G1 Goldmine
Quality Road / Inventive, by Dixie Union, 2014, B  |  Fee: $10,000 S&N

Quality Road's Fastest G1-Winning 2YO

  • One of America's best 2-year-olds of 2016: Dominant winner of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) by 4 ¼ lengths
  • Ran 7 furlongs in 1:21.80 in the Del Mar Futurity, marking the second fastest time in the prestigious race in a dozen years behind only American Pharoah
  • Earned a 94 Beyer for the performance, faster than other recent Del Mar Futurity winners such as Nyquist, Lookin at Lucky, Midshipman & Stevie Wonderboy — all of which were 2-year-old champions
  • Won the Best Pal S. (G2) at Del Mar by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:16.11, the fastest time since Creative Cause in 2011
  • Named a TDN Rising Star after winning a Santa Anita MdSpWt by 5 ¼ lengths in July of his 2-year-old season
  • Runner-up in the FrontRunner S. (G1) at Santa Anita in first two-turn start
  • At 3: Runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) to Champion 3-Year-Old West Coast, earning a 96 Beyer
  • $435,000 2-year-old purchase by Bob Baffert after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5 at OBS March
  • Out of a stakes-placed Dixie Union mare, 2nd dam is by Storm Cat, 3rd dam is a Graded SW, and 4th dam is G1 winner Fara's Team, dam of CONCERN (G1)
  • Covered 222 mares in his first book — #3 most popular sire of 2018
  • First foals in 2019
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Darby Dan Farm’s Klimt, a Grade 1-winning juvenile by Quality Road, sired his first reported foal on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Britt Wadsworth’s Mahoney Eden Manor in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Darby Dan Farm reports that first-year stallion Klimt has had his first mare confirmed in foal. Klimt covered the blue-blooded Empire Maker mare Future Reward (JPN) among his initial group of mares, and she has been pronounced in foal.
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 6 3(2) 1(1) 0 $416,960
2 0 1(1) 1(1) $52,000
Totals 7 3 1 0 $468,960

Won at 2

  • Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar (G1, 7f, by 4 ¼ lengths, defeating Straight Fire, Midnight Pleasure, Dynamic Ruler, Vegas Itch, Chasing Aces).
  • Best Pal S. at Del Mar (G2, 6.5f, by 2 ¾ lengths defeating Big League, Thirstforlife, Rinse and Repeat, Secret House, Drafted).
  • A maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park (5.5f, by 5 ¼ lengths, defeating Aqua Frio, Excavation, Mystic Kid, Bourque, Ucanthankmelater, Ky. Colonel, Mizzen Me, The Rule of King's, Tell Me a Story).

2nd at 2

  • FrontRunner S. at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8.5f, to Gormley, defeating Straight Fire, Midnight Pleasure, Vibe, Plum Dandy, Secret House).

2nd at 3

  • Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos Race Course (G3, 9f, to West Coast, defeating B Squared, Colonist, Cistron, Kimbear, Term of Art).

3rd at 3

  • Shared Belief S. at Del Mar (8f, to Battle of Midway, Gato Del Oro, defeating Gormley, Stone Hands, Cistron).



PEDIGREE (Print Pedigree)
b. 2006
b. 1993
br. 1984 [IC]
b. 1986
HERO'S HONOR (USA) b. 1980
IVORY WAND (USA) b. 1973
b. 1995
b. 1979
GIFTISA (NZ) b. 1974
b. 1988
ALYDAR (USA) ch. 1975 [C]
b. 2005
dkb/br. 1997
b. 1980
dkb/br. 1989
CAPOTE (USA) br. 1984
SHE'S A TALENT (USA) dkb/br. 1983
dkb/br. 1999
br. 1983
STORM BIRD (CAN) b. 1978
TERLINGUA (USA) ch. 1976 *
b. 1990
BROAD BRUSH (USA) br. 1983 [IC]
FARAS TEAM (USA) ch. 1985

By Alan Porter - Klimt is a grade one and multiple graded stakes winning two-year-old by the brilliant racehorse and outstanding young sire, Quality Road.

Quality Road is sire of two graded stakes winners, including Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Abel Tasman, out of mares by Deputy Minister, a broodmare sire line that has worked well under both Quality Road and his sire, Elusive Quality. Out of mares from this line, Quality Road also has grade one winner City of Light out of a mare by Deputy Minister son, Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall), graded stakes winner Guest Suite out of a mare by Ghostzapper (by Awesome Again, also sire of Daaher and Toccet), and graded winner Long Haul Bay out of a mare by French Deputy. Other Deputy Minister line horses include Touch Gold, Silver Deputy (sire of Posse, Spring At Last and Badge of Silver) and Forest Camp. There is also a grade one placed runner by Quality Road out of a mare by Regal Classic, a son of Deputy Minister’s sire, Vice Regent.

