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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.

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