Sky Kingdom

Sky Kingdom


Empire Maker / Sky Beam, by Kingmambo, 2009, B
Fee: $2,500 S&N
Sky Kingdom


  • "They all have a real pretty shape and are beautiful moving horses... When you see their shape, you’re not surprised how quick they are.” - Ciaran Dunne, TDN
  • 18 winners in 3 countries in 2020, including G2-placed Duniverse; stakes-placed MAYAN SKY; Australasia, debut MdSpWt winner at Fair Grounds; Chez Paree, 4-length allowance winner at Gulfstream Park West; winners at Aqueduct, Fair Grounds, Woodbine, Gulfstream, Laurel, Oaklawn,  etc.
  • First-crop led by WRECKING CREW, an $875,000 F-T Gulfstream 2YO purchase, debut MdSpWt winner at Del Mar, and placed in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) & Del Mar Futurity (G1)
  • A multiple Graded stakes winner and California track record-setter by sire of sires EMPIRE MAKER
  • Classic-distance racehorse with victories in the Tokyo City H. (G3) twice and placed behind Game On Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1)
  • Set a NTR at Los Alamitos while impressively winning the American Flag S. in 1:42.32 for 1 1/16 miles on dirt
  • Precocious 2YO: finished in the money in the CashCall Futurity (G1)
  • Recorded Beyer speed figures of 104102101, etc.
  • One of EMPIRE MAKER’s best-looking sons and his ONLY son standing in Kentucky 
  • Out of the KINGMAMBO mare SKY BEAM, a full sister to G1-placed stakes winner MAMBO IN SEATTLE
  • From the direct family of preeminent sire of sires A.P. INDY—third dam is blue hen WEEKEND SURPRISE

By Alan Porter – Sky Kingdom is a track-record breaking multiple graded stakes winner. He is by Empire Maker, a classic winner, an outstanding sire, and now through Pioneerof the Nile and Bodemeister, a classic sire of sires. Sky Kingdom’s dam is a sister to a grade one sire; three-quarters sister to Champion and prolific graded stakes sire Lemon Drop Kid; and is out of a classic placed sister to A.P. Indy.

Empire Maker has enjoyed considerable success when crossed over mares from the male line of Seattle Slew, the sire of Sky Kingdom’s second dam. That mare is a sister to A.P. Indy – the broodmare of Empire Maker’s Champion Royal Delta – and breeding Sky Kingdom to mares by sons and grandsons of that sire appeals. A.P. Indy sons Pulpit (sire of Tapit – who is particular interesting here – as well as Sky Mesa and Stroll), Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Congrats and Flatter (broodmare sire of a Bodemeister stakes winner), are all out of mares by Mr. Prospector, giving a reverse cross to the dam of Sky Kingdom. Other sons of A.P. Indy include Bernardini (who gives inbreeding to Fappiano through the similarly-bred Unbridled and Quiet American, and is broodmare sire of a Pioneerof the Nile graded winner), Jump Start (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by a son of Empire Maker), Golden Missile, Old Trieste (broodmare sire of an Empire Maker stakes winner), Indygo Shiner (who gives inbreeding to the family of Empire Maker), Majestic Warrior (out of a Mr. Prospector line mare) and Stephen Got Even. From other branches of the Seattle Slew line, Empire Maker has sired grade one winner Last Full Measure out of a mare by Slewvescent; grade one winner Country Star out of a mare by Metfield; and graded stakes winner Imposing Grace out of a mare by Gold Legend (a reverse cross to the dam of Sky Kingdom). There is also a grade two placed performer by Empire Maker out of a mare by Boston Harbor (by Seattle Slew son, Capote, also sire of Matty G, and grandsire of Mayakovsky).

