Best Derby Pedigrees

A P Valentine – By A.P. Indy out of an Alydar mare; tail-female great-grandsire Stage Door Johnny, one of the true great stamina influences left in this country, is the broodmare sire of Derby winner Go for Gin; female family strong Buckland Farm pedigree; stakes winners from family of fourth dam Shama include Santa Anita Handicap winners General Challenge and Sir Beaufort; very strong dosage profile (DP) of 10-4-20-2-2 and a DI of 1.71.

Hero's Tribute -- By Derby winner Sea Hero, who is out of a Graustark mare. Graustark is another of the few genuine class and stamina influences in the world; out of a Damascus mare, and Damascus is a stronger distance influence on the bottom than he is on top; tail-female granddam by Nijinsky II out of the top-class Quill, whose progeny include distance-oriented stakes winners One for All, Caucasus, Run the Gantlet; family of the great Greentree runner Twenty Grand; mouth-watering DP of 4-7-15-5-1 and DI of 1.37. Pedigree is as good as it gets.

Millennium Wind -- Half-brother to 1999 Derby winner Charismatic is really all you have to know, and his sire Cryptoclearance won't hold him back at all. Cryptoclearance's sire Fappiano has sired a Derby winner and two sons who sired Derby winners. The key to this pedigree is broodmare sire Drone, yet another of the real class and stamina influences. Drone, also the broodmare sire of Derby winner Grindstone, was a monster of a horse, physically, and passes on a lot of toughness; the big catch here is that his DI is a lofty 5.33, which goes against the dosage principal. But take note that he gets high "Brilliant" points from Hoist the Flag, who is also a major stamina influence through horses like Alleged. Hoist the Flag's sire Tom Rolfe and grandsire Ribot (sire of Graustark) are extremely strong stamina influences. And on bottom, he gets high "Brilliant" points from What a Pleasure, who sired Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure, and Bold Ruler, who sired Triple Crown winner Secretariat. So, don't let the dosage scare you.

Monarchos -- Sire Maria's Mon is still an unknown quantity, but he has more than enough stamina, and his broodmare sire Caro is the broodmare sire of Derby winner Winning Colors; female family, however, is absolutely awesome, especially the all-important tail-female, which is all classic Darby Dan breeding, and no farm is more of a stamina influence than Darby Dan through Graustark, His Majesty, Ribot, and Roberto; granddam is by Roberto, and her dam is by Graustark; and the tail-female line traces to one of Darby Dan's great broodmares Golden Trail, whose progeny include top-class stakes winners Sunshine Forever, Darby Creek Road, Brian's Time, Memories of Silver, Dynaformer, Ryafan, and Dwyer winner Gleaming Light and Florida Derby runner-up Sylvan Place. DP of 2-2-13-1-0 with a DI of 1.40.

Ommadon -- Sire line is chock full of Derby influences, starting with sire, Derby winner Grindstone, to his sire, Derby winner Unbridled, to his sire Fappiano (sire or grandsire of three Derby winners), to his sire Mr. Prospector (sire of Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus). Grindstone's broodmare sire is Drone (broodmare sire of two Derby winners) and his dam Buzz My Bell is a granddaughter of Derby winner Chateaugay (owned and bred by Darby Dan); Ommadon's broodmare sire is the distance-loving Turkoman, by Alydar, and great-grandsire on tail-female line is Damascus; third dam Court Circuit is the dam of stakes horses Bailjumper, Honorable Miss, and Yankee Law; dosage index of 3-5-10-0-2 and a DI of 1.86.

Palmeiro -- You simply cannot get a more balanced dosage profile: 3-2-8-2-3. This is pure perfection. Sire Pleasant Tap is the next step in that classic His Majesty line through Derby winner Pleasant Colony. Derby winner Go for Gin is another from the His Majesty line. Pleasant Tap also is out of a Stage Door Johnny mare, and we mentioned Stage Door Johnny earlier as a one of the great stamina influences. Broodmare sire Fortunate Prospect is a son of Northern Dancer out of a mare by Derby winner Lucky Debonair; great-grandsire on tail-female line is Vigors, a big, distance-loving son of Grey Dawn II who won the Santa Anita Handicap; great-granddam on tail-female, All Things New, is dam of top-class filly Try Something New; a super 1.00 DI to go along with his DP.

Romolo's Fritzi -- By Cryptoclearance out of Fit to Fight mare; second dam Imarebel is by His Majesty; not only inbred 5x4 top and bottom to Ribot, but inbred 5x4 top and bottom to great Raymond Guest producer Pocahontas, through her sons Tom Rolfe and Chieftain, and we love inbreeding to top-class mares.

Scorpion -- By Seattle Slew out of a Chief's Crown mare, and Chief's Crown has been an excellent stamina influence on the grass, siring English Derby winner Erhaab and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Chief Bearhart; great-grandsire on tail-female line is Triple Crown winner Affirmed, giving this colt three Triple Crown winners in his pedigree; fifth dam Big Hurry one of the great influences on the breed; progeny include Easy Goer, Allez France, Sea Hero, Personality, Admiring, True Knight, Hero's Honor, Affectionately, Adored, Regal Gleam, Caerleon, and Royal Glint; inbred 4(s)x4(d) to Hail to Reason; DP of 10-4-18-2-0 and a DI of 2.09.

Street Cry -- We're mentioning him even with his 4.33 DI and the fact that his sire Machiavellian's influence has been basically in Europe. Machiavellian is the only reason this colt's DI is so high, but he's by Mr. Prospector out of a Halo mare, and we sure don't see that as being a hindrance. Americans surely remember his son Almutawakel, winner of the Dubai World Cup, who ran so well in this country in the major fall Belmont stakes. Machiavellian has sired a good cross of sprinters, milers, and distance horses. But it is Street Cry's female family that stands out, as his dam Helen Street won the 1 1/2-mile Irish Oaks and his broodmare sire Troy won the 1 1/2-mile English Derby, Irish Derby, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Helen Street's broodmare sire Riverman, also has been a strong influence at 1 1/2 miles.

Turnberry Isle -- By Deputy Minister out of Blushing Groom mare Blush With Pride, who is one of the top grass influences in the world with progeny such as El Gran Senor, Spinning World, Yagli, Try My Best, and Xaar. But her broodmare sire Traffic Judge was top-class 1 1/4-mile dirt star, and a great foundation for tough, hard-knocking horses who loves the slop. Traffic Judge is half-brother to top sire Hasty Road; dosage profile 8-0-8-0-2; DI 2.00.

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