12/05/2016 10:43AM

Sparkman: Big weekend for Temple City

Benoit & Associates
Annals of Time, by Temple City, wins the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar.

Great sires do not always make great sires of sires.

There is no doubt that the late Dynaformer was a great sire. His 158 stakes winners from 1,343 foals (11.8 percent) included 23 Grade 1/Group 1 winners, two champions, and four classic winners, but his best son, 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, died before he could go to stud. Very few of Dynaformer’s other good sons have been afforded a genuine chance at stud, so Dynaformer has thus far failed to establish a branch of the Roberto male line.

The racecourse accomplishments of Temple City fell well short of Dynaformer’s best sons when he retired to stud in 2011, but Spendthrift Farm has done a marvelous job in attracting enough mares to give him an opportunity to prove himself. Temple City is making the most of that opportunity as evidenced by the victory of his son Annals of Time in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby last Saturday at Del Mar and by Miss Temple City’s Grade 1 Matriarch win Sunday at the same track.

Bred in Kentucky by Gary Knapp’s Monticule, Annals of Time is one of 72 named foals in Temple City’s second crop, which followed 92 named foals in his first crop, which are now 4-year-olds. That first crop is headed by Miss Temple City (out of Glittering Tax, by Artax), a talented miler who defeated colts in the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile and Shadwell Turf Mile, both at Keeneland in 2016. That crop also includes Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap winner Bolo (Aspen Mountain, by Chief Seattle), Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes winner Startup Nation (Pennyrile, by Wagon Limit), and two other stakes winners.

Annals of Time is the first Grade 1 winner and second graded winner (and fourth stakes winner) from Temple City’s second crop, following Pricedtoperfection, a full sister to Miss Temple City who captured the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant Stakes this year.

That kind of production was impossible to predict from the bare bones of Temple City’s record on the racetrack or his pedigree, despite the fact that physical inspection upon his retirement to Spendthrift revealed a very attractive horse that closely resembles his sire, though he is rather more muscular and compact.

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Bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes, Temple City is the only stakes winner among 10 foals out of Curriculum, by Danzig, an unraced daughter of Macoumba, a talented, extremely well-bred filly Hughes purchased after her racing career. Winner of the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at 2, Macoumba was a Mr. Prospector half-sister to Group 1 winner Septieme Ciel, by Seattle Slew, and three other stakes winners from the family of champion and good sire Nonoalco.

Despite those impeccable credentials, Macoumba never produced a stakes winner for Hughes, but she is nevertheless responsible for much of Spendthrift’s success as a stallion station. Her son Malibu Moon, by A.P. Indy, broke down after only two starts, but he has become one of the nation’s best sires with 97 stakes winners to date, including Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

Unraced at 2, Temple City won his only start at 3, but did not win a stakes until his 5-year-old campaign, when he won the 1 1/2-mile Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar. He was beaten a head in the 1 1/2-mile Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup in his final start. That is not a record guaranteed to attract breeders, and it was only his relationship to Malibu Moon and Spendthrift’s innovative approach to selling stallion seasons with their “Breed Secure” and “Share the Upside” programs that gave Temple City any chance.

Annals of Time is the seventh foal out of Lemon Haze, by Distant View, a rather better mare than the majority those programs attract. Sharp Sally, by Posse, her fifth foal, won the 2013 Firecracker Stakes at Mountaineer Park and placed in two other stakes. Lemon Haze won four races and earned $130,390, mostly at the allowance level, finishing fourth in two stakes. Lemon Haze is a half-sister to stakes-placed Echo Echo, by Eastern Echo, and Mean Imogene, by Silver Deputy, but the pedigree improves markedly beyond the second dam.

Annals of Time’s third dam, Huddle Up, by Sir Ivor, won the Grade 3 Gallorette and produced German Group 3 winner Al Mundhir, by Seattle Slew. Her stakes-placed daughter Wife for Life, by Dynaformer, is dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush, and another daughter is dam of multiple graded winner Seattle Fitz, by Fitzcarraldo. The female line traces to Myrtlewood, the principal foundation mare of the original Spendthrift Farm founded by Leslie Combs II.

Lemon Haze has not produced a live foal since Annals of Time, who was purchased for $80,000 by agent Nick de Meric at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale. The Hollywood Derby was his second victory in four starts for owners Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence and trainer Chad Brown.