The following post was first published last week at Paulick Report.
The last weekend of September highlighted successes by sire lines that are little represented here in the States or have limited representation anywhere. These were in stark contrast to the A.P. Indy line, which had Ron the Greek winning the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup over Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice (by Curlin), which had Mineshaft’s son Bond Holder break his maiden in the G1 Frontrunner, and which did a tap dance in the G1 Beldame with the winner a male-line granddaughter, second-place Royal Delta a female-line granddaughter, and the third a daughter of the great son of Seattle Slew.
The less-populous lines included those of In Reality and Holy Bull.
Aside from champion Tiznow, there is little male-line glory for In Reality, but Tiznow’s full brother Tizbud had a G1 winner on Saturday when the 5-year-old mare Tiz Flirtatious won the Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita.
On the same Santa Anita card, Macho Uno’s son Mucho Macho Man won the G1 Awesome Again Stakes, and across the country, the same sire’s Private Zone won the G1 Vosburgh Stakes.
Both sons of Macho Uno were first-time G1 winners, although Mucho Macho Man is no stranger to the premium level. A G2 winner at 3 and 4, Mucho Macho Man was a towering specimen who flashed indications of an ability to match. At 3, the big bay was third in the Kentucky Derby, and last year at 4, he was second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Woodward Stakes.
On Saturday, he broke through with his first G1 victory in the Awesome Again Stakes, defeating Paynter (by Awesome Again) by 4 1/2 lengths.
The winner’s sire, Macho Uno, has sired two dozen stakes winners from seven crops of racing age, and despite being a juvenile champion, the gray son of Holy Bull tends to throw stock that show their best form going at least a mile and frequently improve significantly with age.
Part of a memorable and highly talented crop that included 3-year-old champion Point Given, Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, and multiple G1 winner Congaree, Macho Uno looked a boy among men when he came out to contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Yet the light and elegant gray came home in front of the massive Point Given and received the Eclipse Award as top juvenile of 2000 as a result. Although Macho Uno missed the Triple Crown, he came back to win the Pennsylvania Derby at 3 and the Massachusetts Handicap at 4, then went off to a career at stud that ranks him highly among other sires born in 1998 such as Speightstown and Street Cry.
One of Macho Uno’s most impressive qualities as a sire is that half his stakes winners are graded winners, and four are G1 winners.
This ability to get high quality is one that he shares with his half-brother, leading sire Awesome Again (Deputy Minister). They are both out of the splendid Blushing Groom mare Primal Force.
The half-brothers are both winners of a Breeders’ Cup race, but only Awesome Again has sired a BC winner. This year, however, Macho Uno will have a pair of serious threats in Mucho Macho Man, as well as Private Zone.
In winning his first G1, Private Zone put up a flaming display of front-running speed in the Vosburgh as he raced up quickly to lead at every call, was briefly headed by Justin Philip (First Samurai) in the stretch, then came on again to claim the victory in 1:08.02.
A Canadian-bred for Adena Springs, Private Zone sold for only $15,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale but became the leading imported 2-year-old in Panama in 2011. Returned to race in the U.S. in 2012, Private Zone was second in the Vernon Underwood and the Malibu last season and was second in the Palos Verdes this season. The Pirate’s Bounty Stakes on Sept. 4 was the gelding’s first stakes victory in the U.S., and he is expected to target the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, while Mucho Macho Man will be in the Classic.
Private Zone comes from the family of Mr. Prospector and numerous other talented racers.