Pedigree Analysis for Spook Express
by Tom LaMarra
Date Posted: 10/9/2001 3:00:29 PM

Spook Express, the 1998 champion 3-year-old filly in South Africa, is by Comic Blush -- Park Walk, by Green Dancer. In 1998, Spook Express, bred by Jack Syndicate, won the group I Garden Province Stakes and the group II Gosforth Park Fillies Guineas in her native country.

She is versatile, having won at five furlongs on the turf and 1 3/16 miles on the turf.

Comic Blush, bred in Kentucky, is by top turf sire Blushing Groom and the Great Britain-bred mare Istria. Comic Blush, who raced in the mid-1980s in the United States, had his success on the dirt; he won the Gravesend and Sporting Plate handicaps at Aqueduct, and the Flintlock Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

Comic Blush is a half-brother to stakes winners Dr. Adagio and Starita.

Spook Express, with $738,744 in earnings, leads the sire's progeny list. Basic Instinct, also by Comic Blush, was the champion sprinter in South Africa the same year Spook Express topped her division. Basic Instinct, out of Joyfields, won two group I sprints in South Africa in 1998.

Park Walk (Green Dancer -- Ellidiana) raced only twice in her career but was well-traveled. She went from England to Italy to Great Britain to the U.S. to South Africa in a four-year period. Park Walk has had eight foals, seven of which started. Spook Express is by far the most accomplished.

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