10/30/2017 1:10PM

As broodmare sire, Singspiel impacting Breeders' Cup

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Shadwell Turf Mile winner Suedois was produced by a Singspiel mare.

The Breeders’ Cup was a victory that eluded the globetrotting Singspiel. He finished second in the 1996 Turf at Woodbine in his Eclipse Award championship campaign and was training toward a second attempt in 1997 at Hollywood Park when he sustained a career-ending fracture.

But Singspiel, a homebred who stood in Europe for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum’s Darley operation, has made his mark on the Breeders’ Cup. He is the sire of 2007 Filly and Mare Turf winner and Eclipse champion Lahudood and multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, third in the 2009 Turf. This year, the late stallion is represented as the broodmare sire of two prominent contenders. Shadwell Turf Mile victor Suedois is headed for the Mile, and the well-traveled French Group 1 winner Wuheida starts in the Filly and Mare Turf.

The Irish-born Singspiel won 9 of 20 starts and finished worse than second only three times, banking $5.9 million. He captured the 1997 Dubai World Cup and was a Grade/Group 1 winner in England, Japan, and Canada and Group 1-placed in France. As a stallion, Singspiel was represented by 107 stakes winners worldwide, including 2003 Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad, five-time Group 1 winner Solow, French Oaks winner Confidential Lady, and Group 1 winners Asakusa Den’en, Eastern Anthem, Folk Opera, Hibaayeb, Lateral, and Papineau. Hibaayeb is the dam of Wuheida.

Singspiel was euthanized at age 18 in 2010 after developing laminitis following a long illness. He has carried on as the broodmare sire of Japanese champions Robe Tissage and Sinhalite, Australian Group 1 winners Epaulette and Helmet, July Cup winner Limato, and Arlington Million winner Debussy, among others.

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