Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Warrior's Reward
A grade one winning sprinter by young sire sensation Medaglia d'Oro, Warrior's Reward is very similarly bred to Galileo, the horse widely regarded as the World's leading sire. A leading second season sire of 2015, he is off to an excellent start with nine first crop stakes horses, including grade one performing classic contender Tencendur.
Warrior's Reward pedigree indicated that he would be a intriguing cross for mares from the Seattle Slew line, and he already has a graded stakes performer out of a mare by Pulpit, and a stakes placed performer out of a mare by that horse's sire, A.P. Indy (also broodmare sire of Medaglia d'Oro's Kentucky Oaks victress Plum Pretty). This would suggest mares by Pulpit sons Sky Mesa and Tapit, and by A.P. Indy sons such as Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Congrats, Flatter, Stephen Got Even, Old Trieste, Jump Start and Aptitude. From other branches of Seattle Slew, Medaglia d'Oro, has two stakes winners out mares by Capote (sire of Boston Harbor and Matty G), and one out of a mare by his three-quarters brother, Williamstown, a stakes winner out of a mare by Fast Play (half-brother to Warrior's Reward's broodmare sire, Seeking the Gold). Warrior's Reward should do well over mares by Slew o‘ Gold, Septieme Ciel, Slew City Slew, Doneraile Court (broodmare sire of a Medaglia d'Oro graded stakes winner), and Vindication (who looks particularly interesting here).
Medaglia d'Oro has sired 25 stakes winners Mr. Prospector line mares. Warrior's Reward himself is bred on the cross of a Northern Dancer line stallion over a mare by Mr. Prospector son, Seeking the Gold, but Exchange Rate and Pure Prize, who are both bred on this cross have done very well when crossed back over Mr. Prospector line mares. We can also note that there are already more than 120 stakes winners with Seeking the Gold in the sire, and Mr. Prospector in the dam, 22 of them grade one winners. It would be very interesting to cross Warrior's Reward with mares descending from Mr. Prospector through other Mr. Prospector/Buckpasser crosses, such as Woodman, Miswaki (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by El Prado, as is his son Black Tie Affair) and Mining ( broodmare sire of a stakes winner by El Prado).
Medaglia d'Oro sired the magnificent Rachel Alexandra out of a mare by Roar, a son of Forty Niner, and also a graded winner out of a mare by Forty Niner son Distorted Humor.Forty Niner could also be brought in though Coronado's Quest, Editor's Note, End Sweep, Twining, Tactical Advantage, Trippi, Flower Alley and Sharp Humor). There is a Medaglia d'Oro stakes winner out of a mare by Mr. Prospector son Gulch, and two grade one winners – including a Champion Two-Year-Old – out of a mare by that horse's son, Thunder Gulch. We can also note a Medaglia d'Oro grade one winner from a mare by Gone West, and a stakes winner out of that horse's son, Grand Slam (also suggesting mares by Mr. Greeley, Speightstown, Elusive Quality and Proud Citizen). Warrior's Reward has a stakes performer out of a mare by Lemon Drop Kid, and Medaglia d'Oro has a grade one winner out of a mare by that horse, and a stakes winner out of a mare by his sire, Kingmambo. There are also Medaglia d'Oro graded stakes winners out of mares by Smoke Glacken and Jade Hunter; and stakes winners out of mares by Smart Strike (whose son, English Channel could work well), Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry and grandsire of Street Sense), Marquetry (sire of Artax) Crafty Prospector and Fortunate Prospect. Warrior's Reward is sire of stakes winner Requite out of a Mr. Prospector son, Carson City (sire of Boone's Mill, Flying Chevron, Good and Tough, Lord Carson and Cuvee). From the Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector, Warrior's Reward is sire of stakes winner Warriorscmoutoplay out of mare by Victory Gallop (by Cryptoclearance, also grandsire of Candy Ride), and has a juvenile stakes horse out of a mare by Unbridled (sire of Unbridled's Song, with this pair also being available through Broken Vow, Empire Maker, Grindstone, Birdstone, Songandaprayer, Rockport Harbor, Old Fashioned and Half Ours). Warrior's Reward should also be good with Mr. Prospector/ Northern Dancer crosses in general.
