Mor Spirit

Mor Spirit

THE ONLY G1 2YO TO WIN THE MET MILE SINCE HOLY BULL

$5,000 S&N
Eskendereya – Im a Dixie Girl, by Dixie Union
2013, Dark Bay, 16.2½h | Entered Stud: 2019 | Nominated to: Breeders' Cup, KTDF

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2021 sales: First yearlings avg. $101,400 at F-T July, incl. individuals of $200,000, $160,000, etc; Also a $115,000 session-topper at OBSJAN, a colt purchased by Donato Lanni — also the buyer of Mor Spirit as a 2yo.

First weanlings in 2020 have sold up to $70,000 and average over 4.5x his stud fee.

Multiple G1-winning millionaire & fastest racehorse ever from the GIANT’S CAUSEWAY sire line.

Easy Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) winner at 2, dominant Met Mile (G1) winner at 4.

First G1-winning 2yo to go on and capture the prestigious Met Mile since Holy Bull in 1994.

117 BEYERFastest up to a mile in 2017, only Arrogate was faster in a G1. Other Beyers of 108 & 107.

-1 ¼ RAGOZIN — One of the top 5 fastest Rag numbers recorded in 2017, faster than Gun Runner.

“2017 was a good year for dirt milers… Mor Spirit delivered a smashing performance in the Met Mile, recording a figure of 117”
—Andy Beyer

One of the fastest Met Mile winners in recent history, faster than Quality Road, Palace Malice, Mitole, Honor Code, Vekoma, etc.

Defeated G1 winner Sharp Azteca by 6 ¼ lengths in the Met Mile, running a mile in 1:33.71 at Belmont – widely regarded as one of the best performances of 2017.

Won Robert Lewis (G3), Sexton Mile (G3), Essex H.; Runner-up in Santa Anita Derby (G1), San Felipe (G2), Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), San Antonio (G2).

Out of multiple SW IM A DIXIE GIRL, by dynamic broodmare sire DIXIE UNION.

$650,000 2-year-old purchase by Bob Baffert at F-T Gulfstream.

Covered 312 mares combined his first two years at stud in 2019-20 – First crop are yearlings in 2021.



Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (SP) 3rd (SP) Earned
2 4 2 ( 1 ) 2 ( 1 ) 0 $288,400
3 5 1 ( 1 ) 2 ( 2 ) 0 $388,000
4 5 3 ( 3 ) 1 ( 1 ) 0 $992,000
Totals 14 6 5 0 $1,668,400

Racing Highlights

Won at 2

  • Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course (8.5f, D, defeating Toews On Ice, I'malreadythere, Urlacher, Frank Conversation, Hollywood Don, Sorryaboutnothing).
  • A maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park (8f, D, defeating Urlacher, Uninvited, Nightly News, Wise Tale, Bruntino, Recalibrating).

2nd at 2

  • Kentucky Jockey Club S. (gr. II) at Churchill Downs (8.5f, D, to Airoforce, defeating Mo Tom, Gun Runner, Annual Report, My Majestic Flight, Perfect Saint, Tom's Ready, Rated R Superstar, Nana Looch, Derby Express, Force It, Uncle Jerry).

Won at 3

  • Robert B. Lewis S. (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park (8.5f, D, defeating Uncle Lino, I Will Score, Dressed in Hermes, Let's Meet in Rio, Path of David).

2nd at 3

  • Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park (9f, D, to Exaggerator, defeating Uncle Lino, Danzing Candy, Diplodocus, Denman's Call, Smokey Image, Iron Rob).
  • San Felipe S. (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park (8.5f, D, to Danzing Candy, defeating Exaggerator, Uncle Lino, Smokey Image, I Will Score).

Won at 4

  • Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H. (gr. I) at Belmont Park (8f, D, defeating Sharp Azteca, Tommy Macho, Awesome Slew, Economic Model, Rally Cry, Tom's Ready, Solid Wager, Virtual Machine, Denman's Call, Mohaymen, Inside Straight).
  • Steve Sexton Mile S. (gr. III) at Lone Star Park (8f, D, defeating Texas Chrome, Iron Fist, Shotgun Kowboy, American Dubai, F J Uncle Vic).
  • Essex H. at Oaklawn Park (8.5f, D, defeating Domain's Rap, Madefromlucky, Dazzling Gem, Secret Passage, Shotgun Kowboy, Dalmore).

2nd at 4

  • San Antonio S. (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park (8.5f, D, to Hoppertunity, defeating Accelerate, El Huerfano, Hard Aces, Dalmore, Avanti Bello).

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BEYER
Fastest Ever From The Giant’s Causeway Line
YEARS
Since A G1 2YO Went On To Win The Prestigious Met Mile
MARES BRED IN 2019
Top 5 Most Popular Freshman

Pedigree

Four CrossAnalysisCatalog Style
DP = 4-0-14-0-0 (18) DI = 1.57 CD = 0.44

Alan Porter’s 2021 Breeding Analysis for Mor Spirit

Runaway winner of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Mor Spirit is the only winner of that race in the last quarter century to have also captured a grade one event at two. From the Giant’s Causeway branch of Storm Cat’s sire line, he is out of juvenile stakes-winning Dixie Union mare from the immediate family of Champion Stellar Wind.

