3rd at 5WOODWARD S.
(gr. I , 9f , to Rachel Alexandra, Macho Again, defeating Asiatic Boy (ARG), It's a Bird, Past the Point, Cool Coal Man, Da' Tara ).
When Dolphus Morrison, breeder and former co-owner of nine-time stakes winner Rachel Alexandra, bought the fillyÕs granddam KimÕs Blues in 1997, he was impressed by one physical attribute in particular: her throat.
ÒThe main thing I go for is an absolute good throat; theyÕve got to have a good airway for me to spend a lot of money breeding them,Ó said Morrison of KimÕs Blues, who went on to produce stakes winner Lotta Kim (by Roar), the dam of Rachel Alexandra. A daughter of Medaglia dÕOro, Rachel Alexandra scored a historic victory in the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga against older males.
Morrison privately acquired KimÕs Blues, a daughter of Cure the Blues, from trainer Lon Wiggins, who was selling her on behalf of a horseman who was liquidating his racing stock.
ÒKimÕs Blues had good conformation and good balance,Ó said Morrison. ÒEven when you look at (KimÕs Blues) today grazing in the pasture, she oozes class. So she passed that on to Lotta Kim and (her stakes-winning half-sister) Lotta Rhythm (by Rhythm). They both were outstanding physically, plus performers.Ó
Morrison has since sold KimÕs Blues. The mare delivered a Street Sense filly this year, who was bred in Kentucky by Walton Breeding.
KimÕs BluesÕ granddaughter, Rachel Alexandra, was raised at Dede McGeheeÕs 120-acre Heaven Trees Farm near Lexington, where Morrison still keeps Lotta Kim.
Morrison, a retired steel company executive and resident of Columbia, Mo., who also bred earlier multiple grade I winner You, originally raced Rachel Alexandra in partnership with Michael Lauffer. The two men sold the filly privately following her 201Ú4-length romp in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). She is now owned by Jess JacksonÕs Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick, who transferred her to the barn of Steve Asmussen after she was conditioned to early success by Hal Wiggins.
Earlier in the year Lotta Kim delivered an Any Given Saturday colt that failed to stand and nurse and had to be euthanized after undergoing treatments. She was not bred for 2010, but Morrison said another mating with Medaglia dÕOro next year had already been decided.
Lotta Kim descends from the family of Puerto Rican champion Music Express. A half-sister to Lotta KimÕs stakes-winning second dam Early Decision (by Lord Gaylord), Music Express won the 1991 Clasico Jose de Diego (PR-II) at El Comandante en route to being named that yearÕs highweighted older horse.
Medaglia dÕOro is the sire of 11 stakes winners. Among his eight black-type winners of 2009 are graded victors GabbyÕs Golden Gal (gr. I), Payton dÕOro (gr. II), and Al Khali, winner of the Sept. 6 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT). Medaglia dÕOro finished the 2009 season for $40,000 at Darley near Lexington.ÑE.M.
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