06/08/2013 12:00PM

Belmont Stakes contenders: Pedigree profiles

Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Derby winner Orb, outside, is one of two runners who will represent sire Malibu Moon in the Belmont Stakes.

A sizable field of 14, including Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, will line up to contest the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes this Saturday at Belmont Park.

The 1 1/2-mile challenge is the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Below is a closer look at the individual pedigrees, sale histories, and backgrounds of the entrants, in post position order.

Frac Daddy, gr. or ro. c., Scat Daddy—Skipper’s Mate, by Skip Away

Breeder: Nancy M. Leonard Living Trust

Frac Daddy, who finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby last month, was purchased by owner Magic City Thoroughbreds for $50,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. Magic City comprises Billings, Mont., natives Carter Stewart and Kent Schlenker, who campaign last year’s Travers Stakes dead-heat winner Golden Ticket.

Sire Scat Daddy, who is based at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., edged out Hard Spun as leading North American freshman sire in 2011. The 7-year-old Johannesburg horse and 2007 Florida Derby winner is the sire of Grade 1 winner Lady of Shamrock, multiple Group 2 winner Daddy Long Legs, and Grade 2 winner Handsome Mike among several other notables.

Frac Daddy is out of the stakes-placed Skip Away mare Skipper’s Mate, a half-sister to stakes winner Vegas Play and stakes-placed Southern Charmer.

Freedom Child, ch. r., Malibu Moon – Bandstand, by Deputy Minister
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm (Ky.)

Freedom Child, who enters the Belmont off a victory in the local prep, the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes, is a son of Spendthrift Farm stallion Malibu Moon. He will look to give that son of A.P. Indy a second classic winner this spring, after Orb took the Kentucky Derby.

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Freedom Child is among three winners from as many starters out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Bandstand. His second dam, the Grade 1-winning Carson City mare City Band, also produced stakes winner Weather Warning; stakes winner and producer Foolishly; and Storm Tide, dam of Grade 3 winner American Lion. It is the family of Shanghai Bobby, last year’s champion juvenile male. 

Consigned to the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale by Spendthrift Farm, Freedom Child was a $350,000 purchase by Buzz Chace, agent, for the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership.

Overanalyze, b. c., Dixie Union - Unacloud, by Unaccounted For

Breeder: Diamond A. Racing Corp (Ky.)

Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze, who finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby, is one of three starters in the Belmont for New York-based Mike Repole. The owner purchased the colt for $380,000 out of the 2011 Keeneland September sale, making him broodmare Unacloud’s biggest auction success.

Overanalyze is one of six winners from eight starters out of the unraced Unaccounted For mare, whose other runners include Grade 1 winner Meadow Breeze.

Overanalyze is from the penultimate crop of Grade 1 winner Dixie Union, who stood at Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., until his death in July 2010. The colt will attempt to give his sire back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners, following Union Rags in 2012.

Giant Finish, ch. c., Frost Giant - Apocalyptic, by Hickman Creek

Breeder: Andrew Cohen (N.Y.)

Graded stakes-placed Giant Finish, who finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby, represents first-crop sire Frost Giant. That Grade 1-winning son of Giant's Causeway had a breakout season last year, leading New York sires in juvenile earnings, freshman earnings, and juvenile average earnings per runner. He set a record for earnings by a freshman sire in the state. Frost Giant currently stands at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.

Out of the Hickman Creek mare Apocalyptic, Giant Finish is a half-brother to stakes producer Apocalyptical. It is the family of Grade 2 winner and sire Screen King and Grade 2 winner and sire Crafty C. T.

Orb, b. c., Malibu Moon - Lady Liberty, by Unbridled

Breeder: Stuart S. Janney III (Ky.)

Kentucky Derby winner Orb delivered the signature victory long missing from the résumés of the extended Phipps and Janney families and their longtime trainer, Hall of Fame member Shug McGaughey. However, the Malibu Moon colt’s pursuit of the Triple Crown ended when he was a dull fourth in the Preakness Stakes two weeks later. Orb will now look to become the first horse to pull off the Derby-Belmont double since Thunder Gulch in 1995.

Orb was bred and is campaigned in partnership by Stuart S. Janney III and his cousin Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, and his pedigree represents the long working relationship between those families and the Hancocks of Claiborne Farm, where the colt was raised. The colt's first four dams are all mares bred by the Janney families and sired by Claiborne stallions. The family tree began with sixth dam Bold Irish, a mare acquired from A.B. "Bull" Hancock, Jr.

