09/05/2005 11:00PM

Kerali's blood running hot


LAS VEGAS - Recent stakes winners Leroidesanimaux, Intercont-inental, and Three Valleys have something in common. They all have the broodmare Kerali as their second dam. Now, there are good broodmares, and then there are those very special broodmares - the rare blue hen - who not only produces stakes winners, but also continues to be a major influence through their daughters.

Kerali (by High Line), a foal of 1984, was a modest winner of just one race in four starts in Europe, but she became a blue hen, or foundation mare, for her owner-breeder, Juddmonte Farms. Her dam, Sookera (Roberto), was a champion 2-year-old filly in Ireland, and her entire tail-female family was cultivated by a combination of Brookmeade Farm and Harry Izaacs, who was famous for naming all of his runners with the initial "I." Irule, Iaround, and Itsabet were the next three dams.

Kerali's influence

Kerali was bred to a variety of European stallions, but the most important match was Kahyasi, winner of the 1988 Epsom and Irish derbies. Matings to Kayhasi resulted in three foals, Hasili (1991), Arrive (1998), and Kalima (2002). Arrive and Kalima are young broodmares who have every right to turn out as prolific as their sister Hasili.

Hasili was a listed stakes winner who had 4 wins in 17 career starts, but is looking like a modern-day La Troienne in the breeding shed. Her first five foals are all stakes winners, and 4 of the 5 were by the late great international sire Danehill.

Dansili (1996) was the first of her foals to achieve success. The multiple Group 2 winner placed in some of Europe's most prestigious Group 1 races, such as the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Sussex, and Prix de la Foret Stakes, and his furious finish up the rail in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile fell just a neck and nose shy of winner War Chant and and runner-up North East Bound.

Next came Banks Hill, the champion turf mare whose most significant victory came in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. A multiple group winner in Europe, she also was second in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf behind stablemate Starine.

Heat Haze was by Green Desert (and like Danehill a son of Danzig), and was a listed winner in France who became a top turf mare in this country, winning the Beverly D. Handicap and Matriarch Stakes. She also finished fourth in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Intercontinental was a listed stakes winner in France and finished third in the English 1000 Guineas, but like her siblings blossomed into a star in the U.S. Her many stakes victories include the Matriarch Stakes, and last Saturday she added the Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap. Since Intercontinental's family has had so much success in past Breeders' Cups, it would seem that the Breeders' Cup Mile would be a perfect fit, but trainer Bobby Frankel indicated after the Palomar that she is likely to be pointed to the Matriarch Stakes.

Cacique is a Group 2 winner in France and also placed in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat, Grand Prix de Paris, and Prix d'Ispahan. In the money in 8 of 10 starts, Cacique uncharacteristically finished out of the money in last weekend's Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, a Group 1 race that is often a stepping-stone to the Breeders' Cup Mile.

But Hasili was not the only daughter of Kerali to have success as a broodmare. An unraced daughter, Dissemble (Ahonoora), produced six foals. All six raced, five won, and three are stakes winners: Disport, Uapybo, and Leroidesani-maux, winner of last weekend's Fourstardave Handicap, when he set a course record of 1:39.92 for the 1 1/16 miles on the turf. A winner of 8 of 11 starts, Leroidesanimaux must be considered one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Kerali's daughter Skiable (Niniski), who placed in a listed stakes in Ireland, is the dam of Three Valleys, who won the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, resulting in three major stakes victories over the last two weekends for Kerali's descendants. Three Valleys won the Group 3 Coventry Stakes in England, and also placed in the Citation, Dewhurst, and Phoenix Stakes.

Kerali joins a select group of broodmares who have made a profound impact on the breed, especially through her daughters. Anne Campbell, Courtly Dee, Fall Aspen and the mother-daughter tandem of Grey Flight and Misty Morn come immediately to mind, as well as the underrated Bold Example, a daughter of the Phipps foundation mare Lady Be Good. Bold Example's three daughters produced three major Grade 1 or Group 1 stakes winners in the same year.

In 1989, Zilzal was Europe's Horse of the Year, and he was out of Bold Example's daughter French Charmer. Polish Precedent was a 3-year-old champion in France that year, and he is out of Bold Example's daughter Past Example. In this country, Awe Inspiring won the Flamingo and Everglades Stakes, and American and Jersey derbies, and finished third behind Sunday Silence and Easy Goer in the Kentucky Derby. He was out of Bold Example's daughter Highest Regard.

As if three stakes-producing daughters was not enough, Bold Example had yet another one when Perfect Example produced Culture Vulture, a multiple Group 1 winner and European highweight in 1991 and 1992.