02/11/2011 4:13PM

Welcome to Deluxe, Latest Hasili Daughter in U.S.


The aptly named Deluxe, the latest in a long line of Hasili offspring to arrive in America after having begun their racing careers in France, is now in training with Bill Mott. The 4-year-old Storm Cat filly, a half sister to Group or Grade 1 winners Banks Hill, Heat Haze, Intercontinental, Cacique and Champs Elysees, had six races in France under the tutelage of Andre Fabre, who was responsible for providing the underpinnings of all of the above named before they came to this country.

Of course, it is Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms who bred and owned them all. Pound-for-pound the most successful owner/breeder in the world, the Saudi prince is responsible for a number of the best Thoroughbred female families extant, but the one produced by Hasili stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Like Champs Elysees, Cacique, Intercontinental and Heat Haze before her, Deluxe arrives in America without having won a Group 1 race in Europe. Only Banks Hill, who added the Breeders' Cup Filly & mare Turf to her Coronation Stakes victory in England, was successful at the highest level prior to being transferred Stateside. Juddmonte is obviously hoping that a change of scene will benefit Deluxe.

Deluxe, however, is hardly a slouch desperately seeking blacktype. She won right off the bat in a one-mile Chantilly newcomers event in her lone juvenile outing on Sept. 22, 2009. Satisfied with her half-length victory that day, Fabre put her away for the winter with dreams of classic success dancing in his head.

Deluxe got her 3-year-old campagn off on the right foot on April 15 of last year with a late running victory in a one-mile Longchamp allowance. Seven weeks later she stepped up in class and distance for Longchamp's 1 1/4-mile, Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary in which she would face Ascot's juvenile Group 1 Fillies Mile winner Hibaayeb. Deluxe finished ahead of Hibaayeb that day but was beaten by the Aga Khan's Sarafina, who beat her a half-length into second with Hibaayeb 1 1/2 lengths away in third.

Deluxe would try Sarafina again in the 1 5/16-mile Prix de Diane, or French Oaks, on June 13, a day when the cream of French femininity reflects the female Thoroughbred breed across the rails at Chantilly. This time Sarafina had things her own way as she beat a somewhat unlucky Deluxe into fourth.

Given a 3-month break, Deluxe returned to action on Sept. 15 at Longchamp where she defeated the Aga Khan's Valasyra by a head after a long duel in the listed 1 5/16-mile Prix de Liancourt. The following month at Saint-Cloud, Valasyra prevailed in the rematch, finishing first in the 1 5/16-mile, Group 3 Prix de Flore. Stymied by the very soft ground, Deluxe could manage only ninth, subsequently being placed eighth after Valasyra was disqualified for a drug positive.

The season over, Deluxe became a prime candidate for a move to America. Intercontinental, a listed winner and Group 1 placed in France, had improved in the U.S. to win the Matriarch Stakes, the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, three Grade 2's and two Grade 3's. French listed race winner Heat Haze later won the Matriarch, the Beverly D and a pair of Grade 3's in America. Cacique, the winner of two Group 2's and a Group 3 in France, improved to win the Manhattan Handicap and the Man o' War at Belmont Park. And Champs Elysees, the winner of a single Longchamp Group 3 in eleven European starts, found North America much more to his liking, winning three Grade 1 stakes, the Northern Dancer Turf, the Hollywood Turf Cup and the Canadian International, as well as the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes.

Although she is by Storm Cat, a sire best known for producing sprinters and milers, Deluxe appears well suited to 1 1/4 miles, as evidenced by her two best French efforts in the Prix Saint-Alary and the French Oaks. And like all of Hasili's children, she should revel on firm ground. Even Dansili, the one stakes winning son or daughter of Hasili who failed to win a Group or Grade 1 race, put in perhaps his best effort in America when a fast closing neck third in War Chant's Breeders' Cup Mile on firm ground at Churchill Downs in 2000. The best he had been able to do in Europe was a win on heavy ground in the Group 2 Prix du Muguet, although he did finish a close second in a pair of Group 1 miles in England on good to firm ground, the Queen Anne Stakes and the Sussex Stakes.

Now 20, Hasili's 2008 Empire Maker filly Very Good News has failed to make it to the races. She was not bred in 2009 and aborted her 2010 Oasis Dream foal. To date she has produced six winners of twelve G1's, seven G2's and eight G3's, plus Deluxe.

On the track, Hasili was 0-for-6, her best effort a second-place finish in Maisons-Laffitte's listed Prix Imprudence, a key prep for the French 1000 Guineas. That race on April 5, 1994 may be the most important brrodmare producing event in history as it was won by Coup de Genie, a 2-time Group 1 winner, a full sister to Machiavellian, a half sister to Exit To Nowhere, and the dam of Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Denebola, Group 3 Prix de Cabourg winner Loving Kindness, 3-time Grade 3 winner Loving Kindness, and Glia, who won a Prix Imprudence of her own.

Hasili's offspring have not been nearly as successful in the breeding shed as her royal self, but they are not without their accomplishments. Banks Hill, who also won the one-mile Prix Jacques Le Marois in addition to her G1 triumphs in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Filly & mare Turf and one-mile Coronation Stakes, is the dam of Ideal World, a French listed winner at 1 1/4 miles and 1 9/16 miles as well as finishing second to Vision d'Etat in the 1 /2-mile, Group 2 Prix Niel. Intercontinental and Heat Haze each have only one foal to race to date. Cacique, with just three winners to date, was pensioned off early due to fertility problems. The first foal of Champs Elysees, a filly out of the Sadler's Wells mare Shuttle Mission, arrived on Jan. 20.

It is Hasili's first fola and eldest son, Dansili, who is passing her blood on most proficiently. By Danehill, and so a full brother to Banks Hill, Intercontinental, Cacique and Champs Elysees, Dansili stands, like Champs Elysees, at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for a fee of 65,000 pounds ($104,000). He is the sire of seven Group 1 winners, among them Harbinger, the 2010 World Thoroughbred Ranking highweight, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Rail Link, Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun, and Proviso, a 5-time Grade 1 winner on turf in America. All of those save Harbinger raced in Juddmonte's green, pink and white silks.