Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Flashpoint
Flashpoint is an exceptional speedster, who captured a pair of graded sprint stakes by a total of more than 14 lengths. By a multiple grade one winning sprinter from the Danzig line, he is out of stakes winning mare whose third dam is a sister to the great runner and breed-shaping sire, Native Dancer.
Flashpoint is one of five stakes winners by his sire from Mr. Prospector line mares, however, like many sires bred on the Northern Dancer/Mr. Prospector cross, he should do well when bred back over mares from that line. Flashpoint’s sire has grade two winner Pomeroy’s Pistol is out of a mare by Point Given (by Thunder Gulch, a son of Gulch), as well stakes winners out of mares by Ecton Park (by Forty Niner), Pentelicus (by Fappiano) and Crafty Prospector (sire of Crafty Friend, Prospectors Gamble, Prospect Bay and Robyn Dancer). Forty Niner could also be brought in through Distorted Humor (who is bred on the same cross as Ecton Park, giving in breeding to Danzig, and who is sire of Sharp Humor and Flower Alley), Twining, Coronado’s Quest, Trippi , Gold Fever, Roar, Tactical Advantage, Gold Case and Luhuk. Fappiano can also introduced through Unbridled (a three-parts-brother to Pentelicus, and sire of Unbridled’s Song, Empire Maker, Grindstone and Broken Vow) and his brother Cahill Road, as well as Quiet American, Rubiano (broodmare sire of a stakes winner from Flashpoint’s branch of the Danzig line), Cryptoclearance and Candy Ride.
Flashpoint is out of a mare bred on a very similar cross to Gone West, and there is a stakes winner from this branch of this Danzig line out of a mare by a son of Gone West. Sources of Gone West that could be tried including Grand Slam, Elusive Quality, Mr. Greeley,
Speightstown, Came Home, Johar, Proud Citizen, Smarty Jones and West By West. Exchange Rate – a horse bred very similarly to Flashpoint’s sire – Pomeroy has also worked very well when bred back over Mr. Prospector line mares. From this line he has stakes winners out of mares by Mr. Prospector himself, as well as Woodman and Miswaki (who are particularly interesting, as they are three-quarters related to Seeking the Gold, the broodmare sire of Pomeroy and Exchange Rate), Count the Time (by Regal Search) and West Acre (by the previously mentioned Forty Niner). Pomeroy’s sire, Boundary, was represented by a Champion out of a mare Mr. Prospector, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid). There are also stakes winners from the Boundary line out of mares by Silver Ghost, Allen’s Prospect and Chester House, and on pedigree Fusaichi Pegasus is another who looks interesting.
From other branches of the Raise a Native line Flashpoint should be well-suited by mares from the Alydar and Exclusive Native lines. Sources of Alydar include Saratoga Six, Turkoman, Alysheba, Criminal Type, Easy Goer, Jeblar, Slick and Strike the Gold, all of whom are broodmare sires of Danzig line stakes winners. Exclusive Native can be brought in through Affirmed, Our Native, and Premiership.
Pomeroy is sire of 2014 two-year-old stakes winner Hangover Saturday out of a mare by Johannesburg (a grandson of Storm Cat, and son of Hennessy). Pomeroy is himself half-brother to a stakes winner by a son of Storm Cat, and there are two other Storm Cat line graded stakes winners from this immediate family. Exchange Rate, bred on the same cross as the sire of Flashpoint, has stakes winners out of mares by Cat Thief and Menifee (by Harlan, sire of Harlan’s Holiday), which would encourage trying Flashpoint with mares by such as Scat Daddy (by Johannesburg), Henny Hughes (by Hennessy), Giant’s Causeway, Freud, Tale of the Cat (broodmare sire of a Boundary line grade one winner, and himself sire of Lion Heart), Forest Wildcat (broodmare sire of a Boundary line graded stakes winner, and himself sire of D’Wildcat and Wildcat Heir), Forestry, Stormy Atlantic, Storm Boot, Lion Heart, Tabasco Cat, Mountain Cat and Tactical Cat.
Danzig has crossed well with Roberto, and likely representatives to try here include Lear Fan, Dynaformer, Kris S. (sire of Prized, Arch, Rock Hard Ten, You and I, and Kissin Kris), Red Ransom and Silver Hawk. Roberto is a Hail to Reason line horse, and that line is also worth considering through Halo, via, Saint Ballado (sire of Yankee Victor, Captain Bodgit, Straight Man, Sweetsouthernsaint and Flame Thrower). Halo could also be brought in through Saint Ballado’s brother, Devil’s Bag, and sons of that horse, such as Devil His Due and Diablo, while it could be very interesting to try mares by More Than Ready, a grandson of Halo.
The cross with the Seattle Slew line should work well. From this line, Boundary has a stakes winner out of a mare by Slew o' Gold, and Exchange Rate has a grade one winner from a mare by that horse’s son, Thirty Six Red. Mares by A.P. Indy and his sons, such as Pulpit (sire of Sky Mesa and Tapit), Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Stephen Got Even, Bernardini, Congrats, Flatter, Aptitude, Golden Missile, Friends Lake, Jump Start and Old Trieste might also do well.
Danzig in general has been a good cross for Damascus, and the branches of that strain which appeal here include Time For A Change (sire of Fly So Free) and Timeless Native (sire of Gilded Time), Private Account (sire of Valley Crossing, Private Terms, Personal Flag, Corporate Report, Unaccounted For and Secret Hello; grandsire of Afternoon Deelites) and Ogygian.
We can also note Wild Again (sire of Wild Rush, Offlee Wild, Vicar, Milwaukee Brew and Whiskey Wisdom) appearing as broodmare sire of stakes winners for both Exchange Rate and Pomeroy, while Exchange Rate has a stakes winner out of a mares by Valid Expectations and World Appeal, sons of Valid Appeal (also sire of Successful Appeal – himself broodmare sire of a Boundary line stakes winner – and Valid Wager).