First winner for Mambo In Seattle
Moutonshoek’s exciting young stallion, Mambo In Seattle, was represented by his initial winner from his first crop of 2yos, when Motivate Mambo thrashed his rivals to score by 4.5 lengths over 1000m on Monday.
Mambo In Seattle has now had three runners, for a winner and a placed runner – and there has been plenty of positive feedback about “Mambo”’s first crop.
Winner of the Henry Walton Stakes, Mambo In Seattle was a Grade One winner in all but name. He was beaten by a tiny margin in the 2008 Grade One Travers Stakes, losing to multiple Gr1 winner Colonel John, – and defeating the likes of Pyro (G1 Forego Stakes), Da’Tara (G1 Belmont Stakes), Court Vision (G1 Breeders Cup Mile), and Tale of Ekati (G1 Cigar Mile) in the process.
“Mambo” also ran fourth, beaten 1.75 lengths, to dual Horse Of The Year Curlin in the Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Retired to stud at Moutonshoek in 2010, Mambo in Seattle had plenty going for him as a sire prospect. One of over 80 stakes winners sired by the mighty Kingmambo, Mambo In Seattle shares his sire with such outstanding stallions as King Kamehameha, King’s Best and Lemon Drop Kid.
Mambo In Seattle (a three parts brother to Gr1 Travers Stakes hero and leading sire Lemon Drop Kid) is out of a Gr1 full sister to US Champion Sire A.P. Indy (one of the world’s most influential sires and sire of sires). A great sire of over 150 stakes winners, A.P. Indy twice topped the US general sires list, and his sons include such champions as Bernardini and Mineshaft.
Mambo In Seattle’s dam, Weekend In Seattle, is also a half-brother to Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner Summer Squall and Honor Grades (both sires of Breeders Cup winners), as well as leading first crop sire Tiger Ridge.
Weekend Surprise, Broodmare of the Year in 1992 and Mambo In Seattle’s second dam, is, in turn, a half-sister to South Africa Champion Sire (and sire of leading sire Captain Al), Al Mufti).
Mambo In Seattle’s three parts brother, Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo), is out of a daughter of Lassie Dear – the third dam of Mambo In Seattle.
Lemon Drop Kid was an outstanding racehorse, who won Grade One races at two, three and four, and was North America’s Eclipse Champion Older Male of 2000. To date, Lemon Drop Kid has sired over 70 stakes winners to date, including Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever and multiple Gr1 winner Richard’s Kid.
This is also the family of Champion US sire Raja Baba and successful local sire, Sportsworld.
Mambo In Seattle’s first crop of yearlings proved very popular and fetched up to R400 000 in the sales ring.
Popular at stud, “Mambo”’s first crop include half-siblings to such talented performers as Wheredowego, Burmese Cat, My Sanctuary and Galaxy Gal.
He had a 2013 stud fee of R25 000.