Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Super Ninety Nine
Super Ninety Nine was a spectacular graded stakes winning miler, and grade one performer. By sire of sires, Pulpit, out of a sister to multiple grade one winner Exogenous, Super Ninety Nine is bred very similarly to Tapit and Bernardini.
Pulpit and his sons have done very well with Storm Cat line mares, as has Bernardini. There are Pulpit line grade one winners out of mares by Storm Cat, Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Henny Hughes; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Tabasco Cat and Sir Cat, graded stakes winners out of daughters of Giant’s Causeway (sire of First Samurai), Menifee (by Harlan, also sire of Harlan’s Holiday) and Forestry, and stakes winners from daughters of Storm Boot, Freud and Catienus. It might also be worth considering Storm Cat through Stormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever (both giving inbreeding to Seattle Slew), Forestry, Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir, who gives a very interesting pedigree pattern), Bernstein, Pure Prize, Yankee Gentleman and Sea of Secrets. Storm Cat’s sire, Storm Bird (the broodmare sire of a Bernardini grade one winner) might also be brought in through Summer Squall (sire of Charismatic), a half-brother to Super Ninety Nine’s grandsire, A.P. Indy, and broodmare sire of a graded stakes winner by Bernardini.
There is a Bernardini grade one winner out of a mare by Nijinsky II, a horse bred on similar lines to Storm Bird, and Tapit has a grade one winner out of mare by Nijinsky II grandson, Marlin (by Sword Dance) and a stakes winner out of a mare by Shadeed (sire of Alydeed). There is also a Pulpit graded stakes winner out of a mare by Strawberry Road.
Tapit and Bernadini both have grade one winners out of mares by Deputy Minister. There are also Pulpit line stakes winners out of mare by Deputy Minister sons Dehere, Touch Gold and Silver Deputy, and other Deputy Minister sources include Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Salt Lake, French Deputy, Forest Camp and Service Stripe. Out of mares from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer, there are Pulpit line stakes winners out of mares by Danzig himself, Belong to Me, Boundary, Chief’s Crown (sire of Concerto; grandsire of Bellamy Road) and Orpen. Introducing Danzig through War Front might work well, and other Danzig sources include Dayjur, Exchange Rate, Hard Spun, Honor Grades, Pine Bluff and War Chant. Tapit sire the graded one winning Laragh out of a mare El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller), and there is also a stakes winner by another son of Pulpit out of a mare by Horse Chestnut, a grandson of El Prado’s sire, Sadler’s Wells. The cross of Tapit and Pulpit out of mares descending from Icecapade – a three-quarters relative to Northern Dancer – through Wild Again has produced three grade one winners, and could be tried through mares by Wild Rush (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by Tapit), Bright Again, Milwaukee Brew, Offlee Wild and Vicar.
Pulpit and Tapit have done well over mares from certain branches of the Mr. Prospector line. The dual classic winner, California Chrome, is by a son of Pulpit out of a mare by Not For Love, and Pulpit and Tapit both have graded winners out of mares by that horse’s three-quarters brother, Woodman (sire of Hansel). The cross with mares from the Forty Niner branch has been a profitable one, including grade one winners out of mares by Editor’s Note and Distorted Humor, a graded winner out of a mare by Twining, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Banker’s Gold. Gone West is another branch of Mr. Prospector that has thrived under Pulpit line stallions, including a grade one winner by Tapit out of a Mr. Greeley mare, and stakes winners out of mares by Gone West himself, Grand Slam and Smarty Jones (by Elusive Quality), and this cross might also work well through Speightstown.
The Carson City branch of Mr. Prospector has provided the dams of a grade one winner by Bernardini and a graded winner by Tapit, and can be brought in through Boone’s Mill (broodmare sire of a Pulpit line stakes winner), City Zip, Cuvee, Five Star Day, Good And Tough, Pollard’s Vision and Lord Carson. The A.P. Indy line has enjoyed considerable success with Smart Strike mares, including a grade one winner, and there Bernardini and Pulpit line stake winners on the cross. Other Mr. Prospector line stallions to appear in the broodmare sire line of stakes winners by Pulpit and his sons are Conquistador Cielo (sire of Marquetry; grandsire of Artax), Cape Canaveral and Mutakddim (by Seeking the Gold). It could also be interesting to cross Super Ninety Nine – who is out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song – with mares by other Fappiano line sires, including Quiet American (sire of Real Quiet and grandsire of Midnight Lute), Empire Maker, Rubiano, Broken Vow, Cryptoclearance (grandsire of Candy Ride), Pentelicus and Cahill Road.
Pulpit and Tapit have enjoyed success with a number of Blushing Groom line broodmare sires, among them Rahy, Cherokee Run (sire of Yonaguska, Kafwain and War Pass), Mt Livermore (sire of Orientate, Housebuster and Peaks and Valleys) and Shy Tom. Blushing Groom is from the Nasrullah line, and another branch of that line, Caro – already here as broodmare sire of Unbridled’s Song – has also enjoyed success under Pulpit through In Excess and his son Indian Charlie; Cozzene (sire of Mizzen Mast and Alphabet Soup); and With Approval and his son, Talkin Man.
The similarly-bred Tapit has a marked affinity with In Reality with stakes winners out of mares by Valid Wager and his sire Valid Appeal (also sire of Successful Appeal and Valid Expectations), and Relaunch, his son Honour and Glory, and grandson Bertrando (by Skywalker, and also sire of Officer). This line could also be brought in through Tiznow (giving inbreeding to the family of Unbridled’s Song).
Pulpit and his sons have done well with mares from the Roberto line, this cross yielding a grade one winner out of a mare by Prized and a stakes winner out a mare by Arch (both by Kris S.) and graded stakes winners out of mares by Dynaformer and Red Ransom.
There are three graded stakes winners bred on a cross of Pulpit and his sons over Pleasant Colony line mares, including 2014 classic winner Tonalist, by Tapit, and this cross could be brought in through Colonial Affair, St. Jovite, Pleasant Tap, Pleasantly Perfect and Roanoke. There are also Pulpit line stakes winners from mares by Lord At War and Broad Brush and his son Concern.