Wiregrass and sacahuista
. Beyond in the stone arroyos the tracks of dragons.
AND FOR Sacahuista
's sire sons Shez Sinsational, one of two Group 1 winners sired by Shadwell's former Italian shuttler Ekraar (by Red Ransom out of 1987 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Sacahuista
), took the Group 1 Darci Brahma International Stakes at Te Rapa in New Zealand on the same afternoon that Ekraar's half-brother Hussonet (by Mr Prospector) was represented by Caulfield Group 3 winner Eagle Falls.
Out of the 1987 Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Sacahuista
, Ekraar is a half-brother to the champion Chilean sire Hussonet.
Back in the fourth generation is the fine family of the likes of Meneval and Sacahuista
Hussonet is out of Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Sacahuista
and is a half-brother to Hamdan Al Maktoum's top-class colt Ekraar, from the family of Irish St Leger winner Meneval and Grade 1 winners Raging Fever and Geri.
Aside from his racing reputation, Ekraar has a strong pedigree, being out of the champion US mare Sacahuista
, winner of the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 1987.
Out of the North American champion Sacahuista
, Ekraar is a half-brother to Hussonet, a leading sire in Chile before his purchase by John Messara's Arrowfield Stud in Australia earlier this year.
Consigned by Eaton Sales, the filly is out of champion Sacahuista
. Wayne Lukas, who trained Sacahuista
, was the underbidder.
, dam of Ekraar, qualifies as one of those better mares, though her record at stud, from matings with horses in much higher repute than Red Ransom, leaves a deal to be desired.
There are also half-sisters to Grade 1 scorer Spectacular Tide (139) and smart sprinter Check The Band (143), plus fillies from the families of champions Turkoman (52) and Sacahuista
Record number of Breeders' Cup winners: Life's Magic (1985 Distaff), Twilight Ridge (1985 Juvenile Fillies), Lady's Secret (1986 Distaff), Capote (1986 Juvenile), Sacahuista
(1987 Distaff), Success Express (1987 Juvenile), Gulch (1988 Sprint), Is It True (1988 Juvenile), Open Mind (1988 Juvenile Fillies), Steinlen (1989 Mile), Flanders (1994 Juvenile Fillies), Timber Country (1994 Juvenile), Boston Harbour (1996 Juvenile)
Foals by AP Indy feature a half-sister to Free House, sons of Grade 1 winner Tis Juliet and champion Sacahuista
, and a half-sister to La Nuit Rose out of Prix de Diane winner Caerlina.