By Elaine Belval Reina Cross won the Criterium Aretuseo II in Italy on the first of December. She is by the Italian stallion Reinaldo, who is a graded stakes-placed son of Green Desert. What makes Reina Cross especially interesting is that her dam, Starry Cross, is by Cape Cross, another son of Green Desert. Reina … Continue reading Green Desert’s legacy
By Elaine Belval Cape Cross, a son of the Danzig sire Green Desert out of champion juvenile filly Park Appeal, has been in the news quite a lot over the last few years. First there was his great filly Ouija Board, winner of two Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf races. And then in 2009, … Continue reading Cape Cross puts up numbers
By Jack Werk We at Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. track sire data from around the world, and it’s one of the edges we have in being able to anticipate developing trends. For example, earlier this year, in an April 23 post, I wrote: “It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on here in … Continue reading Silence is Golden (for the West!)
By Jack Werk I’ve been saying for several years now that Danzig is the most influential sire line worldwide, because of Danehill’s influence in both Europe and Australia and Green Desert’s influence in Europe. Danehill, of course, has become the most dominant sire line in Australia since Sir Tristram. Lately, the Green Desert branch of … Continue reading The Danzig Dynasty
By Jack Werk Some of you might have thought that I’d gone “over the top” in my last post by calling Rachel Alexandra and European 3-year-old sensation Sea the Stars two of the “greats.” Well, in this country, you’d have to be in daze to think that Rachel isn’t one of the greats – I … Continue reading Sea the “Super” Stars!
By Jack Werk How about that Rachel Alexandra? I try not to go “over the top” in praise of a horse, but this very special 3-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, in my book, became the greatest filly I’ve seen in my lifetime – and that includes Ruffian! It takes a special filly to win the … Continue reading Sea Rachel Run!
What a week it’s been with things going on all over the place! Before I get to my post today (which is on Tapit), I need to send congratulations to the Irish National Stud for its role in the pedigree of today’s Epsom Derby winner Sea the Stars (Click here to view pedigree)! Click here … Continue reading KY’s young guns Medaglia d’Oro & Tapit shoot it out for No. 1!
Just recently I wrote a post on the Green Desert sire line in Europe (“One of the biggest sire-line developments of recent times is the growing influence of sons of Green Desert”), and the point was driven home Saturday in the “other” major classic of the day, the G1 2000 Guineas in England. As everyone … Continue reading Urban Sea – Broodmare to the Stars!