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Afleet Alex / Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird
Print: 2007, Ch. - Entered Stud: 2012 | Fee: $6,500 S&N | Nominated to: Breeders' Cup, NYSS

NY's #1 First Crop Yearling Sire!

  • Grade 1-winning two-year-old
  • NY's leading freshman yearling sire - $43,994
  • Won the Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga in faster time than his champion sire Afleet Alex
  • Undefeated at Saratoga at 2
  • Broke maiden impressively in 1:09 2/5
  • $525,000 yearling - D. Wayne Lukas' #1 pick of the sale
  • Out of the Saratoga G1 winner Classy Mirage, from a famed Mellon family
  • Averaged 82 mares bred each year his first three seasons
  • "He's going to make a good sire."--D. Wayne Lukas
  • 2014 yearlings averaged nearly 6X the fee (31 sold)
  • 2013 weanlings averaged $50,400 (100% sold)
  • First-crop yearlings include $140,000 filly, $130,000 colt, $115,000 colt, $105,000 filly
  • Buyers of first yearlings include Whisper Hill, Bradley Thoroughbreds, Linda Rice, Sallusto & Albina, Jim Maloney, Gary Broad
  • Standing at: KEANE STUD, Amenia, NY

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Standing at: KEANE STUD
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Dublin News

Sunday, February 01, 2015

$140K, $130K for Dublin's Saratoga Yearlings

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Led by a $140,000 filly and a $130,000 colt, Dublin topped all New York freshman sires by average at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Preferred Sale, August 9 & 10.

Spendthrift sets 2014 fees, Malibu Moon to $95,000

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms announced its 2014 stud fees for 21 stallions both Kentucky-based and regional, led again by leading sire Malibu Moon whose fee moves to $95,000 S&N. The following are all Spendthrift stallions and locations for 2014, including stands and nurses fees...

First foal arrives in NY for G1 winner Dublin

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Dublin, winner of Saratoga's Hopeful S. (G1) at two, sired his first foal when a filly was born on Jan. 18 at Newtown Anner Stud Farm in Millbrook, NY...

Spendthrift introduces Breed Secure Program to NY

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Spendthrift Farm is introducing its popular “Breed Secure” program to New York breeders in 2013 through its New York-based stallion Dublin...

Spendthrift to stand G1 winner Dublin in New York

Friday, August 05, 2011
Spendthrift Farm has purchased Dublin and will stand the recently retired Grade 1 winner at Keane Stud in Amenia, NY for the upcoming 2012 breeding season...

Race and (Stakes) Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 5 2 0 0 $228,623
3 5 0 1 2 $210,000
4 1 0 0 0 $326
Total 11 2 1 2 $438,949

Racing Highlights

At 2

  • Won: Three Chimneys Hopeful S. [G1] (SAR, $180,000)

At 3

  • 2nd Southwest S. [G3] (OP, $50,000)
  • 3rd Arkansas Derby [G1] (OP, $100,000)
  • 3rd Rebel S. [G2] (OP, $30,000));

Dublin Pedigree / Analysis

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Dosage Profile: DP = 3-1-6-0-0; DI: 2.33; CD: 0.70
courtesy of Pedigree Query
b. 2002
b. 1993
ch. 1984
b. 1986
b. 1994
b. 1986
b. 1981
b. 1990
b. 1978
b. 1961 [BC]
b. 1967
gr. 1982
b. 1969
gr. 1969

Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Dublin

by Alan Porter

Dublin is a grade one winning two-year-old, by brilliant dual classic winning Champion, and exciting young sire Afleet Alex. He is out of a grade one winning Storm Bird daughter, and from the same female line as Medaglia d’Oro

Even though Dublin is a Mr. Prospector line stallion, that strain will be back in the fifth generation of his offspring, and we can note that both Afleet Alex and his sire, Northern Afleet, have enjoyed success when crossed back over Mr. Prospector line mares, particularly when the Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross is present. Afleet Alex already has stakes winners out of mares by the Mr. Prospector stallions, Distant View and Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid), and Northern Afleet is sire of stakes winners out of mares by Gone West (who can brought in through Grand Slam, Elusive Quality, Mr. Greeley, Speightstown, Proud Citizen, and Perfect Mandate), and from the Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector, Quiet American (sire of Real Quiet). There are numerous other sources of Mr. Prospector that might do well here, and among those to particularly note would be Distorted Humor, Fusaichi Pegasus, Smoke Glacken, Thunder Gulch, Broken Vow, Birdstone, City Zip and Not For Love.

