08/29/2008 12:00AM

Intangaroo's success changes her dam's luck

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - With her victory in the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga, Intangaroo has now won three Grade 1 stakes at sprint distances this year and has established herself as a favorite in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Oct. 24.

Already having won Grade 1 stakes at Santa Anita (Santa Maria) and Churchill (Humana Distaff) at seven furlongs - the distance of the Ballerina and the BC Filly and Mare Sprint - Intangaroo appears to have found her proper distance and seems indifferent to the surfaces she races on.

A chunky dark bay, she finishes with a flourish worthy of her famous sire, Orientate, who won the Breeders' Cup Sprint in practically the last jump at the wire. The stallion has four stakes winners this year, including Argentine Group 1 winner Lady Sprinter.

Bred in Kentucky by Sam and Jo Pollock in the name of Pollock Farms and Taylor Made, Intangaroo is from the first crop by champion sprinter Orientate and is out of Tasso's Magic Roo, a stakes-winning mare by champion juvenile Tasso (a son of Fappiano like Unbridled).

Frank Taylor said that a group of investors, including Taylor Made and the Pollocks, initially purchased Tasso's Magic Roo privately when she came off the track following a successful racing career.

"Tasso's Magic Roo was a big, strong mare, a nice individual, and a stakes winner," Taylor said. "After we bought her, we had some bad luck. Nothing went right. She aborted once on us, MRLS got her once, then she colicked and had to have surgery on top of everything else."

Then, while Tasso's Magic Roo was carrying what would be her first live foal, the partners tried to sell her.

With those blank years already on the page, Tasso's Magic Roo brought only $45,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November sale. Rather than dump their investment, Taylor Made and Pollock Farms "ended up buying out some of the partners in her," Taylor said.

The first foal by Exploit was a filly later named Queenokingsequine and brought $25,000 at the September yearling sale, and when the mare's second foal, later named Intangaroo, went through the ring for only $37,000, Pollock Farms and Taylor Made, according to Taylor, "bailed out on her and sold her for next to nothing."

The partners had a colt of 2005 by Johannesburg and sold Tasso's Magic Roo at the 2006 Keeneland January sale for $17,000 while she was in foal to Chapel Royal.

Taylor and his partners had purchased Tasso's Magic Roo because, he said, "she was a nice mare, but she was a hard-luck mare."

Having changed hands, however, the mare's luck did not immediately change for the better.

Tasso's Magic Roo foaled a colt by Chapel Royal in 2006 for breeders Double L Farms and Pillar Property Services. That colt died without being registered, however, and Tasso's Magic Roo did not have a foal in 2007.

Now that Intangaroo has become a major stakes winner, her dam is relatively valuable once again, and fortune is smiling on owner William DuPont of Pillar Property Services. The broodmare produced a bay colt by More Than Ready on Jan. 31 this year at the Dunford Farm of William Maley, where DuPont boards his mares, and she is back in foal to Stevie Wonderboy on an April 23 cover.

By the popular and successful sire More Than Ready, her weanling colt is entered in the Keeneland November sale and should be a worthy investment, even though Intangaroo was not lucky at the sales, returning only the cost of the stud fee ($25,000) and most of the cost of raising her to the breeders when selling for $37,000.

But having her racing performance on the page will certainly help increase the demand for her younger half-brother.

Taylor said that Intangaroo "was a nice filly who looked athletic." According to farm inspection notes preceding the sale, Intangaroo was strongly made with a good body, deep shoulder, and powerful hindquarter. The only thing she lacked was height, as her growth in height had slowed greatly or stopped from the late winter.

Being not a tall horse is regarded as a fault by quite a number of yearling buyers, and that is apparently the reason for this talented filly selling moderately.

But Intangaroo has been a boon for Tom Grether Farms, which owns and races the dark brown daughter of Orientate, who also sired the winner of last season's Alabama Stakes, Lady Joanne, at Saratoga.