For chef-de-race aficionado’s who may have missed Dr. Steven Roman’s recent appointment, Rainbow Quest has been made a Classic/Solid chef-de-race.
Coincidentally, WTC has just added three new Quality chefs to their list of breed-shaping stallions. They are:
SOUTHERN HALO – Considered by many as Argentina’s greatest modern stallion, he has sired more than 140 stakes winners to date. Just like “horses for courses,” there are “stallions for regions,” and American-bred Southern Halo turned out to be a perfect fit for Argentina. After so much success in South America, he was brought to America in 1996 and stood at Ashford Stud for six years, but only sired 10 unrestricted stakes winners. While he wasn’t as compatible with American bloodstock, he did leave his mark through his son More Than Ready, who is on his way to becoming a major stallion. In fact, with 12 SWs in 2006, he is just one behind this year’s leading sires of unrestricted SWs – Distorted Humor and Giant’s Causeway.
With the appointment of Southern Halo to Quality chef status, More Than Ready now contributes 24 total points to his offspring, the most possible for a stallion who is not himself a chef, and a total that more accurately reflects More Than Ready’s success.
CANDY STRIPES – While not in the same league as Southern Halo, Candy Stripes has been a very successful stallion in Argentina, siring over 50 SWs to date. He, too, had a stint in America, standing at Taylor Made Farm for four years, but with even less success than Southern Halo. However, some of his South American imports have made their mark on racing here. They include 2005 Eclipse Champion Turf Male Leroidesanimaux, and 2006 racing sensation Invasor, winner of three G1’s this year. If he wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Invasor will become Champion Older Male and probably Horse of the Year. Candy Stripes is also the broodmare sire of Argentine Champion Miler Candy Ride, who came to America and set a NTR winning the G1 Pacific Classic in 1:59 flat.
CRIMSON SATAN – Here is an old-timer who’s been an important speed influence on the breed. He can be found in the pedigrees of America’s premier stallion Storm Cat , as well as Mt. Livermore, Pioneering, and Royal Academy, to name a few. With the elevation of Crimson Satan to Quality chef status, Storm Cat now contributes 38 out of a possible 40 points to his offspring. This is what you’d expect from America’s best.