03/26/2015 2:24PM

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: International Star

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Multiple graded stakes winner International Star is one of three stakes winners out of his dam.

International Star
Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy
(Bred in New York by Katharine M. Voss and Robert T. Manfuso; $85,000 purchase by Patrice Miller, agent, for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, at 2013 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale)

International Star is a half-sibling to two stakes winners, both of whom had their greatest success at sprint distances. This son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus has already appeared to outrun those suggested distance limitations while cutting a swath through the Louisiana prep circuit, but he stretches out to nine furlongs for the first time in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby. With a number of familiar names in his pedigree, he should handle this task.

International Star is out of the French Deputy mare Parlez, who scored all of her wins at a mile or longer. The mare has produced three stakes winners in International Star, Fools in Love, and D C Dancer. Fools in Love won at 1 1/16 miles but was at her best going slightly shorter, with her biggest victory the Orleans Stakes going seven furlongs at Delta. The same was true of Maryland Million Sprint winner D C Dancer, who did place around two turns. Neither of Parlez’s other winners, Love Talk and Jet Pack, won beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.

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Fools in Love, D C Dancer, and Love Talk are all by recently pensioned Maryland stalwart Not For Love, who like Fusaichi Pegasus is a son of Mr. Prospector.

International Star’s second dam, Speak Halory, won at a mile and was stakes-placed going 1 1/16 miles. The mare is a half-sister to Halory Hunter, who was prominent on the 1998 Triple Crown trail, finishing third in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby before capturing the Blue Grass Stakes. Speak Halory is also a half-sister to Irish Group 2 winner Van Nistelrooy and Prory, Brushed Halory, and Key Lory, all Grade 3 winners at route distances.

French Deputy is the broodmare sire of Canadian champions Delightful Mary and Leigh Court. Other stakes winners produced by his daughters include last year’s Arkansas Derby winner, Danza, who went on to finish third in the Kentucky Derby.

Fusaichi Pegasus won the San Felipe and Wood Memorial en route to winning the Kentucky Derby and finishing second in the Preakness Stakes. The Mr. Prospector horse, who entered stud in 2001, has not yet produced a classic winner. However, a handful of colts from his first crop were prominent on the 2005 Triple Crown trail, with Bandini winning the Blue Grass and Andromeda’s Hero finishing second in the Belmont Stakes. Another member of that crop, Haskell Invitational winner Roman Ruler, went on to sire 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice.

Many of Fusaichi Pegasus’s standout runners, including a handful of foreign champions, have had success on turf. International Star won the Grade 3 Grey Stakes on Woodbine’s Polytrack and was graded-stakes-placed on turf as a juvenile. The colt has successfully transferred that form to dirt with his victories in the Grade 3 Lecomte and Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds. He also ran a solid fourth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.