06/23/2017 11:06AM

Queen's Plate pedigree analysis: Megagray



Langfuhr—Megavista, by Medaglia d’Oro

(Bred in Ontario by Gustav Schickendanz)

Megagray is a product of the Gustav Schickedanz breeding program on both sides of the family, and given the Canadian Hall of Fame horseman’s two wins in the Queen’s Plate as an owner, that’s not bad.

Sire Langfuhr raced as a second-generation homebred for the Schickedanz program and earned Canada’s champion sprinter title in 1996. He won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at a mile and took the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes, and Grade 2 Forego Stakes at seven furlongs.

Langfuhr finished sixth in the 1995 Queen’s Plate but made up for it by siring 2003 Canadian Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Wando and 2003 Queen’s Plate runner-up and eventual Canadian champion Mobil for Schickedanz. He also sired Breeders’ Stakes winners Marlang and Jambalaya.

Langfuhr has sired 17 crops of racing age, with 1,104 winners and progeny earnings in excess of $108.9 million. His other runners of note include U.S. champion Lawyer Ron, Canadian champion Kimchi, and Grade/Group 1 winners Imperial Gesture, Apollo Kentucky, Interpatation, Euroears, and Lang Field.

Megavista is a first-generation member of the Schickedanz broodmare band, and all three of her foals to race are winners. Her most successful runner is Shake Down Baby, by Wando, who is a Grade 3-placed stakes winner in Canada and placed in two U.S. stakes races.

Shake Down Baby excelled at a mile or shorter, while Megavista’s first foal, the Langfuhr gelding Mega Length, was a multiple winner at 1 1/16 miles. Megagray is a maiden winner and is stakes-placed at 1 1/16 miles as well.

Megavista went unplaced in two starts in England, one at a 1 1/4 miles and another at 1 1/2 miles.

– Joe Nevills