Updated on 09/17/2011 5:58PM

Magoo's Magic displays family value


LAS VEGAS - Shame on me. I really liked Magoo's Magic in his career debut on Aug. 21 at Calder because - surprise, surprise - of his pedigree. But last Sunday, when Magoo's Magic showed up in the Huntington Stakes at Aqueduct, I had completely forgotten about him. And that mental lapse was costly, as Magoo's Magic won the Huntington and paid $23.40.

In his initial start, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race, Magoo's Magic was the second choice behind Lucky Frolic, who had an edge in experience. Lucky Frolic, bred for high speed top and bottom (by speed influence Carson City out of a mare by speed influence Mt. Livermore) and from a prolific female family, won the race, while Magoo's Magic showed speed.

Magoo's Magic won his next race, a six-furlong maiden race, beating Lismore and Corporate Player, both of whom came back in their next race to win. Magoo's Magic was then transferred from trainer William White to Allen Jerkens and finished fifth and last in the Cowdin Stakes after flashing his customary speed.

Players who use pedigree as a handicapping tool would be attracted to Magoo's Magic because of his sire and his extraordinary female family. If you could forgive his Cowdin Stakes flop - as did Jerkens, his Hall of Fame trainer - he was very appealing, especially at more than 10-1.

Magoo's Magic is a member of the third crop of Awesome Again, who got off to a fast start at stud when he sired Toccet, a winner of four major juvenile stakes (the Champagne, Hollywood Futurity, Remsen and Laurel Futurity), in his first crop. But it was this year's Breeders' Cup that catapulted Awesome Again into the stratosphere with victories by likely Horse of the Year Ghostzapper in the Classic and Wilko in the Juvenile.

Magoo's Magic descends from an exceptional female family cultivated by C.V. Whitney. His fourth dam is Silver Fog, who became a foundation mare for Whitney, producing Crown Silver (the dam of Spit and Polish), Silver Bright (the dam of Banquet Table and State Dinner), Silver True (the dam of Silver Buck, who is the sire of Silver Charm), and Silver Spoon, the 1959 co-champion 3-year-old filly (with Royal Native), who defeated males in the Santa Anita Derby.

Silver Spoon was among the best foals by the great Citation, who was something of a bust at stud. Silver Spoon was bred to top stallions such as Bold Ruler and Never Bend, but produced stakes winner Inca Queen - her best and most important foal - to the cover of Hail to Reason, a masterful mating that resulted in some spectacular inbreeding to the influential matriarch Plucky Liege.

Hail to Reason was inbred 4x4 to Plucky Liege through two of her sons, Admiral Drake (the damsire of Turn-to) and Sir Gallahad. Silver Spoon also had Plucky Liege in her pedigree, through another son, Bull Dog (a full brother to Sir Gallahad), the sire of Bull Lea. So mating Silver Spoon with Hail to Reason created three crosses of Plucky Liege, and it is no surprise that the magnification of this high class resulted in Inca Queen, who was not only a multiple stakes winner but also a multiple stakes producer.

The mark of a prized broodmare is her ability to produce quality racehorses when bred to a variety of stallions, and Inca Queen fits the bill. She produced three stakes winners: Metfield (Seattle Slew), Hail Bold King (Bold Bidder), and Exile King (Exclusive Native). But even her non-stakes-winning daughters produced stakes winners.

Inca Legacy (Saratoga Six), for example, is the dam of major stakes winner Catinca. The Four Arts (Arts and Letters) is the dam of stakes winner Manny's Prospect. Inca Princess (Big Spruce) is the dam of Germany, and Slew the Queen (Seattle Slew), a full sister to Metfield, is the dam of Magoo's Magic.

Kerali: Super broodmare

When Leroidesanimaux won the Inglewood Handicap, setting a course record of 1:38.45 for 1 1/16 miles on Hollywood Park's turf course last May, he became the latest stakes winner to descend from the remarkable broodmare Kerali. On Oct. 30, the flashy Leroidesanimaux won the Morvich Stakes in near-track-record time of 1:11.76 for about 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita's downhill turf course (only .63 seconds off the course record of 1:11.13).

By Group 2-placed Candy Stripes (Blushing Groom), Leroidesanimaux is out of the unraced Ahonoora mare Dissemble, and his next dam is Kerali, a modest winner of one race in four starts who became a legend as a stakes-producing broodmare.

Kerali is the dam of stakes winners Kerawi (sired by Warning), Arrive (Kahyasi), and Hasili (Kahyasi), who should be among the finalists for this year's Broodmare of the Year. Hasili has produced two champions, Banks Hill (winner of the 2001 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf) and Dansili (third in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile), as well as multiple stakes winner Heat Haze and 2004 stakes winners Intercontinental and Cacique. All of Hasili's stakes winners were by Danehill (Danzig), with the exception of Heat Haze, who is by Green Desert, another son of Danzig.