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Tale of Ekati (b h, 2005, by Tale of the Cat x Silence Beauty, by Sunday Silence)

Darby Dan; $15,000

With a pair of G1 races to go with a pair of G2 victories, Tale of Ekati is the quick bay who got his magnificently pedigreed dam off the mark as a producer. Silence Beauty is one of the handful of Sunday Silence mares outside Japan, and she comes from a glorious female family. The dam of Silence Beauty is Alabama Stakes winner Maplejinsky (by Nijinsky), and her dam is champion sprinter Gold Beauty (Mr. Prospector). Gold Beauty was the best of five stakes winners out of the top producer Stick to Beauty (Illustrious), and Gold Beauty produced champion Dayjur (Danzig) in addition to Maplejinsky.

Maplejinsky’s most notable racer is the Blushing Groom mare Sky Beauty, the winner of nine G1 races. With this much performance in Silence Beauty’s immediate family, a great deal was expected of her. She sold for $1 million as a Keeneland July yearling in 1998 but did not win.

The mare’s immediate producing career didn’t start well, either. She slipped in 2002, had a Forestry colt in 2003 that was never named, and foaled a colt by Hennessy in 2004 who was named Mr. Super Fit and is unraced.

Her next foal was Tale of Ekati. Well, that’s more like it.

A very handsome horse, Tale of Ekati is typical of his sire, the consistent Storm Cat stallion Tale of the Cat. Tale of Ekati is strongly made, with a muscular shoulder, very good depth through the girth, and a powerfully developed hindquarter. He has the round body and robust muscularity that is typical of the Storm Cat tribe and his loyal son Tale of the Cat.

Another part of that legacy is that Tale of Ekati does not have perfectly aligned legs. This lack of show horse symmetry is something that sales buyers have come to expect from the Storm Cat line and don’t appear to be terribly concerned about so long as the rest of the package is there too.

In a compromised sales environment like the present, however, there will undoubtedly be more resistance to anything short of “perfect,” but breeders may choose to consider that once upon a time, say 20 years ago, a bay stallion could barely get a full book of mares because he was not “perfect,” but Storm Cat never let that stop him.