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All American* (2005 dk b by Red Ransom x Milva, by Strawberry Road)
Darby Dan $10,000
* All American will stand his first Northern Hemisphere season at stud this year.
This is a big horse with many of the traits associated with his sire, the successful Roberto horse Red Ransom. Bred and raced by Darby Dan founder John Galbreath, Roberto was a top-class juvenile in Ireland. The following season he won the Derby at Epsom from subsequent Arc de Triomphe winner Rheingold, and Roberto had his best day on the racecourse when Braulio Baeza guided him to a front-running victory over the great Brigadier Gerard in the Gold Cup at York.
Although the ‘Brigadier’ was a more successful racehorse, Roberto proved trumps at stud, getting classic winners and champions from the start and becoming a major influence in international breeding.
Red Ransom, surprisingly, was not one of his sire’s most successful racing sons. Bred and raced by Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stable, Red Ransom won two of his three starts but never appeared in a stakes. Red Ransom was one of the most highly regarded non-stakes winners and went to stud in Kentucky at Vinery.
The stallion’s natural ability and Ben Walden’s promotional ingenuity propelled Red Ransom to leadership as top freshman sire of 1994, and he never looked back, siring classic winners and champions.
A foal of 1987, Red Ransom sired All American in Australia rather late in the sire’s career. All American is a dark brown horse with the trademark heavy top that Red Ransom possessed. The muscle mass from such a body gives a horse tremendous energy reserves and frequently great speed through power. The downside, however, is increased demands for soundness and rugged bone.
All American competed successfully in his homeland. In 2008, he won the G3 Skyline Stakes, then was second in the G1 Blue Diamond and third in the G1 Ascot Vale. In 2009, All American graduated to victory in the G1 Cantala Stakes.
Physically quite robust, All American has excellent power through his hindquarters, and he is set a bit higher behind like a drag racer. All this adds speed to the package.
Standing 16.2, All American has a great depth through the heart, girthing more than 79 inches. He is a big, rugged horse with a good head and appealing eye.
A bit of trivia: If you look at his photograph on the Darby Dan website, you’ll notice he also has a strawberry brand on his left shoulder.