My pedigree quiz proved to be quite popular. Thank you all for considering it.
The correct answer to the quiz was that all three stakes winners had the same ninth dam, La Troienne (LT). All three were from pretty obscure branches of the LT female line as well. Their fifth dams were Stolen Scepter, Court Jestress, and Miz Seabird. Those three names are not nearly as recognizable as Numbered Account, Straight Deal, and Regal Gleam, for example.
If you are a worshiper of “Saint” LT, you might conclude that this is “proof” of her puissance. Even the most obscure branches of the LT female line are still producing stakes winners as good as champion Judy the Beauty.
It is true that even the most obscure branches of the LT female line are still producing stakes winners as good as Judy the Beauty. Alas, that does not “prove” anything. In order to evaluate the LT female line rationally, you need to know all her foals and all her stakes winners from a (large) given population.
Listed below are the 34 stakes winners from the LT female line found among sales foals of 2008-2111. Listed for each stakes winner is its name, pedigree (sire–dam, broodmare sire, fifth dam), sales information, and the number of Performance Points it earned. The stakes winners are listed in descending order (best ones first, beginning with Judy the Beauty). Discussion resumes at the end of this list.
Judy the Beauty (Ghostzapper–Holy Blitz, Holy Bull, Stolen Scepter), 10Y20,000, 3,262 Performance Points.
Comma to the Top (Bwana Charlie–Maggies Storm, Stormy Atlantic, Court Jestress), 08W5,000, 2,949.
Revolutionary (War Pass–Runup the Colors, A.P. Indy, So Chic), 11Y80,000, 2,053.
Sabercat (Bluegrass Cat–Miner’s Blessing, Forty Niner, Vowed), 10Y120,000, 1,199.
Forest Mouse (Teton Forest–Fast Mouse, Fast Play, Bushfield), 09Y1,200, 1,101.
Dance Card (Tapit–Tempting Note, Editor’s Note, Lovely League), 10Y67,000, 1,002.
Fly Lexis Fly (Badge of Silver–Becky Loves Silver, Silver Charm, Best Side), 10Y5,000, 959.
Aegean (Northern Afleet–Apt to Star, Aptitude, Be Merry), 08Y70,000, 730.
Pacific Ocean (Ghostzapper–Miss Salsa, Unbridled, Intriguing), 08Y300,000, 645.
Rattlesnake Bridge (Tapit–Prall Street, Cherokee Run, Stealaway), 10T450,000, 619.
Picko’s Pride (Cactus Ridge–Cayce Lady, Wavering Monarch, Bushfield), 09Y10,000, 549.
Castaway (Street Sense–Priceless Storm, Storm Cat, Searching), 10Y435,000, 542.
Sheriff Pete (Mineshaft–Siempre Lista, Unbridled’s Song, Good Landing), 11Y11,000, 500.
Tizahit (Tiznow–Never a No Hitter, Kris S., Bases Full), 08Y185,000, 495.
Seruni (Saint Liam–Lady Melesi, Colonial Affair, Allemande), 08Y145,000, 454.
Sky Captain (Sky Mesa–Anchors Away, Smarty Jones, Straight Deal), 11Y210,000, 434.
Thunder Moccasin (A. P. Warrior–One Stormy Mama, Storm Cat, Foreseer), 09W35,000, 414.
Hakeem (Harlan’s Holiday–Michigan Bluff, Skywalker, Regal Gleam), 11W35,000, 400.
Captain Genius (Simon Pure–Shiny Happy Groovy, Groovy, Bridal Flower), 09W15,000, 391.
Chocolate Ride (Candy Ride–Heatherdoesntbluff, Old Trieste, Idle Gleam), 11Y260,000, 362.
Touch Magic (Lion Heart–Unifier, Deputy Minister, Finance), 11Y25,000, 344.
More Than Love (More Than Ready–I’m in Love, Zafonic, Intriguing), 10Y130,000, 328.
Ten Thirty (Corinthian–Julie’s Touch, Touch Gold, Stolen Scepter), 10W10,000, 315.
Just Got In (Songandaprayer–Imastorming, Hennessy, Besieged), 10W10,000, 301.
Persuasive Paul (Olmodavor–Witch of the Air, Lure, Processional), 11Y2,000, 292.
Doc Hay (Elusive Quality–Coherent, Danzig, Finance), 08Y165,000, 288.
Helen Belen (Five Star Day–Waterford Express, Cherokee Run, Admiring), 08Y8,000, 282.
Defy Gravity (Bandini–Quickest, Forest Wildcat, Numbered Account), 09W2,500, 271.
Master Dunker (Imperialism–Finding Bucks, Buckfinder, Striking), 08W2,200, 266.
Smartys Emperoress (Holy Roman Emperor–I’ll Get Along, Smile, Striking), 09Y50,000, 231.
Breathless Storm (Storm Cat–Takesmybreathaway, Gone West, Intriguing), 09Y300,000, 202.
Luke of York (Put It Back–Gion, Meadow Monster, Miz Seabird), 11T23,000, 200.
Risky Call (Notional–Judith’s Gamble, Prospectors Gamble, Resourceful), 10W6,000, 184.
El Flaco (Quarry–Get Up, Prenup, Businesslike), 08Y2,100, 182.
I added the fifth dams to the pedigree information to show the variety of branches of LT involved. And there was quite a bit of variety. The 34 stakes winners had 28 different fifth dams. Intriguing showed up three times. Striking, Finance, Bushfield, and Stolen Scepter showed up twice each. The remaining 23 stakes winners had 23 different fifth dams.
Of course identifying stakes winners is just the first step. The next step is to identify all other foals in this population (sales foals of 2008-2111) tracing to LT in the female line.
Here is the battle plan. Tomorrow I will post sales foals of 2008, Thursday sales foals of 2009, Friday sales foals of 2010, and Saturday sales foals of 2011.
On Sunday I will post prices and results for all foals and tell you exactly how LT fared this time around (as compared to the last time I did this exercise, for sales foals of 2003-2007). I am also contemplating some foolosophical BS about the nature of male lines versus the nature of female lines for Sunday. I hope you will find all this at least somewhat amusing and enlightening.