Orb is one of two winners from three foals to race out of the winning Unbridled mare Lady Liberty, who in turn was produced by the Grade 2-winning Cox's Ridge mare Mesabi Maiden. Third dam Steel Maiden was a half-sister to four stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner and sire Private Terms. Fourth dam Laughter was a half-sister to the brilliant but ill-fated filly Ruffian; as well as to Icecapade, who sired Wild Again, winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic. It is also the family of Argentinean champion and U.S. Grade 1 winner Suggestive Boy.

Dinny Phipps suggested selling Lady Liberty after her broodmare career got off to a slow start. However, Janney, with the advisement of Seth Hancock, convinced his cousin that they ought to keep the mare—giving the family its first Kentucky Derby winner.

Incognito, gr. or ro. c., A.P. Indy – Octave, by Unbridled’s Song
Breeder: Darley (Ky.)

Although likely to be a longshot as one of the lesser-accomplished entrants in the field, Incognito sports perhaps the best pedigree. The Darley homebred is a son of 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner A.P. Indy, a legendary sire who already has produced one Belmont winner in 2007 victress Rags to Riches.

Incognito’s dam, Octave, won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes. The daughter of Unbridled’s Song won or placed in 10 other stakes events, including runner-up efforts in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Kentucky Oaks, as well as a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She bankrolled $1,660,934. Octave is now the dam of two winners, both by A.P. Indy.

Out of the stakes winning Dr. Carter mare Belle Nuit, Octave is a full sister to stakes winner Unbridled Behavior, as well as a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and multiple stakes producer Belle Cherie, stakes winner Be Mine Tonight, and multiple stakes producer She Nuit All. Belle Nuit is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and stakes producer Ms. Eloise.

Oxbow, b. c., Awesome Again - Tizamazing, by Cee's Tizzy

Breeder: Colts Neck Stables LLC (Ky.)

Oxbow got away with tepid early fractions in the Preakness Stakes and capitalized on his perfect trip by rolling to a 1 3/4-length victory, rebounding from a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. The first classic winner for his sire, Adena Springs stallion Awesome Again, Oxbow is one of three from his crop to start in all three Triple Crown races. The colt is bred on the same cross that has produced several high-level runners in recent history.

Oxbow is out of the unraced Cee's Tizzy mare Tizamazing, making him a full brother to stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Awesome Patriot. Tizamazing is a full sister to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, the only two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic. Other full siblings include Grade 2 winner Budroyale, runner-up in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic; Grade 2 winner Tizdubai; and stakes winner Tizbud.

Tizamazing is also a full sister to productive broodmare Tizso, dam of 2012 Haskell Invitational winner and Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter; Grade 3 winner Tiz West; and stakes winner Tizakitty.

The first classic winner bred by Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables, Oxbow was a $250,000 purchase by Brad Kelley, who races under the famed Calumet Farm banner after assuming control of the historic property last year, at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. The colt became the record eighth Preakness winner for Calumet. 

Midnight Taboo, ch. c., Langfuhr – Hot Red, by Thunder Gulch
Breeders: Upson Downs Farm and EICO Stable (Ky.)

Midnight Taboo is one of three Belmont starters for owner Mike Repole, who purchased the colt for $240,000 out of the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale.

The colt is out of the unraced Thunder Gulch mare Hot Red, who is bred on a similar cross to 2001 dual classic winner and champion Point Given. Hot Red, out of the stakes winner Turbo Launch, is a half-sister to stakes winner and producer Turko’s Turn, the dam of Point Given. The latter is a son of Thunder Gulch, the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner.

Midnight Taboo is a son of Langfuhr, a Canadian champion who has produced Grade 1 winner and champion Lawyer Ron; Canadian Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Wando; and Canadian champions Mobil and Kimchi, among others.

Revolutionary, dk. b or br. c., War Pass - Runup the Colors, by A.P. Indy

Breeder: W.S. Farish (Ky.)

Revolutionary, who comes in off a third-place effort in the Kentucky Derby, is the latest product of a deep family that has produced several Grade 1 winners, stakes producing mares, and top sires.

The colt is the first stakes winner out of 1997 Alabama Stakes heroine Runup the Colors, a daughter of A.P. Indy who had already produced Grade 2-placed winners Tafaseel and Ice Road.
Runup the Colors is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Prospectors Delite, the dam of both 2003 Horse of the Year and sire Mineshaft and Tomisue's Delight, a Grade 1 winner and producer.

She is also a half-sister to Italian Group 1 winner Flagbird, dam of three stakes horses and several other stakes producers; her daughters include stakes-placed Dubai Belle, dam of Grade 1 winner Little Belle.

Runup the Colors is also a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and sire Top Account; stakes winners Allied Flag and Fold the Flag; and stakes winner and producer Long View.

Revolutionary is from the first of just two crops by 2007 champion juvenile War Pass, who died suddenly in December 2010, a day after returning from shuttle duty. The Cherokee Run horse, who stood at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., before his death, won five of seven career starts, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes. 

