Client Success: Animal Kingdom Filly Wins Two in a Row at Fair Grounds

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

DREAMWORKER (f, 2, Animal Kingdom–Dream to Dream, by Scat Daddy)

In her first start, Dreamworker (Animal Kingdom) was a disappointing eighth behind Secret Oath (Arrogate) going two turns on the dirt at Churchill Downs. She switched to grass and added first-time Lasix to graduate over the Fair Grounds course in her second start on Dec. 16. Trying to win her second straight race, the 11-1 shot kept an eye on the outside and came through a half mile in :50.21. After they hit the quarter pole, she took over and was the one to catch. She kept finding another gear down the lane after she had a clear lead to defeat Pearl Earring (Astern (AUS)) by a length.

Sales history: $130,000 Ylg ’20 KEESEP.

Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $49,926. O- Larry Hirsch & Wayne Sanders; B-Runnymede Farm, Inc., Peter Callahan, Manlius Stable LLC & Bill Oppenheim (KY); T-Joe Sharp.

The Animal Kingdom filly’s dam, Dream to Dream, has also foaled a 2-year-old filly named Dream Warrior (Will Take Charge) and a yearling colt by Twirling Candy. She was bred to Munnings for the year 2022.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Larry Hirsch & Wayne Sanders, purchased Dreamworker at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the consignment of Runnymede Farm.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

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3 Sire Families (11, 11A, 9F) & 5 Racing Families (1B, 1H, 2F, 1W, 4N)

Good Combination of Female Families

Good Outcross Percentage

Good Linebreeding Balance

Good Grandsire / Granddam Linebreeding Percentages

Good Gender Linebreeding Balance.

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2 thoughts on “Client Success: Animal Kingdom Filly Wins Two in a Row at Fair Grounds

  1. with so many horses having the 4 running lines and 1 sire line how would you determine where to look from here?
    Is a horse with lets say 6 running lines and 3 sire lines in the 3rd generation going to be a better choice than the minimum requirement of 4 running lines and 1 sire line?
    How do you figure the outcross %, linebreeding balance?
    I just mess around micro share purchasing into horses from My Racehorse.
    We have 2 broodmare prospects there in Lady Valentine and American Heiress. Have you ever reached out to them to be a bloodstock agent for them?

    1. Who knows for sure if more is better in producing a race horse. It certainly can’t hurt. But, it can dramatically help the compatibility of that particular horse going forward as a broodmare or stallion.

      The Outcross Percentage is based on the ratio of duplicated names to unique (or non-duplicated) names within the fifth, sixth and seventh generation of a given pedigree. As an example, lets say we found 182 names in a pedigree that were unique. Dividing 182 by 224 (total) equals 81%(rounded) outcross.

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