Shakespeare wrote that “There is a tide in the affairs of men that, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” The Bard’s observation 400 years ago is still as true today, and it applies just as certainly to horses as to people.
If a stallion does not catch the rising tide to prominence with his early results at the racetrack, he is not going to last in most operations. And that proved to be the case with After Market (by Storm Cat), now exported but also the sire of the winner of the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes, Belle Gallantey, on Sept. 27.
The 5-year-old mare is from the first crop by her sire, who also got G1 winner Lady of Fifty (Vanity Handicap), but the stallion’s overall stats did not lift him high enough to maintain a commercial profile in Kentucky, and he was sold to overseas interests at the end of last year.
After Market now stands at the Jockey Club of Turkey stud farm near Izmet for a fee of 8,000 lira (approximately $4,000).
Bred and raced by Marty and Pam Wygod, After Market is a son of Storm Cat and G1 winner Tranquility Lake, by Rahy. This is the same cross of Storm Cat with a Rahy mare that produced international highweight and leading sire Giant’s Causeway. So much was expected of After Market.
He proved a good horse early in his career who bloomed magnificently at a 4-year-old and became a multiple G1 winner in 2007, winning the Eddie Read and Charlie Whittingham Memorial, as well as the G2 Del Mar Handicap and G3 Inglewood. After Market was retired to stud at Lane’s End for the following year’s breeding season, and he covered large books of well-bred and commercially appealing mares.
Perhaps After Market bred too much in the direction of the Rahy side of his pedigree because the commercial market never enthused over the stallion or his offspring. Belle Gallantey was originally named Collection Basket and sold both as a yearling and as a 2-year-old. Her first trip through the sales ring, she sold for $10,000 to Mike Puhich, agent, and the second time she sold as a juvenile for $30,000 to Stuart Carmichael and Peter Tom.
Whatever her shortcomings as a sales horse, she proved a thoroughly useful performer at the track, winning a maiden claiming race for $30,000 and earning more than $250,000 in her first three seasons on the track. That’s a lot of money for a claiming and allowance filly, but Belle Gallantey was very competitive, winning four times, with 19 more finishes in second or third from her first 36 starts.
Now owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable, and Gary Aisquith, Belle Gallantey has been a revelation of class and consistency this year as she has climbed from a string of three allowance victories to win a pair of G1 stakes against some of the best mares in the country.
In between Belle Gallantey’s victories in the Delaware Handicap and the Beldame, she finished sixth in the G1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, where she was tow-roped by divisional bear Close Hatches. That was one of only two losses this year in seven starts for Belle Gallantey, and she is the highest-profile descendant of a memorable champion.
Her third dam is the outstanding champion Meadow Star, a foal of 1988 by Meadowlake out of Inreality Star, by In Reality. Meadow Star was an exceptional champion at 2 when she was unbeaten in seven starts, including the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Frizette, Spinaway, and Matron. The spirited and athletic chestnut was unbeaten until she challenged colts in the Wood Memorial, where she finished fourth, and she won 11 of her first 12 starts, including a half-dozen G1s. Meadow Star’s last major victory was the Mother Goose, where she and Lite Light (Majestic Light) ran head-and-head to a dramatic finish that Meadow Star won narrowly.
Somewhat star-crossed as a broodmare, Meadow Star produced five foals, four winners, including the graded stakes-placed Grechelle, a daughter of Deputy Minister, like each of Meadow Star’s first three foals.
Field of Vision (Deputy Minister) was Meadow Star’s first foal, and she is the second dam of Belle Gallantey. Field of Vision’s third foal was Revealed (Old Trieste), and she won four races, earning $147,843.
Revealed produced Belle Gallantey as her second foal, and Belle Gallantey is her dam’s most accomplished performer, although all of Revealed’s first four foals are winners.
Belle Gallantey’s dam Revealed sold in 2010 for $70,000 at the Keeneland November sale. She was in foal to Candy Ride, and Larkin Armstrong, agent, signed the ticket for her. That foal is the 3-year-old Mr. Candy, a winner, and the mare has an unnamed 2-year-old filly by City Zip.
Revealed’s subsequent produce are View, a yearling filly by Birdstone, and an unnamed colt of 2014 by Gio Ponti.
With her ascension in class and consistency, Belle Gallantey has proven a worthy heir to the legacy of Meadow Star.
*The preceding post was first published earlier this week at Paulick Report.