Belmont Winner's Pedigree--Part 2


Like Galbreath, Steinbrenner was focused on winning the World Series and sold Image of Reality privately as a yearling in 1977 to Lowell Hughes and Chealis Hammond. The Yankees ended up capturing the 1977 Series and repeating in 1978, during which year, Image of Reality failed to race. She more than made up for her time off.

Image of Reality, who began her racing career in 1979, scored her major win in the 1980 Milady Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park over co-champion It's in the Air. Hughes by that time was the sole owner, having bought out his partner's interest. Front-running tactics also had resulted in two other stakes wins earlier that year. Trained by Larry Barrera, Image of Reality won eight of 26 races and earned $211,290 prior to her retirement in the first part of 1981. Her first foal, a Codex filly named Image of Class, was born in 1983 and won the Seaway Stakes at Woodbine four years later.

Juddmonte bought Image of Reality, in foal to El Gran Senor, for $500,000 at the 1987 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from DanDar Farm, agent. The resultant foal, a filly named Navarra, was a grade III winner as a 5-year-old for Craig Singer, who had bought her in training. For the next mating, Juddmonte returned Image of Reality to El Gran Senor, and Toussaud was the resultant foal.

Bred by E.P. Taylor, El Gran Senor was no stranger to Abdullah. Raced by Robert Sangster and a champion at ages two and three, the son of Northern Dancer had beaten Juddmonte's Rainbow Quest in the 1984 Joe McGrath Irish Sweeps Derby (Ire-I) at 1 1/2 miles. El Gran Senor also scored a major win in that year's General Accident Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at a mile and finished a close second to Northern Dancer's son Secreto in the 1 1/2-mile Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I) after one of the most tenacious battles in Derby history. At the end of the season, El Gran Senor was assigned highweight in the English miler category, but wasn't even weighted in the 1 1/2-mile division. Rainbow Quest received top honors in that category off his Great Voltigeur Stakes (Eng-II) win.

El Gran Senor, named for Northern Dancer's trainer, Horatio Luro, retired with seven wins from eight starts and entered stud at Taylor's Windfields Farm in Maryland. He later was moved to Robert Sangster and partners' Ashford Stud near Lexington, where he currently is pensioned. His best runners have been sprinters and milers, suggesting that maybe those handicappers might have known something after all.

A Kentucky-bred, Toussaud began her racing career in England, where she was a group III winner. Like many of the Juddmonte runners, she was returned to the U.S. to continue her racing career. In her first race back, she finished a close fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland in the fall of 1992.

Toussaud was sent to Bobby Frankel in Southern California to begin preparation for her 4-year-old season. She won the Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIT) in her second start, then came within about a fifth of a second of the course mark in winning the Gamely Handicap (gr. IT). After that, she took the American Handicap (gr. IIT) over males and the Autumn Days Handicap. In her final two races, she came home fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and was second behind champion Flawlessly in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT). She retired to Juddmonte near Lexington with seven wins from 15 starts and $551,536 in earnings.

In keeping with his game plan of pursuing the world's most celebrated races, Abdullah has mated Toussaud to top stallions. Her first foal, Chester House, is by Mr. Prospector, and her second, Honest Lady, is by Seattle Slew. Both are grade I winners and both are at Juddmonte working on the next generation of Juddmonte runners. Millionaire Chester House is standing his third season, and Honest Lady produced her second foal, a Danzig filly, this year. She is in foal to Unbridled's Song (by Unbridled).

Toussaud's yearling filly by Seeking the Gold and her 2003 Kingmambo filly reside at Juddmonte. The newborn filly is on a nurse mare. Toussaud, who keeps company with her goat friend Liz, has been bred to A.P. Indy.

The only one of Toussaud's six foals of racing age not to have won is Civilisation. The 5-year-old son of Gone West was sold for stallion duty to stand at Naylee Farm near Summit Point, W.Va.

Unbridled, who began his stallion career at Gainesway, was purchased by a syndicate headed by Claiborne Farm's Seth Hancock following the 1996 breeding season. Unbridled was euthanized in the fall of 2001 after a severe bout with colic. At the time of his death, his fee on the open market went for $200,000.