This is the 13th in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.
Lewis Michael (2003 bay by Rahy out of Justenuffheart, by Broad Brush)
Stands at Three Chimneys Farm for $12,500 live foal
Lewis Michael and his sister, champion Dreaming of Anna, are sterling examples of the uncertainties of genetic transmission. The horse is a bay, the mare a chestnut. He is a lengthy horse standing 16 hands, and she is petite and feminine.
Lewis Michael has more of his broodmare sire, Broad Brush, in his makeup, and Dreaming of Anna is a model Rahy.
The common denominator is that both were high-class racehorses. A stakes winner at 2 who became a graded winner at 4, Lewis Michael showed speed and toughness.
He is leggier than one might expect from a Rahy, therefore taller. With a very good hindquarter and shoulder, Lewis Michael had power and maneuverability.
Magna Graduate (2002 dark brown by Honor Grades out of Peacock Alley, by Fast Play)
Stands at Darby Dan Farm for $5,000 live foal
An admirable servant and consistent performer, Magna Graduate is a neatly made, medium-sized horse with good balance. He has good feet and sturdy limbs.
In type, he has much in common with broodmare sire Fast Play and is a tidy and well-balanced athlete.
Magna Graduate should be suitable to many mares, and mares of quality, more so than others, would do him good.
Although not a massive horse, nor one with towering height, Magna Graduate possesses a balance of qualities that made him an effective racehorse, and if mated carefully, he should be able to sire athletes with the potential to win for their owners and maintain his place at stud.