The Danzig Dynasty

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  1. Jack,

    Excellent post. I agree about the Danzig-Danehill line and I think HS will be very influential as a sire. Even though he liked the dirt, he was undefeated on polytrack (both wins were at 9 furlongs), where he displayed an ability to rate on or off the lead and a strong finishing kick. It think that came from his turf pedigree. Remember, based on his pedigree, Jones originally said he thought he better run HS’s maiden on turf at 1 mile. Then they turned him loose on dirt and he blew past Jones’s best grade 1 filly sprinters (like Wildcat Betty B) and the rest is history. I also think BB shows us a bit of what HS’s offspring may do. Boundary was a fast son of Danzig, who was a sprinter who never had a chance to win at routes due to bad knees. BB was a beast on turf and dirt. Remember that 12 length maiden romp on turf at 8.5 furlongs. And BB’ s Florida Derby and Ky Derby were record setting…

    HS, as you know, was so sound and fit that his monthly vet bills were hundreds less than most other 3 year olds. Can you imagine a colt with BB’s talent and HS’s speed, heart and soundness? We just may get one.

  2. Jack – you may well be on the right track and we Aussies are fortunate to have Hard Spun joining us on the shuttle. We have been enjoying the benefits of what I call the Danehill revolution for some time as he had an immediate impact here with his first crop.
    Interestingly European breeders took a liitle longer to warm to the great horse but are now going to benefit from the recently retired champions from his last few European crops.
    What I find most interesting though is the fact that he has been so overlooked by USA breeders and stud farms. Forget about his racecourse performance and his ability to sire turf runners. Instead look at his pedigree. By Danzig out of a His Majesty mare and inbred to the dam of Northern Dancer. Can you get any more Yankee Doodle Dandy than that?
    The Danzig line has done well here too, but to give you an idea of the dominant influence Danehill exerts on our bloodlines, just consider that out of 273 stallions in the Australian section on our website no less than 83 horses or 30.4% of the total are sons, grandsons, or great grandsons of Danehill.
    Andrew Reichard

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