Rakeen’s enduring legacy
Lammerskraal’s late stallion Rakeen truly made his presence felt this past weekend.
Rakeen was in the news both as a sire and as a broodmare sire, with his descendants enjoying success on two different continents!
Rakeen’s greatest son, Jet Master, had a pair of major graded stakes winners in South Africa this weekend – both of which were fillies.
The Avontuur bred Jet Set Go (Jet Master – Azabu Park) maintained her unbeaten record when landing Friday’s Gr3 Champions Juvenile Plate in the style of a filly with a very bright future.
Owned by Tmen Stables, Jet Set Go, a R500 000 buy at the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, is now unbeaten in two outings.
Jet Master’s second major winner of the weekend came when his daughter Fly By
Night won Saturday’s Gr1 Mercury Sprint.
In doing so, Fly By Night became the 21st Grade 1 winner sired by Jet Master, and his 69th stakes winner in total.
Now a three time winner, Fly By Night has now earned over R700 000 for owners Bryn Ressell, Markus Jooste and Marsh Shirtliff, and should be a lovely broodmare prospect when she retires to stud.
Rakeen also made his mark in North America this weekend, when his maternal grandson Hangover Kid won the prestigious Gr2 Bowling Green Handicap.
A son of Lemon Drop Kid (a three parts brother to Moutonshoek’s exciting young sire Mambo In Seattle), Hangover Kid, third previously in the Gr1 United Nations Handicap, has now won seven races and over $500 000 in prize money, and could be aimed at the Breeders Cup at the end of the year.
Hangover Kid is out of the Rakeen mare Absolute Patience.
Rakeen, previously best known as a broodmare sire for the deeds of his champion maternal granddaughter Princess Victoria, also features as the broodmare sire of Sunday’s impressive debut winner Silver Class – a daughter of Maine Chance Farms’ champion sire Silvano.
The 2yo Silver Class, bred by Danika Stud, simply bolted home to win by over four lengths on Sunday, and she looks a really talented filly. Out of the Rakeen mare Aylesbury, Silver Class was a R225 000 purchase at last year’s Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale.
A horse with an exceptional pedigree, the Rothman’s July third place finisher of 1991, Rakeen was a son of legendary sire Northern Dancer and champion racemare Glorious Song. The latter was a full sister to champion Devil’s Bag, as well as Saint Ballado – Champion Sire in North America in 2005.
Rakeen, best known as the sire of Horse Of The Year and champion sire Jet Master, left behind 23 stakes winners (6%) in South Africa. His other notably runners, which included 11 Grade One performers, included Gr1 SA Derby hero North By Northwest, champion Young Rake, Gr1 Summer Cup winner Malteme and Gr1 Paddock Stakes victress Angelina.
He died in 2007.