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Modigliani (bay horse, 1998, by Danzig x Hot Princess, by Hot Spark)

Castleton-Lyons; $5,000

A typical Danzig — blocky with good length and an intelligent eye and demeanor — Modigliani was a useful racehorse, winning the G3 Tetrarch Stakes in Ireland. His outstanding pedigree earned him a place at stud, where he has been usefully employed overseas.

Returned to the state of his birth for the 2010 breeding season, Modigliani is already the sire of leading Italian filly Magritte.

Modigliani stands 15.2 hands and is a standard of the Northern Dancer / Danzig type, with a rounded barrel that girths 76.5 inches and a muscular hindquarter that has strongly defined hamstrings leading down to powerful gaskins.

Like his paternal grandsire, Modigliani is slightly pigeon-toed in front, walks well, and has very good extension.

The stallion is a half-brother to the multiple classic winner Rodrigo de Triano (by the Northern Dancer stallion El Gran Senor) and to the Singapore Derby winner Cedrela (by the Be My Guest stallion Assert). They are out of the Hot Spark mare Hot Princess, winner of the listed Ballycorus Stakes.

In type and in his own racing capacity, Modigliani looks like a stallion to sire precocious, quick, and competitive stock. For breeders with an eye to the market for juveniles in training, he would seem to possess obvious attractions, as well as for those looking to breed to an own son of the mighty Danzig.