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Shakin It Up

Midnight Lute / Silver Bullet Moon, by Vindication
Print: 2010, DK B - Entered Stud: 2015 | Fee: $10,000 S&N | Nominated to: Breeders' Cup, KTDF

Brilliant G1 Winner & Spitting Image of Midnight Lute

  • Three-time Graded SW of $664,982, and one of the fastest of his generation every year he raced, from 2 to 4.
  • The first horse in 40 years to win Santa Anita's Malibu S. (G1) San Vicente S. (G2) at 7 furlongs, and Strub S. (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.
  • At 2: Broke maiden in 1:09.45 for 6 furlongs, and ran the 3rd fastest Beyer by a 2yo on the West Coast.
  • At 3: Started year winning San Vicente (G2), ended year winning Malibu (G1) in 1:20.53 with a 106 Beyer - one of the fastest sprint Beyers by a 3yo in 2013.
  • At 4: Top miler with a win in the Strub (G2); Ran a 107 Beyer 1/2 Ragozin on Kentucky Derby Day, representing one of the top Beyers and fastest numbers on The Sheets at 7 furlongs in 2014.
  • By Champion Sprinter & 2-time Breeders' Cup winner MIDNIGHT LUTE (G1), 
  • Out of a daughter of Champion 2YO & Hall of Fame racemare SILVERBULLETDAY (G1).
  • Midnight Lute's leading runner, with a striking resemblance in physical looks, brilliance, and versatility to his sire.
  • Classic-shaped Dosage Profile - From the branch of Mr. Prospector that has produced more American Classic winners than any other.
"Pedigree full of brilliance and class of the highest order."
-Anne Peters, The Blood-Horse

"Reminiscent of his sire"

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Shakin It Up News

Saturday, January 31, 2015

G1 winner Shakin It Up retires to Spendthrift

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Grade 1 winner Shakin It Up has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY. The striking son of Midnight Lute will stand for a fee of $10,000 stands & nurses, and he will participate in Spendthrift’s Share The Upside Program for a fee of $12,500 stands & nurses...

Race and (Stakes) Record

Age Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
2 3 1 1 1 $49,600
3 3 2 0 0 $318,000
4 4 1 1 0 $297,382
Total 10 4(3) 1(1) 1(1) $664,982

Racing Highlights

Won at 2

  • Maiden special weight at Santa Anita (6f in 1:09.45, by 4 1/2 lengths, 2nd career start, dftg. Caballo Del Cielo, Manando, Wine List, etc.)

Won at 3

  • Malibu S. at Santa Anita (gr. I, 7f in 1:20.53, dftg. Central Banker, Zeewat, Flashback, Bakken, Heir of Storm, Zee Bros, Holy Lute, etc.). 106 Beyer
  • San Vicente S. at Santa Anita (gr. II, 7f in 1:22.48, dftg. Treasury Bill, Caballo Del Cielo, War Academy, Mudflats, Belvin)

3rd at 3

  • Hollywood Prevue S. (gr. III, 7f, by 1/2 length and a neck, to Really Mr. Greeley and Super Ninety Nine, dftg. Z Big Apple, Heir Kitty)

Won at 4

  • Strub S. at Santa Anita (gr. II, 8.5f in 1:41.86, by 2 1/4 lengths, dftg. Governor Charlie, Hear the Ghost, Zeewat, Dice Flavor, Heir of Storm, etc.)

2nd at 4

  • Churchill Downs S. (gr. II, 7f, by a head to Central Banker, dftg. Clearly Now, Braodway Empire, Delaunay, Capo Bastone, Sahara Sky, Laugh Track, Quiet Force, etc.). 107 Beyer

Shakin It Up Pedigree / Analysis

Dosage Profile: DP = 2-1-4-0-1 (8) DI = 1.67 CD = 0.38
courtesy of Pedigree Query
dkb/br. 2003
b. 1995
b. 1986
ch. 1983
b. 1996
b. 1991
b. 1980
dkb/br. 2005
dkb/br. 2000
dkb/br. 1974 [BC]
dkb/br. 1992
b. 1996
dkb/br. 1985
dkb/br. 1977

Alan Porter Analysis for Shakin It Up

Shakin It Up is a grade one winning sprinter, and multiple graded stakes winner who carried his speed to a mile-and-a-sixteenth in graded company. He’s by Champion Midnight Lute, the only two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and now a highly-successful young sire, out of a daughter of world heighweighted filly, Silverbulletday.

The Storm Cat line appears likely to work well here. We can note that Shakin It Up’s graded stakes winning three-quarters brother Govenor Charlie is by Midnight Lute out of a Storm Cat half-sister to the dam of Shakin It Up. Among the sons of Storm Cat that have produced stakes winners for Fappiano line stallions are Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir and D’Wildcat), Cat Thief, Forestry (who particularly appeals here), Giant’s Causeway (a brother Freud), Hennessy and his son Johannesburg, Menifee (by Harlan, also sire of Harlan’s Holiday), Tabasco Cat, Storm Creek, Sea of Secrets and Catienus, and other sources include Tale of The Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Stormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever (who both give inbreeding to Seattle Slew), Storm Boot, Bernstein, Mountain Cat, Sir Cat, High Yield and Tactical Cat. Storm Cat is a son of Storm Bird, and Midnight Lute already has a stakes performer out of a mare by Charismatic, who is by Storm Bird son, Summer Squall.

