Magna Graduate
Magna Graduate
Magna Graduate
Honor Grades / Peacock Alley, by Fast Play, 2002, DK B  |  Fee: $5,000 S&N

His Progeny Make the Grade

  • A leading third crop sire nationwide.
  • The first stallion in his crop to sire a Graded stakes winner - BLUEEYESINTHEREIN ($209,313).
  • Two new stakes-winning milers on dirt in 2014 - GSW/multiple SW JESSICA'S STAR ($335,600) and LITTLE FACE ($168,940).
  • 46 winners, four stakes horses, $2.4 million in his first two crops: Already two winners and a stakes horse from his third crop.
  • 2014 juveniles in training include $125,000 Barretts May colt.
  • 8-time SW, 7X Graded SW of over $2.5 million.
  • Graded stakes performer every year raced - Experimental weighted at 2.
  • International G1 performer - GSW 4 consecutive years.
  • 12 Triple Digit Beyers.
  • Durable and versatile, competed at 16 tracks.
  • Averaging 63 mares bred each season through his first five years at stud.
  • Progeny have been purchased by Eoin Harty, Randy Bradshaw, EQB, Ken McPeek, Machmer Hall, Ricky Leppala, David McKathan, Preston Stables, etc.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Jessica's Star rallied from off the pace with a sweeping four-wide move to score his first graded stakes win in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) at Prairie Meadows racetrack on Saturday night...
Monday, June 02, 2014
Magna Graduate got his latest stakes winner on Saturday evening when Jessica's Star, making his first lifetime start in a stakes, battled to a well-earned neck victory in the $75,000 Prairie Mile S...
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Little Face brought smiles to her connections with a front-running score in the $65,000 Louisiana Premier Night Ladies S. Saturday evening at Delta Downs...
Friday, August 09, 2013
Second-crop sire Magna Graduate had an impressive representative from both his first and second crops on Friday night at Indiana Downs, as 2-year-old colt Gone Mountain won a Maiden Special Weight...
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 5 2 1 (1) 1 $76,832
3 10 4 (4) 2 (2) 2 (2) $1,070,170
4 in NA, UAE
4 1 (1) 0 1 (1)
5 8 2 (2) 2 (2) 0 $500,255
6 8 1 (1) 1 (1) 2 (2) $238,611
35 10 (8) 6 (6) 6 (5) $2,582,816

Won at 2

  • An allowance race at Keeneland (8.5f, defeating Father Weist, Copy My Notes, Melissa's Comet, Glass Trick, Clear to Close).
  • A maiden special weight race at Ellis Park (8f, by 4, defeating Save the Shield, Fort Chestnut, Duke Wayne, Happy Bert).

2nd at 2

  • Kentucky Cup Juvenile S (gr-III, 8.5f, to Greater Good, defeating Norainonthisparty, United, Storied Cat, Sequoia Grove).

Won at 3

  • Clark H (gr-II, 9f, defeating Suave, Perfect Drift, Andromeda's Hero, M B Sea, A. P. Arrow, Purim, Alumni Hall, Go Now, Total Impact, Chippewa Trail, Stolen Time).
  • Discovery H (gr-III, 8.5f, defeating Scrappy T, Buzzards Bay, Andromeda's Hero, Watchmon, War Front, Freedom Isnt Free, Tani Maru, Quadrant, Scipion, Spanish Mission).
  • Pegasus S (gr-III, 9f, defeating Crown Point, Network, Andromeda's Hero, Tani Maru, Naughty New Yorker, Golden Man, Doctor Voodoo).
  • John Battaglia Memorial S (8.5f, by 3 3/4, defeating Pavo, Ultimate, Malibu Moonshine, Cat Shaker, Interline, Smart Voyager, Chirinda Forest, Western Bulldog).

2nd at 3

  • Ohio Derby (gr-II, 9f, to Palladio, defeating It's Time to Smile, Silver Haze, Straight Line, Pinpoint, Hal's Image, Unbridled Energy).
  • West Virginia Derby (gr-III, 9f, to Real Dandy, defeating Anthony J., Shamoan, Dover Dere, Diamond Isle, Pinpoint, Golden Man, Devilment, Bernie Blue, Ablo).

3rd at 3

  • Illinois Derby (gr-II, 9f, to Greeley's Galaxy, Monarch Lane, defeating Rikman, Win Me Over, Daddy Joe, Medigating, Kansas City Boy).
  • Aventura S (8f, to High Fly, Drum Major, defeating Ginger's Fella, D'court's Speed, Rey de Cafe, Cherokee Chase, Hal's Image, Magoo's Magic, Deputy Indy, Vinotech, Wahran).

Won at 4

  • Queens County H (gr-III, 9.5f, by 6 1/2, defeating Papi Chullo, Smart Growth, Angliana, Naughty New Yorker, Awesome Twist).

3rd at 4

  • Emirates Airline Dubai World CupA race at Nad Al Sheba (UAE-I, 10f, to Electrocutionist, Wilko, defeating Kane Hekili, Chiquitin, Maraahel, Star King Man, Super Frolic, Choctaw Nation, Shakis, Brass Hat).

Won at 5

  • Excelsior Breeders' Cup H (gr-III, 9f, by 3 3/4, defeating Naughty New Yorker, Accountforthegold, Evening Attire, Corinthian, Happy Hunting).
  • Razorback H (gr-III, 8.5f, defeating Student Council, Jonesboro, Chippewa Trail, Red Raymond, Kid Grindstone, Steppenwolfer, Mr. Pursuit).

