I needed another name to go along with Man o’ War and Sir Gallahad III. I decided on Bimelech. Why Bimelech????
Because Bimelech is a son of La Troienne of course (and the only son of LT of any significance as a sire). LT is commonly perceived to be “magic” in pedigrees. Therefore, Bimelech is “magic” in pedigrees as well. So I decided to see just how “magic” Bimelech really is in pedigrees.
At this point I usually list the best stakes winners of the group under consideration. In the case of Bimelech only two stakes winners qualified with 2,000+ Performance Points. And just for the record, I am now discussing North American sales foals of 2003-2007 with daughters of Bimelech in their female lines.
Those two stakes winners were Big City Man (2,322 Performance Points) and River’s Prayer (2,222). Big City Man was by Northern Afleet out of Mini Appeal, by Valid Appeal. His seventh dam was Modern (by Bimelech out of Hard Baked, by Hard Tack). River’s Prayer was by Devon Lane out of Cozzy Flyer, by Cozzene. Her seventh dam was Be Faithful (by Bimelech out of Bloodroot, by Blue Larkspur).
Be Faithful was the second dam of Never Bend and as such probably the most recognizable daughter of Bimelech. I do have to give Bimelech credit for versatility. The 40 stakes winners in this group involved 14 different daughters of Bimelech.
Five of those 40 involved Be Faithful, but she was not the leader in this category. The leader with eight was Shy Bim, a 1948 stakes-placed filly by Bimelech out of Bashful, by Man o’ War. Shy Bim produced seven foals, all winners, including stakes winner Great Depths (1962 colt by King of the Tudors).
All eight traced through Shy Bim’s daughter Shy Dancer, a 1955 stakes-placed filly by Bolero. She Dancer produced 16 foals, 14 starters, all winners, and four stakes winners: Petite Rouge (1961 filly by Ballydam), Lady Dulcinea (1963 filly by Nantallah), Champagne Charlie (1970 colt by Northern Dancer), and Shy Dawn (1971 filly by Grey Dawn II).
Three of those 40 stakes winners involved War Ribbon, a 1947 filly by Bimelech out of War Regalia, by Man o’ War. War Ribbon produced 12 foals, all starters, five winners, and two stakes winners: Battle Dance (1952 colt by Bolero) and Ornamento (1960 gelding by Bold Ruler).
Both Battle Dance and Ornamento were hardy runners. The former won 21 of 113 starts and earned $259,320. The latter won 15 of 79 starts and earned $203,089. You might also recognize War Ribbon as the second dam of 1985 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Proud Truth (1982 colt by Graustark).
But it is Shy Dancer who was and is the most commercially visible and viable member of this Bimelech tribe. I found 223 foals among these sales foals of 2003-2007 with Shy Dancer in the female line. They ranged from the third through the seventh generations (Shy Dancer as their third through seventh dams). The eight stakes winners had Shy Dancer as their fourth through sixth dams.
Those 223 foals sold for a gross of $14,043,261, an average of $62,974 (above the overall average of $54,140), and a maverage of 192.88 (above the overall maverage of 163.11). So they sold for prices above average and should have produced racing results above average.
They did produce racing results above average. Eight stakes winners from 223 foals is 3.59% (above the overall figure of 3.39%). Those eight stakes winners averaged 636 performance Points apiece, above the overall average of 608.
So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 223 foals had a PPI (result) of 1.11, compared to their Price Index of 1.18. So they sold for prices about 18% above average and produced results about 11% above average. Pretty much par for the course. Results lagged slightly behind prices.
Overall, I found 1,279 foals (including the 223 above) among sales foal of 2003-2007 with daughters of Bimelech in their female lines. These 1,279 foals sold for a gross of $52,694,424, an average of $41,200 (below the overall average of $54,140), and a maverage of 148.66 (below the overall maverage of 163.11). They sold for prices slightly below average and should have had results slightly below average as well.
They did have results slightly below average. Forty stakes winners (including the eight Shy Dancers) from 1,279 foals is 3.13%, below the overall figure of 3.39%. Those 40 stakes winners averaged 588 Performance Points apiece, below the overall average of 608.
So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 1,279 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.89, compared to their Price Index of 0.91. They sold for prices about 9% below average and produced results about 11% below average. Pretty much par for the course. Results lagged slightly behind prices. Certainly nothing “magical” though.
Just as a reminder, the 1,700+ foals with La Troienne in their female lines had a Price Index of 1.08 and a PPI (result) of 0.92. They sold for prices about 8% ABOVE average and produced results about 8% BELOW average. Not exactly “magical” results.
The 1,279 foals with daughters of Bimelech in their female lines sold for prices about 9% below average and produced results about 11% below average. That was a BETTER result than La Troienne herself in terms of comparing prices to results. No particular “magic” in either case though.