With a winning bid of $8 million at the Keeneland September sale, Mr. Sekiguchi was the highest-priced yearling of 2004. He won two of four starts and ran a close second in a six-furlong allowance race, coming in at 1:08.53, but was injured before he could fulfill his potential. He is by Storm Cat out of a Seeking the Gold mare – an identical cross to Pure Prize, who has made a great start with 11 stakes winners in his first two crops, despite beginning his stud career at a very modest fee. The Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms stallion is out of a graded stakes winning half sister to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall; this is also the family of Kipling, who has made the trip from Oklahoma to Kentucky after getting NetJet Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) winner Kip Deville.
Mr. Sekiguchi should be very well suited to breeding back over Mr. Prospector-line mares (something that has done well for Pure Prize), including daughters of Miswaki, Woodman, and Mining, who are bred on the same Mr. Prospector/Buckpasser cross as Seeking the Gold. Similarly, he should cross well with Mr. Greeley, who has a similar background to Seeking the Gold. Mr. Prospector’s sire, Raise a Native, is also worth bringing in via Alydar and Exclusive Native. Strains that have done well in general with Storm Cat include Seattle Slew (also very good with Seeking the Gold), Damascus, Blushing Groom (FR), and Ribot. Inbreeding to Mr. Sekiguchi’s family, through A.P. Indy, Honor Grades, Deerhound, and Lemon Drop Kid, looks worthwhile. - by Alan Porter