Maine Chance Farms’ proven sire Black Minnaloushe is starting to make a name for himself as a broodmare sire.
The son of Storm Cat was once again to the fore as a maternal grandsire in Canada on Sunday, when featuring as the broodmare sire of G3 Valedictory Stakes winner Bangkok.
A son of Street Hero, Bangkok caused an upset when nailing odds-on favourite, and last year’s winner, Melmich in Sunday’s $130 466 contest to register the first graded win of his career. Five-year-old Bangkok, who was making his graded race debut on Sunday, has now won four times and earned $288 704 in stakes.
His trainer W. Phillip Gracey said after the surprise win, “We were going to be really happy with second, but he just kept on running. He’s a nice, little horse.”
Bangkok is out of the unplaced Black Minnaloushe daughter Get It Straight, also dam of the winners Dipped In Pearls and Milford Bay. Get It Straight herself is out of the stakes winning Hail The Pirates mare Straight South.
Other notable performers out of Black Minnaloushe mares include the top class New Zealand mare Stolen Dance (runner up in the G1 Zabeel Classic), Argentinian G3 winner Sexy Cash, and Guineas winner Amarula, while Black Minnaloushe daughter, Madame Blackfoot is dam of smart US graded performers Power Ped and Power Foot (both by Powerscourt).
Winner of both the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and G1 St James Palace Stakes, Black Minnaloushe has sired numerous G1 winners, including Breeders’ Cup Sprint hero Dancing In Silks, Triple Crown winner Louis The King, and 2yo G1 winners Gold Onyx, Jokers Wild and Kochka.