Rosana wrote a query about several stallions she thought might qualify as non-stakes winners but could not check because her reference material was not at hand.
Her list is Bull Dog, Errard, Eternal Bull, Heliopolis, Gray Dream, Petrose, and Zacaweista. The first four are stakes winners (SWs), and the last three are not. All sired more than 10 stakes winners.
Heliopolis (Hyperion out of Drift, by Swynford) was a truly outstanding racehorse, winning the Imperial Produce Stakes at 2, the Chester Vase, Prince of Wales, Princess of Wales, and Gratwicke Produce Stakes at 3, when he was also third in the Derby. At stud, he was outstanding also, with 53 stakes winners (15 percent), including Ace Admiral, Berlo, Grecian Queen, Helioscope, High Gun, Olympia, Parlo, Princess Turia, and Summer Tan.
The next three were pretty good stakes winners: Bull Dog (La Fleche d’Or and Prix Daphnis); Errard (Prairie State Stakes, Crete Handicap); and Eternal Bull (Miles Standish Stakes in new track record time over champion Alsab).
Bull Dog (by Teddy out of Plucky Liege, by Spearmint) was much the best sire among this trio (52 SWs, 15 percent, including Bull Lea, Johns Joy, Occupation, Occupy, and Our Boots).
Errard (by Challenger out of Ruddy Light, by Honeywood) had 16 SWs, 6 percent, with Errard King (American Derby and Arlington Classic) and Laffango (Champagne) probably his best.
Eternal Bull (by Bull Dog out of Rose Eternal, by Eternal) had 12 SWs, 5 percent, with Cowdin Stakes winner Eternal Moon or Everett Jr. (winner of the Joliet, Lafayette, and Duncan F. Kenner stakes at 2) likely being his best.
The other three are below:
Gray Dream (by Gino out of Dark Love, by Traumer) was stakes-placed at 2, sired 13 stakes winners (4 percent). The best was probably Great Dream, and most of them ran successfully in the Southwest or Nebraska.
Petrose (Peter Hastings out of Rose Twig, by Supremus) was a nonwinner from one start. Petrose was a fairish stallion, siring most notably Pet Bully, winner of the 1954 Woodward Stakes and Washington Park Handicap, among his 11 SWs from 252 foals (4 percent).
Zacaweista (High Time out of Lucrative, by Mordant) is the trickiest of these. Pedigree Online lists him as winner of the Gentilly Purse. Brisnet has him as stakes-placed in three races, including the Chicago Heights Handicap at 2; Equineline concurs with stakes-placed without mentioning the races. The Blood-Horse Sires and Dams of Stakes Winners does not include him as a stakes winner under his dam, the imported Mordant mare Lucrative. My guess is that the Gentilly didn’t qualify as black type because of the size of its purse or perhaps its conditions and that the horse is stakes-placed by our definition. Since he went to stud and sired 294 foals, with 15 SW (5 percent), he must have had a few things going for him.
Zacaweista’s best racer was Buzfuz, a foal of 1942 who won 35 races, with 57 more in the money, from 161 starts. Talk about tough! Buzfuz wasn’t just about volume, however. The gelding won the Jerome, Vosburgh, Toboggan, and Palm Beach handicaps, as well as other good races.
Thank you very much for digging for the information about the horses that I included on my list.
I truly could not help but to react in a pavlovian fashion when I saw the original post. And of course lucky me, I was confronted with the overwhelming desire to research something and the stallion books were stored away (I am having second thoughts on ever painting my living room ever again!).
Anyhow on my posting I included some stallions that are hardly seen on pedigrees today, probably some people wondered what I was thinking about when I “nominated” these.
The decision was made based on the fact that the post mentioned to “succeed as a stallion”. With no stallion books at hand I dashed to the rooms that is outside the boundaries of the painting project. I took a hold of copies of the “General sire rankings” dating back from 1948 to the late 70’s, which include the Leaders in Number of Winners, Leaders in Money Won and Leaders in Number of Races. And there is where I exactly found those guys… lurking in some of those lists. They might not have been exactly on the top echelon of stallions but they threw a good number of winners that might have justified a second look at them.
Thanks again for the information and the insight.
Yes, Rosana, it’s very interesting to look at some of the sire lists and see how 15 minutes of fame applies to horses as well as human stars.
Petrose, for instance, wasn’t much of a sire, but he got Pet Bully, who was a knockout racehorse, probably better than anything the other stallions (except Heliopolis and Bull Dog) ever sired.
I had not read about Buzfuz. You are not kidding about him being a tough one. The little I could find about him noted he knocked heads with Citation and Stymie among others. He ran against the three year old Citation, who was trying elders for the first time in the Seminole Handicap at Hialeah in 1948. Could you imagine a 3 year old taking on older horses in February today? And Citation wasn’t even really 3. I think his birthday is April 11.
Just as a final note Zacaweista blood is still out there thanks to his daughter Magic Melody, born in 1949, out of Dancing Deb by Swing And Sway.
She was the dam of 13 foals (7 colts, 6 fillies), 11 winners, two stakes winners (Melody Mine by The Doge winner of the Mademoiselle S. & of Laurel Mae by Crafty Admiral, winner of the Fashion Stakes).
Melody Mine produced 5 foals, two of which won stakes ( colt by Hasty Road named Ottawa Hills & Shelf Talker, a filly by Tatan) while Laurel Mae produced 13 foals, one stakes winner (the filly Illiterate by Arts and Letters) and three stakes placed (fillies Opec and You Picked Abeauty as well as the colt Laure’s Raider).
Opec is the third dam of Grade I winner Square Eddie, Illiterate is the dam of Alphabet Soup. Another of Laurel Mae’s daughters, the winner Sadie Mae (by Sadair) produced two stakes winners.