Like Giant’s Causeway, Mor Spirit has done very well with Mr. Prospector line mares. His multiple graded stakes winner Eskenformoney is out of a mare by Not For Love, and he also has stakes winners from daughters of Lemon Drop Kid, Carson City (sire of City Zip, Pollard’s Vision, Five Star Day  and Cuvee); Strong Hope (by Grand Slam) and Mr. Greeley – both from the Gone West line, which also suggests Elusive Quality (sire of Quality Road), Speightstown (sire of Munnings) and Proud Citizen; Thunder Gulch; Hawk Wing (by Woodman); and Victory Gallop (by Cryptoclearance, who might also be brought in through Candy Ride and Twirling Candy). Cryptoclearance is from the Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector, which has enjoyed success under Giant’s Causeway through Unbridled’s Song (by Unbridled), Quiet American (grandsire of Midnight Lute, who could be interesting here), Rubiano and Roy. Unbridled and Unbridled’s Song could also be introduced through Broken Vow, Empire MakerGrindstoneBirdstone, Cross Traffic, Rockport HarborFirst DefenceOld FashionedHalf Ours, Dunkirk, Even The Score and Songandaprayer.

Other branches of Mr. Prospector worthy of consideration include Northern Afleet and his son, Afleet; Seeking the Gold, the sire ofMutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town; Street Cry, sire of Street Sense and Street Boss; Smart Strike (sire of Curlin, Lookin At Lucky and English Channel), Distorted Humor (sire of Maclean’s Music, Jimmy Creed and Flower Alley) and Fusaichi Pegasus.

From the Deputy Minister branch of Northern Dancer, there are Eskendereya stakes winners out of mares by Deputy Minister himself and his son, Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall), suggesting crossing over Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper, Daaher and Toccet), Silver Deputy (sire of Posse, Badge of Silver and Spring at Last) and Touch Gold.

There is an Eskendereya stakes winner out of a mare by Dayjur, a son of Danzig, a strain that might be introduced through Belong To MePolish NumbersLangfuhr, War Chant, Hard Spun, Exchange Rate and War Front. From the Sadler’s Wells line there is a stakes winner out of a mare by Kitten’s Joy (by El Prado, also sire of Medaglia d’Oro and Artie Schiller), and there is also a stakes winner out of a mare by Unusual Heat, who is by Sadler’s Wells’ three-quarters brother, Nureyev (also available through Stravinsky and Theatrical). From the Nijinsky II branch of Northern Dancer, has graded winner Isabella Sings out of a mare from the Nijinsky II which might be introduced through Royal Academy and Sky Classic.

Eskendereya is out of a mare by Seattle Slew, and that suggests crossing back over that line through A.P. Indy and sons such as Pulpit (sire of Tapit and Sky Mesa), Mineshaft (sire of Discreetly Mine and Dialed In, a reverse cross to Eskendereya), Jump StartMalibu Moon, Congrats and Flatter.

Out of mares from the Halo line, Eskendereya has stakes winner from a mare More Than Ready (sire of Ready’s Image, Verrazano and Daredevil) and Halo could also be introduced through Devil’s Bag (sire of Devil His Due and Diablo) and Saint Ballado (sire of Saint Liam, Yankee Victor and Sweetsouthernsaint) whose sister, Champion Glorious Song, is in the pedigree of Giant’s Causeway.

There is an Eskendereya stakes winner out of a mare by Indian Charlie (sire of Uncle Mo) by In Excess, who is by Siberian Express, also sire of Siberian Summer, the broodmare sire of two Giant’s Causeway classic performers. This is branch of the Caro line, and Maria’s Mon who is out of a Caro mare, and he has worked under Giant’s Causeway. His son, Monarchos, is also broodmare sire of a Giant’s Causeway line stakes winner and might be interesting here, while Super Saver mares also appeal.

The Giant’s Causeway line has done well with a number of broodmare sires from the Relaunch lines, including Honour and Glory (sire of Put It Back), Cee’s TizzyTiznow and Bertrando (sire of Officer).

AnalysisCatalog Style

Alan Porter’s 2021 Breeding Analysis for Mor Spirit

Runaway winner of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Mor Spirit is the only winner of that race in the last quarter century to have also captured a grade one event at two. From the Giant’s Causeway branch of Storm Cat’s sire line, he is out of juvenile stakes-winning Dixie Union mare from the immediate family of Champion Stellar Wind.

