Fed Biz Origins: What’s Old is New Again
I was thumbing through a 1969 Blood-Horse Stallion Register the other day. The book’s pages are full of the names of stallions that we just don’t hear much about anymore in our modern US pedigrees. Back then Ribot and Sea Bird stood at Darby Dan Farm. Of the leading sires the previous year, 4 of the top 10 were sired by Nasrullah. It was a different world. This was a fruitful time when Kentucky thoroughbred breeding was reaping the rewards of precise and prescient importing of bloodstock from Europe. In turning the pages of that stallion register my eyes landed on an ad with the great Round Table listed on Claiborne Farm’s roster. The influence of that stallion’s family offers a surprisingly strong reach today, nearly 7 decades after its first cultivation in America.
The Sire-Producing Legacy of Knight’s Daughter
Bull Hancock of Claiborne was one of the visionaries who imported a number of key individuals that went on to shape the breed. As knowing as he was, I wonder if he could have foreseen the full ramifications of his purchase of Round Table’s dam, Knight’s Daughter, in 1951. The success of the Knight’s Daughter female line keeps giving in so many different ways that it’s nearly mind boggling. When she became the dam of Round Table, Knight’s Daughter’s reputation was set; she was named Broodmare of the Year in 1959. This achievement alone made her import a smashing success. Over the last 65 years Claiborne has carefully nurtured Knight’s Daughter’s female line so that it has produced numerous top sires, champions and stakes winners. She is great granddam of 1971 3 Year Old Champion Filly Turkish Trousers. Round Table’s son Tell was inbred 2 x 3 to Knight’s Daughter. Knight’s Daughter’s sire-producing influence is still felt today in America via Pulpit (and now Tapit), Scat Daddy (via Johannesburg), Tale of the Cat — and it’s nowhere near done – in fact, some breeders may contend that it is more powerful than ever.
Giant’s Causeway’s Fastest Son from a Giant of a Family
One young Kentucky stallion descending from Knight’s Daughter (she’s his 6th dam) has already added to the family legacy as a racehorse. His next test is as a sire. His name is Fed Biz. The 7 year old son of Giant’s Causeway entered stud last year at WinStar for a fee of only $12,500. Fed Biz offers breeders a G1 performer and multiple G2 stakes winner (set 2 NTR) that carries some of the bluest blood available. Combine that with his outstanding conformation and it’s possible we will be hearing a lot more about this stallion when his first foals race in 2018.
Fed Biz began his racing career at Santa Anita where he won a one mile maiden event. His race record reflects 12 times in the money in 19 starts. He won four stakes races, with three G2 stakes wins, two G1 placings (one in the Awesome Again S., losing by only a neck to champion Shared Belief), and the capability to run well on dirt, turf, and synthetic. Two of his races were quite memorable, as he set NTR in both the 2013 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) (7f in 1:21.12), at age 4 and the 2014 San Diego Handicap (G2) (8.5f in 1:41) at age 5. In each of these races he beat some very good horses. The Pat O’Brien’s beaten field included Goldencents, Handsome Mike, Drill, and Majestic City. In the San Diego Handicap Fed Biz crushed Frac Daddy and Handsome Mike. Fed Biz could win from anywhere on the track. In the Pat O’Brien he came from way off the pace to strongly get up and beat Goldencents. In the San Diego H., he broke beautifully from the outside and motored to the lead immediately, then never looked back; “coming home stylishly” as called by Trevor Denman, to set a NTR. One likes to see this kind of classy speed in a stallion prospect, and Fed Biz had the tractability to be placed anywhere on the racecourse and be a threat to win.
With his top racing class and as a son of Giant’s Causeway, it would stand to reason that breeders would be interested in Fed Biz. As we continue our examination of his pedigree we will be introduced to a most elegant expression of his female line, and how it is matched with the quality of his extraordinary sire, Giant’s Causeway.
Putting It All Together: The Rationale Behind Fed Biz’s Pedigree
Giant’s Causeway has certainly proven himself a sire of sires, what with Shamardal, First Samurai, and Footstepsinthesand three of his best, and Frost Giant, Hold Me Back, Eskendereya and others already proven. Giant’s Causeway has several sons waiting in the wings including Carpe Diem and Creative Cause, and nearly every year he comes up with new sons to carry his line forward. Over the years breeders have flocked to the well-established cross of Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector. Like Storm Cat, Giant’s Causeway is free of Mr. Prospector. In Giant’s Causeway’s case, this cross can be best appreciated when we expand the focus to include Giant’s Causeway mated with mares by sons of Mr. Prospector, or mares with Mr. Prospector lines in their families; for example: Shamardal is from a Machiavellian mare (full sister to Street Cry); First Samurai’s second dam is by Fappiano, Frost Giant is from a Gone West mare…and likewise, Fed Biz’s second dam Yarn is by Mr. Prospector.
Charging Up the Storm Cat/Mr. P Cross: Yarn
The ultimate goal in the breeding of Fed Biz is reproducing the successes of Yarn and her daughter, Myth, with the Storm Cat line. Yarn, a full sister to Pulpit’s dam Preach, produced by Storm Cat the prolific sire, Tale of the Cat. (As an aside, Yarn’s Champion Two Year Old Colt Minardi has a double dose of magic going on in his pedigree. His sire Boundary’s second dam is by Round Table, and he carries the Knight’s Daughter influence via Yarn.)
Myth, not to be outdone, produced brilliant Two Year Old Champion Johannesburg (undefeated in 7 starts at 2) to the cover of Storm Cat’s son, Hennessy.
Storm Cat with Yarn and Myth is the gift that keeps on giving: Another recent example of this cross is Fed Biz’s half sister by Storm Cat, Whichwaydidshego, who has now produced two stakes winners. An interesting permutation of the Storm Cat/Yarn/Myth/Mr.Prospector formula also shows up in the stakes winning and graded stakes placed colt [2nd Gulfstream Park H. (G2) on March 5] , Stanford (Myth is his 3rd dam).
Bred to Be a Sire
WinStar Farm says that Fed Biz is ‘bred to be a sire’. He stands before us with this powerful Storm Cat/Yarn/Knight’s Daughter engine of a pedigree, and just when we think we have his bloodlines mapped out, Fed Biz’s broodmare sire, Wild Again, introduces an additional strain of Nearctic to parallel that coming from Giant’s Causeway. The result is an intricately woven pedigree that is most masterfully devised. And rightly so; Fed Biz’s breeder, Richard Santulli, has been down this road before, as co-breeder of Johannesburg.
[The mating of Fed Biz was planned by Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services, LLC. Just incredible and I truly admire the elegance of this mating.]
Useful bonus information:
- For those who want to learn more about the great Round Table, Avalyn Hunter offers an excellent profile of him in her American Classic Pedigrees.
- The female line that produced Knight’s Daughter has clicked before with Mr. Prospector; producing the excellent sire Gone West, descending from Persian Maid. Persian Maid and Knight’s Daughter share the same granddam, the great Aloe. Aloe is also the 3rd dam of the top Argentine sire and broodmare sire, Sideral, via her granddaughter Starling, she a half sister to Knight’s Daughter. For a full discussion of Aloe, Feola, and more about this important family please see this seminal article in Reines de Course.
- How interesting: Shackleford’s pedigree is another example of Storm Cat on the top and the family of Aloe on the bottom, via Persian Maid. This article by TFTribe on SB Nation offers more interesting facts about Aloe.
*Pedigree charts created with pedigreequery.com free tool.