Considering the Northern Dancer line, Empire Maker has been exceptionally strong with mares from the Danzig branch, siring grade one winner Acoma out of a mare by Danzig himself; grade two winners Frivolous, Brooch and Acting Happy out of mares by Belong to Me, Pine Bluff and Dansili (by Danehill, who is himself broodmare sire of an Empire Maker stakes winner and would fit well here); and graded stakes winner Keri Belle out of a mare by Polish Numbers. Mares carrying Danzig son, Honor Grades, would give inbreeding to Sky Kingdom’s family. Other sources of Danzig include Boundary (sire of Big Brown), Danzig Connection, Langfuhr, Ascot Knight, Dayjur, War Chant, Hard Spun, Exchange Rate and War Front (who gives an appealing inbreeding to Fappiano).

Empire Maker has grade one winner Emollient out of a mare by Touch Gold (by Deputy Minister), and there is a stakes winner by Empire Maker’s son, Pioneerof the Nile out of a mare by the same horse. This would suggest considering mares by such as Awesome Again (whose son, Ghostzapper, is broodmare sire of a graded stakes winner by Pioneerof the Nile, and who is also sire of Toccet, Daaher and Awesome of Course), Dehere (who has done well under Unbridled line stallions in general, and who is sire of Graeme Hall), Deputy Commander, French Deputy, Salt Lake and Silver Deputy (sire of Posse, Badge of Silver and Spring At Last).

The cross of Empire Maker and sons over mares descending from Northern Dancer through Storm Cat has been a very productive one with Triple Crown winning Champion American Pharoah by Pioneerof the Nile out of a mare by Storm Cat son Yankee Gentleman and Champion Two-Year-Old Classic Empire out of a mare by Cat Thief. Empire Maker also has grade one winners In Lingerie and Bodemeister out of mares by Storm Cat himself; graded stakes winner Magical Feel out of a mare by Forestry (sire of Discreet Cat and Shackleford, who would give an interesting inbreeding to Unbridled); and a stakes winner out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway (a brother to Freud, and sire of First Samurai). Other Storm Cat sources include Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Henny Hughes; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Harlan’s Holiday (sire of Into Mischief), Forest Wildcat (who would be interesting through Wildcat Heir), Stormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever (who both give inbreeding to Tapiture’s male line ancestor Seattle Slew), Bluegrass Cat (who gives linebreeding to A.P. Indy and a sister), Mountain Cat, Storm Boot and Sir Cat. A three-quarters relative to Storm Cat, Summer Squall, also gives inbreeding to the family of Sky Kingdom, and is sire of Charismatic.

Empire Maker has a graded stakes winner out a mare who is by Northern Dancer son Dixieland Band, and bred on the same cross as Dixie Union (himself a reverse cross to the dam of Sky Kingdom), making mares by that stallion well worth considering.

Empire Maker has sired two stakes winners out of mares from the Sadler’s Wells branch of Northern Dancer, and Sky Kingdom’s broodmare sire, Kingmambo, has been an exceptional cross with Sadler’s Wells, so this invites mares by El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller), Horse Chestnut and King of Kings.

Sky Kingdom is a Mr. Prospector/Mr. Prospector cross, but those strains will be in the fifth and fourth generation of his offspring, allowing a third cross. From the Mr. Prospector line Empire Maker has four stakes winners, including grade one winner Mushka and grade two winner Battle Plan out of mares by Seeking the Gold (sire of Cape Town and Mutakddim – both parallel Mr. Prospector/Seattle Slew crosses to the dam of Sky Kingdom – and Petionville).

Mr. Prospector is a Raise a Native line stallion, and from the Majestic Prince/Majestic Light branch of that line, Empire Maker has a stakes winner out of a sister to Monarchos (by Marias’s Mon, also sire of Super Saver, who is out of a mare bred on the A.P. Indy/Mr. Prospector cross).

Out of a mare by Know Fact, a son of In Reality, Empire Maker is sire of stakes winner Turn Away, and his son, Pioneerof the Nile, is sire of grade one winner Midnight Storm out of a mare by In Reality line stallion, Bertrando (by Skywalker, and himself sire of Officer). Mares by Tiznow should also work well here. Out of a mare by Holy Bull, a horse carrying many of the Tartan Farm strains found in In Reality, Pioneerof the Nile sired multiple graded stakes winner Cairo Prince. This would encourage trying daughters of Macho Uno, Flashy Bull and Giacomo (half-brother to Empire Maker graded winner Stanwyck).

