Plenty of reasonable breeders liked Pollard’s Vision when he went to stud, yielding a hefty first crop of 93 2yos. He was a Carson City who excelled at a mile or slightly longer, improved at 3, and had sufficient toughness to win two Derbys (Illinois and Lone Star), finish second or third in four more (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Louisiana), and earn $1,430,311 in three seasons of racing.
He was a heck of a nice horse, he was a solid recommendation to breeders on many levels, and did I ever catch the dickens when people saw his foals. ‘Nobody liked them, everybody hated them, Pollard’s Vision (and I) ought to eat a bug and die.’
Well, as it happened, a good many of the foals by Pollard’s Vision weren’t show horse pretty, and some of them weren’t fantasy sales horse correct, and some of the others weren’t especially big.
Which brings me to the most active factor in the pedigree and genetics of Pollard’s Vision: Northern Dancer through his omnipresent son Dixieland Band, the broodmare sire of Pollard’s Vision.
Biomechanically, Pollard’s Vision is nearly a clone of Dixieland Band. That is how Pollard’s Vision raced, that is how he looks (well-balanced, not real fancy), and that is how he is performing at stud.
Things got so bad before the despised offspring of Pollard’s Vision got to the races that those of us who had recommended him to breeders needed to keep a low profile. Folks could be unappreciative, etc.
Well, I’m out of the foxholes now. And about time.
The first crop of Pollard’s Vision struck black type first in Europe with the colt Air Crew, and since then three fillies have won stakes all over the country, including the G1 Oak Leaf Stakes last weekend (Blind Luck).
At present, the bay son of Carson City who looks like a Northern Dancer stands at the head of the freshman sire list for 2009, and he is looking prettier and grander by the day.
With this improvement in the fortunes of Pollard’s Vision, those of us who recommended him seem to have been forgiven, even if breeders had to give away their yearlings (Blind Luck sold for $11,000, for instance).
And if someone receives a tasty filet de crow wrapped in black, it wasn’t sent by me. No, it was somebody else.