Dublin is himself a product of the Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross, and stallions bred on that cross have done well when bred back over Northern Dancer line mares.Dublin is out of a mare by Storm Bird, and Afleet Alex and his sire, Northern Afleet, have stakes winners (one grade one) out of mares by Storm Cat (by Storm Bird) and his son, Giant’s Causeway (brother to Freud). It could be well worth experimenting with inbreeding to Storm Bird through other Storm Cat sons such as Tale of the Cat, Storm Boot, Forest Wildcat, Catienus, Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg), Forestry, Stormin Fever, Raging Fever, Tabasco Cat, Bernstein, Harlan (sire of Harlan’s Holiday), Pure Prize, and Mountain Cat.

Storm Bird is a genetic relative to Nijinsky II, and Northern Afleet and Afleet Alex both have stakes winners out of mares by the Nijinsky II son, Royal Academy, while Afleet Alex also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Strawberry Road, a grandson of Nijinsky II. It would also be possible to bring in Nijinsky II via Sky Classic, Green Dancer, Seattle Dancer, Sword Dancer, and Shadeed and his son, Alydeed. Less commonly found, but also useful would be any strains of Nijinsky II’s three-parts-brothers The Minstrel and Far North. Afleet Alex has a stakes winner out of a mare by Citidancer (by Dixieland Band), and this branch of Northern Dancer could also be brought in through Dixie Union, Hook and Ladder, Dixie Brass, Dixieland Brass, and Dixieland Heat. There are also stakes winners by Northern Afleet and Afleet Alex out of mares by Danzig and his son, Honor Grades, which suggests trying mares by Belong to Me, Langfuhr, Polish Numbers, Pine Bluff, Dayjur, Ascot Knight, Exchange Rate, and War Front. Since Northern Afleet carries Northern Dancer through Nureyev, it would also pay to try mares descending from Sadler’s Wells, with the most likely U.S. sources being El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’Oro), King of Kings, Horse Chestnut, and Sligo Bay. Stallions carrying Storm Bird have also combined well with mares carrying Northern Dancer through Deputy Minister, and this cross might be tried through Silver Deputy (sire of Posse), Dehere, Salt Lake, French Deputy, Awesome Again, Touch Gold, Deputy Commander, and Defrere.

Like many other Mr. Prospector line stallions, Northern Afleet has a good strike-rate over Seattle Slew line mares, including a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Aptitude (by A.P. Indy), and Afleet Alex has a stakes winner out of mare by Capote (sire of Boston Harbor and Matty G). The A.P. Indy branch could also be brought in through Pulpit, Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Golden Missile, Old Trieste, Jump Start, and Flatter. Other sources of Seattle Slew would include Doneraile Court, Williamstown, Fast Play, Chief Seattle, Slewpy, and Septieme Ciel.

From the Halo line, Afleet Alex has already sire two stakes winners, one graded, out of mares by Saint Ballado (sire of Captain Bodgit, Sweetsouthernsaint, Yankee Victor, and Straight Man). This also suggest trying mares by Saint Ballado’s brother, Devil’s Bag and his sons, Devil His Due, Diablo, Abaginone, and Twilight Agenda.It could also be worth trying mares by More Than Ready, a grandson of Halo.

Northern Afleet enjoyed success with both the Relaunch and Valid Appeal branches of In Reality, which suggests trying mares by Skywalker, Bertrando, Officer, Cee’s Tizzy, Tiznow, Waquoit, Honour and Glory, Put It Back, Successful Appeal, Valid Expectations, and Valid Wager.

We can also note that Northern Afleet has a stakes winner out of a mare by Broad Brush (sire of Include); a stakes winner out of a mare by In Excess (sire of Indian Charlie); and stakes winners out mares descending from Damascus through Time For a Change (similarly-bred to Gilded Time), and Private Account (sire of Personal Flag, Private Terms, Unaccounted For, and Valley Crossing; grandsire of Afternoon Deelites); and descending from Ribot through Graustark and His Majesty (from a son of Pleasant Tap, but also available through Pleasant Colony, Pleasantly Perfect, Cormorant, and Go For Gin).

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