Mr. Prospector is by Raise a Native, and is bred on very similar lines to that horse's son, Alydar. Medaglia d'Or has sired grade one winner Champagne d'Oro out of a mare by Saratoga Six, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Alysheba (duplicating the family of Sadler's Wells). El Prado has a grade one winner out of a mare by Alydar son, Strike the Gold, and a graded winner out of a mare by Criminal Type. Warrior's Reward should also be very well-suited by mares by Alydar son, Easy Goer (a parallel Raise a Native/Buckpasser cross to Seeking the Gold). Another product of the same Raise a Native/Buckpasser cross who could be tried here is Wavering Monarch (sire of Maria's Mon).
Medaglia d'Oro is already showing a strong affinity for certain branches of the Hail to Reason line. He already has stakes winners from the Halo branch out of mares by Jolie's Halo, and Devil His Due (by Devil's Bag), and Saint Ballado. Warrior's Reward should also work well with mares by More Than Ready. From the Roberto branch of Hail to Reason, Medaglia d'Oro has two stakes winners, one grade one, out of mares by Kris S., whose son, Prized is broodmare sire of El Prado grade one winner, Paddy O'Prado, and who could be attractive through Arch. El Prado also has stakes winners out of mares by Roberto sons Lear Fan (duplicating the family of Sadler's Wells), Dynaformer and Silver Hawk, and Red Ransom could also be considered. The Stop the Music branch of Hail to Reason is also promising here, and Medaglia d'Oro has a stakes winner out of a mare by Tethra (by Cure the Blues, also sire of the second dams of Rachel Alexandra and Gabby's Golden Gal). American Chance (by Cure the Blues) should also work well here too.
Medaglia d'Oro has sired a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Blushing John, a stakes winner Our Golden Dream out of a mare by Rahy (and graded winner from a mare by Rahy son, Fantastic Light), and a stakes winner mare by Rainbow Quest, the all being sons of Blushing Groom. This also suggests trying Blushing Groom through Mt. Livermore (sire of Orientate and Housebuster) or Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run; grandsire of Kafwain and Yonaguska).
Warrior's Reward already has two graded stakes horses, including grade one performer classic contender Tencendur, out of mares by Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg, Henny Hughes and Cactus Ridge) – from the Storm Cat branch of Northern Dancer – and Medaglia d'Oro has stakes winners out of mares by Stormin Fever, Forest Wildcat, Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart) and Storm Boot. Other potential sources of Storm Cat include Giant's Causeway, Bernstein, Cat Thief, Forestry, Freud, Mountain Cat, Pure Prize, Sir Cat, Stormy Atlantic and Yankee Gentleman. . There is also a Medaglia d'Oro stakes winner out of a mare by Dehere, who is a product of the same Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross as Storm Cat, where El Prado is a Northern Dancer line horse out of a mare by a son of Sir Gaylord (half-brother to Secretariat).
From other branches of the Northern Dancer sire line, Medaglia d'Oro is sire of grade one winner Gabby's Golden Gal out of a mare by Ashkalani, who is turn is by Soviet Star, a son of Nureyev (three-parts-brother to Warrior's Reward's male line ancestor, Sadler's Wells). Meanwhile, Warrior's Reward has two-year-old stakes winner, Strawberry Baby, out of a mare by Nureyev son Theatrical, and this strain can also be introduced through Stravinsky, Spinning World and Atticus (another Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross).
There are five Medaglia d’Oro stakes winners out of mares from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer, including the spectacular Golden Slipper (gr. I) winner, Vancouver, who is out of a mare by Danehill. There are also Medaglia d’Oro graded stakes winners out of mares by Danzig sons Pine Bluff and War Chant, and other potential sources include Belong to Me, Langfuhr, Anabaa, Boundary, War Front and Chief’s Crown (another Northern Dancer/Secretariat, and available through Concerto and Bellamy Road). From the Icecapade branch of Northern Dancer’s sire, Nearctic, Medaglia d’Oro has a graded winner out of a mare by Clever Trick, and the brilliant Atreides out of a mare by Wild Rush (by Wild Again, also sire of Offlee Wild, Wild Event, Whiskey Wisdom, Vicar and Milwaukee Brew).