Producing a leading sire offers a broodmare enduring respect like little else. With every accomplishment, every pedigree of a stakes winner or champion, the dam of a top stallion has a featured position.
Some, like Somethingroyal and Almahmoud, become bloodstock legends.
But even the most famous and valued broodmares are flesh and bone. They suffer the ills of their sisters, and some of that includes trouble and disappointment.
Cappucino Bay is the stakes-winning dam of leading sire Medaglia d’Oro, and she is one of those broodmares for whom the strokes of chance have not gone well. Medaglia d’Oro was her fourth foal, but in the 13 years since his birth, the mare has produced only five more offspring.
That’s a bad produce record. Unfortunately, it’s not that rare. Being a broodmare is a difficult life, and producing those foals most likely to be outstanding racehorses — robust and strongly built — raises the difficulty for their dams.
Cappucino Bay had already produced stakes-placed Expresso Bay as her second foal, but none of her foals after Medaglia d’Oro had raced and won till Naples Bay (Giant’s Causeway).
Then this weekend, Naples Bay became the second graded stakes winner for her dam. Ed Cox Jr. had purchased Naples Bay in 2008 at the Keeneland November sale as a weanling for $350,000 before Rachel Alexandra (and others) established their sire as one of the most important stallions in Kentucky.
Now a winner of four races from 10 starts, with earnings of $210,710, Naples Bay has proven a very good investment and is one of the most tempting prospects as a broodmare.
The dam’s produce record is below:
1st Dam: CAPPUCINO BAY, b, 1989. Bred by Albert Bell & Joyce Bell (WA). Raced 4 yrs in NA, 24 sts, 5 wins, $164,433 (ssi = 5.68). Won Mercer Girls S. (R); 3rd Vallejo S.