POST TIME WITH J.J. GRACI
Harry's “The Daily Horse” > 011518 > Monday
A dozen or so American flat racing tracks will be open today to help celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.. As a young man I heard the famous speech on the Washington Mall broadcast “live” on television, and when Dr. King ended his magnificent oration there, with the words “free at Last” I was moved as profoundly as in any episode of my life.
Dr. King was not only a champion of the black people, but a advocate for the beaten, the downtrodden, the hopeless, and the despairing the world over. His actions were as great as his words and his courage helped advance the notion of pride, and freedom, self-determination, and honor to billions in this world. Like so many glorious and brave people before him, Dr. King's life was taken from him before his three score and ten biblical allotment had expired. The forces of backwardness, and vile hatred, do not yield their position easily. With his assassination, the cause of freedom and justice was dealt a serious blow, and no leader of his compassion, eloquence, and personality, and conviction has emerged following his death.
At the races, Mopotism, whom I recollect as being in the 2017 Kentucky Oaks hunt; although I can't recall if she squared off with Abel Tasman in last season's off-track Oaks renewal. Nevertheless, the bay filly by Uncle Mo, himself a champion juvenile, out of Peppy Rafaela x Bernardini, showed that she will be a enterprising runner to follow in 2018 as she won the G2 La Canada Stakes at beautiful Santa Anita Park recently. In the aforementioned race I had backed Mended, a daughter of Broken Vow x Fair and Square, but my opinion and Mended, ended a head shy of determined Mopotism. The Doug O'Neill trainee hails from the “straight” 19 female family and her broodmare sire array is quite fascinating > Bernardini>French Deputy, an important sire in Japanese racing>Raja Baba, the son of Missy Baba<B. Major a track record setter in Chicagoland and a winner of the Everglades Stakes ...of more impact may be that the 4th dam of Mopotism, Fresh Pepper, was a half sister to notable racer Slewpy!
Mopotism stems from the Caro divisor of the Nasrullah partition of the Nearco male line. Nearco an unbeaten horse bred by the outstanding breeder of champion F. Tesio, is now the foremost influence in world thoroughbred pedigrees, via his descendants Northern Dancer, Hail to Reason, Bold Ruler. It should be remembered that Mr, Prospector and his many champion descendants trek back in time to Sickle the half brother to Hyperion. Although he too (Sickle) has a debt to Phalaris, in turn the sire Nearco traces to. Furthermore, the triad of Mr. Prospector, Northern Dancer, and Bold Ruler may account for as many as 70% of Graded Stakes winners in North America if not a similar figure world wide.
As Mopotism is our “Mare of the Day” let is conjure a matrimony to American Pharoah x Mopotism x Uncle Mo such an entry into a Saratoga yearling sale catalog might easily fetch a bid reaching a million dollars or more! Let us see if such a notion has a infrastructure to support such daydreaming. And here we find a small dilemma which breeders coming to American Pharoah with their prize mares might find. A dosage index of 7.00 will encumber the hypothetical foal! It is very rare to find a champion with such an elevated dosage index level, although like everything under the sun, there is an exception to the rules, and I may point to Always Dreaming, or Nyquist as an example. Nevertheless the foal of American Pharoah x Mopotism would show inbreeding to highly influential Fappiano, via his sons Unbridled and Quiet American perhaps at 4x6 of the pedigree sonar.
The Watnik# number of “large heart” stallion nine generation crosses sums to (24) a rank the foal would share with runners like War Decree, West Coast, Constellation, and Giant Expectations, etc.
Races and Runners 011518 Monday
6-5X6 DREAMING OF JC
1CONQUEST SABRE CAT
4-TWO THIRTY FIVE
7-DO THE DANCE