Ascot Stud have announced the sad loss of their promising young stallion Sail From Seattle.
He was just 12 years old at the time of his death, and his passing is a sad loss to the Cape stallion ranks.
Sail From Seattle, whose close relative Speighster won the recent Gr3 Dwyer Stakes, was a horse with an exceptional pedigree.
His sire Gone West (who himself won the Dwyer when it had Gr1 status) was one of Mr Prospector’s finest sire sons. Gone West, who left behind more than 100 stakes winners, also established himself as an exceptional sire of top class stallions with his better sire sons including Elusive Quality, Grand Slam, Mr. Greeley, Speightstown, and the full brothers Zafonic and Zamidar. He is also the sire of Western Winter, one of the best stallions ever to stand in South Africa and a triple champion sire in this country.
The stakes winning Sail From Seattle (whose 4 wins from just 7 outings included the Mt Sassafras Stakes) is from an equally distinguished female line.
He was produced by the unraced Seattle Classic, herself a daughter of Triple Crown winner and champion sire/broodmare sire Seattle Slew. Seattle Classic, out of Champion Classy ‘N Smart, dam of champion Dance Smartly and Smart Strike. The latter, another truly great sire son of Mr Prospector, has headed the US General Sires List on two occasion, and is the sire of such champions as Curlin, English Channel, Lookin At Lucky, My Miss Aurelia, Never Retreat and Soaring Free. Another half brother to Seattle Classic was the Gr2 winner Strike Smartly, who, despite dying prematurely, made his mark in South Africa, with such Gr1 winning progeny as Bouquet-Garni, Slumdogmillionaire and Smart Banker.
Seattle Classic lived up to her illustrious pedigree at stud, with her progeny including the ill-fated Canadian champion Hello Seattle. Her second dam is none other than the legendary Canadian broodmare No Class –the dam of four Gr1 winners or champions.
This is the same family as Highlands Farm’s exciting young sire Jackson, who was so well received last season.
Sail From Seattle, who arrived in South Africa in 2009, wasted no time in making his mark at stud.
His first crop, born in 2010, included no fewer than six stakes horses including Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas hero Elusive Gold (subsequently successful in Hong Kong),
This initial crop also included the talented My Nephew Eric, who has subsequently won in Hong Kong.
Sail From Seattle’s second crop, to date, has produced seven black type performers including Listed Dahlia Plate hero Seattle Joe, Sail For Gold- placed in two of the three legs of the Cape’s Winter Series and East Cape champion Dancing Natasha.
Unfortunately, an injury resulted in Sail From Seattle having a small third crop, now two.
However, a large crop of well bred yearlings, soon to turn two, strongly suggest that Sail From Seattle may yet continue to leave a mark on the South African turf.