2nd at 5

  • Stephen Foster H  (gr-I, 9f, to Flashy Bull, by a head, defeating Diamond Stripes, Jonesboro, Wanderin Boy, Master Command, Wiggins, Mr. Umphrey).
  • Meadowlands Cup H  (gr-II, 9f, to Diamond Stripes, defeating Xchanger, Awfully Smart, Mr. Umphrey, Utopia, Praying for Cash).

Won at 6

  • Ack Ack H  (gr-III, 8f, by 2 1/4, defeating Greeley's Conquest, Forest Command, Cowtown Cat, Coragil Cat, Forefathers).

2nd at 6

  • Hawthorne Gold Cup H  (gr-II, 10f, to Fairbanks, defeating Wayzata Bay, Brothers Nicholas, Better Than Bonds, Barcola).

3rd at 6

  • Mineshaft H  (gr-III, 8.5f, to Grasshopper, Silver Lord, defeating Better Than Bonds, Encaustic, Stonehouse, Island Warrior).
  • Duke of Magenta S  (9.5f, to Fairbanks, Angliana, defeating Star Plus, Sam P., Deputy Indy, Saratoga Lulaby).


Magna Graduate - Progeny

PEDIGREE (Print Pedigree)
b. 1988
dkb/br. 1977 [IC]
b. 1961 [BC]
dkb/br. 1968
b. 1980
ch. 1970 [IC]
b. 1974
dkb/br. 1994
dkb/br. 1986
br. 1974 [BC]
dkb/br. 1974
b. 1987
b. 1974
ch. 1981
Magna Graduate
Alan Porter Magna Graduate is by Honor Grades, son of Danzig, out of a Seattle Slew line mare, and therefore an outstanding candidate for mares from the Mr. Prospector line. Particularly fascinating will be mares by Seeking the Gold (a half-brother to the broodmare sire of Magna Graduate) and his sons, such as Cape Town and Muktakddim (who both give inbreeding to Seattle Slew) and Petionville. Other Mr. Prospector line stallions that have sired the dams of Honor Grades stakes winners are Conquistador CieloDistinctive ProMining and Rare Performer.  

Other Mr. Prospector line broodmare sires that have produced stakes winners by Danzig line stallions are Afleet, Allen’s ProspectCrafty ProspectorForty Niner (who would be particularly interesting here to giving inbreeding to Danzig), Geiger CounterGone West (Mr. Greeley looking a particularly good source), GulchKingmamboLyciusMiswakiTank’s Prospect and Woodman. Another Mr. Prospector line stallion to have potential here is Smart Strike

Another branch of the Raise a Native line that has been very good with Danzig line stallions is that of Alydar, who could be brought in through AlyshebaCriminal TypeEasy GoerSaratoga SixStrike the Gold and Turkoman, all of whom have worked under Danzig. It might also pay to introduce Raise a Native through his Exclusive Native and his son Affirmed. Danzig and his sons have also met with success when bred to mares by Majestic Light and his son, Wavering Monarch (sire of Maria’s Mon).  

Danzig has generally crossed well with mares from the Turn-to/Hail to Reason line. Honor grades has stakes winners out of mares descending from this sire line out of mares by Roberto and his son, Kris S. (Roberto, who could also be brought in the such as DynaformerRed RansomLear Fan, and Silver Hawk), Sir Tristram (by Sir Ivor, who would be particularly interesting through Champion Bates Motel, a three-parts-brother to the third dam of Magna Graduate). Danzig has also sired stakes winners out of mares descending from Turn-to/Hail to Reason through Stop the Music (whose son Cure the Blues, and grandson American Chance), Halo (and his son, Devil’s Bag, a brother to Saint Ballado), Cox’s RidgeLord Gaylord (and his son Lord Avie), Smarten and Mr. Leader

Honor Grades has sired two stakes winners out of Blushing Groom line mares, from mares by Runaway Groom (by Cherokee Run) and Rahy. It would also be worth considering mares by Mt. Livermore and his son Housebuster

Honor Grades is sire of two stakes winners – one grade one – out of Damascus line mares. One is of these is out of a mare by Private Account (sire of Corporate ReportPrivate TermsPersonal FlagSecret Hello,Unaccounted For; grandsire of Afternoon Deelites), OgygianTime For a ChangeTimeless Moment (sire of Gilded Time).  

Magna Graduate already carries the strain of Ribot – one that has combined well with Danzig – through Alleged (from the Hoist the Flag/Tom Rolfe branch). It could be worth reintroducing Ribot through either of the brothers His Majesty (sire of Pleasant Colony) or Graustark

Magna Graduate is out of a mare by a son of Seattle Slew, but breeding a stallion back to a mare from his own broodmare sire line is pattern that can work well. One particularly interesting source of Seattle Slew to try here would be A.P. Indy – giving inbreeding to Weekend Surprise, the dam of Honor Grades, something already found in an Eclipse Award winning Champion Two-Year-Old. A.P. Indy is sire of PulpitMalibu MoonStephen Got Even,Golden MissileJump StartMineshaftAptitude, and Old Trieste. Other Seattle Slew sons who might work well are Slew o’ Gold and Slewacide (both three-quarters related to the broodmare sire of Magna Graduate), Avenue of FlagsCapoteGold LegendMetfieldSeattle SongSeptieme CielSlew City Slew, Slewpy and Williamstown.


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