Empire Maker, Pioneerof the Nile and Bodemeister all have stakes winners out of Blushing Groom line mares, including from daughters of Mt. Livermore and Cherokee Run. It would be possible to introduce Mt. Livermore through Orientate, Housebuster and Peaks and Valleys, and Cherokee Run through Kafwain and Yonaguska (broodmare sire of a Pioneerof the Nile stakes winner).

Empire Maker sired three stakes winners, including grade one scorers Pioneerof the Nile and Icon Project out of mares by Lord at War. Pioneerof the Nile sired graded stake winner Vinceramos out of a mare by More Than Ready, and there is an Empire Maker stakes winner out of a mare by Stop the Music, a horse similarly-bred to More Than Ready’s grandsire, Halo, and himself available through Cure the Blues and American Chance. Empire Maker’s son, Bodemeister, has first crop Kentucky Derby (G1) victor, Always Dreaming, out a mare by In Excess, the sire of Indian Charlie, and grandsire of Uncle Mo.

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b. 1987 [BI]
b. 1977 [IC]
ch. 1981
b. 1989
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b. 1976
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b. 1990 [CS]
b. 1970 [BC]
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b. 1980

Race Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 4 1 0 0 $91,130
3 2 1 0 0 $38,800
4 7 2 (1) 1 (1) 2 (1) $189,672
5 5 1 (1) 1 (1) 0 $92,520
6 3 1 (1) 0 2 (2) $120,000
Totals 21 6 (3) 2 (2) 4 (3) $532,122
Won at 2
  • A maiden special weight race at Hollywood Park (8.5f, defeating Candy’s Jewel, Treacherous, Clearly a Cowboy, Frenemy, Only the Gold).
Won at 3
  • An allowance race at Santa Anita Park (8.5f, defeating Smart Ellis, Spirit Rules, Es Luna)
Won at 4
  • Tokyo City Cup S. at Santa Anita (G3, 12f, by 3 ¾ lengths, defeating Oilisblackgold, Richard’s Kid, Batti Man, Calidoscopio, Dhaamer, Dreamcatcher, Jaycito).
  • An allowance race at Santa Anita Park (8f, defeating Blueskiesnrainbows, Phantom Lover, Castaway, Java Man, Kate’s Event, Gladding)
2nd at 4
  • Cougar II H. at Del Mar (G3, 12f, to Richard’s Kid, defeating Blueskiesnrainbows, Oilisblackgold, Mr T Bird, Majestic Moment, Grandstand).
3rd at 4
  • Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park (G1, 10f, to Game On Dude, Kettle Corn, defeating Clubhouse Ride, Oilisblackgold)
Won at 5
  • American Flag S. at Los Alamitos (8.5f, defeating Handsome Mike, Magic Mark, Old Time Hockey, Huntsville, War Academy)
2nd at 5
  • Cougar II H. at Del Mar (G3, 12f, to Irish Surf, defeating Ice Cream Truck, Bailoutbobby, Layton Register, Old Time Hockey, Lideris, Longview Drive)
Won at 6
  • Tokyo City Cup S. at Santa Anita (G3, 12f, by 5 ¾ lengths, defeating Bailoutbobby, Bronzo, Decisive Edge, Arlington House, Helm)
3rd at 6
  • Brooklyn Inv. at Belmont Park (G2, 12f, to Coach Inge, V. E. Day, defeating Call Me George, Neck ‘n Neck, Wealth to Me, Turco Bravo, Cary Street, Ever Rider, Micromanage, Effinex)
  • Cougar II H. at Del Mar (G3, 12f, to Big John B, Bailoutbobby, defeating Lideris, Cat Burglar)

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