Midnight Lute’s dual grade one winner, Midnight Lucky, is out of a mare by Citidancer, who is by the Northern Dancer stallion, Dixieland Band. It would also be possible to try mares by Dixie Union, Chimes Band, Dixie Brass, Dixieland Brass, Dixieland Heat, Hook and Ladder, Jambalaya Jazz and Kentucky Jazz.

Midnight Lute is a grandson of Quiet American, and his sire line has also enjoyed success with Northern Dancer through Danzig, including through Chief’s Crown (who gives a parallel Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross to Dehere who is in the pedigree of Midnight Lute), the sire of Concerto. Other Danzig sources include War Front (who looks particularly interesting), Langfuhr, Polish Numbers, War Chant, Pine Bluff, Belong to Me, Boundary, Danzig Connection, Exchange Rate, Honor Grades, Lost Soldier (another Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross), Katowice and Ghazi.

Quiet American crossed successfully with Nureyev, with three graded stakes winners, including a grade one winner out of a mare by Atticus (a Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross), with other Nureyev sources including Theatrical, Stravinsky, Spinning World, Alwuhush, Fasliyev and Zilzal. Quiet American and his sons have also benefitted from Northern Dancer through El Gran Senor (sire of Lit de Justice) and his brother, Try My Best (sire of Last Tycoon).

Stallions frequently do well when crossed back over their broodmare sire line, and Shakin It Up is out of mare by a son of Seattle Slew. This suggests that he may do well when crossed back over Seattle Slew line mares, and we can note that Midnight Lute already has a stakes winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy. A.P. Indy sons Pulpit (an extended reverse cross to Shakin It Up, and sire of Tapit – who is bred on a reverse cross to Shakin It Up – Sky Mesa, Stroll), Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Congrats and Flatter are all out of Mr. Prospector mares, and reverse crosses to Shakin It Up. Other A.P. Indy sons are Bernardini (who is out of a Quiet American mare, bred on a reverse cross to Shakin It Up), Majestic Warrior (out of a mare by a son of Mr. Prospector), Golden Missile, Jump Start, Friends Lake, Aptitude, Old Trieste (sire of Silver Train) and Stephen Got Even. Other Seattle Slew line potential broodmare sires include Boston Harbor, Doneraile Court, General Meeting, Seattle Song, Septieme Ciel, Slew City Slew, Slew o’ Gold, Slewpy and Tsunami Slew.

Midnight Lute’s first crop Queen’s Plate winner, Midnight Aria, is out of a mare by a son of Mr. Prospector. We can note that Midnight Lute’s grandsire, Quiet American, has also reacted positively to combining with certain other strains of Mr. Prospector, among them Carson City (sire of such as City Zip, Lord Carson, Good and Tough, Five Star Day and Cuvee), Seeking the Gold (sire of Mutakddim – an extended reverse cross to Shakin It Up – Petionville and Cape Town), Afleet (sire of Northern Afleet, and grandsire of Afleet Alex), Gone West (sire of Grand Slam, Elusive Quality, Mr. Greeley, and Speightstown, who brings in Storm Cat), Conquistador Cielo (sire of Marquetry – who is broodmare sire of a stakes winner by Midnight Lute’s sire, Real Quiet – and grandsire of Artax), Smart Strike (who is also sire of the second dam of a Midnight Lute stakes winner, and whose son, Curlin, could be interesting), and Forty Niner (sire of Distorted Humor, Coronado’s Quest, Editor’s Note, End Sweep, Twining, Tactical Advantage, Roar, and grandsire of Trippi, Flower Alley and Sharp Humor).

It would also be interesting to try Shakin It Up over mares from his own Fappiano line, through genetic relatives to Quiet American. Midnight Lute has already sired two-year-old stakes winner Midnight Ballet out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song, sire of Rockport Harbor, Songandaprayer, Old Fashioned, Even the Score, Half Ours and Dunkirk (a reverse cross to Shakin It Up. Unbridled’s Song is a son of Unbridled, who might also be brought in through Birdstone, Broken Vow, Empire Maker, Red Bullet and Spanish Steps (a brother to Unbridled’s Song) . Fappiano might also be introduced through Rubiano.

Midnight Lute’s classic placed son, My Lute, is out of a mare by Valid Expectations, a son of Valid Appeal, also sire of Successful Appeal (sire of Closing Argument) and Valid Wager. Midnight Lute’s stakes winning and graded stakes placed runner, Holy Lute, is out of a mare by Holy Bull, and his graded stakes winner Midnight Hawk is out of a mare by Wolf Power. Housebuster (by Mt. Livermore, also sire of Orientate) is broodmare sire of a stakes performer for Midnight Lute, and a graded stakes winner by Quiet American.


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