Just as Alcibiades was the foundation mare of Beaumont Farm, Myrtlewood was the foundation mare of Spendthrift Farm. And the female family of Myrtlewood is the subject of this post.
Listed below are the 20 stakes winners among these 70,714 sales foal of 2003-2007 who trace in their female lines to Myrtlewood. The format was explained last time out. Discussion begins at the end of the list.
Icy Atlantic (1,894, Stormy Atlantic–Frosty Promise, Frosty the Snowman, 8th, Crepe Myrtle). $80,000 as a two-year-old in 2003.
Zensational (1,869, Unbridled’s Song–Joke, Phone Trick, 9th, Durazna). $20,000 as a yearling in 2007 and $700,000 as a two-year-old in 2008.
Wild Promises (1,500, Wild Event–Frosty Promise, Frosty the Snowman, 8th, Crepe Myrtle). $75,000 as a two-year-old in 2006.
Notional (1,433, In Excess–Truly Blessed, French Deputy, 7th, Durazna). $77,000 as a yearling in 2005 and $235,000 as a two-year-old in 2006.
Nasheej (1,047, Swain–El Nafis, Kingmambo, 7th, Crepe Myrtle). $44,000 as a yearling in 2004.
Nothing But Fun (956, Dixie Union–Zepa, Theatrical, 6th, Durazna). $150,000 as a yearling in 2003.
Golden Spikes (791, Seeking the Gold–A. P. Interest, A.P. Indy, 7th, Miss Dogwood). $250,000 as a yearling in 2006.
Prom Shoes (685, Include–Pink Shoes, Phone Trick, 8th, Durazna). $50,000 as a yearling in 2005.
Reb (550, Stormy Atlantic–Sweet Baby Jane, Kingmambo, 8th, Crepe Myrtle). $75,000 as a yearling in 2007 and $100,000 as a two-year-old in 2008.
Black Bar Spin (478, Put It Back–Pleasant Dixie, Dixieland Band, 8th, Crepe Myrtle). $230,000 as a yearling in 2004.
Clearly Foxy (440, Volponi–Sermon, Pulpit, 9th, Durazna). $50,000 as a yearling in 2006 and $40,000 as a two-year-old in 2007.
Fiery Lake (398, Devil His Due–Sweet and Dandee, Pass the Line, 7th, Crepe Myrtle). $25,000 as a yearling in 2006.
Startjumpin Marnie (318, Jump Start–La Illuminada, Langfuhr, 9th, Durazna). $21,000 as a yearling in 2006.
Wind in My Wings (235, Sligo Bay–Sly Butterfly, Pulpit, 8th, Miss Dogwood). $100,000 as a two-year-old in 2007.
Two Nickel Bud (225, Fast Play–Sunny Black, Sunny’s Halo, 6th, Crepe Myrtle). $3,300 as a weanling in 2006 and $15,000 as a two-year-old in 2008.
Minnetonka Mist (167, Benchmark–Louisiana Flash, Future Hope, 6th, Miss Dogwood). $23,000 as a yearling in 2007.
Cinnamon Charlie (165, Indian Charlie–This One’s for Us, Cox’s Ridge, 7th, Crepe Myrtle). $17,000 as a yearling in 2004 and $25,000 as a two-year-old in 2005.
Congo Kaye (164, Congaree–Palau, Kingmambo, 8th, Crepe Myrtle). $45,000 as a yearling in 2007.
Sirrah (156, Broken Vow–Missy Dear, Deerhound, 6th, Spring Beauty). $25,000 as a weanling in 2006 and $180,000 as a yearling in 2007.
Lucky Halo (122, Brahms–Santo Mio, Southern Halo, 9th, Crepe Myrtle). $4,700 as a yearling in 2007.
Myrtlewood was a 1932 filly by Blue Larkspur out of Frizeur (dam of three other stakes winners), by Sweeper. Myrtlewood posted a record of 22-15-4-2 for earnings of $40,620 (SSI of 22.93). She was champion sprinter and champion handicap mare of 1936. Her 15 wins included nine stakes victories.
Myrtlewood produced 11 foals, eight starters, five winners, and two stakes winners: Miss Dogwood (1939 filly by Bull Dog) and Durazna (1941 filly by Bull Lea, a son of Bull Dog).
