Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Renowned pedigree analyst Sid Fernando strongly recommended the Sadler’s Wells line and Perfect Soul in particular, as bloodlines that are needed more in North America.
Writing in the Thoroughbred Times Today, Fernando decried the lack of stamina in North American breeding, and commended Charles Fipke for his prescience in standing a son of Sadler’s Wells on this Continent. Noting that Sadler’s Wells was represented by eight of 13 runners in the Epsom Derby (G1), including the 1-2 finishers, Fernando wrote:
“The vast influence of Sadler’s Wells, a son of the Canadian bred 1964 Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, has been evident throughout the current European classic season...we breed mainly for speed up to 1 1/8 miles on dirt in the U.S. We, however, could use more stamina here, and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom’s all-foreign pedigree is a case in point that turf form and stamina can and do translate to dirt with the right horse.”
Fernando continued, “North America and Europe have an intertwined history of exchanging bloodlines through the decades as lines ebb and flow—Northern Dancer was ours, Nasrullah was theirs—and it’s time we tried more Sadler’s Wells horses here. Two Canadians, Frank Stronach and Charles Fipke, have had a hand in the line’s limited but recent North American classic successes. Fipke’s homebred Not Bourbon, a son of the unraced Sadler’s Wells sire Not Impossible (Ire), became the first North American classic winner for the line when he won the 2008 Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine. In 2009, Medaglia d’Oro’s daughter Rachel Alexandra became the second with her Preakness Stakes (G1) victory. Medaglia d’Oro’s sire, El Prado (Ire), had been imported from Europe by Stronach and became the first Sadler’s Wells son in the Northern Hemisphere to transition successfully to dirt. Not Impossible’s full brother, Fipke’s Perfect Soul (Ire), was responsible for the 2009 Breeders’ Stakes winner Perfect Shower and his son Check Your Soul is a favorite for the Queen’s Plate this year. This is a line with a future here.”