Alan Porter - O’Prado Again is a precocious grade two winning juvenile, who would rank as his sire’s best two-year-old son. He is by Champion Two-Year-Old and Leading Sire El Prado, also sire of Medaglia d’Oro and Kitten’s Joy. His dam, who is bred on a very similar cross to Tapit, is a half-sister to brilliant two-year-old and grade one sire First Samurai.
The cross of El Prado and his sons with mares descending from Mr. Prospector has been a prolific stakes producing one with nearly 50 stakes winners, including Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Mr. Prospector strains that have enjoyed success under El Prado and his sons include Afleet (sire of Northern Afleet, and Afleet Alex, who both give the powerful combination of Sadler’s Wells and his three-quarters brother Nureyev), Miswaki (and his son,Black Tie Affair), Crafty Prospector, Seeking the Gold (broodmare sire of an El Prado line grade one winner, and sire of Mutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town), Gulch (and his son, Thunder Gulch), Carson City (sire of City Zip, Cuvee, Good and Tough, Boone’s Mill, Lord Carson and Flying Chevron), Forty Niner (and his sons Roar – broodmare sire of Rachel Alexandra – Ide, Distorted Humor and End Sweep, himself sire of Trippi), Jade Hunter, Fortunate Prospect, Marquetry (by Conquistador Cielo, and sire of Artax), Woodman, Kingmambo (another who brings in Nureyev) and his son Lemon Drop Kid (giving inbreeding to the family of A.P. Indy), Gulch (whose son, Thunder Gulch is broodmare sire of an El Prado line grade one winner), Smoke Glacken (by Two Punch), Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry and grandsire of Street Sense), Gone West (broodmare sire of an El Prado line grade one winner, and sire of Grand Slam – broodmare sire of three El Prado line stakes winners – as well as Mr. Greeley, Elusive Quality, Speightstown and Proud Citizen), Allen’s Prospect and Numerous (who is out of a three-parts-sister to Sadler’s Wells, and who is a brother to Chequer). Geiger Counter is another Mr. Prospector source who would duplicate the family of Sadler’s Wells.
O’Prado Again already has a cross of Mr. Prospector through Fappiano, but we can note that First Samurai, who shares the same granddam as O’Prado Again, already has two graded winners out of Fappiano line mares, one grade one. El Prado himself sired stakes winners out of mares Quiet American and Unbridled (whose son, Grindstone is particularly interesting, as he carries Drone, a three-parts-brother to the dam of El Prado, and who is also available through Unbridled’s Song and sons, and Broken Vow), and Fappiano might also be introduced through Cryptoclearance (broodmare sire of two graded stakes winners by First Samurai), Rubiano, Pentelicus and Cahill Road. Mr. Prospector is a son of Raise a Native, and El Prado and his sons have done well with mares descending from Alydar – a Raise a Native son with a similar pedigree to Mr. Prospector – and there are El Prado line grade one winners from daughters of Strike the Gold and Saratoga Six, and stakes winners out of mares by Alysheba and Criminal Type, with other possible Alydar sources including Turkoman, Easy Goer, Dare and Go, Strike the Gold and Jeblar. From the Majestic Prince branch of Raise a Native, there is an El Prado line stakes winner out of a mare by Majestic Light, and this strain could be brought in through Maria’s Mon and his son Monarchos.
The cross of El Prado and sons with mares from the male line of Blushing Groom has an excellent strike-rate. Successful sources include Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run, who is particularly appealing here, and Wekiva Springs, the broodmare sire of an El Prado line stakes winner; grandsire of Kafwain and Yonaguska), Mt. Livermore (another strain that looks very promising here, and can be introduced through Housebuster, Orientate and Peaks and Valleys), Rahy, Blushing John, and Rainbow Quest. This strain could also profitably be introduced through Arazi and his son, Congaree (sire of the excellent Jeranimo from this family) and Candy Stripes.
Another extremely effective cross for El Prado and has sons has been with mares from the Roberto line. This includes grade one winners out of mares by Lear Fan, Silver Hawk (whose son, Benny the Dip, is also broodmare sire of an El Prado line stakes winner), Kris S. and his son Prized (with Kris S. also being sire of Arch, You and I, Brocco and Kissin Kris) and stakes winners from daughters of Dynaformer and Red Ransom. In addition to Roberto, El Prado and his sons have crossed well with mares descending from Hail to Reason through Stop The Music/Cure the Blues, including out of mares by American Chance and Tethra. Halo is another Hail to Reason son who could work well here, and there are El Prado line stakes winner out of mares descending from Halo through Jolie’s Halo, Devil His Due (by Devil’s Bag) and Saint Ballado (brother to Devil’s Bag, and sire of Yankee Victor and Captain Bodgit). Halo could also be brought in through Southern Halo and his son, More Than Ready (who combines extremely well with Sadler’s Wells, and who is sire of a stakes winner out of a half-sister to the dam of O’Prado Again).
El Prado is a Northern Dancer line stallion, and to date he and his sons have had somewhat limited success when crossed back over Northern Dancer line mares. One exception has been with mares descending from Nureyev (three-parts-brother to Sadler’s Wells, the sire of El Prado), this producing three stakes winners, including grade one winner Gabby’s Golden Gal (out of a mare by Ashkalani, by Soviet Star). Nureyev might also be introduced through Theatrical (broodmare sire of an El Prado line stakes winner), Spinning World, Stravinsky and Atticus. The cross of El Prado and his sons with mares descending from Storm Cat has been an effective one, including a grade one winner out of a mare by Catienus (bred on the same cross as Tale of the Cat – who is from the family of O’Prado Again’s broodmare sire Pulpit – Storm Boot and Sea of Secrets) and stakes winners from daughters of Forestry, Menifee (by Harlan, also sire of Harlan’s Holiday) and Giant’s Causeway (sire of First Samurai from this family). It might also be interesting to try Storm Cat through Hennessy and his son, Johannesburg (from the family of Pulpit). There is also an El Prado line stakes winner out of a mare by Storm Cat’s relative Royal Academy (by Nijinsky II, whose son, Strawberry Road, is sire of a stakes winner from O’Prado Again’s family). Out of mares from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer there are two El Prado line stakes winners out of mares by War Chant, as well as stakes winners from daughters of Ghazi (by Polish Navy), Pine Bluff, Green Desert and Maroof. Danzig could also be interesting through Mindardi (from the family of Pulpit). There is also an El Prado line stakes winner out of a mare by Dixieland Band (sire of a stakes winner and grade one producer from the family of O’Prado Again).
O’Prado Again is an example of the successful cross of El Prado with mares descending from the Seattle Slew line. On this cross, there is grade one winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy the grandsire of the dam of O’Prado Again, and it could be worth experimenting with breeding O’Prado Again over mares by A.P. Indy sons such as Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Flatter and Congrats (all bred on same cross as O’Prado Again’s broodmare sire, Pulpit), Old Trieste, Stephen Got Even, Golden Missile and Jump Start. It could also be also be worth experimenting with inbreeding to Pulpit through sons such of Tapit and Sky Mesa. Other Seattle Slew sources include Capote (sire of Boston Harbor and Matty G), Vindication, Slew o’Gold, Septieme Ciel and Doneraile Court.