WinStar Farm purchased Revolutionary for $235,000 out of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Will Take Charge, ch. c., Unbridled's Song - Take Charge Lady, by Dehere

Breeder: Eaton (Ky.)

The well-bred Will Take Charge is one of three Belmont entrants, along with Orb and Oxbow, who will have competed in all three Triple Crown events. The Unbridled’s Song colt finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby and seventh in the Preakness Stakes. 

Will Take Charge is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning Dehere mare Take Charge Lady, dam of four winners from five starters. Her offspring include 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, who posted an impressive victory in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes on Derby weekend at Churchill Downs.

Out of the unraced Rubiano mare Felicita, Take Charge Lady is a half-sister to stakes winner Commendation; stakes winner Eventail, dam of Grade 2 winner Straight Story; and Jessi Take Charge, dam of Grade 2-placed Northern Giant. It is the family of Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge.

Owner Willis D. Horton purchased Will Take Charge for $425,000 out of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Vyjack, b. g., Into Mischief—Life Happened, by Stravinsky

Breeder: Machmer Hall (Ky.)

Vyjack, who finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby, is among several notable sophomores to come from the first crop of promising Spendthrift Farm stallion Into Mischief. Into Mischief is also represented by Grade 1 winner Goldencents and multiple stakes winning filly Sittin At The Bar. The Harlan’s Holiday horse, himself a Grade 1 winner as a juvenile, stands at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Vyjack, out of the unraced Stravinsky mare Life Happened, is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes-placed Prime Cut. It is the family of graded stakes winners Disco Rico and Miss Slewpy.

Vyjack was bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall, which was established by Craig and Carrie Brogden and Carrie’s mother Sandy Willwerth in 2001. The Paris, Ky., operation has had several notable successes, including breeding multiple Grade 1 winner Premium Tap in partnership with Will Farish’s Lane’s End.

Vyjack was purchased by Al and Sally Pike’s Pike Racing for $45,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in 2011, and then pinhooked for $100,000 to entrepreneur David Wilkenfeld’s Pick Six Racing at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

Palace Malice, b. c., Curlin - Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem

Breeder: W.S. Farish (Ky.)

Palace Malice, who earned his way into the Kentucky Derby with a runner-up effort in the Blue Grass Stakes, faded to finish 12th in the classic after setting a suicidal early pace in his first start with blinkers. The blinkers come off the colt for the Belmont Stakes.

Palace Malice is from the first crop of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, the all-time leading money winner in North America. The Smart Strike horse captured eight Grade 1 events during his racing career, including the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic and Preakness Stakes and 2008 Dubai World Cup. He entered stud in 2009 at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky.

Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stable purchased Palace Malice for $200,000 out of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Palace Malice is out of the stakes-winning Royal Anthem mare Palace Rumor, a half-sister to two other stakes winners. It is the family of Rail Trip, who established a track record in winning the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Unlimited Budget, b. f., Street Sense—Unlimited Pleasure, by Valid Appeal

Breeder: Ocala Stud (Fla.)

Mike Repole’s filly won the first four starts of her career before finishing third in the Kentucky Oaks. She now steps up to face males in the Belmont Stakes, seeking to become just the fourth filly to win the prestigious event. 

Unlimited Budget was bred in Florida by J. Michael O’Farrell’s Ocala Stud, one of the state’s most successful stud farms; the outfit also consigned Unlimited Budget to the 2012 OBS March select 2-year-olds in training sale, where she was purchased by Mike Repole for $475,000. That price tag makes her the most expensive horse in the Belmont field. 

Out of the stakes-placed Valid Appeal mare Unlimited Pleasure, Unlimited Budget is a half-sister to Grade 3 winners Jardin and Beacon Shine and is from the family of Super Derby winner Outofthebox and Sunshine Millions Classic and Grade 2 winner Tackleberry.

Kentucky Derby winner and champion Street Sense, by Street Cry, was sent to Darley’s Japan operation in late 2012; he also stands at Darley Australia for the Southern Hemisphere season.

Golden Soul, ch. c., Perfect Soul - Hollywood Gold, by Mr. Prospector

Breeder: Charles Fipke (Ky.)

Golden Soul, one of the final horses to make the Kentucky Derby field based on the qualifying points system, rewarded owner-breeder Charles Fipke with a late-closing runner-up effort in the classic. 

The colt is a son of Perfect Soul, a homebred who Fipke campaigned to a Sovereign Award as Canada's champion turf male. Perfect Soul now stands at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Golden Soul's dam Hollywood Gold—by Mr. Prospector and out of the Group 1 winner Lady in Silver—is the dam of six winners from eight foals to race. Those include Grade 2 winner Quinton's Gold Rush.