Moutonshoek’s two resident sires, Mambo In Seattle and Marchfield, both share pedigree links to a number of the winners of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup races.
Mambo In Seattle (Kingmambo), whose first crop now includes eight black type performers, is a three parts brother to Lane’s End Farm’s hugely successful sire Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo). The latter has enjoyed another top class year, with his progeny this year including G1 Secretariat Stakes winner Beach Patrol and five time stakes winner (in 2016) Da Big Hoss.
However, it was as a broodmare sire, that former US champion, and five time G1 winner, Lemon Drop Kid made his mark at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup meeting.
Lemon Drop Kid was not the broodmare sire of one Breeders’ Cup winner –but two, with another granddaughter, Forever Unbridled (Unbridled’s Song) finishing third to champions Beholder (Henny Hughes) and Songbird (Medaglia D’Oro) in the G1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Lemon Drop Kid is broodmare sire of both the G1 Breeder’s Cup Filly& Mare Sprint winner Finest City (City Zip) and G1 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Tamarkuz (Speightstown).
Without doubt, one of the world’s most exciting broodmare sires, Lemon Drop Kid is also damsire of previous G1 winners Lochte (Medaglia D’Oro), Divisidero (Kitten’s Joy), Yellow Agate (Gemologist), and Elusive Kate (Elusive Quality).
The latter, who died sadly shortly after retiring to stud, won four G1 races, including the Prix Marcel Boussac and Falmouth Stakes.
Meanwhile, Mambo In Seattle’s stable mate Marchfield (A P Indy) also gained a pedigree boost following the running of the 2016 G1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
This was won by Classic Empire (Pioneerof The Nile) –who hails from the same family as Marchfield himself, with both Classic Empire and Marchfield direct descendants of the mare Alablue.
Classic Empire, now a leading contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, has now won four of his five outings (with his previous victories including the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Stakes), and longs a shoe-in to be named North America’s Champion 2YO Colt when the Eclipse Awards are given out next year.