12/08/2006 12:00AM

Invasor's dam getting due attention


BUENOS AIRES - During a trip to the heartland of Thoroughbred breeding in Argentina last week, a stop at Haras Santa Ines, the breeding farm of Alessandro Miserocchi, offered an inspection of 9-year-old mare Quendom, dam of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Invasor.

Bred in Argentina on the Southern Hemisphere schedule, Invasor was the unbeaten champion of Uruguay before he was sold to Shadwell, the racing stable of Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum. In his five races this year, Invasor finished fourth to Discreet Cat in the UAE Derby in Dubai and won four Grade 1 stakes in the U.S.

Invasor is the first foal of Quendom, and his performances in the States have created great interest in her.

Miserocchi bred Quendom and Invasor, and he stills owns Quendom; her three other foals; and Quendom's dam, Queen of Victory. A Cipayo mare, Queen of Victory has produced a pair of group-stakes-winning full siblings to Quendom: Groupo1 winner Reina Victoriosa, who is owned in the U.S. and has bred a pair of stakes winners by More Than Ready, and Group 2 winner Qualified.

With all his bloodstock, Miserocchi typically retains the fillies and owns a half-dozen from this family, but he does sell the colts.

"I sold Invasor as a yearling to a group from Uruguay, where he was an undefeated champion, and then they sold him to Shadwell," he said.

The international successes of Invasor have made Quendom one of the most famous mares in the world. During the trip last week, she was led out of the field at Haras Santa Ines (formerly Haras Clausan). A lengthy, dark brown mare with a very good shoulder and hindquarter, Quendom has a good walk, with nice extension. She is quite robust through the girth and has good bone.

In fact, in his selection of Quendom's mates, Miserocchi sought out stallions to add more finesse to her offspring. He selected Invasor's sire, Candy Stripes, as her first mate because of his quality and excellent forelegs. Quendom has good knees and hocks, but does turn in both front feet.

The result of this mating was Invasor, who is a strong favorite to win the Eclipse for champion older horse and Horse of the Year.

Invasor would not be the first champion related to Quendom. Her sire, Interprete, was a champion miler in Argentina and became the leading freshman sire in that country with his first crop, which included champion Ixal.

Interprete stands at the Haras El Paraiso of Pablo and Victoria Duggan. A historic and beautiful breeding farm, El Paraiso also stood Consultant's Bid, the sire of North American champion Bayakoa.

Interprete, who won 6 of his 8 starts, is El Paraiso's leading sire and one of the best sires in Argentina. A good-looking dark brown horse by Farnesio, he is very strong, with an excellent shoulder and hindquarter, and he obviously has much to do with the makeup of Quendom and Invasor.

He is linebred to Nasrullah through Farnesio, who was a champion son of Good Manners, an important Argentine stallion who was bred in the U.S. Good Manners is by classic winner Nashua, the first American-bred and American-raced champion by Nasrullah.

Interprete is out of Inaccesible, by the Bold Bidder stallion Liloy. Bold Bidder was a champion son of Bold Ruler, who was Nasrullah's most successful son at stud. Bold Bidder sired two winners of the Kentucky Derby: Spectacular Bid and Cannonade.

Invasor descends in male line from another son of Nasrullah, the Roseben Handicap winner Red God, whose best son was French champion Blushing Groom.

Blushing Groom became a great international sire while he stood at Gainesway Farm. Among his sons was Candy Stripes, who is Invasor's sire.

El Paraiso and Santa Ines are only a few miles apart, and both are located about two hours outside of Buenos Aires. Miserocchi began his farm in 1992, and it has 200 hectares (about 500 acres).

With the international success of Invasor, Miserocchi has had many offers for Quendom but has not decided what he wants to do with her.

As a long-term breeder, Miserocchi's decision is eased by the fact that Quendom has produced three daughters after Invasor, two by Southern Halo and one by the Lure stallion Orpen. The oldest is a Southern Halo 2-year-old filly who has just entered training, and the yearling is by Orpen. Quendom foaled a Southern Halo half-sister to Invasor in November, which is late in the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

As a result, Miserocchi has decided to leave Quendom unbred in the Southern Hemisphere this year, and he will ship her to the U.S. for breeding on the Northern Hemisphere schedule in 2007.