Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for The Lumber Guy
Winner of the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) with a 110 Beyer, and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), The Lumber Guy has strong claims to being considered the fastest three-year-old of his crop. He is by Grand Slam, a multiple grade one winning two-year-old and champion siring son of Gone West, out of an Unbridled’s Song mare who has produced three stakes winners.
The Lumber Guy’s offspring will be free of Northern Dancer at four generations, and Grand Slam has done well with a wide variety of branches of that line. The cross with Deputy Minister line mares has been a particularly good one producing a grade one winner from a mare by French Deputy, and graded winners from daughter of Salt Lake, and Deputy Minister himself, and stakes winners from daughters of Silver Deputy (sire of Posse) and Touch Gold. Other sources of Deputy Minister include Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall), Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Forest Camp and Deputy Commander.
The Lumber Guy is half-sister to a stakes winner by Stormin Fever, a son of Storm Cat, and the cross of Grand Slam with mares from the Storm Cat line has produced stakes winners out of mares by Tabasco Cat, Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir and D’Wildcat), Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart) and Hennessy (sire of Henny Hughes and Johannesburg; grandsire of Scat Daddy). This also suggests trying Stormy Atlantic (bred on the same cross as Stormin Fever), Storm Boot, Storm Creek, Sea of Secrets, Forestry, Giant’s Causeway, Harlan’s Holiday, Bernstein, Mountain Cat, Sir Cat, Freud, High Yield and Tactical Cat. There is also a graded stakes winner by Grand Slam out of a mare by Storm Cat’s sire, Storm Bird (also sire of Summer Squall). Grand Slam has sired four stakes winners out of mares by sons and grandsons of Nijinsky II, including out of mares by Royal Academy, Seattle Dancer, Caerfolie (by Caerleon) and Mud Route (by Strawberry Road), and daughters of Sky Classic would also appeal.
Grand Slam and sons have sired stakes winners out of mares by Nureyev himself and out of mares by Nureyev sons Soviet Star and Spinning World, which also suggests daughters of Theatrical, Atticus, Fasliyev and Stravinsky. Out of mares descending from Nureyev’s three-quarters brother, Sadler’s Wells, Grand Slam and sons have sired four stakes winners, including out of a daughter of El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller). There are four stakes winners by Grand Slam and sons out of mares from the Danzig line, including from daughters of Langfuhr, Polish Numbers and War Chant. Among the other sources of Danzig are Pine Bluff, Belong to Me, Langfuhr, Boundary, Chief’s Crown, Concerto, Danzig Connection, Exchange Rate, Honor Grades, Lost Soldier, War Front (who looks particularly interesting), Danzig Connection, Katowice and Ghazi (by Polish Navy). Grand Slam has a grade two winning millionaire out of a mare by Dixieland Band and a stakes winner out a mare by that horse’s son, Kentucky Jazz, which would indicate testing mares by Dixie Union, Dixie Brass, Dixieland Heat, Chimes Band, Citidancer and Hook and Ladder.
From the line of Icecapade, a three-quarters relative to Northern Dancer, we can note success for Grand Slam and his sons with Wild Deputy and his sire Wild Again (also sire of Wild Rush, Offlee Wild, Vicar, Milwaukee Brew and Whiskey Wisdom).
The Lumber Guy is half-brother to a stakes winner by a son of A.P. Indy. Grand Slam has a grade two winner out of an A.P. Indy mare, and two of his sons have stakes winners out of mares from that line, suggesting trying mares by such as Stephen Got Even (broodmare sire of a Grand Slam line stakes winner), Pulpit, Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Golden Missile, Old Trieste, Congrats, Flatter, Bernardini, Tapit, Sky Mesa and Jump Start. A.P. Indy is by Seattle Slew, and there are also four stakes winners by Grand Slam out of mares from the Capote branch of this line, suggesting trying mares by Boston Harbor and Matty G., and his son Mayakovsky.
Grand Slam and his sons have sired stakes winners out of mares from three branches of the Caro line, out of daughters of Cozzene, In Excess (by Siberian Express, and also sire of Indian Charlie) and With Approval (sire of Talkin Man). Caro through the Argentine sire, Parade Marshal, broodmare sire of a Grand Slam graded stakes winner would also be intriguing.
Grand Slam has sired two stakes winners out of mares by Pleasant Colony, and there is also a stakes winner by a son of Grand Slam out of a mare by Pleasant Colony son St. Jovite, and this strain might also be sourced through Pleasant Tap, Pleasantly Perfect, Colonial Affair, Cherokee Colony, Roanoke and Lac Ouimet. Grand Slam also sired Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Cajun Beat out of a mare by Cure the Blues (sire of American Chance), and stakes winners out of mares by Lord At War, Olympio, Dynaformer and Kris S. (sire of Arch, Rock Hard Ten, Prized, You and I and Kissin Kris).