Few juvenile stakes have a richer history than the Spinaway. And part of that history is in the breeding legacy that previous winners of the great race have passed down.
Not surprisingly, the winner of this year’s Spinaway has previous winners in her pedigree. In addition to such racecourse stars as Alanesian and Myrtle Charm, So Many Ways also traces to a Spinaway winner in the female line. The eighth dam of So Many Ways is the 1923 mare Cinema (Sweep x Magic Lantern, by Le Sagittaire).
Cinema’s victory in the 1925 Spinaway was her only stakes victory from 33 starts, but she was also a half-sister to a stakes winner, and she produced stakes-placed Tedema (by Teddy).
Tedema produced two stakes winners. The first was the Psychic Bid gelding Tidy Bid, but the better was Jacodema (Jacopo), who won the Astarita and Jeanne d’Arc Stakes at 2, then ran third in the CCA Oaks, Acorn, and Delaware Oaks at 3 in 1951.
For a good race filly, Tedema (sixth dam of So Many Ways) was a poor broodmare. Her only really useful racer was Don Rickles (a 1957 gelding by Quiet Step) who ran third in the 1960 Travers and two other good stakes.
One of Tedema’s nonwinners, the Eight Thirty mare Prime Time, proved something better indeed. She produced a pair of stakes winners, including Sense of Rhythm, a Native Dancer colt who won the Rockingham Special in 1966.
Among Prime Time’s good winners was the Northern Dancer filly Six Months Long, who won two of her four starts and was second in the others. For breeders and readers waiting for something really good to break loose in the family, the wait is over.
Six Months Long proved the best producer in generations. Her son Half a Year (Riverman) won the St James’s Palace Stakes in England in 1987, and her son Winning Pact (Alydar) won the Del Mar Futurity in 1993. Amongst those, the mare produced four stakes-placed performers and enjoyed a long and productive career, foaling her last offspring at age 24 in 2000.
But the most important of her offspring for this story is her first, Dear Laura, a daughter of European highweight Youth produced in 1991. From four starts, Dear Laura managed three seconds, which was decent, considering her sire.
Dear Laura proved a pretty good broodmare, with her last two of seven live foals being the best. They were the full siblings G3 stakes winner Really Happy and her stakes-placed sister Good Lady Luck (both by the Seattle Slew stallion Avenue of Flags).
The second dam of the Spinaway winner is G3 winner Really Happy (Avenue of Flags), who ran second or third in five G2 races for the Mabees. At the Mabee inventory reduction at Keeneland November in 2002, Katsumi Yoshida paid $375,000 for the mare in foal to Gone West.
The Mabees retained Really Happy’s two U.S.-bred foals, including the Dehere mare Happy Scene, who was unraced. Happy Scene sold as a broodmare prospect for $18,000 before John R. Penn & John C. Penn bought her in foal to Brahms for $17,000.
The produce record is below:
1st Dam: Happy Scene, b, 1999. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. John C. Mabee (KY). Unraced in NA, Eng and Fr. KeeJan2002 $17,000.
Broodmare sire: DEHERE, b, 1991. Sire of 232 dams of 848 foals, 598 rnrs (71%), 441 wnrs (52%), 111 2yo wnrs (13%), 57 sw (7%).
2nd Dam: REALLY HAPPY, dkbbr, 1994. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. John C. Mabee (CA). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 12 sts, 5 wins, $215,688 (ssi = 9.08). Won Bay Meadows Oaks (G3); 2nd Railbird S. (G2), Princess S. (G2); 3rd Hollywood Oaks (G2), San Clemente Handicap (G2) twice. Dam of Satono Flora (JPN) (f, Agnes Tachyon (JPN). $391,758. 3rd Sekiya Kinen (JPN. G3)).