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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
June 2010 36 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW ESTABLISHED by Grant Irvine on the outskirts of Palmerston North in 2003, Dalacine Farm has a philosophy of standing tried stallions. The ill- fated Gone For Real, who boasted stakes-winning progeny in the United States before his brief New Zealand career, was their first venture. He was followed by current resident Helmsman, a Gr. 1 winning son of El Gran Senor who also began his career in America where he has enjoyed Listed success. This season Helmsman will be joined by Indy King, whose first three US crops number stakes winners Indy Joe, Mindy Queen and the Gr. 1 placed Panhandler. Purchased by Adena Springs' Frank Stronach for $US2.2 million as a yearling, Indy King is out of the Mr Prospector mare Queena and is a half-brother to Gr. 1 winner and sire Brahms. Unraced due to injury, he is by AP Indy who has made a major international impact as a sire of sires. Sons Pulpit, Malibu Moon and Mineshaft, who are bred on the same AP Indy-Mr Prospector cross as Indy King have all made their mark. Indygo Shiner and the ill- fated Camden Park have had great success in Argentina and South Africa respectively while he is now represented in Australia by triple Gr. 1 winner Bernardini. "Grant Irvine's Dalacine Farm is fortunate to have secured a sire prospect as exciting as Indy King for New Zealand. In keeping with the stud's philosophy to stand proven sires Indy King is the perfect replacement for Gone For Real, who died unexpectedly in 2009," Dalacine's Henri Jooste said. With every major stud farm in the US wanting to stand at least one son or grandson of AP Indy, Dalacine Farm had to stave off a determined bid by other interested parties to secure Indy King. Jooste is confident Indy King will be the ideal consort for New Zealand-bred mares. "His sire AP Indy is a half-brother to former shuttle sire Honor Grades and to Summer Squall, the sire of Postponed," he said. "Their dam is blue hen Weekend Surprise, a daughter of Secretariat, and is inbred to the marvellous Somethingroyal. These pedigree connections set Indy King up to be particularly suited for mares with Sir Tristram blood in their make-up. Also, being Northern Dancer free makes him an ideal outcross particularly for mares by Danehill or his sons." Indy King's associate sire Helmsman began his New Zealand stud career at Dalacine in 2008 after a successful racing career. He was a winner and stakes placed in England as a juvenile and also finished runner-up in the Gr. 3 Railway Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. He then went to America where he won a further five races, including the Gr. 1 Strub Stakes, the Gr. 2 San Fernando Stakes and the Gr. 3 Volante Handicap. Successful from 1200 to 2000 metres, Helmsman further posted Gr. 1 placings in the Hollywood Derby, Hollywood Gold Cup, Californian Stakes and the Woodbine Mile. Retired to stud in America in 1998, he has left a number of stakes winners, including Rare Friends, Guiding Hand, Knight Of Darkness and Emerald Earrings. INDY KING NEW STALLIONS FOR 2010 Nasrullah 9-c Segula 3-m Bold Ruler 8-d Alanesian 4-m Klairon 1-w Mormyne 13-d Rough'n Tumble 1-o Aspidistra 1-r Wild Risk 3-f Aimee 22-d Nasrullah 9-c Spring Run 8-c Count Fleet 6-a Miss Dogwood 13-c Case Ace 1-k Lady Glory 8-f Polynesian 14-a Geisha 5-f Sir Gaylord 2-s Missy Baba 3-l Tom Fool 3-j Busanda 1-s Princequillo 1-b Imperatrice 2-s Nasrullah 9-c Miss Disco 8-d Hail to Reason 4-n Sailing Home 1-k Jet Action 1-s Myrtle Charm 13-c Round Table 2-f Glamour 1-s APIndy Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning Boldnesian Reason to Earn Poker Fair Charmer Bold Ruler Somethingroyal Buckpasser Gay Missile Native Dancer Raise You Nashua Sequence Red Gold Runaway Bride Dr Fager Monade My Charmer Secretariat Lassie Dear Raise a Native Gold Digger Blushing Groom Remedia Weekend Surprise Mr Prospector Too Chic Queena INDY KING (USA) CHESTNUT 1999 US STUD RECORD 66 runners, 42 winners, 122 wins, 2 SW, 1 SP, $US2.4m+, inc. MINDY QUEEN (06f, Awesome Again, Strawberry Road). 9 wins-3 at 2-at 6f, 1m to 2010, Assiniboia Oaks, L, Prairie Meadows Prairie Rose S., L, 2d Turfway Wishing Well S., L. INDY JOE (05c, Holy Bull, Turn and Count). 3 wins-1 at 2-at 6f, 6½f, Monmouth Rumson S., L, 2d Philadelphia Philmont S., L, 3d Monmouth Jersey Shore S., Gr.3, Select S., L, Meadowlands NATC Futurity, L, 4th Pimlico Hirsch Jacobs S., Gr.3. Pleasant Prince (07c, Pleasant Tap, Stately Don). Winner at 2 in 2009, US$224,398, 2d Gulfstream Florida Derby, Gr.1, 3d Churchill Downs Derby Trial S., Gr.3, 4th Gulfstream Fountain of Youth S., Gr.2.
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