Classic Bargain Breeding. by lebowski00
Monday, May 19, 2008 at
Nobility That's Cool As Ice!
We have covered a lot of nice cheap sires over the last couple weeks. This week I wanted to feature some affordable older DDS options. I have chosen to use as much condensed history on each horse as I have been able. As usual I have profiled some of each horse’s SIM runners. All three of these majestic horses can usually be had at a very fair price for breeding. After hours of weary eyes, drum roll please….
Icecapade (Nearctic x Native Dancer x Nearco) 32 Starts, 13 Wins, 6 Places, 1 Show Career Earnings: $256,468
Icecapade was born in 1969 out of the great sire Nearctic. The Ice ran hot with 9 career ITM finishes in stakes races. Mostly Icecapade is known for having sired 565 foals, and 73 of those were stakes winners. The most notable is Wild Again who put on a dazzling performance to beat Slew O’Gold in the first Breeder’s Cup Classic. In all Wild Again won over $2.2 million and sired many fine runners himself. One of those runners was Wild Event who sired a roan gelding named Imawildandcrazyguy. The wild crazy horse has had mixed results as a racer, but who could forget Imawildandcrazyguy’s 2007 4th place Kentucky Derby finish. This wild and crazy guy has over 500k in career earnings with 13 ITM in 25 career starts. Icecapade also sired Clever Trick who was a fine sire as well.
Icecapade as DDS in the SIM:
Owner Larot has plenty to be pleased about with Icecapade after breeding Interceding from Dehere x Meadowlake x Icecapade. The result was a monstah! The homebred colt debuted at two with an 82 speed rating and a 2nd place finish. The next four races as a three year old the colt had still not broken maidens, but ran respectable. Interceding is catching fire now and has finished with wins in both of his last two races with nice speed figures of 94 and 96 while improving in each of his last three races. Don’t be surprised to see this promising runner coming to a stakes race near you! Horse ID: 39924
One Tin Soldier is a classic throwback owned by quarterpol. One Tine Soldier has won over $430k in lifetime earnings. One Tin is Dixieland Band x Cryptoclearance x Icecapade. The eight year old horse has raced 51 times with 30 ITM results, including topping a 100 speed figure a remarkable 27 times! Horse ID: 40108
Bustino (Busted x Doutelle x Crepello) 9 Starts, 5 Wins, 3 Places, 1 Shows Career Earnings: $335,030
If we are going to consider adding big time stamina on a budget for the backend of a breeding consider Bustino. Bustino was a distance machine who loved to run ITM in stakes between 10 and 14 furlongs. In fact Bustino managed to win two grade 1 stakes of 12 and 14 furlongs respectively. Bustino was loaded with dosage and had a whopping 16 points in the professional column!
Bustino is most notably known not for a race he won but rather the race he lost. The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes race of 1975 was considered by many one of the greatest races of all time. The race included great horses such as Star Appeal, Dahlia (probably the greatest female horse ever), and Grundy. Bustino’s two stable mates in the race set a blazing pace early. With a half mile to go Bustino mounted by jockey Joe Mercer took the lead. Coming out of the final turn Bustino was up by four lengths. Grundy and Bustino would battle down the stretch as they pulled away from the field in the grueling mile and a half race. Grundy managed to steal the lead from Bustino, but Bustino dug in and retook the lead. With the finish line fast approaching Grundy powered back into the lead, and fought furiously to hold off Bustino and win by a half a length. Dahlia followed the two monstahs five lengths behind to finish third. The winning time of 2:26.98 obliterated the previous fastest time of 2:29.40 set in 1951 by Supreme Court. The closet any horse has ever come since is Galileo who finished the race at 2:27.71 in 2001. What may have been the greatest race in history came at a cost though as Grundy would only race once more and Bustino would never race again.
Bustino as DDS in the SIM:
Sing Sing is a nine year old (Singspiel x Warning x Bustino) with 27k in career earnings owned by Richter. Richter where O’ where are you? Sing Sing has one career start made at two with a respectable debut speed of 66. Sing Sing easily won his only race by two lengths. How many sim horses can make the claim of racing once and winning? It’s like getting one at bat in the majors and hitting a homerun and never playing again. I have to wonder what could have been. Geez, I would love to own this horse. Horse ID: 10227
Siyamak owned by Squirrel5 has 189k in earnings and 21 ITM in 38 career races. This Broad Brush x Quiet American x Bustino has five career starts with over 100 speed ratings, and consistently runs in the 90’s. Siyamak hasn’t run below a 90 speed rating in 15 starts dating back to 2006. Last time out this homebred horse finished 2nd with a 96 speed rating. Siyamak is a router that shows no signs of slowing anytime soon! Horse ID: 881
Vaguely Noble (Vienna x Nearco x Aureole) 9 Starts, 6 Wins, 2 Places, 1 Shows Career Earnings: $319,571
Vaguely Noble had nine career starts finishing in the money in each of those races, eight of which were stakes races. His most notable win came in the 1968 Prix de l’Arc de Tiomphe at Longchamp where he defeated Sir Ivor. He sired 70 graded stakes winners in all and was broodmare to 165 stakes winners. Vaguely Noble was sire of Hall of Fame horses Exceller and Dahlia. As noted in the Bustino bio Dahlia is quite possibly the greatest female race horse ever! She captivated the world and frequently went hoof to hoof with the best male horses in the world. She blew past the field which included the great Roberto at age three in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1973 to win with ease. At age four she repeated the feat, and at age five she finished third to Grundy and Bustino in the same race. She raced 46 times in all with 25 ITM and over $1.4 million in career earnings. Vaguely Noble also sired 1976 Epsom Derby winner Empery. Now that’s a horse worthy of nobility!
Vaguely Noble as DDS in the SIM:
Dice Dancer owned by Galazy Star has 36 ITM in 43 races. Dice Dancer is King Cugat x Alleged x Vaguely Noble. This nice mare once won 20 straight races at 16 furlongs. She has only once topped a 100 speed rating but who needs 100 ratings when you can go 16 furlongs! She found a lot of soft fields and pounded a lot of sand, but who can argue with earnings topping 765K! Galaxy Star has done a splendid job managing this unforgettable mare! Horse ID: 13512
This next horse keeps owner Noble grinning from ear to ear. The five year old Happy A has 27 career starts with 11 ITM. This chestnut homebred has 271k career earnings, and a career best speed rating of 112. Happy A may just be getting started, and I don’t think Noble will be frowning anytime soon! Happy A is A.P. Inday x Deputy Minister x Vaguely Noble. Horse ID: 24898