One of the statistical truths that the great researcher and bloodstock writer Joe Estes hammered home was that the best racehorses make the best breeding prospects.
But due to the nature of breeding and animal reproduction, all horses — both the talented and those who exhibited nothing — have great challenges to overcome in producing another generation of successful racers.
One mare who illustrates both is the splendid racemare Habibti, a daughter of the Storm Cat classic winner Tabasco Cat who won G1 stakes of her own and has become a very good producer.
For a mare who showed such speed and class as a juvenile, Habibti matured well at 3 to finish close up at the highest level among her peers in premium races like the Kentucky Oaks.
Owned and raced by The Thoroughbred Corp., she was bred first to their Horse of the Year, then sold in foal to that stallion at the Keeneland November sale, where Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm picked her up for $2.9 million.
She was also one of the most beautiful daughters of Storm Cat’s most beautiful son. Tabasco Cat, regardless of one’s opinions of his character or merit, was a strikingly handsome animal.
Habibti has proven that pretty is as pretty does. Her first three named foals are winners of more than $100,000, and two are stakes winners.
Amongst the statements of success are reminders that we are all flesh. The mare produced a pair of unnamed colts by A.P. Indy. That the one foal who lived and was named is graded stakes winner El Daafer is evidence of how much potential was lost with the other two.
With colts coming along by Distorted Humor, Tapit, and Bernardini, there’s reason to hope that Habibti’s greatest renown lies in the future.
The mare’s produce record is below:
|1st Dam: HABIBTI, ch, 1999. Bred by Rosemont Farm Inc. (KY). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 11 sts, 3 wins, $564,851 (ssi = 17.46). Won Hollywood Starlet S. (G1), Del Mar Debutante S. (G1); 2nd Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Las Virgenes S. (G1), Corona Handicap; 3rd Kentucky Oaks (G1).($450,000, 2001, BESMAR, 2yo; $2,900,000, 2003, KEENOV, brdmr)|