In Reality and Miscellaneous Male Lines

Undefeated Wood Memorial S. (G1) Gemologist is by Tiznow, by Cee’s Tizzy, by Relaunch, by In Reality. Everyone knows that In Reality is the sole remaining thread of the Man o’ War male line (although everyone should also know that In Reality bears little resemblance to Man o’ War in terms of the racing characteristics of their male lines). At any rate, here are some statistics on In Reality and other miscellaneous male lines based on sales foals of 2003-2007.

There are three stakes winners from the In Reality male line with 2,000+ Performance Points: In Summation (3,026), Tizway (2,459), and Bear Now (2,254).

In Summation is by Put It Back (by Honour and Glory, by Relaunch) out of Fiesta Baby, by Dayjur, and sold for $80,000 as a yearling in 2004 and for $130,000 as a two-year-old in 2005. Tizway is by Tiznow out of Bethany, by Dayjur, and sold for $140,000 as a yearling in 2006. Bear Now is by Tiznow out of Controlled, by In Excess, and sold for $65,000 as a yearling in 2005.

All told, there were 2,613 foals from the In Reality male line, and they sold for a maverage of 156.89 (compared to the overall maverage of 163.11) and a Price Index of 0.96 (1.00 being average). Included among those 2,631 foals were 91 stakes winners (including the three mentioned above), which is 3.48%, just above the overall figure of 3.39%. Those 91 stakes winners averaged 581 Performance Points apiece, just below the overall average of 608.

So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 2,613 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.98, just above their Price Index of 0.96. So they sold for prices about 4% below average and produced results about 2% below average. That merits a solid “B” in terms of a letter grade (thanks mainly to Tiznow, I strongly suspect).

In Reality was in the same crop as Dr. Fager and Damascus (all three were foals of 1964). Damascus still has something of a male line extant, including Gayego (2,851 Performance Points). Gayego was by Gilded Time (by Timeless Moment, by Damascus) out of Devils Lake, by Lost Code, and sold for $32,000 as a yearling in 2006.

All told, there were 1,582 foals from the Damascus male line, and they sold pretty cheap, for a maverage of 100.57 and a Price Index of 0.62. Included among those 1,582 foals were 31 stakes winners, including Gayego, which is 1.96%, well below the overall figure of 3.39%. Those 31 stakes winners averaged 621 Performance Points apiece, slightly above the overall average of 608.

So these 1,582 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.59, not far below their Price Index of 0.62. So they sold for prices about 38% below average and achieved results about 41% below average. As the old expression goes, you got pretty much what you paid for from the male lines of both In Reality and Damascus.

Buckpasser was a foal of 1963 and hence only a year older than In Reality, Damascus, and Dr. Fager. Buckpasser still has something of a male line extant, witness 2010 champion sprinter Big Drama (by Montbrook, by Buckaroo, by Buckpasser). Alas, Big Drama was not sold at public auction and hence is not included in the following figures.

All told, there were 1,480 foals from the Buckpasser male line, and they sold for a maverage of 141.05 and a Price Index of 0.86. Included among those 1,480 foals were 29 stakes winners (1.96%, well below the overall figure of 3.39%). Those 29 stakes winners averaged only 547 Performance Points apiece, well below the overall average of 608.

So these 1,480 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.52, well below their Price Index of 0.86. They sold for prices about 14% below average and produced results about 48% below average. Even if Big Drama had been counted among their stakes winners, the PPI for this group still would have been only 0.69, still well below its Price Index of 0.86. The best I can give this group in terms of a letter grade is a “D.”

Blushing Groom is another miscellaneous male line, and it had pretty good results, producing six stakes winners with 2,000+ Performance Points: Gladiatorus (5,242), champion sprinter Benny the Bull (3,953), Rio de La Plata (3,505), Zanjero (2,521), champion two-year-old War Pass (2,383), and Jeranimo (2,058).

Gladiatorus was by Silic out of Gmaasha, by Kris, and sold for $8,000 as a yearling in 2006. Silic was by Sillery, by Blushing Groom.

Benny the Bull was by Lucky Lionel out of Comet Cat, by Birdonthewire, and sold for $38,000 as a yearling in 2004. Lucky Lionel was by Mt. Livermore, by Blushing Groom.

Rio de La Plata was by Rahy out of Express Way, by Ahmad, and sold for $65,000 as a weanling in 2005 and for $75,000 as a yearling in 2006. Rahy was by Blushing Groom.

Zanjero was by Cherokee Run out of Checkered Flag, by A.P. Indy, and sold for $700,000 as a yearling in 2005. War Pass was by Cherokee Run out of Vue, by Mr. Prospector, and sold for $180,000 as a yearling in 2006. Cherokee Run was Runaway Groom, by Blushing Groom.

Jeranimo was by Congaree out of Jera, by Jeblar, and sold for $50,000 as a yearling in 2007 and for $70,000 as a two-year-old in 2008. Congaree was by Arazi, by Blushing Groom.

All told, there were 2,440 foals from the Blushing Groom male line, and they sold for a maverage of 171.56 and a Price Index of 1.05. Included among those 2,440 foals were 81 stakes winners (including the six mentioned above), which is 3.32%, just a tad below the overall figure of 3.39%. Those 81 stakes winners were a pretty good group, averaging 721 Performance Points apiece, well above the overall average of 608.

So these 2,440 foals had a PPI (result) of 1.16, which compares favorably with their Price Index of 1.05. They sold for prices about 5% above average and produced results about 16% above average. That deserves at least a “B+” in terms of a letter grade.

Blushing Groom was by Red God, by Nasrullah, whose male line is still extant of course, mainly through Bold Ruler. There were 2,260 foals from the Nasrullah male line (NOT through Bold Ruler or Blushing Groom). Many of these 2,260 foals were from the male line of Caro (by Fortino II, by Grey Sovereign, by Nasrullah). Indian Charlie was by In Excess, by Siberian Express, by Caro, who also sired Cozzene (leading sire of 1996 and sire of Alphabet Soup, Mizzen Mast, et al.).

These 2,260 foals sold for a maverage of 128.07 and a Price Index of 0.79. Included among these 2,260 foals were 62 stakes winners (none with 2,000+ Performance Points), which is 2.74%, below the overall figure of 3.39%. These 62 stakes winners averaged 579 Performance Points apiece, below the overall average of 608.

These 2,260 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.77, just a tad below their Price Index of 0.79. So they sold for prices about 21% below average and achieved results about 23% below average.

To recapitulate, the male lines of In Reality, Damascus, and Nasrullah posted results that pretty much mirrored their prices. Buckpasser was not good at all. Blushing Groom was pretty good. To repeat myself, the results for Nasrullah above do NOT include foals from the Blushing Groom or Bold Ruler male lines. This series will conclude next time out with Bold Ruler, Seattle Slew, and A.P. Indy.

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