Like Giant’s Causeway, Mor Spirit has done very well with Mr. Prospector line mares. His multiple graded stakes winner Eskenformoney is out of a mare by Not For Love, and he also has stakes winners from daughters of Lemon Drop Kid, Carson City (sire of City Zip, Pollard’s Vision, Five Star Day  and Cuvee); Strong Hope (by Grand Slam) and Mr. Greeley – both from the Gone West line, which also suggests Elusive Quality (sire of Quality Road), Speightstown (sire of Munnings) and Proud Citizen; Thunder Gulch; Hawk Wing (by Woodman); and Victory Gallop (by Cryptoclearance, who might also be brought in through Candy Ride and Twirling Candy). Cryptoclearance is from the Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector, which has enjoyed success under Giant’s Causeway through Unbridled’s Song (by Unbridled), Quiet American (grandsire of Midnight Lute, who could be interesting here), Rubiano and Roy. Unbridled and Unbridled’s Song could also be introduced through Broken Vow, Empire MakerGrindstoneBirdstone, Cross Traffic, Rockport HarborFirst DefenceOld FashionedHalf Ours, Dunkirk, Even The Score and Songandaprayer.

Other branches of Mr. Prospector worthy of consideration include Northern Afleet and his son, Afleet; Seeking the Gold, the sire ofMutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town; Street Cry, sire of Street Sense and Street Boss; Smart Strike (sire of Curlin, Lookin At Lucky and English Channel), Distorted Humor (sire of Maclean’s Music, Jimmy Creed and Flower Alley) and Fusaichi Pegasus.

From the Deputy Minister branch of Northern Dancer, there are Eskendereya stakes winners out of mares by Deputy Minister himself and his son, Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall), suggesting crossing over Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper, Daaher and Toccet), Silver Deputy (sire of Posse, Badge of Silver and Spring at Last) and Touch Gold.

There is an Eskendereya stakes winner out of a mare by Dayjur, a son of Danzig, a strain that might be introduced through Belong To MePolish NumbersLangfuhr, War Chant, Hard Spun, Exchange Rate and War Front. From the Sadler’s Wells line there is a stakes winner out of a mare by Kitten’s Joy (by El Prado, also sire of Medaglia d’Oro and Artie Schiller), and there is also a stakes winner out of a mare by Unusual Heat, who is by Sadler’s Wells’ three-quarters brother, Nureyev (also available through Stravinsky and Theatrical). From the Nijinsky II branch of Northern Dancer, has graded winner Isabella Sings out of a mare from the Nijinsky II which might be introduced through Royal Academy and Sky Classic.

Eskendereya is out of a mare by Seattle Slew, and that suggests crossing back over that line through A.P. Indy and sons such as Pulpit (sire of Tapit and Sky Mesa), Mineshaft (sire of Discreetly Mine and Dialed In, a reverse cross to Eskendereya), Jump StartMalibu Moon, Congrats and Flatter.

Out of mares from the Halo line, Eskendereya has stakes winner from a mare More Than Ready (sire of Ready’s Image, Verrazano and Daredevil) and Halo could also be introduced through Devil’s Bag (sire of Devil His Due and Diablo) and Saint Ballado (sire of Saint Liam, Yankee Victor and Sweetsouthernsaint) whose sister, Champion Glorious Song, is in the pedigree of Giant’s Causeway.

There is an Eskendereya stakes winner out of a mare by Indian Charlie (sire of Uncle Mo) by In Excess, who is by Siberian Express, also sire of Siberian Summer, the broodmare sire of two Giant’s Causeway classic performers. This is branch of the Caro line, and Maria’s Mon who is out of a Caro mare, and he has worked under Giant’s Causeway. His son, Monarchos, is also broodmare sire of a Giant’s Causeway line stakes winner and might be interesting here, while Super Saver mares also appeal.

The Giant’s Causeway line has done well with a number of broodmare sires from the Relaunch lines, including Honour and Glory (sire of Put It Back), Cee’s TizzyTiznow and Bertrando (sire of Officer).

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Mor Spirit: 30 second commercial
Mor Spirit | 2017 Met Mile G1
Mor Spirit | 2015 Los Al Futurity G1
Mor Spirit | 2016 Robert B. Lewis G3
Mor Spirit | 2017 Essex H.
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | Eclipse Sportswire Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | Eclipse Sportswire Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | Eclipse Sportswire Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | Eclipse Sportswire Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | NYRA Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | NYRA Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | NYRA Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | NYRA Photo
Mor Spirit 2015 Los Al Futurity G1 | Eclipse Sportswire Photo
Mor Spirit 2015 Los Al Futurity G1 | Eclipse Sportswire Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | NYRA Photo
Mor Spirit 2017 Met Mile G1 | NYRA Photo
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$115,000 Session Topper at 2021 OBSJAN | Judit photo
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Joyful 20 filly | Pictured at 33 days old | Bred by Frankfort Park Farm | Photo by Spendthrift Farm / Autry Graham
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Palmilla Moon 20 colt | Pictured at 29 days old | Bred by Spendthrift Farm | Photo by Spendthrift / Autry Graham
Palmilla Moon 20 colt | Pictured at 29 days old | Bred by Spendthrift Farm | Photo by Spendthrift / Autry Graham
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Mor Spirit Walking Video