Client Success: Spanish Kingdom Gamely Prevails at Fair Grounds

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SPANISH KINGDOM (g, 3, Animal Kingdom–Mis Vizcaya {MSP}, by Successful Appeal) was rated on the inside and tipped off the rail on the far turn. The bay gelding swung four wide into the stretch then jostled with a foe while making a bid between horses. He took the lead into the final furlong, battled with the runner-up to the wire and gamely prevailed under strong urging from jockey Brian Hernandez.

Spanish Kingdom’s dam, Mis Viscaya (Successful Appeal) also is represented by a 3yo colt named Leroy Jenkins (Paynter) and an unnamed 2YO filly by Bodemeister. She was covered by Midnight Storm last year.

Sales history: $120,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $16,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT.

Lifetime Record: 13-3-1-1, $149,547. O-Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch; B-Burden Creek LLC, Springland Farm & Godolphin (KY); T-Joe Sharp

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch, purchased Spanish Kingdom at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale for $16,000 from the consignment of St. George Sales. The Animal Kingdom gelding was identified as an OPTIMAL Mating Selection prior to the sale.

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.

OPTIMAL Mating Factors for Spanish Kingdom

  • Outcross Percentage = 87% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 8 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 0 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 4% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 1 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 4 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 4 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 6,6×6 Northern Dancer – through sons Lyphard and Staff Writer
  • 6×5 Roberto – gender-balanced through daughter Sookera and son Kris S.

Similar Breedings

  • Candy Stripes over Successful Appeal
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
      • Ride A Comet (Candy Ride (ARG)) out of a Successful Appeal mare
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winner
      • Trophy Chaser (Twirling Candy) out of a Successful Appeal mare
  • Candy Stripes over Valid Appeal
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winners
      • Evita Argentina (Candy Stripes (ARG)) out of a Forest Wildcat mare
      • Capt. Candyman Can (Candy Stripes (ARG)) out of a Storm Creek mare
  • Candy Stripes over Unbridled’s Song
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winners
      • Gift Box (Twirling Candy) out of an Unbridled’s Song mare
      • Leofric (Candy Ride (ARG)) out of an Unbridled’s Song mare
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winners
      • Danzing Candy (Twirling Candy) out of a Songandaprayer mare
      • Special Forces (Candy Ride (ARG)) out of an Unbridled’s Song mare
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winner
      • Fore Left (Twirling Candy) out of an Unbridled’s Song mare

Whether you are new to the game, experiencing more losses than wins or just looking for a new approach, I am confident that I can help you breed or buy a better racehorse. To find out more about OPTIMAL Matings and how they can help your program, please subscribe to my Blog/News page HERE to receive future information on complimentary mating recommendations, sales short lists, stakes winner pedigree analysis, news on personal client success and any other random thoughts or ideas that I may have. Also, receive a complimentary copy of my report “Blind Luck or Designed Luck? – How A Kentucky Derby Winner Was Bred” sent directly to your inbox.

For inquiries or more information about Shepherd Equine Advisers, please contact Clark Shepherd at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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I offer my expertise as a bloodstock agent, sales consultant, and pedigree analyst to assist in breeding or purchasing superior thoroughbred racehorses through sound pedigree principles, horsemanship, and consistent implementation of well-designed plans. To find out more about how my services can help your program, please contact me at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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