Drakenstein Stud’s late sire Horse Chestnut continues to make waves as a broodmare sire around the globe.
The former Triple Crown and Met winning champion was represented by his fifth G1 winner as a damsire this weekend when Zipessa (who is out of the Horse Chestnut mare Precious Princess) won the G1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.
A daughter of City Zip, Zipessa overtook pacesetter, and German classic winner, Hawksmoor in the stretch on her way to a 1 1/2-length victory in the First Lady- registering her first grade 1 win in the process. Trained by Michael Stidham, the five-year-old has now five wins to her credit including the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes in 2016. A tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf could be on the cards for Zipessa who has now banked over $780 000 in stakes.
Horse Chestnut is also broodmare sire of recent G1 Northern Dancer Stakes hero Johnny Bear, a likely contender for the G1 Pattinson Canadian International next Sunnday.
(The Canadian International was won by Horse Chestnut’s maternal grandson Cannock Chase back in 2015. Cannock Chase, a brother to G2 Prix Eugene Adam hero Pisco Sour, now stands at stud in Britain.)
Johnny Bear’s own brother Channel Maker added further gloss to Horse Chestnut’s growing resume as a broodmare sire when he won the classic Breeders Stakes at Woodbine earlier in the year.
Other notable performers out of Horse Chestnut this year include promising US 2yo Orbolution, dual Canadian graded winner Dragon Bay and G3 Pucker Up Stakes winner Fault.
The Mauritzfontein bred champion and Horse Of The Year, who died in 2015, ranks above the likes of Kris S, Gulch, Southern Halo and Peintre Celebre on North America’s Leading Broodmare Sires List (according to The Blood Horse).