Stallion Video: Silver Wagon

Stallion Video: Silver Wagon
Photo: Jimmy McCue
Silver Wagon

SILVER WAGON

2001 by Wagon Limit–So Ritzy, by Darn That Alarm

Although Silver Wagon has an overall pedigree strongly suggesting the ability to get nine or 10 furlongs, he scored all four of his graded wins at seven furlongs, including the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) as a juvenile. This suggests two things: that Silver Wagon should be able to transmit speed, and that he has the genetic background to blend successfully with mares whose own racing profiles demonstrated more stamina.

The most immediate thing that jumps out in Silver Wagon’s pedigree is the repetition of the Native Dancer/Case Ace cross through Raise a Native and Jig Time, supplemented by the presence of Native Dancer’s daughter Natalma. Mares returning daughters of Raise a Native and Native Dancer would appear useful here. Inbreeding to Northern Dancer, is, of course, one strategy to get more Native Dancer into play through daughters, and the most promising strains for this purpose appear to be Danzig and Vice Regent through his daughters

Historically, Conquistador Cielo and his sons have done well with returns of Bold Ruler. Here, What a Pleasure seems promising, particularly since Silver Wagon’s broodmare sire, Darn That Alarm, sired grade I winner Pistols and Roses out of a What a Pleasure granddaughter. Returns of Bold Ruler through Secretariat and through daughters, also look interesting. So far, Seattle Slew has not been effective with the Conqustador Cielos, but Capote could be a possibility as he returns an extra two lines of *Nasrullah through his dam, including a strain through a daughter, and line breeding to *Nasrullah seems to be a workable strategy.

Another line that has done well with the male line of Conqustador Cielo is that of *Turn-to, and Halo appears to be a good possibility here as he also ties in to Silver Wagon’s cross of Northern Dancer. Sir Gaylord and his son Drone also look as though they may work, and Broad Brush (a stallion inbred 3 x 3 to *Turn-to) may also be worth a look.

Other pedigree elements that may be desirable in Silver Wagon’s mates include Round Table, Relaunch, Smarten (a half-brother to Wagon Limit’s second dam), and possibly Copelan. — by Avalyn Hunter

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