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In looking over the results of stakes from the weekend, one of the interesting things is the success of some very famous bloodlines like that belonging to stakes winner Saint Isabelle (by Saint Liam) below:

1st Dam: Fortyniner Fever, b, 1995. Bred by Robert C. McNair, Janice McNair & Arthur B. Hancock III (KY). Unraced in NA, Eng, and Fr. ($55,000, 2006, keenov, brdmr)

2000: Tejas, b c, by Skip Away. Raced 1 yr in NA, 5 sts, 1 win, $9,819 (ssi = 0.82).
2001: Unnamed foal, dkbbr c, by Valid Expectations.
2002: Slipped.
2003: South Of Broad, b c, by Broad Brush. Raced 1 yr in NA, 2 sts, 1 win, $27,500.
2004: BOLD ANGEL, ch f, by Cat Thief. Raced 3 yrs in NA, 14 sts, 2 wins, $70,992 (ssi = 1.74). Won Sam Houston Oaks; 2nd Sam Houston Distaff S.; 3rd Assiniboia Oaks.
2005: TEXAS FEVER, b c, by Victory Gallop. Raced 2 yrs in NA, 12 sts, 2 wins, $97,878 (ssi = 2.23). Won Kentucky Cup Juvenile S. (gr. 3); 3rd Grindstone S.
2006: Gold Dust, b f, by Forest Wildcat. Unraced in NA, Eng, and Fr. ($140,000, 2009, keenov, brdmr)
2007: SAINT ISABELLE. ($135,000, 2007, keenov, wnlg; $150,000, 2008, keesep, yrlg)
At 3: 2nd Palomares S.
At 4: Won Time To Leave S.
2008: Palooza, ch f, by Hennessy. Raced 2 yrs in NA, 3 sts, 1 win, $42,830 (ssi = 3.76). ($185,000, 2008, keenov, wnlg)
2009: Hell For Certain, dkbbr c, by Mr. Greeley. Unraced in NA, Eng, and Fr. ($210,000, 2010, keesep, yrlg)
2010: Unnamed foal, b c, by Bernardini.
2011: Slipped.

2nd Dam: Angel Fever, b, 1990. Bred by Loblolly Stable (KY). Raced 1 yr in NA, 2 sts, 1 win, $25,665. 2nd Colleen S. ($525,000, 1994, keenov, brdmr) Dam of FUSAICHI PEGASUS (c, Mr. Prospector. $1,994,400, Won Kentucky Derby (gr. 1), Jerome Handicap (gr. 2), San Felipe S. (gr. 2), Wood Memorial S. (gr. 2); 2nd Preakness S. (gr. 1)).

The burning question is “How much would you pay for a daughter of Forty Niner out of Angel Fever, dam of a classic winner and full sister to another?”

All the other daughters of Angel Fever who went through sales brought seven-figure fortunes. But Fortyniner Fever, unraced and 11 at the time of her sale in 2006, brought only $55,000 from the savvy fellows at Hunter Valley Farm, even though the mare was in foal to Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

And this was at the peak of the contemporary bloodstock market before the US and world economies imploded in 2007.

By the time the mare had produced a nice-looking filly by Saint Liam and it was ready for sale at the Keeneland November auction in that same 2007, Fortyniner Fever’s 2yo and 3yo had become stakes winners. And Saint Isabelle sold for $135,000 as a weanling.

Now she is the third stakes winner for her dam.

In addition to a promising 3yo and 2yo going for her, Fortyniner Fever has a yearling colt by Bernardini who will probably draw some attention at the sales this year, wouldn’t you think?

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