Cascade is a mare who launched her career in January, 2001. Her career concluded in April 2004 after her 55th start. She was owned by three different players and it was trainer Punter75 who took the final ownership with a 20,000 claim for this nicely bred lady (Unbridled x AP Indy x Northern Dancer). She raced 12 of her first 13 races on the grass netting one win and the new connections moved her to the dirt where she would race the remainder of her career.
She raced in several listed stakes where she collected three of her 9 career wins. Although she raced in a handful of grade races, she was unable to secure a win at that level. Her career tally was 9-10-6 over those 55 races with over $368,000 in earnings.
A decent career but she her success is much better in breeding. After retiring, she bore her first child, a daughter out of Storm Cat named Stormy Cascade. She won 3 out of 38 finishing second an annoying 11 times. Soooo close, yet so far from adding to the winning tally and her best win was in allowance races.
Cadcade High was her second child, another daughter out of High Chaparral, who also was an allowance winner that picked up a few more wins with 5 in 30 races.
2006 brought her third child, a son this time, Cascade Magpie out of Speightstown. This one was golden. He won 21 races in 65 starts with $1.7 million in purses. He’s a two time G1 winner capturing the DPCD Sprint Championship and the Cosmopolitan Handicap.
Medaglia D’Oro was used in 2007 to sire Cascade D’Oro who became her second son and was an allowance winner with 5 victories over 40 starts and a total of 18 races ITM.
$479,000 was won by Deep Cascade, her third daughter that was delivered in 2008 and fathered by Deep Impact. This stake winning mare won an impressive 19 races in her 57 race career with all but one coming on the turf. She won only one listed stakes and is retired herself. She has mothered G1 winning Shameful and stake winning Bittersweet Raven.
Cascade Town, the third son, was sired by Speightstown with hopes of finding more glory with the stake racing but he didn’t pan out. Capturing a few allowance wins was his best with 7 wins over his 53 race career.
2010 brought to live another daughter, this one out of Bernardi, Cisco Heat. Despite a successful record of 29-8-8-7, she never raced in a stakes event.
The one horse that did not click was the 2011 bred A Little Cascade. Fathered by Johannesburg, this mare raced 11 times with two wins and none in allowance competition. She is not retired and has been barned since mid-2012.
A name like Cacaderya could not go wrong. This 2012 Eskenderya bred mare won 10 times in 29 appearances netting $366,000 in career earnings. She is a G3 winner with that coming in the Chicago Oaks. She’s retired and one of her three children, Baba Cobwebs, has won a listed stake.
In 2013, yet another daughter would be born and shine. Handler, out of Distorted Humor, is a G2 winner that came in the Gleaming Inventational. She won 11 of 27 starts and just over $569,000 in earnings. She retired last year and has been active in breeding.
Cascade had a breather in 2014 and her next child came in 2015. Special Cascade, her first son in years is out of Special Week. He’s won three of his 10 starts. He has been unraced since January, 2016.
The biggest prize is the one bred in 2016 and is a colt out of Shamardal. After a slow start on the grass, he was shifted over to the dirt, much like his mother was. The dirt is his love. He has won 5 of his 6 starts. As of this writing, he has won two consecutive G1 races. I’m talking of Carl’s Shameless, this years Bluegrass Derby Winner. The other win was in the preceding derby lock California Derby.
Cascade is the mother to this years Bluegrass Derby who sits and awaits his turn this weekend in pursuing the Triple Crown. To wrap things up, Cascade has another daughter this year, Awesome Tambo who is out of Awesome Again.
Good luck to Carl’s Shameless in the pursuit of the Triple Crown