Quality Road has sired grade one winner Illuminant out of a mare by Polish Numbers, a son of Danzig, as well as stakes winners out of mares by Danzig sons, Danehill and Dayjur. Other Danzig line stallions that could be considered here include Belong To Me, Lost Soldier, Langfuhr, Ascot Knight, Pine Bluff, Honor Grades, Hard Spun and Anabaa, who are all broodmare sires of stakes winners by stallions from the sire of Quality Road’s grandsire, Gone West. It could also be worth considering Danzig through Chief's Crown (sire of Concerto and grandsire of Bellamy Road) and Exchange Rate and War Front.

Quality Road has done well with mares from the Storm Cat line. Storm Cat appears in the pedigree of Klimt, but will be in the fourth generation of his foals, and we can note that there are already more than 30 graded stakes winners with inbreeding to Storm Cat. In addition to a pair of stakes winners, one grade two, out of mares by Storm Cat himself, Quality Road has grade one winner Hootenanny and graded winner Great Stuff out of mares by Storm Cat son, Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg, Henny Hughes and Cactus Ridge; grandsire of Scat Daddy). There are numerous other sons of Storm Cat that could be tried, including Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Pure Prize, Storm Boot, Storm Creek, Catienus and Sea of Secrets – all Northern Dancer/Mr. Prospector crosses, the reverse of Klimt, which should work well – as well as Future Storm, broodmare sire of a Gone West line grade one winner, as well as Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir and D’Wildcat), Freud and his brother Giant’s Causeway (sire of Eskendereya and First Samurai), Harlan’s Holiday (sire of Into Mischief), Menifee, Mountain Cat, Sir Cat, Van Nistelrooy, Tabasco Cat and Discreet Cat (by Forestry, also sire of Shackleford), who are all broodmare sires of Gone West line stakes winners. Other Storm Cat line broodmare sires include), Bernstein, Bluegrass Cat, Yankee Gentleman, Stormin Fever and Tactical Cat and With Distinction. The Gone West cross with Storm Cat’s close relative, Royal Academy, has also done very well with eight stakes winners, four graded, and one grade one.

Quality Road is sire of multiple graded stakes winner Frank Conversation out of a mare by Nureyev son, Unusual Heat, suggesting other Nureyev line stallions such as Theatrical (who has done well under Gone West), Atticus, Alwuhush, Fasliyev, Spinning World and Stravinsky.

Quality Road is sire of the very promising grade two winning juvenile, Road to Victory out of a mare by Tiznow, a son of Cee’s Tizzy from the Relaunch line. Sons of Tiznow include Colonel John, Gemologist and Tiz Wonderful. The Relaunch line can also be brought in through Honour and Glory, Skywalker, Bertrando and Officer.

From Hail to Reason line mares, Quality Road has graded stakes winner High Ridge Road out of a mare by Devil’s Bag (by Halo), and stakes winner Sashimi Blaster out of a mare by Cure the Blues (by Stop the Music, a horse with a similar background to Halo). Devil’s Bag is sire of Devil His Due and Diablo, and is a brother to Saint Ballado (sire of Saint Liam, Captain Bodgit and Yankee Victor). The Halo line could also be tried through More Than Ready.

Out of mares from the A.P. Indy line, Quality Road has stakes winners out of mares by Bernardini and Malibu Moon. Mares by stallions bred on an A.P. Indy/Mr. Prospector cross, such as Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Pulpit (sire of Tapit, Sky Mesa and Stroll), Congrats and Flatter, give a parallel Seattle Slew/Mr. Prospector cross to the dam of Dixie Union, the broodmare sire of Klimt.

Quality Road is sire of the highly-promising Paved out of a mare by Cozzene, who should fit really well here, and is sire of Mizzen Mast, Alphabet Soup and Running Stag. Cozzene is by Caro, and Gone West has also done well with Caro through In Excess and his son, Indian Charlie, the sire of Uncle Mo.

Crossed back over the Mr. Prospector line, Quality Road is sire of graded stakes winner Cowboy Culture out of a mare Smart Strike (sire of Curlin, Lookin At Lucky and English Channel). Elusive Quality has done well with Mr. Prospector through Seeking the Gold, who could be tried through Cape Town, Petionville and Mutakddim. Elusive Quality has also done well with the Kingmambo branch of Mr. Prospector, including a group one winner out of a mare by Lemon Drop Kid. From the Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector, Quality Road is sire of multiple stakes winner Marengo Road out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song, sire of Songandaprayer, Dunkirk, First Defence and Midshipman (reverse crosses to the dam of Dixie Union, the broodmare sire of Klimt), Even The Score, Half Ours, Old Fashioned and Rockport Harbor.


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