Dolphus

Dolphus

Classic Pedigree, Classic Performance


Lookin At Lucky / Lotta Kim, by Roar, 2013, CH
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Dolphus

Classic Pedigree, Classic Performance

  • Half-brother to Classic-winning Champion RACHEL ALEXANDRA, dam of G1 winner Rachel's Valentina
  • By Classic-winning Champion LOOKIN AT LUCKY
  • Runner-up by a neck in the $300,000 Pimlico Special H. (G3) to Classic-winning Champion Shaman Ghost, earning a 106 Beyer and defeating G1 winner Discreet Lover and GSWs Name Changer, Watershed, Eagle, etc.
  • Earned a 104 Beyer for a nearly 2-length allowance win at Aqueduct over G3 winners Economic Model and Shagaf and multiple Graded stakes-placed Turco Bravo (CHI)
  • 9 1/4-length allowance winner at Gulfstream Park, going gate to wire and earning a 101 Beyer over 5 stakes horses, including G2 winner Annual Report,
  • 2YO debut MdSpWt winner running 6 furlongs at Fair Grounds
  • On the board in 9 of 12 starts from 6 furlongs to 1 3/16 miles, winning 4 of those starts
  • Out of LOTTA KIM who, in addition to HOTY Rachel Alexandra, is also the dam of stakes-placed Wooderson and recent MdSpWt winner Gladys
  • New to Darby Dan for 2021

Alan Porter

The talented Dolphus ran three triple-digit Beyers with a top of 106. He owns a superb Classic pedigree as he’s a half-brother to Rachel Alexandra and by Smart Strike son Lookin At Lucky, a Classic winner and Classic sire who is the only colt since Spectacular Bid to be both Champion at two and three. 

The Deputy Minister line has been good under Smart Strike in general and Lookin At Lucky is no exception. He has a stakes winner out of a mare by Deputy Minister himself, and has sired Champion Older Horse Accelerate out of a mare by Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper, Toccet, Daaher and Awesome of Course). Deputy Minister might also be brought in through Silver Deputy (sire of Posse, Spring At Last and Badge of Silver and grandsire of Kodiak Kowboy), Touch Gold, Deputy Commander, Salt Lake, Forest Camp and French Deputy 

Lookin At Lucky also has Chilean Champion and U.S. grade one performer Wow Cat out of a mare by Storm Cat son, Cat Thief. He has two grade one winners out of mares by Scat Daddy (by Johannesburg, a son of Hennessy, also the sire of Henny Hughes), two stakes winners, one graded out of mares by Giant’s Causeway (sire of First Samurai, Eskendereya and Creative Cause) and a stakes winner out of a mare by Pure Prize. In addition, we can note Smart Strike line stakes winners out of mares by Harlan’s Holiday (who should fit very well here, being a Northern Dancer/Exclusive Native cross, like Lookin At Lucky’s broodmare sire, Belong to Me, and who is sire of Into Mischief, Majesticperfection and Shanghai Bobby), Stormin Fever, Stormy Atlantic, Tribal Rule and Mountain Cat as well as Tale of The Cat, Sea of Secrets and Storm Creek–who as Northern Dancer/Mr. Prospector crosses all appeal here. Bernstein is another Storm Cat who is a Northern Dancer/Exclusive Native cross, and mares by Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir) should also work well.

The three-quarters brothers Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells have both enjoyed success under Lookin At Lucky. From the Nureyev line, there is a U.S. Classic winner out of a mare by Royal Anthem, and a Champion out of a mare by that horse’s sire, Theatrical, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Great Commotion. Lookin At Lucky has also sired grade two winner Dr. Dorr out of a mare by Nureyev son, Unusual Heat, and Smart Strike and sons have also done well with mares by Stravinsky

The cross of Smart Strike with Sadler’s Wells line mares has been extremely successful, including ten stakes winners, one grade one, out of a mare by Powerscourt, and stakes winners Smart Strike line from daughters of El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller) and Horse Chestnut. Note too, that Dolphus’ magnificent half-sister, Rachel Alexandra, is by Medaglia d’Oro, and he can be brought in through Warrior’s Reward.

Even though he is a Mr. Prospector line stallion himself, Lookin At Lucky has done well crossed back over Mr. Prospector line mares, getting nine stakes winners. He has a grade one winner out of a mare by Fusaichi Pegasus, who is a parallel Mr. Prospector/Danzig cross to Lookin At Lucky and is sire of Roman Ruler. Dolphus is out of a mare by a son of Forty Niner, but crossing him back over a mare by Forty Niner son Distorted Humor and sons such as Any Given Saturday, Cowtown Cat, Drosselmeyer, Flower Alley, Jimmy Creed and Sharp Humor.

