09/11/2006 11:00PM

Cacique extends Hasili's influence


LAS VEGAS - Racing against the best runners in Europe, Cacique was a Group 2 winner and finished second in two Group 1 races, but was always in the shadow of his contemporary Bago, who was an undefeated champion at 2 and champion at 3 when he captured the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. But like his siblings, Cacique has turned into a potential grass champion since his importation to this country.

Cacique became a Grade 1 winner in June when he won the Manhattan Handicap over Relaxed Gesture, Grey Swallow, and English Channel, but his victory last weekend in the Man o' War Stakes was his most impressive performance yet and augurs well for his chances in this year's Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 1/2 miles, a distance that was originally thought to be too far for him. The same thing was said of Intercontinental before she stretched out to win last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at 1 1/4 miles.

Cacique is the latest powerhouse from the outstanding broodmare Hasili, who has been a modern-day La Troienne, the greatest broodmare in the history of the sport. Hasili, a foal of 1991, is by Kahyasi, winner of the 1988 Epsom and Irish Derbies, and is out of Kerali (High Line), who won only 1 of 4 starts yet became the foundation mare for a new dynasty. In addition to Hasili, Kerali also produced the unraced Dissemble, the dam of last year's champion turf male, Leroidesanimaux. Another daughter of Kerali, stakes-placed Skiable, is the dam of Three Valleys, champion 2-year-old colt in England and a stakes winner in this country.

But Hasili has been the queen of this sensational female line and her offspring have had unusual success in the Breeders' Cup since 2000. Bred repeatedly to the late great Danehill, she produced Grade 1 winners Dansili, Banks Hill, Intercontinental, and Cacique. She also produced Grade 1 winner Heat Haze to the cover of Green Desert. Her last foal by Danehill is 3-year-old winner Champs Elysees, who was second in this year's Group 3 Prix Daphnis. Hasili also has a yearling colt by Sadler's Wells and was barren this year. She is currently in foal to Storm Cat.

Dansili was a champion older male in England and France and began the Hasili legacy in the Breeders' Cup when he finished fastest of all in the 2000 BC Mile, just a neck and a nose behind War Chant and North East Bound.

Banks Hill won 5 of 15 starts and was a champion 3-year-old filly and older female in England and France, and a champion turf female in the U.S. when she won the 2001 BC Filly and Mare Turf. She also finished second in the 2002 BC Filly and Mare Turf behind stablemate Starine. Banks Hill foaled a filly by Empire Maker this year and was bred back to Storm Cat.

Mostly kept to distances of one mile, Intercontinental was the champion turf female last year when she won the BC Filly and Mare Turf. Winner of 13 of 22 starts, her victories also include the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes. She also finished third in the English 1000 Guineas as a 3-year-old. Intercontinental was bred to Empire Maker this year.

Heat Haze won 7 of 14 starts, including the Grade 1 Beverly D. and Matriarch stakes. She finished fourth in the 2003 BC Filly and Mare Turf, beaten a nose, 2 1/2 lengths, and a nose behind Islington, L'Ancresse, and Yesterday. Heat Haze produced a filly by Empire Maker this year and was bred back to the 2003 Belmont Stakes winner.

Hasili has already had a remarkable influence on the Breeders' Cup and Cacique's presence in the BC Turf only adds to her legacy.

Librettist points to BC Mile

Librettist, who won the Group 1 Prix du Moulin, is now undefeated in five starts this year at age 4 and is a major threat for this year's BC Mile. Librettist won 2 of 3 starts at 2 and did not race at age 3.

A victory by Librettist would add to the incredible success of his late sire, Danzig. Danzig sired four Breeders' Cup winners - Chief's Crown, Dance Smartly, War Chant, and two-time BC Mile winner Lure. Librettist is out of the Alleged mare, Mysteries, who did not win in two starts. Like so many well-bred fillies, however, she became a force as a broodmare. In addition to Librettist, she also produced Group 1 winner Dubai Destination. Mysteries is a half-sister to two world-class sprinters, Agnes World (Danzig) and Hishi Akebono (Woodman), as well as stakes winner My Sea Castles (Polish Navy).