Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Liaison
One of the most talent sons of his sire, Liaison is a four-time stakes winner whose victories include the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) and Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II). By the exceptional sire, Indian Charlie, Liaison is out of Galloping Gal, a precocious multiple stakes winner from the family of Alydar.
Indian Charlie enjoyed a remarkable degree of success with mares from the Mr. Prospector line. His multiple Eclipse Award winning Champion Indian Blessing is out of a mare by Flying Chevron (by Carson City, who is also broodmare sire of a stakes winner by Indian Charlie, and can be brought through City Zip, Lord Carson, Good and Tough, Cuvee, Pollard’s Vision and Five Star Day). Indian Charlie’s Champion Fleet Indian is out of a mare by Afleet, and graded stakes winner Adios Charlie is out of a mare by that horse’s son, Northern Afleet (sire of Afleet Alex). There are also Indian Charlie stakes winners out of Mr. Prospector line stallions Silver Ghost, Crafty Prospector, Tank’s Prospect, Conquistador Cielo (sire of Marquetry – also broodmare sire of an Indian Charlie stakes winner – and grandsire of Artax), Fortunate Prospect, Gulch (sire of Thunder Gulch), Black Tie Affair (by Miswaki, and sire of Formal Gold), Proud Citizen and his sire, Gone West (also sire of Mr. Greeley, Elusive Quality, Grand Slam and Speightstown), Smart Strike, Gold Fever (by Forty Niner, sire of Distorted Humor. End Sweep, Coronado’s Quest, Luhuk, Banker’s Gold, Peace Rules, Roar, Tactical Advantage and Twining, and grandsire of Trippi).
Liaison is an example of the very successful cross of Indian Charlie over mares descending from Mr. Prospector through Fappiano. It should pay to breed him back over Fappiano line mares, and for Indian Charlie, this cross has also already produced graded winners out of mares by Unbridled and Quiet American, two stakes winners out of mares by Unbridled’s Song, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Red Bullet. Other Fappiano sources, include Even the Score, Rockport Harbor, Eurosilver, Songandaprayer and Werblin (all by Unbridled’s Song) as well as Empire Maker, Broken Vow, Grindstone, Birdstone, Red Bullet (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by a son of Indian Charlie), Rubiano, Cahill Road, Pentelicus and Tasso.
Indian Charlie has also enjoyed considerable success with mares from the Northern Dancer line. He has proved to be very well-suited by mares from the Vice Regent/Deputy Minister branch, including graded winner Indian Firewater out of a mare by Touch Gold, and stakes winners out of mares by Deputy Minister and Domasca Dan. The Deputy Minister line can also be brought in through Dehere, Silver Deputy (who should do very well here, and who is also sire of Posse), French Deputy, Awesome Again, Salt Lake, Forest Camp, Graeme Hall, Posse and Deputy Commander. Indian Charlie also has three stakes winners out of mares by Dixieland Band (sire of Dixie Union, Dixie Brass, Dixieland Heat, Chimes Band, Citidancer and Hook and Ladder). From the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer, Indian Charlie is sire of stakes winners out of mares by Pine Bluff and Ghazi (by Polish Navy), and could also work over daughters of such as Belong to Me, Langfuhr, Boundary, Chief’s Crown, Concerto, Danzig Connection, Exchange Rate, Honor Grades, Lost Soldier, War Front, War Chant, Danzig Connection and Katowice.
Out of mares from the Storm Cat/Storm Bird line a son of Indian Charlie has sire grade one winner Comma To The Top from a daughter of Stormy Atlantic, and there are stakes winners by Indian Charlie out of mares by Storm Cat himself and by Cat Thief, and a stakes winner by a son of Indian Charlie out of a mare by Lion Heart (by Tale of the Cat). This also suggests trying mares by Stormin Fever (bred on the same cross as Stormy Atlantic), Storm Boot, Storm Creek, Sea of Secrets, Forest Wildcat (sire of D’Wildcat and Wildcat Heir), Forestry, Giant’s Causeway, Hennessy and his son Johannesburg, Harlan’s Holiday, Bernstein, Mountain Cat, Tabasco Cat, Sir Cat, Freud, High Yield, Tactical Cat and Tabasco Cat. From the Storm Bird line, Indian Charlie also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Hermitage, and it could also be worth trying mares by Storm Bird son Summer Squall.
In Excess, the sire of Indian Charlie, was responsible for a classic winner out of a mare by Northern Dancer son, Sadler’s Wells, who could be brought in through El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller). Indian Charlie also has a stakes winner out of mare by the Nijinsky II line sire, Strawberry Road, and other Nijinsky II line broodmare sires include Royal Academy and Sky Classic.
Indian Charlie and his sons have sired six stakes winners out of Seattle Slew line mares, including 2014 grade one winning two-year-old out of a mare by Malibu Moon, a son of A.P. Indy (who could also be brought in through Pulpit, Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Golden Missile, Old Trieste, Stephen Got Even, Congrats, Flatter, Bernardini, Tapit, Sky Mesa and Jump Start). Bernardini and Tapit are particularly interesting as they are reverse A.P. Indy/Fappiano crosses to the dam of Liaison. From the Seattle Slew line, there are also stakes winners out of daughters of Boston Harbor (by Capote), Slewacide, Seattle Song and Eastover Court. Seattle Slew is a grandson of Boldnesian, and from the Bold Ruckus branch of that line, there is a stakes winner by Indian Charlie out of a mare by Bold Revenue and the line could also be brought In through Beau Genius.
Indian Charlie’s brilliant Champion Two-Year-Old Uncle Mo is out of a mare by Arch, a son of Kris S. (also sire of Prized, Kissin Kris and You and I), from the Roberto branch of Hail to Reason. Other Roberto line stallions include Lear Fan, Dynaformer, Silver Hawk, Red Ransom and Repriced (broodmare sire of an Indian Charlie stakes winner). Indian Charlie has also crossed extremely well with mares from the Halo branch of Hail to Reason, siring graded winners out of mares by Halo himself, Champion Roxy Music out of a mare by Saint Ballado (sire of Saint Liam, Sweetsouthernsaint, Yankee Victor and Captain Bodgit), and a stakes winner out of a mare by Clear Course. It should also be worth trying Halo through Saint Ballado’s brother, Devil’s Bag (sire of Devil His Due and Diablo), Jolie’s Halo, Halo’s Image and Southern Halo and More Than Ready. It would also be worth considering bringing in the Stop the Music branch of Hail to Reason – a good combination for Halo – and available through Cure the Blues (sire of American Chance and Tethra) and Temperence Hill.
There are also two Indian Charlie stakes winners, one grade two, from only ten foals out of mares by Mt. Livermore (sire of Orientate, Housebuster and Peaks and Valleys), and there is also a graded stakes winner by Indian Charlie out of a mare by Holy Bull (sire of Macho Uno and Flashy Bull).