Pompeii, winner of the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 24 at 1 1/4 miles, has just the stout-distance lineage it takes to stand up to the rigors of the nine-furlong Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). Her sire line has produced a long list of long-winded, determined winners, and while her dam side only offers a sprinkling of black type, those runners have done their best around two turns.
Her sire, Broad Brush, was one of the best of his generation at three and four in 1986-87, winning four grade I races and finishing third in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I). By the Horse of the Year Ack Ack out of a mare by the brilliant Hoist the Flag, is inbred 3X3 to Turn-to. While he didn't make a start in the Breeders' Cup, Broad Brush has sired a Classic winner (gr. I) in 1994 victor Concern, his lone Breeders' Cup participant to date. To date, Broad Brush, who stands at Graham Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, has sired 70 stakes winners, seven of them being added-money winners in 2001. Include, a contender for this year's Classic, is among them, as are a pair of group winners in Japan.
The stakes-winning Flying Heat, Pomeii's dam, was purchased for $290,000 out of the 1990 Keeneland November breeding stock sale by Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm. Clay raced Pompeii prior to selling her to Ken Trout and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm prior to her start in the Personal Ensign. The dam of nine foals, Flying Heat died earlier this year due to foaling complications.
By Private Account out of a Key to the Mint mare, Flying Heat won nine times in 34 starts and earned $372,842. She won the Rumson Stakes at Monmouth Park and the St. Patricks Day Handicap, and placed in a pair of two-turn graded stakes: the Gardenia (gr. II) as a 2-year-old at Meadowlands, and the Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at 4 at Sportsman's Park.
Flying Heat has produced another stakes winner in addition to Pompeii, that being Omi. Omi, by 1984 inaugural Classic winner Wild Again, won the nine-furlong Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) and two other stakes. She also placed in a pair of two-turn graded races: the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, and the Long Look Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Meadowlands. Omi has had plenty of commercial appeal as a broodmare, and her 1999 colt by Seattle Slew was the $4.2 million sale topper at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. The price remains the second highest in history at the prestigious sale.
When crossed with Northern Dancer's son Storm Bird, Flying Heat produced the stakes-placed Flying Lauren, who ran third in the La Troienne and Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs in 1997.
Pompeii's second dam, Turn Down the Heat (by Key to the Mint) was a three-time winner and a half-sister to two-time Fair Grounds stakes winner Forty Weight (by Quadratic).