Miss Dogwood produced nine foals, all starters, seven winners, and three stakes winners: Sequence (1946 filly by Count Fleet), Bernwood (1948 colt by Bernborough), and Bella Figura (1949 filly by Count Fleet).
Bella Figura produced no stakes winners, but Sequence did carry on. The latter produced eight foals, all winners, and three stakes winners: Noorsaga (1953 gelding by Noor), Hermod (1956 gelding by Royal Charger), and Gold Digger (1962 filly by Nashua).
Gold Digger produced 11 foals, seven starters, all winners, including three stakes winners: Mr. Prospector (1970 colt by Raise a Native), Gold Standard (1971 colt by Sea-Bird), and Lillian Russell (1977 filly by Prince John).
Mr. Prospector is obviously by far the biggest name of all the ones mentioned in the last few paragraphs. He needs no introduction. But only three of the 20 stakes winners listed above trace to Myrtlewood through Miss Dogwood.
Durazna produced no stakes winners herself, but six of the 20 stakes winners listed above trace to Myrtlewood through Durazna. Eleven of the 20 stakes winners listed above trace to Myrtlewood through daughters who were not stakes winners.
One of those daughters was Spring Beauty, a 1944 filly by Sir Gallahad III out of Myrtlewood. Spring Beauty posted a record of 3-2-1-0 for earnings of $5,150 (SSI of 5.9). She is the ancestress of one of the 20 stakes winners listed above (Sirrah).
Ten of the 20 stakes winners listed above trace to Myrtlewood through Crepe Myrtle, a 1938 filly by Equipoise out of Myrtlewood who posted a record of 4-1-1-1 for earnings of $950 (SSI of 2.12). Crepe Myrtle produced eight foals, six starters, and four winners, inckuding stakes winner Myrtle Charm (1946 filly by Alsab). Myrtle Charm produced nine foals, seven runners, and six winners, including stakes winner Myrtle’s Jet (1952 filly by Jet Pilot).
Myrtle Charm also produced Fair Charmer, a 1959 filly by Jet Action (by Jet Pilot) who posted a record of 4-1-0-0 for earnings of $2,600 (SSI of 2.33). Fair Charmer produced six foals, five starters, all winners, including Fair Grounds Oaks winner My Charmer (1969 filly by Poker). My Charmer produced 12 foals, eight starters, six winners, and four stakes winners, including Seattle Slew. That name ought to be nearly as familiar to most people as that of Mr. Prospector.
So as the ancestress of both Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew in the female line, Myrtlewood has some claim to distinction. And indeed the female line of Myrtlewood remains very popular and commercially viable today, witness the 20 stakes winners listed above.
I found 481 foals among these sales foals of 2003-007 tracing to Myrtlewood in the female line. They ranged from the fifth through the tenth generations (Myrtlewood as their fifth through tenth dams). The 20 stakes winners ranged from the sixth through the ninth generations (Myrtlewood as their sixth through ninth dams).
These 481 foals were not exactly cheap, selling for a gross of $31,688,201, an average of $65,880 (well above the overall average of $54,140), a maverage of 167.23 (only slightly above the overall maverage of 163.11), and a Price Index of 1.03. Four of them sold for individual prices of $3,000,000, $2,700,000, $1,500,000, and $1,100,000.
So they sold for prices above average and should have produced results above average as well. They did produce results above average.
Twenty stakes winners from 481 foals is 4.16% (well above the overall figure of 3.39%). Those 20 stakes winners were pretty good too, collectively averaging 680 Performance Points apiece (well above the overall average of 608).
So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 481 foals had a PPI (result) of 1.37, which compares quite favorably with their Price Index of 1.03. They sold for prices about 3% above average and produced results about 37% above average.
And they accomplished this without the benefit of any single MONSTER stakes winner. Icy Atlantic was the best with 1,894 Performance Points, followed by Zensational with 1,869. So anyway you look at it, that deserves an “A” in terms of a letter grade.
I tip my cap to Myrtlewood for maintaining a positive “influence” after all these years and all these generations. You do not see it happen very often.