Alan Porter - Pedigree Analysis
One of the most talented and versatile colts of his generation, Court Vision was a multiple graded stakes winner at two, and a grade one winner at three, four and five. He is by a Champion Sprinter and classic sire, out of a sister to a classic winner and classic sire, and from the immediate family of A.P. Indy.
Court Vision is a product of the Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross that has produced exceptional sires such as Kingmambo, Distorted Humor, and Elusive Quality, as well as Thunder Gulch, a Champion Sire bred on very similar lines to Court Vision. Court Vision’s sire, Gulch, and his sons – including Thunder Gulch – have done very well when crossed back over Northern Dancer line mares.
There are four stakes winners by sons of Gulch out of mares by stallions bred on a Deputy Minister/Secretariat cross suggesting Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall). There are already seven graded stakes winners, two grade one, by Mr. Prospector line mares, out of mares by Silver Deputy (whose sons include Archers Bay, Crown Attorney, and Posse). Other Deputy Minister sources include Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper and Toccet), Brass Minister, Defrere (brother to Dehere), Deputy Commander, Forest Camp, French Deputy, Impeachment, Mane Minister, Open Forum, Salt Lake, Tejabo, Talk is Money, Touch Gold and War Deputy. This might also make it worth considering other sons of Vice Regent, such as Regal Classic (sire of One Way Love), Regal Remark, Regal Intention, Iskandar Elakbar, or his grandson Domasca Dan.
In addition to Vice Regent/Deputy Minister, there are several other Northern Dancer line sires that are well represented in Canada, and who could be considered. Among branches of Northern Dancer to try here are Danzig (including a grade one winner by Thunder Gulch out of a mare by Belong to Me), and also available through Honor Grades (a half-brother to the dam of Court Vision), Chief’s Crown (who also might fit well here), Anabaa (who gives linebreeding to Court Vision’s family), Boundary, Langfuhr, Polish Numbers, Pine Bluff, Dayjur, Exchange Rate, Hard Spun, War Chant and War Front. In Canada this suggests trying mares by Ascot Knight and Alfaari.
Nijinsky should be particularly good here, and can be found through Royal Academy, Strawberry Road, Caerleon, Sky Classic, Sword Dancer, Shadeed, and Alydeed; Nureyev (and his son, Theatrical); Sadler’s Wells (sire of El Prado, Not Impossible); Dixieland Band (broodmare sire of two Thunder Gulch stakes winners); El Gran Senor, and Topsider should also be considered. Court Vision’s dam is a three-quarters relative to Storm Cat, and it would be very interesting to try Court Vision with mares by sons or grandsons of Storm Cat, including Tale of the Cat, Storm Boot, Forest Wildcat, Giant’s Causeway, Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg), Forestry, Stormin Fever, Tabasco Cat, Bernstein, Harlan (sire of Harlan’s Holiday), Pure Prize, and Mountain Cat. Summer Squall, the sire of Charismatic, is a brother to the dam of Court Vision.
Gulch and his sons have enjoyed success when crossed with mares by Blushing Groom and his sons, among them Rahy and Nashwan. Gulch crossed well with a number of branches of the Ribot line, including Alleged, Graustark (with the most likely sources including Key to the Mint, Plugged Nickle, Proud Truth, and Java Gold), and His Majesty, who is available through Pleasant Colony (sire of Pleasant Tap, Pleasantly Perfect, Colonial Affair, Lac Ouimet, St. Jovite, and Roanoke), and Cormorant (sire of Go For Gin). We can also note the Gulch line working over Broad Brush (sire of Include and Concern), Caro (including through With Approval and In Excess, the sire of Indian Charlie), and Roberto, including via Kris S. and Red Ransom.
From a mare by Highland Ruckus, by Bold Ruckus, Gulch is sire of graded stakes winning sprinter, Thunder Touch. He is one of only two starters for Gulch out of mares by Bold Ruckus or a son. Bold Ruckus is a son of Boldnesian, and when the granddam of Court Vision was bred to a grandson of Boldnesian, the result was A.P. Indy. This suggests Bold Ruckus line horses such as Highland Ruckus, Beau Genius (out of a genetic relative to Storm Bird who is in the pedigree of Court Vision), Bold Executive (who should also like Storm Bird), Bold Anthony, Bold ‘n Flashy, Bold Revenue, Brief Ruckus, Demaloot Demashoot, Hail the Ruckus, Katahaula County, and Kiridashi.
Gulch is also sire of a stakes winner out of a mare by Wild Again, from the Icecapade branch of Nearctic. This might be tested through Whiskey Wisdom. Court Vision’s brother, Kipling, also has a stakes winner out of mare by the Icecapade horse, Clever Trick, whose line has been represented in Canada by Mazel Trick. Kipling, a brother to Court Vision, sired a stakes winner out of mare by Dr. Adagio, a son of Cure the Blues. Court Vision may well be particularly suited by Cure the Blues, as his granddam is inbred to Somethingroyal through Secretariat and Sir Gaylord, and Cure the Blues has a granddam that is a three-parts-sister to Secretariat, and he himself is from the same sire and female line as Sir Gaylord. It would also pay to introduce Cure the Blues through Tethra and American Chance.
Gulch is a Mr. Prospector line stallion, but there have been some successes achieved by crossing Gulch (and particularly, Thunder Gulch, who is similarly-bred to Court Vision) back over Mr. Prospector line mares. Sources that have worked include Fappiano (including via Unbridled, Unbridled’s Song, Roy and Cryptoclearance), Gone West (who would be good through Grand Slam, Elusive Quality, and Speightstown, and might also be introduced through Mr. Greeley and Proud Citizen), Carson City (who looks particularly interesting and can be found through such as City Zip, Cuvee, Boone’s Mill, Five Star Day, Good and Tough, and Lord Carson ), Numerous, and Silver Ghost, while other Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer crosses such as Distorted Humor, Fusaichi Pegasus, Not For Love, and Smoke Glacken, look promising. Lemon Drop Kid (by Kingmambo, another Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross) gives inbreeding to Court Vision’s family.
The cross of Gulch with Seattle Slew line mares has not been particularly strong, but Court Vision is out of a half-sister to Seattle Slew’s outstanding son, A.P. Indy, who might be introduced through Pulpit (sire of Sky Mesa and Tapit), Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Old Trieste, Stephen Got Even, and Jump Start. Other branches of Seattle Slew that might prove beneficial here include Capote and his son Boston Harbor, Slew o’Gold, Vindication, and Septieme Ciel.