02/12/2015 12:53PM

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Dortmund

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Dortmund is unbeaten in four career starts.

Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat
(Bred in Kentucky by Emilie Gerlinde Fojan; $140,000 purchase by Donato Lanni, agent, at 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale)

Champion Big Brown was a dual classic winner, but was also a stakes winner on turf. Many of his top runners have excelled on that latter surface, including Darwin, a Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed in Europe. Big Brown now finally has his American classics contender in Dortmund, his first graded stakes winner on dirt.

Dortmund is unbeaten in four career starts, including a pair of graded stakes victories at 1 1/16 miles. He posted a narrow victory in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity in December, then re-rallied to win the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 7. The colt also posted a dominant victory in an optional-claiming event over a mile at Churchill Downs. With multiple route wins, the colt is already outrunning his pedigree, which appears slanted toward speed.

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Despite his own classic ability, Big Brown’s progeny have an average winning distance of less than a mile; meanwhile, Our Josephina also did her best running at sprint distances. The mare, unraced as a juvenile, scored all her wins at seven furlongs or less, including a romp in the Ohio Valley Handicap at six furlongs. She also finished second in the Grade 3 Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap at seven furlongs. Our Josephina is the dam of four winners from five starters; in addition to Dortmund, only one other, Joseph the Catfish, has won at a mile, while the other two are pure sprinters.

Dortmund is the most accomplished runner in his immediate family, but does have class and stamina further back on the page. His third dam is champion juvenile filly Lakeville Miss, whose four Grade 1 wins include the Coaching Club American Oaks. Her foals include Grade 1 winner Mogambo and Grade 1-placed stakes producer Sea Breezer.

John Tardiff More than 1 year ago
Dortmund on the grass is liable to be a monster, Danzig and Northern Dancer dominate his bloodlines. I suspect the Derby distance to be no problem for him.
Maynard Runkle More than 1 year ago
Baffert has trained the winners of three Derbies, five Preaknesses and one Belmont. He came within a length with Silver Charm of a Triple Crown and a whisker with Real Quiet of the Triple Crown. Recently Bodemeister almost won the Derby and he lost by a nose with Cavonnier. In 2012 his horses finished second in all three Triple Crown races. This year he has two highly regarded three year olds: American Pharaoh and Dortmund. If they stay healthy he should pick up some more Triple Crown hardware.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Baffert can only go so far as a trainer. Last week we saw how his best horse hoppertunity lose by 6 1/2 lengths to California chrome and shared belief!! And last year we saw how Bayern lost grade 2 derby trial at Churchill and how Bayern lost by 27 lengths to California chrome at the Preakness! Dortmund is avoiding tough competition and will only make excuses after he loses all of the triple crown races!!!
Emily Witt More than 1 year ago
you must have forgotten that Bayern won the Breeders Cup Classic
Big Woodys More than 1 year ago
Must have also forgotten how Bayern won his last 2 races over Cali Chrome and destroyed him in the PA Derby. When was the last time that CC won a dirt race?
John Tardiff More than 1 year ago
I think Firing Line would have destroyed the Eastern horses so much for ducking competition.