and the fifth dam of Double Down Vinman.

Spring Sunshine produced the stakes winner Raise a Cup (1971 colt by Raise a Native and the sire of 1981 champion two-year-old filly Before Dawn).

Heliolight produced the stakes winner Lonesome River (1966 colt by Rough’n Tumble) and Minnetonka (an unraced 1967 filly by Chieftain). Minnetonka produced the stakes winners Katonka (1972 filly by Minneosta Mac), Barrera (1973 colt by Raise a Native), Eminency (1978 colt by Vaguely Noble), and Phaedra (1979 filly by Graustark). Minnetonka was also the second dam of 1980 Preakness Stakes winner Codex (by Arts and Letters).

Plum Cake produced the stakes winners Plum Bold (1969 colt by Bold Ruler and a leading sire in South Africa) and Sugar Plum Time (1972 filly by Bold Ruler). Sugar Plum Time produced the stakes winner Christmas Bonus (1978 filly by Key to the Mint and second dam of Grand Slam).

Plum Cake also produced 1977 Broodmare of the Year Sweet Tooth (1965 filly by On-and-On). Sweet Tooth produced the stakes winners Our Mims (1974 filly by Herbager), Alydar (1975 colt by Raise a Native), and Sugar and Spice (1977 filly by Key to the Mint). Our Mims was champion three-year-old filly in 1977, and Alydar was leading sire in 1990. Plum Cake was also the second dam of 1982 champion three-year-old filly Christmas Past (by Grey Dawn II).

The fifth and final stakes winner listed above (Hail to Dawn) traces to Blue Delight through Princess Turia (her sixth dam). Princess Turia produced nine foals, six starters, five winners, and two stakes winners: Forward Pass (1965 colt by On-and-On) and Turn to Turia (1973 colt by Best Turn). Note that Princess Turia produced Turn to Turia at the age of 20.

Forward Pass won the 1968 Kentucky Derby (on the disqualification of Dancer’s Image) and Preakness Stakes. He was champion three-year-old in one poll (Turf and Sport Digest). Stage Door Johnny, who defeated Forward Pass in their only meeting, the 1968 Belmont Stakes, was the champion in the other two polls.

So the family of Blue Delight has had many successful branches over the years and remains very popular today.

I found 247 foals among sales foal of 2003-2007 tracing to Blue Delight in the female line. They ranged from the fifth through ninth generations (Blue Delight as their fifth through ninth dams). The five stakes winners ranged from the sixth through eighth generations (Blue Delight as the sixth through eighth dams).

Those 247 foals sold for a gross of $11,797,217, an average of $47,762 (below the overall average of $54,140), and a maverage of 151.70 (slightly below the overall maverage of 163.11). So they sold for prices below average and should have produced results on the racetrack that were also below average.

They did produce results on the racetrack that were below average. Five stakes winners from 247 foals is 2.02%, well below the overall figure of 3.36%. Those five stakes winners were not particularly good either. The averaged 416 Performance Points apiece, well below the overall average of 603.

So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 247 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.42, well below their corresponding Price Index of 0.97. They sold for prices about 3% below average and produced results about 58% below average, an extremely disappointing result.

To paraphrase the old expression, sometimes you get a lot LESS than what you paid for.

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