Big weekend for Black Minnaloushe
Maine Chance Farms’ resident sire Black Minnaloushe enjoyed this past weekend.
Not only did the son of Storm Cat have a stunning five individual winners over the weekend, he is also the broodmare sire of the two of the top three finishers in Saturday’s Gr2 San Marcos Stakes in North America.
Black Minnaloushe is certainly more than capable of siring high class 2yos, as the exploits of champions Hollinger, Jokers Wild and Kochka will testify to.
His daughter Mayfair gave her sire his first juvenile winner for the season when scoring a game win over 1000m at Greyville on Friday afternoon. Bred by Maine Chance Farms, the Doug Campbell trained filly was a R50 000 buy at last year’s KZN Yearling Sale.
Saturday saw Black Minnaloushe dominate local racing, with his runners picking up four races at Kenilworth and Turffontein respectively. His son Summit won the third race at Turffontein, while Summit’s paternal half brother Greek Legend won the final race on the card.
A really smart 3yo, Greek Legend won his first two outings for trainer Mike Azzie, and ran third last time out, to subsequent Gr1 Investec Cape Derby hero Ertijaal, in the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes. Greek Legend, who is a half brother to Gold Cup winner Wavin’ Flag, looks a colt capable of contesting this year’s Sascoc Triple Crown.
A R150 000 buy from the 2013 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, Greek Legend is one of a number of smart 3yos representing his sire this season, with this tally including Gr1 Investec Cape Derby fourth Krambambuli.
Black Minnaloushe also enjoyed a double at Kenilworth, when son Catside Slew won the second race, and daughter Black Belvedere landed the third.
However, Black Minnaloushe’s weekend success was not limited to South Africa. In North America, the full brothers Power Ped and Power Foot (by Powerscourt out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Madame Blackfoot) were officially placed second and third in the $200,750 San Marcos Stakes. Power Ped is a four time winning stakes winner, while his full brother has won or placed in eight of his 20 outings.
To date, Black Minnaloushe’s broodmare daughters have produced five stakes winners, with his top performers including the high class G3 winners Little Wonder (by Volksraad) and Trump (by Written Tycoon).
Winner of the 2001 G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and G1 St James Palace Stakes, Black Minnaloushe is a proven sire whose offspring include Grade 1 winners all over the world. His top local performers include SASCOC Triple Crown winner Louis The King, winner of this season’s Sansui Summer Cup.
He has a single lot on offer at this month’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale – a colt whose dam is an own sister to a Gr3 winner. A three parts brother to G2 filly Moon Spun, this colt’s other notable relatives include former champion sprinter Goldmark.
To date, Black Minnaloushe has been represented by 33 stakes winners with his offspring’s gross world wide earnings being in excess of $27 million.