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Influence of Juddmonte’s Hasili on full display internationally
By Nicole Russo
It's been nearly two decades since Hasili set foot on Deauville Racecourse. But the mare is still ensuring that the Juddmonte Farm colors remain a prominent fixture at the track – and elsewhere.
Hasili, a Juddmonte homebred, has been a jewel in Khalid Abdullah's outstanding broodmare band. The 22-year-old daughter of Kahyasi produced six graded or group stakes winners for the operation, several of whom continue to play a significant role in its racing and breeding successes. That was strongly in evidence last weekend, as Romantica, out of Hasili's champion daughter Banks Hill, captured the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet on Sunday at Deauville. One day earlier, Dank and Dandino, both sired by Hasili's son Dansili, captured stakes on Arlington Park's prominent program.
Hasili was a successful racemare for Juddmonte, winning four of 17 starts, including the Prix des Sablonnets as a juvenile. Her true prowess, however, came in her second career as a broodmare, as all seven of her winners from eight starters are stakes winners. She found particular success when matched with Coolmore's Danehill, a legendary international sire.
Hasili's first foal by the stallion was Dansili, who won the Group 2 Prix du Muguet and Group 3 Prix Messidor and Prix Edmond Blanc in France; multiple Grade/Group 1 placed, he finished third in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile. Now based at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England, he is the sire of 526 winners through Aug. 17 for combined earnings of $51,200,291 from his first 10 crops of racing age. His 84 stakes winners include 52 graded or group stakes winners.
Dansili’s chief earner is Famous Name, who has bankrolled more than $2.1 million while winning 20 stakes in Ireland; he is also Group 1-placed in Ireland, France and Germany, and Group 2-placed in England. Another son, Rail Link, captured the 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and earned more than $1.9 million. Dansili is also the sire of Grade/Group 1-winning millionaires Giofra, Harbinger, Proviso, and Foreteller. His daughter Laughing recently captured the Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga.
Dandino is approaching millionaire status, as his victory in the American St. Leger Saturday at Arlington Park pushed his career earnings to $985,399. The colt, a multiple group stakes winner in England, is Grade 1-placed in Canada.
Bred in England by Elite Racing Club and owned by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, Dandino is out of the winning Generous mare Generous Diana, who also produced Doyly Carte, a stakes winner over hurdles. Generous Diana is out of a half-sister to French Oaks winner Lypharita.
One race after Dandino won the St. Leger, Dank gave their sire a stakes double at Arlington with a sparkling turn of foot to capture the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes. The English-born filly, a group stakes winner last season, indicated she was rounding into a top effort by capturing the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes in Ireland and Group 3 Dahlia Stakes in England earlier this year.
Owned by James Wigan and bred by his London Thoroughbred Services Ltd., Dank is out of the winning Darshaan mare Masskana, who also produced Group 1 Hong Kong Cup winner and Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Eagle Mountain. Dank is also a half-sister to French Group 1 stakes winner and stakes producer Sulk, stakes winner Wallace, and stakes producers Anna Pallida and Slink. Masskana is out of French 1,000 Guineas winner Masarika, making her a half-sibling to graded/group stakes winners Madjaristan and Massyar.
Producing Dansili would be the height of achievement for many mares. But for Hasili, it was just her opening act. The mare's next foal was Banks Hill, who was Europe's champion 3-year-old filly in 2001, as she captured the Group 1 Coronation Stakes in England and the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois in France. The daughter of Danehill also invaded the U.S. to capture the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Belmont Park, securing the Eclipse Award as champion turf female. She finished second in the Filly and Mare Turf the following season.
Joining her dam in the Juddmonte broodmare band, Banks Hill is now the dam of three winners from as many starters. Her daughter Romantica, a 4-year-old by Galileo, earned her first Group 1 victory in the Prix Jean Romanet, surviving for the win despite being carried out by a rival in the stretch. Romantica had hinted at her quality with wins in the Group 2 Shadwell Prix de la Nonette and Group 3 Prix Allez France last season. She owns three other group stakes placings.
Banks Hill is also the dam of Ideal World (Kingmambo), a stakes winner and Group 2-placed in France.
Hasili is also the dam of champion turf female and multiple Grade 1 winner Intercontinental, who gave her dam a Breeders' Cup double when winning the Filly and Mare Turf in 2005 at Belmont. The mare's other foals include multiple Grade 1 winner Champs Elysees, Canada's Horse of the Year and champion turf male in 2009; multiple Grade 1 winners Heat Haze and Cacique; and Grade 3 winner and Group 1-placed Deluxe. With the exception of Heat Haze (Green Desert) and Deluxe (Storm Cat), all were sired by Danehill.
Hasili's success as a broodmare was no accident, as she hails from an extremely productive female family. Out of the winning High Line mare Kerali – also a Juddmonte homebred – her half siblings include Broodmare of the Year Arrive, dam of Group 1 winner Promising Lead and Grade 3 winner Visit; Dissemble, dam of champion and classic-producing sire Leroidesanimaux, Group 1 winner Uapybo and Group 3 winner Disport; stakes winner Skiable, dam of Grade 2 winner Three Valleys; and stakes producers Kid Gloves, Jiving, and Kalima. It is the family of Irish champion Sookera, Group 1 winners So Factual and Benbaun, and Breeders' Cup Mile runner-up Hawksley Hill.
"The 22-year-old daughter of Kahyasi produced six graded or group stakes winners for the operation ... " G1 winners Heat Haze, Banks Hill, Cacique, Intercontinental and Champs Elysees, G2 winner Dansili and G3 heroine Deluxe make seven (7) Grade/Group winners - not six (6).
Also forgot to mention Indy Point's close relation to this family, by way of his sire Indygo Shiner!
Juddmonte... Simply the best!