Frank Stronach's two visits inside the winner's circle on Breeders' Cup championship day at Churchill Downs -- including one with Juvenile winner Macho Uno -- weren't his first on Breeders' Cup Day at the Kentucky oval. Stronach's homebred Awesome Again (Deputy Minister -- Primal Force, by Blushing Groom) won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), the last time racing's richest day was contested in the Bluegrass state. Awesome Again, who is a half-brother to Macho Uno, now stands at Adena Springs Kentucky for a $50,000 fee. He currently has 46 foals on the ground from his initial crop.
Stronach bought Macho Uno and Awesome Again's dam, Primal Force (Blushing Groom -- Prime Prospect, by Mr. Prospector), for $95,000 at the 1992 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale from Three Chimneys Farm. Primal Force raced for her co-breeder, Diana Firestone, winning four of eight starts and earning $74,251 at three and four. The four wins came by a combined total of 30 lengths and included a six-furlong victory in 1:09.80 and a seven-furlong triumph in 1:22, both at Belmont Park.
"She had nice hind legs, and she showed speed in her races," said Dan Hall, who manages the Central Kentucky Adena Springs division. "She had some soundness problems, but had a quality pedigree and was physically attractive."
Primal Force was bred in the spring of 1992 to millionaire Alwuhush (owned in partnership by Stronach) and produced a filly the following April. The filly, All Primed, raced to four wins from 32 starts. She was sold to Meadow Oaks Farm for $285,000 at the 1999 Keeneland November mixed sale, while carrying her first foal, by Silver Deputy. Fred Seitz, as agent, consigned the mare to the sale. All Primed foaled the Silver Deputy filly in March for Dr. Frank Justice and Meadow Oaks Farm.
Primal Force's next foal was Awesome Again, who was followed by three consecutive foals--by Storm Cat, Holy Bull, and Devil's Bag--who all died, two as foals and one as an unraced 3-year-old. She has a yearling Siphon filly at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., and a weanling Touch Gold filly in Kentucky, who will be moved to Florida next year. The mare is currently in foal to El Prado and could be bred in 2001 to Touch Gold, who also stands at Adena Springs Kentucky. Touch Gold is another son of Deputy Minister, who sired Awesome Again for Stronach. "We haven't decided on a mate for her yet, but she could go back to Touch Gold. The Touch Gold filly she has now is exceptional, and this is the same type of mating that produced Awesome Again," Hall said.
The mating between Primal Force and Macho Uno's sire, Holy Bull, was an opportunity for the farm to breed to a proven stallion with an impressive race record, despite his less than stellar pedigree--by Great Above out of the Al Hattab mare, Sharon Brown. Holy Bull, the 1994 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt, stands at John A. Bell III's Jonabell Farm near Lexington, and has sired 10 stakes winners to date, including Confessional (Can-IIIT) and Turnofthecentury (gr. II). His 2000 fee was $25,000.
Holy Bull raced to 13 wins from 16 lifetime starts from ages two through four with earnings of $2,481,760. Eleven of his wins came in stakes competition, including the Travers Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap, and Woodward Stakes, all grade I races, while carrying the colors of owner and trainer Jimmy Croll. He was a perfect four-for-four as a precocious 2-year-old, and won the grade I Futurity at Belmont Park. The champion suffered a career-ending injury to his left front leg in the 1995 grade I Donn Handicap. He suffered a severe strain of the superficial flexor tendon, located between the knee and foot. He won the 1995 Olympic Handicap at his home-base Gulfstream Park in his last race before the Donn. Prior to the injury, plans were made to stand him at Jonabell, with the Central Kentucky farm, Croll, and J. Mack Robinson as partners in the syndication.
Holy Bull was bred in Florida by Rachel Carpenter's Pelican Stable. Croll inherited the colt from Carpenter when she died in 1993--the same day, Aug. 14, Holy Bull broke his maiden at Monmouth. Croll and Carpenter were introduced in 1957, and Croll managed Carpenter's Thoroughbred business. Croll claimed Holy Bull's second dam, Agathea's Dawn, for Carpenter, and in partnership with his wife, raced Al Hattab, broodmare sire of Holy Bull.
The topweighted colt on the 2000 Experimental Free Handicap at 126 pounds, Macho Uno has a Dosage Index of 3.36 and is considered a "dual qualifier" for classic race potential.MACHO UNO'S PEDIGREE:
Sire: HOLY BULL,
gr, 1991. Raced 3 yrs, 16 sts, 13 wins, $2,481,760. Horse of the Year and champion 3yo colt. Won Travers S (gr. I), Woodward S (gr. I), Florida Derby (gr. I), Metropolitan H (gr. I), Haskell Invitational H (gr. I), Futurity S (gr. I), Blue Grass S (gr. II), Dwyer S (gr. II), Hutcheson S (gr. II), Olympic H, In Reality S (R).
Lifetime: 3 crops, 179 foals, 109 rnrs (61%), 58 wnrs (32%), 22 2yo wnrs (12%), 10 sw (6%), 1.95 AEI, 3.14 CI, 123 sale yrlgs, avg $107,411, 2.3 TNA.
In 2000: 6 sw, 66 2yos, 26 2yo rnrs, 7 2yo wnrs, 36 sale yrlgs, avg $53,500.
1st dam: Primal Force, b, 1987. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone (Ky.). Raced 2 yrs, 8 sts, 4 wins, $74,251. Dam of 4 named foals, 3 rnrs, 3 wnrs, 2 sw. ($95,000, 1992 keejan).
1993: All Primed, b f, by Alwuhush. Raced 4 yrs, 32 sts, 4 wins, $54,976.
1994: AWESOME AGAIN,
b c, by Deputy Minister. Raced 2 yrs, 12 sts, 9 wins, $4,374,590. Won Queen's Plate S, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Whitney H (gr. I), Stephen Foster H (gr. II), Saratoga Breeders' Cup H (gr. II), Jim Dandy S (gr. II), Hawthorne Gold Cup H (gr. III); 3rd Travers S (gr. I).
1995: F, by Storm Cat. Died 1995.
1996: Awesome Bull, b c, by Holy Bull. Unraced. Died 1999.
1997: C, by Devil's Bag. Died 1997.
1998: MACHO UNO,
gr/ro c, by Holy Bull. Champion 2-year-old male of 2000; 3 wins in 4 starts, $768,803.
At 2: Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Grey Breeders' Cup S (Can-I); 3rd Hopeful S (gr. I).
1999: Just Awesome, ch f, by Siphon. Unraced.
2000: Ch f, by Touch Gold.
Broodmare sire: BLUSHING GROOM
(Fr), ch, 1974-1992. Sire of 234 dams of 1,301 foals, 992 rnrs (76%), 675 wnrs (52%), 185 2yo wnrs (14%), 2.16 AEI, 1.83 CI; 117 sw.
2nd dam: PRIME PROSPECT,
b, 1978. Bred by Warner L. Jones Jr. (Ky.). Raced 4 yrs, 36 sts, 8 wins, $203,906. Won First Lady H; 2nd Rampart H, Shirley Jones H; 3rd Evening Out S (T). Granddam of MISS RA HE RA.