09/04/2014 11:07AM

Keeneland September: Dehere poised to make impact among broodmare sires

Barbara D. Livingston
Champion Will Take Charge is among the late Dehere's top representatives as a broodmare sire.

Dehere, the champion juvenile male of 1993, died earlier this year at age 23, but he is poised to continue making an impact on the sport for years to come. The Deputy Minister stallion has quietly fashioned a solid career as a broodmare sire.

Through Aug. 26, Dehere’s daughters have produced 928 winners – including 71 stakes winners – to bankroll a total of $96,922,947, posting solid average earnings of $74,214. Most notably, Dehere is the sire of reigning Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, whose offspring include champion Will Take Charge and Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy. He is also the sire of Candytuft, whose champion son Midnight Lute captured two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Take Charge Lady herself won three Grade 1 events and bankrolled more than $2.48 million, before selling for $4.2 million while carrying her first foal at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Her champion son Will Take Charge cost Willis Horton $425,000 as a Keeneland September yearling three years ago – which looks like a bargain now, with the family’s commercial popularity skyrocketing. Last year, Take Charge Lady’s daughter by Indian Charlie sold for $2.2 million to Mandy Pope, making her the most expensive filly of the Keeneland September sale. At the recent Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, Horton went to a sale-topping $1.25 million for a War Front filly out of Take Charge Lady’s winning daughter Charming.

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Dehere also sired the dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real, and the dams of Grade 1 winners Graydar, So Many Ways, and Tamarando. The former Coolmore Stud stallion’s career took him around the globe, as he stood in Japan, shuttled to Australia, and ultimately landed in Turkey. Appropriately, he is represented as broodmare sire by several stakes winners internationally, including multiple Australian Group 1 winner Forensics.

Nineteen yearlings out of Dehere mares were originally cataloged for the Keeneland September yearling sale, which opens Sept. 8. Although two of the marquee offerings – a War Front filly out of Take Charge Lady, and a Giant’s Causeway colt out of stakes winner Beautician – have been withdrawn, the group of mares represented still includes a number of stakes winners, as well as some of Dehere’s more consistent stakes producers.

Among the offerings in Book 1 is a Bernardini colt out of Grade 2 winner Belle of Perintown, the dam of Grade 3 winner Strike It Rich and stakes-placed winner Sumptuous. Denali Stud consigns the colt as agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

Also included in Book 1 are a pair of Lonhro fillies out of stakes-placed Dehere mares. Cold Awakening is already the dam of Illinois Derby winner Recapturetheglory, while Australian-bred Devout produced stakes-placed winner Anna Sophia. The two fillies are consigned as agent by Paramount Sales and Taylor Made Sales Agency, respectively.

Happy Scene, the dam of Grade 1 winner So Many Ways, is represented by her yearling filly by Giant Oak, consigned by Penn Sales in Book 3.

Other Dehere mares with yearlings cataloged at the Keeneland September sale include Arrested Dreams, the dam of two stakes horses, including Grade 2 winner Oratory; multiple stakes producers Sha Hearah and Carna; stakes winner Maddie’s Promise; and Buy Out Time, Here Comes Chelsie, Illuminance, Near Mint, and Paris Notion, all of whom are the dams of stakes-placed winners.

It should come as no surprise that Dehere developed into a productive broodmare sire, as he was given all the tools to do so by his sire line, beginning with Deputy Minister. The Vice Regent horse is represented by the dams of 227 stakes winners, including seven champions, who have earned more than $223.6 million. Deputy Minister reigned as North America’s leading broodmare sire in 2007 – and even though 2014 marks a decade since his death, he continued to hold seventh in last year’s rankings.

Deputy Minister is most notably represented by Better Than Honour, sire of Belmont Stakes winners Rags to Riches and Jazil, Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Man of Iron, and Grade 2 winner Casino Drive; and by Sherriff’s Deputy, dam of two-time Horse of the Year and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Curlin. He also sired California Sunset, the dam of recent Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day.

Vice Regent, broodmare sire of champion and classic winner Victory Gallop and Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve, was by the immortal Northern Dancer. Northern Dancer was North America’s leading broodmare sire in 1991, and he has continued to leave an overwhelming mark on the breed through his sons and grandsons. Since 1991, a son or grandson of Northern Dancer has led the North American broodmare sire list 10 times.