At the farm tours there was a fair bit of discussion about sires (dads) and dams (moms). A horse’s family tree is referred to as it’s “Pedigree.”
Pedigree plays a significant role in racing and a horse’s propensity towards certain surfaces and distances.
While, we lost Charlie to the claim, I’ve kept his information in this blog as a point of comparison. Charlie Thomas and Tribal Waters are two horses with significantly different pedigrees.
The Sire is always on the top side of the pedigree and the dam is on the bottom. Charlie Thomas’ sire is Seeking The Dia and the dam is Champion Ride.
Seeking The Dia
Seeking The Dia won over $5 million dollars in his career and had a record of 7-9-2 from 30 career starts and was a prominent runner in Japan. He also was the leading money earner sired by Storm Cat. He stood at Hill N Dale farm in Kentucky in 2009-2010, which is when Champion Ride went to be bred in 2010, resulting in Charlie Thomas being born March 2, 2011.
Seeking the Dia’s sire is Storm Cat. One of the most influential sires in modern day. The following came from The Blood-Horse article regarding Storm Cat’s death in 2013:
Storm Cat retired from racing in 1987 to stand at Overbrook Farm. After breeding his first book of mares in 1988 at a fee of $30,000, he spent 20 years at stud during a career that saw his fee rise to as high as $500,000.
According to Overbrook, Storm Cat sired earners of more than $127 million, eight champions, and 108 graded stakes winners including winners of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and five Breeders’ Cup races. He ranked second on the all-time Breeders’ Cup sire list and was the sire of numerous European group I winners. He topped the general sire list twice, the juvenile sire list a record seven times, and was leading broodmare sire in 2012.
Of his yearlings, 462 sold at public auction for over $319 million, including 91 yearlings which brought $1 million or more. By comparison, his grandsire Northern Dancer ranked second with 52 yearlings which brought $1 million or more, according to Overbrook.
Quite an impressive sire line for Charlie!
Charlie’s dam, Champion Ride won one race in two starts and was bred by Sidney and Jenny Craig (yes, that Jenny Craig). Champion Ride’s sire is Candy Ride. Currently Candy Ride is #2 on the General Sire list in North America and stands for a stud fee of $60,000.
There’s a saying in racing that you “breed the best to the best and hope for the best.” Charlie has strong breeding on both his sire and dam side and we’ve seen it play out in his success on the racetrack.
Tribal Waters has a bit of a more modest pedigree, even though you see Storm Cat in his pedigree as well.
Tribal Waters is sired by Tribal Rule who is sired by Storm Cat. Tribal Rule could be considered more of a regional stallion and had a career record of 4 starts, 2 wins and 2 seconds. He earned $77,600 in his racing career.
Tribal Rule passed away in 2014, but according to the Daily Racing Form:
Tribal Rule was versatile at stud, finishing at or near the top of the California sire lists in multiple categories during the past several years. He also gained national notice as a prominent sire of synthetic-surface runners, finishing fourth among North American sires in that category last year and leading the synthetic list this year through May 1 with progeny earnings of over $540,000.
Tribal Rule also led the California general sire list for 2014 through May 1, with progeny earnings of over $1.68 million. His runners overall have bankrolled more than $21 million.
His leading runners include Grade 1 winner Georgie Boy, Grade 2 winners Ciao Bella Luna and Ethnic Dance, Grade 3 winners Alphie’s Bet and Tribal Spy, and Grade 1-placed Rush With Thunder.
Tribal Waters dam is Rio Tejo, who earned honors as the 2003/2004 Broodmare of the Year in California.
You can see a bit of family resemble, don’t you think?
We are on the hunt for another horse for the club. Given that Larry Ross is back at Emerald Downs and isn’t in California, we will only be considering horses at Emerald Downs. We may also consider claiming Charlie back.
This decision will be left to our trainers and we will post a blog after a claim is made just like when we acquired Charlie.
Tribal Waters Update
There is currently no race for TW in the condition book for this weekend. We are continuing to look for a race for him.
A special “Good Luck” to American Pharoah in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes from the Emerald Racing Club! Go get ’em!