The family of G3 Long Island Handicap winner Hit It Rich (by Smart Strike) was nurtured at Wimborne Farm in Bourbon County, Ky., where the farm stallion was the very fast and very high-class Lord at War, an Argentine-bred chestnut by the Brigadier Gerard stallion General out of the Con Brio mare Luna de Miel.
That pedigree, both unfamiliar and reeking of turf, wasn’t going to win the stallion any friends. But Lord at War was a hell of a horse. A medium-sized chestnut with exceptional speed and the ability to carry it a distance, he proved an outstanding sire, getting 48 stakes winners from 379 foals (12.66 percent stakes winners to foals). Name me a stallion currently standing who can do that?
When grafted onto some of the good families that the Perkins family at Wimborne owned, Lord at War proved both a very good sire of racehorses, as well as an important sire of producers.
The stallion’s influence was considerably appreciated by Seth Hancock of Claiborne Farm, which bred and raced several stakes winners by the stallion. So it was natural for Hancock to recommend daughters of the stallion to Claiborne clients such as Stuart Janney III, who purchased Cuando Puede at the Wimborne dispersal in 2002 and who bred Hit It Rich.
The Long Island winner is the second stakes winner out of Cuando Puede from six live foals.
The mare’s produce record follows:
CUANDO PUEDE, gr/ro, 1993. Bred by Wimborne Farm, Inc. (KY). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 12 sts, 5 wins, $199,973 (ssi = 9.52). Won Arlington Heights Oaks (gr. 3); 2nd T.V. Vixen S.($285,000, 2002, WIMJUL, brdmr)
1999: Can Do Now, dk b/ f, by Saint Ballado. Unraced in NA, Eng and Fr.
2000: Can Belong, gr g, by Belong To Me. Raced 3 yrs in NA, 21 sts, 3 wins, $31,560 (ssi = 0.64).
2001: No record.
2002: SPANISH MISSION, ch g, by Coronado’s Quest. Raced 5 yrs in NA, 32 sts, 7 wins, $254,173 (ssi = 2.31).
Won Memorial Day Handicap, Go For Gin S. (R); 3rd Three Coins Up S. (R).
2004: No record.
2005: Sabbath, f, by Pulpit.
2006: Salver, gr f, by Silver Deputy. Unraced in NA, Eng and Fr.
2007: HIT IT RICH, gr f, by Smart Strike. Winner of 5 races in 11 starts, earnings $243,310. (ssi = 7.86).
At 4: Won Long Island H. (gr. 3).
2008: Not Covered Previous Year.
2009: Dead Foal.
Broodmare sire: LORD AT WAR (ARG), ch, 1980-1998. Sire of 164 dams of 864 foals, 652 rnrs (75%), 460 wnrs (53%), 94 2yo wnrs (11%), 47 sw (5%).
Cuando Quiere, gr, 1988-2010. Bred by Peachtree Farm (TX). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 7 sts, 0 wins, $4,160 (ssi = 0.49).
Dam of HONEY RYDER (f, Lasting Approval, $2,784,160. Won E. P. Taylor S. (gr. 1), Flower Bowl Invitational S. (gr. 1), Orchid Handicap (gr. 2), Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. 2) twice, Glens Falls Handicap (gr. 3), The Very One Handicap (gr. 3), Orchid Handicap (gr. 3), Robert G. Dick Memorial B C Hcp., Robert G. Dick Mem Breeders’ Cup S., Princess Mora S.; 2nd Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf (gr. 1), United Nations S. (gr. 1), Gulfstream Park Brdrs’ Cup Turf S. (gr. 1), Hollywood Wildcat S.; 3rd Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf (gr. 1), La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. 2), Herecomesthebride S. (gr. 3), Honey Fox Handicap (gr. 3), Appalachian S. $0.), CUANDO (f, Lord At War (ARG), $329,967. Won Bayou Breeders’ Cup Handicap, New Castle Handicap, Sixty Sails Handicap; 2nd Bewitch S. (gr. 3), My Charmer Handicap (gr. 3); 3rd New York Handicap (gr. 2), La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. 2), Cardinal Handicap (gr. 3), Pago Hop S. Dam of DOMINUS, Arcturus.), Cuanto Es (f, Exbourne. 2nd Ballston Spa Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. 3); 3rd Bryan Station S.).