The passing of 20-year-old Armbro Operative brings to mind the fact that the Meadow Skipper/Most Happy Fella line running through Cam Fella is in danger of drying up in NA if things continue on their current path. Camluck is 26 and still standing in Ontario, but despite giving us last year’s Jug Winner Michael’s Power, who is a gelding, he has not produced an extender. And 25-year-old Cambest is still standing in Kentucky, but his alkaline induced time trial notwithstanding, he hasn’t come up with an heir. Unless you think Lis Mara is going to score a touchdown. The same goes for Camtastic who was from the first crop of Cam Fella. Precious Bunny didn’t get it done either. What about Presidential Ball and his son Allamerican Native? Not really.
It all comes down to Cam’s Card Shark. His son, 15-year-old Bettor’s Delight, may seem like a logical choice, but thus far he hasn’t produced a son who fits the extender role. His 5-year-old brother Roll With Joe is standing at Blue Chip and will be supported to the hilt, but who knows.
Jate Lobell (No Nukes) has already been closed out. Tyler B is depending on his 18-year-old grandson, Dragon Again, to carry him into the future, but that one is headed downstream to Ohio. There are no Dragon Again extenders on the horizon.
Albatross is dead on top, but that MHF line running through Oil Burner, No Nukes, Western Hanover and Western Ideal is strong. The latter’s sons Rocknroll and American Ideal are carrying on. Always A Virgin is also doing a lot with a little. Five-year-old Big Jim is waiting in the wings. And much is expected of Rocknroll’s son, Heaven. Then you have ARNRD, Pet Rock and even Panther Hanover.
The Western Hanover stallion Well Said shows promise, and the same goes for If I Can Dream. Western Terror and Badlands don’t appear to be destined for greatness but Big Bad John covered 140 mares in Ohio in 2012 and WWS could surprise. Getting away from single line dominance on the pacing side would be of benefit to all. SBSW, who appears to be a one-off for Mach Three, already took care of that. Now he’ll be going toe to toe with a concentrated strain of Skipper.
Broadway Hall and Wheeling N Dealin were both 9 for 9 at two and both of them won the Breeders Crown. However, while the former had his racing career curtailed due to a suspensory injury, WND came back at three only to go zip for the season—thus far, anyway. As a son of the great Cantab Hall, with an excellent pedigree from top to bottom and tremendous success as a freshman, Wheeling N Dealin has value as a stallion prospect. The problem is that another year like this one will diminish his desirability even further. If all goes as planned, Father Patrick, another son of Cantab Hall, will race for two more years, after which Hanover will probably double up on him the same way they doubled up on SBSW and his son Captaintreacherous.
Although she won the Filly Futurity, To Dream ON experienced a similar campaign to that of WND. But it’s no big deal for a broodmare prospect to overcome that sort of thing. Retiring TDO is easy; there is no Gural Rule for fillies. What about Wheeling N Dealin? Is there a physical basis for his poor showing in 2013? He apparently had a hairline fracture around his right knee that showed up after he won the BC in 2012. Would he qualify for a waiver? Would Ecurie Synergie like to retire him? They may not give a hoot and a holler about Gural, but the same rule applies at the WEG tracks. There doesn’t seem to be an exception built into the Gural Rule for a horse that simply lays an egg at three for no discernible reason. It happens.
No new stallions have been introduced in Ontario since the troubles began—the better ones are leaving. Wheeling N Dealin would be of value to breeders in New York or Ohio. Would that interest Ecurie Synergie? Another son of Cantab Hall, My MVP, will be standing in Ohio for 4K. He did nothing at two, and hangs his hat on a win in the Kentucky Futurity at three.
Last year George Teague finished at number 20 on the earning’s list, but with two months to go he doesn’t appear in the top 50 for 2013. Several of his better horses in recent years are for sale in Harrisburg next week. Last year’s freshman division champ, Somwherovrarainbow, who won a lot of money in the PASS but failed to deliver on the open circuit, will sell. She disappointed in the BC and failed to get past her Lady Maud elimination. Her mama, Rainbow Blue, sells in foal to SBSW. She topped Windsong’s legacy 119 to 98 in the 2004 HOY vote. Custard, Easy Again and Feel Like A Fool also hit the auction ring.
The Western Ideal filly, Authorize, who goes in the Circle City Friday at Hoosier, will sell…..Beatgoeson, who has earned more than all but two trotting mares this year, will also sell…..the Rocknroll colt, Emerius Maximus, sells…..Fancy Filly, in foal to SBSW, can be had for the right price…..Ginger And Fred is the richest race mare ever sold at public auction…..Knows Nothing, who races in the preferred trot at Woodbine Thursday night, is for sale……The Mach Three gelding, Mach It So, who earned more than 335K in the OSS this year, is also for sale…..The fast and consistent McArdle freshman, McWicked, sells…..The Bettor’s Delight three-year-old, Thirty Two Red, who was a disappointment this year, is for sale…..the Well Said freshman filly, Uffizi Hanover, who won a Bluegrass split, finished second in the ISS and won the BC in her last four starts, is in the catalog but could be withdrawn in light of her late season success.