Client Success: Spanish Kingdom Holds Keeneland Blue Bloods At Bay

spanish kingdom

Spanish kingdom


SPANISH KINGDOM (g, 3, Animal Kingdom–Mis Vizcaya {MSP}, by Successful Appeal), a winner in an 8 1/2-furlong Churchill allowance in May, was fifth–beaten a length–in the July 12 GIII Transylvania S. before finishing third going a sixteenth shorter last time out at Churchill Sept. 5. Sent off at 5-2 here, the gelding stalked from the three path going into the first turn as Churn N Burn (Liam’s Map) led through an opening quarter in :22.30 followed by a :46.63 half. Inching ever closer turning for home, Spanish Kingdom swung out to make a three wide bid, forged an advantage at the top of the lane, found some daylight, and held his foes at bay under driving pressure to win by a neck.

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

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

Lifetime Record: 10-2-1-1, $115,014. 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.

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