Lookin At Lucky is the sire of a trio of stakes winners, one grade one out of a mares from the Gone West branch of Mr. Prospector. This includes a stakes winner out of a mare by Whywhywhy, a son of Mr. Greeley (also sire of El Corredor, who could be very interesting here). From the Gone West line we might also consider daughters of Elusive Quality–whose broodmare sire, Hero’s Honor, is a brother to the dam of Roar, the broodmare sire of Dolphus–the is sire of Quality Road; of Speightstown, another Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross; Grand Slam, again a Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross; and Proud Citizen

Lookin At Lucky has a stakes winner out of a mare by Carson City, who could be brought in through City Zip, Five Star Day, Cuvee, Lord Carson and Pollard’s Vision. There is also a stakes winner by Lookin At Lucky out of a mare by Seeking the Gold. It’s notable that the dam of this stakes winner is a parallel Mr. Prospector/Danzig cross to Lookin At Lucky, but Seeking the Gold could be brought in through Mutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town.

Smart Strike line stallions have outperformed opportunity with Unbridled line mares, particularly through Unbridled’s Song, the broodmare sire of Lookin At Lucky graded stakes winner Money Multiplier, and also the sire of Songandaprayer (whose broodmare sire is a three-quarters brother to the dam of Belong to Me, the broodmare sire of Lookin At Lucky), First Defence, Half Ours, Old Fashioned, Rockport Harbor, Even the Score, Mission Impazible, Value Plus (broodmare sire of a Smart Strike stakes winner) and Zensational. Another source of Unbridled would be Broken Vow, whose dam is a sister to Winged Victory, the broodmare sire of a Lookin At Lucky graded stakes winner. Another from the Fappiano line who would work well here is Midnight Lute, whose grandsire, Quiet American, is broodmare sire of a Lookin At Lucky stakes winner.

Lookin At Lucky is sire of millionaire Madefromlucky out of a Pulpit mare who is a sister to Tapit (sire of Tapizar, Tapiture, Trappe Shot and Constitution). Pulpit might also be attractive through Sky Mesa. There is also a graded winner by Lookin At Lucky out of a mare by Mineshaft (sire of Discreetly Mine and Dialed In). Pulpit and Mineshaft are sons of A.P. Indy, and Malibu Moon, Flatter and Congrats are bred on the same cross as that pair, and are out of a three-quarters sister to Roar, the broodmare sire of Dolphus. A.P. Indy is by Seattle Slew, and there is a stakes winner by Lookin At Lucky out of a mare by Boston Harbor, who is by Seattle Slew son, Capote, also sire of Matty G.

There is a Lookin At Lucky stakes winner out of a mare by Rahy, a son of Blushing Groom, which would invite introducing Blushing Groom through Mt. Livermore (sire of Orientate and Peaks and Valleys) and Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run and Kafwain). There is also a grade one winner by a son of Smart Strike out of a mare by Holy Bull (sire of Macho Uno and Flashy American).

LOOKIN AT LUCKY (USA)
b. 2007
SMART STRIKE (CAN)
b. 1992 [IC]
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)
b. 1970 [BC]
RAISE A NATIVE (USA)
GOLD DIGGER (USA)
CLASSY ‘N SMART (CAN)*
b. 1981
SMARTEN (USA)
NO CLASS (CAN)
PRIVATE FEELING (USA)
b. 1999
BELONG TO ME (USA)
b. 1989
DANZIG (USA)
BELONGING (USA)
REGAL FEELING (USA)
b. 1986
CLEVER TRICK (USA)
SHARP BELLE (USA)
LOTTA KIM (USA)
b. 2001
ROAR (USA)
b. 1993
FORTY NINER (USA)
ch. 1985
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)  
FILE (USA)
WILD APPLAUSE (USA)
b. 1981
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)
GLOWING TRIBUTE (USA)
KIMS BLUES (USA)
b. 1993
CURE THE BLUES (USA)
b. 1978
STOP THE MUSIC (USA)
QUICK CURE (USA)
EARLY DECISION (USA)
dkb/br. 1985
LORD GAYLORD (USA)
BISCAYNE MISSY (USA)

Race Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 2 1 0 1 $28,510
3 5 2 0 0 $57,830
4 5 1 1 (1) 0 $124,720
Totals 12 4 1 1 $211,060
Won at 2
  • A maiden special weight race at Fair Grounds (6f, D, defeating Roman’s Chance, Biblical Strength, Double Dare, Mason County, Desert Harbor, Sleet, All Out of Aces, Start a War).
Won at 3
  • An allowance optional claiming race at Fair Grounds (8.32f, D, defeating Jensen, Royal Ransom, Harlan Punch).
  • An allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park (7f, D, defeating Annual Report, Cheyenne Bull, Dreaming of Gold, Joshua’s Comprise, J S Bach, Titanium Heart, Good and Proper, Light the Night).
Won at 4
  • An allowance optional claiming race at Aqueduct (8f, D, defeating Splashtastic, Economic Model, Turco Bravo (CHI), Shagaf).
2nd at 4
  • Pimlico Special H. (G3) at Pimlico (9.5f, D, to Shaman Ghost, defeating Conquest Windycity, Name Changer, Watershed, Discreet Lover, Fellowship, Eagle, Bodhisattva).