06/17/2016 10:56AM

Queen's Plate pedigree analysis: Scholar Athlete


Scholar Athlete

Einstein – Creme Catalan, by El Prado

($85,000 purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds at 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of select 2-year-olds in training)

Einstein was a remarkably versatile and tough racehorse, winning Grade 1 events on multiple surfaces during a long and productive career. He has yet to break through with a true star as a sire, and his current hopes rest on the 3-year-old gelding Scholar Athlete. A Queen’s Plate hopeful, Scholar Athlete is also from the immediate family of an American classic winner.

The Brazilian-bred Einstein won 11 of 30 starts over five seasons of racing, banking more than $2.9 million. The son of Spend a Buck was a Grade 1 winner on synthetic, taking the Santa Anita Handicap; a Grade 1 winner on turf, taking two editions each of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs and the Gulfstream Park Turf; and won the Grade 2 Clark Handicap on dirt. Horses he defeated along the way included eventual Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Court Vision as well as Grade 1 winners Commentator, Dancing Forever, Thorn Song, Dominican, and Monba. He placed in six other Grade 1 events.

Scholar Athlete, who finished third in the Coronation Futurity, is one of the more-accomplished runners by Einstein, who now stands in California. His other standouts include the stakes winner Theywonderyidrink, Grade 3-placed Rankhasprivileges and Born to Be Winner, and stakes-placed runners E Equalsmcsquared, Cup of Soup, and Pensador. In all, he is the sire of 51 winners from 86 starters – a 59 percent strike rate – from four crops of racing age.

Scholar Athlete is the lone winner from two starters out of the unraced El Prado mare Creme Catalan. Out of the Grade 2-placed Caro mare Cargo, Creme Catalan is a half-sister to 2000 Preakness Stakes winner Red Bullet and to stakes winner Millennium Allstar. It is the extended family of several other standouts, including Italian champion Alea II, English champion and Group 1 winner Noalcoholic, and Canadian champion juvenile Leonnatus Anteas.