07/07/2016 3:53PM

The broodmare Win Approval is closing in on her fourth millionaire


On July 3, Live Oak Stud’s homebred World Approval won the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park, and while it was not his first stakes win – so there was nothing new there – his victory in the $300,000 event pushed him closer to the $1 million mark in earnings. With that victory, World Approval (by Northern Afleet) increased his earnings to $853,450 – and he’s just 4, and just getting started by most measures when looking at his siblings.

If he gets to the seven-figure milestone, it would be another feather in the cap of his dam, Win Approval, who has already produced three millionaires – champion turf male Miesque’s Approval (by Miesque’s Son), Revved Up (by Sultry Song), and Za Approval (by Ghostzapper).

Win Approval has been an amazing producer of horses who can run a distance of ground, are especially talented on turf, and have had very long racing careers. Every breeder who breeds to race looks for a mare like her.

By With Approval, Win Approval is owned by Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud of Ocala, Fla., and has been a blue hen producer for that venerable outfit, even if she’s been more of a blue-collar-producing mare. She seems to be underappreciated because the majority of her best runners have been geldings – so there has been no impact of her progeny at stud – and most of her runners are by non-commercial sires, the exception being Ghostzapper. Her only son at stud is Miesque’s Approval, and he stands in South Africa.

Win Approval is a second-generation mare for Live Oak, which bred her dam, Negotiator, by Hoist the Flag out of the Argentinian stakes-winning mare Geneva II, by Gulf-Weed.

Negotiator had some class, running second in the Grade 1 Matron Stakes at 2 while trained by Patrick Kelly, and she was sound, running 39 times over three seasons, earning $137,294.

Negotiator was a half-sister to the graded stakes winner Duveen (by Arts and Letters), but as a broodmare she was able to produce just one stakes-placed runner from eight foals. However, her daughters have been much better producers. One daughter, Pleasure Point, interestingly a twin by Honest Pleasure, was unplaced on the track but produced two stakes winners, including Forry How Cow (by Horatius), an earner of $432,275, and she’s the grandam or great-grandam of five other stakes horses.

Negotiator’s influence, though, is through Win Approval, who raced for two years, at ages 2 and 4, and made 16 starts, 14 of which came at age 4 when she returned from a year layoff. At 4, Win Approval, trained by Patrick Kelly, finally broke her maiden in her 13th career start, winning a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles on good turf at Monmouth Park, and she won her next start, at 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy Monmouth track, before being retired two starts later.

As a broodmare, Win Approval produced a stakes winner the first time out of the box, producing in 1998 Revved Up, a winner of 20 races in 43 starts and $1,548,653. Revved Up, racing for Live Oak and trained by Christophe Clement, raced nine years and won 14 stakes races, including three graded races, the Grade 2 Niagara Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Woodbine, the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes Breeders’ Cup Turf Handicap at Arlington, and the Sycamore Breeders’ Cup Stakes and Keeneland.

Her next foal was 1999 foal Miesque’s Approval, who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at age 7 in 2006 en route to being named champion turf male in North America. Raced by Live Oak and trained by Marty Wolfson, he won a total of nine stakes, including the Maker’s Mark Stakes and the Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap, both Grade 2, while racing for seven years. He won 12 times in 41 starts and earned $2,648,879.

Win Approval’s third millionaire was her 2008 foal, Za Approval, who won nine times in 34 starts over six seasons, earning $1,394,66 – and he’s still racing. He’s won three Grade 3 races, including the Knickerbocker and Appleton. He, too, is campaigned by Live Oak and trained by Mark Casse.
World Approval is also trained by Casse, and considering the soundness in the family, he’s just getting started. The United Nations was his first Grade 1 victory, but his fourth overall, having won the Grade 3 American Derby and Grade 3 Saranac last year, as well as one ungraded stakes.

For full details on the World Approval’s stakes win, his pedigree, sire line, and female family, go to the DRF’s exclusive, free Weekly Stakes Report, which can be downloaded as a pdf here.