Thursday, August 11, 2011


Jane Henning is not just a pretty face (something sadly, which I’ve never been accused of!). Her analysis company, Pedigree Dynamics, provides ‘inspiration’ to the stars and over the years, has planned the matings of well over 100 stakes performers including Golden Slipper winner Belle du Jour.
Recently Jane provided, via her blog, the good oil on stallions standing between $0-$16,500 and from $16,501-$38,500 and we’re happy to report that Super Saver and Bel Esprit made the grade respectively.
Following is Jane’s take on the pair:

SUPER SAVER - A first season model, this son of top international sire Maria's Mon adds some interest to the gene pool in Victoria. A very fast stakes winning juvenile, he followed through as the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner before retiring to Winstar Farm, where he covered 140 mares this season. His damsire is A.P. Indy and his second damsire is Mr. Prospector. He himself is a direct member of the LA TROIENNE family and he carries a further six lines to this prepotent ancestress throughout his pedigree. Not only should he provide an outcross to the Danehill line, but it will be interesting putting Mr. Prospector sire line mares to him as this will create a sex balanced duplication of this icon. He stands at $16,500 at Eliza Park Stud.

BEL ESPRIT – Yes, he is the sire of BLACK CAVIAR and her deeds did catapult him into 6th place on the Leading Sires by Earnings List 10/11. He did however, also finish 7th on the Leading sires by Winners list.  His stats are actually very similar to those of More Than Ready for the same season, the latter finishing 5th on the ‘Earnings’ list and 9th on the ‘Winner’s’ list. At a stud fee of $27,500, this son of Royal Academy has 12 stakes winners to-date.  Of those, six of those create line breeding to Vain (including BLACK CAVIAR) or to Vain’s damsire, Orgoglio. A further three stakes winners create line breeding to  Nijinsky II’s ancestress, TORPENHOW via The Minstrel, Try My Best or Umatilla.  Bel Esprit stands in Victoria at Eliza Park Stud at a fee of $27,500.

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