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Stallion Video: Will He Shine

Will He Shine, by Avalyn Hunter


2002 by Silver Deputy–Christmas Star, by Star de Naskra

Bred primarily for raw speed, Will He Shine lived up to that on the track, taking his biggest win in the 2007 True North Handicap (gr. II). Although from the family of Olympio, a top performer at seven to nine furlongs, he is likely to need a strong dose of stamina from his mares to get foals capable of staying more than a mile.

Will He Shine’s dam Christmas Star is a half-sister to grade II winner Call Now and to stakes winner Your Call, both by Wild Again. Christmas Star is also a half-sister to the dam of grade II winner Wild Wonder, by Wild Again. This would seem to point to Wild Again and his sire Icecapade as desirable elements in Will He Shine’s mates, particularly as both Wild Again and Icecapade have combined well with the primary elements of Silver Deputy’s pedigree.

Silver Deputy has worked well with a wide variety of bloodlines. Though he has not had great success with mares from the Northern Dancer male line, he has done well with mares carrying Nijinsky II through other channels. As Olympio has also gotten several black-type runners from mares carrying Nijinsky II, this looks like a good play for Will He Shine as well. Another good element to look for is Seattle Slew, who has combined with Silver Deputy in grade I winner Pool Land and grade II winner Silver Ticket.

Mares featuring Roberto in their pedigrees also look like good prospects for Will He Shine. Not only is Silver Deputy the sire of grade II winners Badge of Silver and Spring At Last from Roberto-line mares, but Bistra, a half-sister to Will He Shine’s dam, produced grade II winner Fun House to the cover of Roberto’s son Kris S.

Other pedigree elements that may have a good chance of combining well with Will He Shine include Caro (Ire), Tom Rolfe, Key to the Mint, and possibly *Herbager.and non-Seattle Slew strains of Bold Ruler. For those wishing to consider inbreeding to Mr. Prospector, Silver Deputy has sired grade III winner Mr. Jester from a Fappiano mare; Carson City, the sire of Will He Shine’s grade I-winning half-brother Cuvee, may be another source of Mr. Prospector to consider. — by Avalyn Hunter