Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tracking Cherokee Run Sire Line Colts

In my July 3rd blog I noted that it is important to keep abreast of new emerging trends and sire lines and that this year I was going to keep a watchful eye on the two-year-old colts from the sire line of Cherokee Run and his sons Kafwain and Yonaguska.

Here’s the link to that blog:

Most of their offspring have done well in sprint competition but in the past few years, all three, especially Cherokee Run, have produced some very good middle-distance stakes winners. In the past seven years, there have been a total of nine thoroughbreds descended from the Cherokee Run sire line that have proved themselves to be good middle-distance stakes winners.

In 2008, Illinois Derby winner Recapturetheglory finished a respectable 5th in the Kentucky Derby and I can not help but think that if War Pass had ran in the Derby, Cherokee Run would have had two sons to finish in the top five.

Not bad for sire known mostly as a sire of sprinters.

It’s still early, but so far I have not seen any outstanding two-year-old runners from the Cherokee Run sire line. Here’s a look at some recent workouts:

Saratoga – July 23, Track Fast

Horse: Mufaajy (Cherokee Run-Minister’s Music by Deputy Minister)
Surface: Dirt training
Distance: 3 furlongs, breezing
Time: 0:39.04, 11/13

Horse: Brother Bird (Yonaguska-Mining My Own by Smart Strike). Brother Bird is a half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.
Surface: Dirt (Gate)
Distance: 5 furlongs, breezing
Time: 1:00.55, 7/12

Presque Isle Downs – July 23, Track Fast

Horse: Chiricahua (Cherokee Run-Shouldn’t We All by Woodman)
Surface: All Weather
Distance: 3 furlongs, breezing
Time: 0:40.00, 4/6

This Sunday, Kelly Breen sends out the Yonaguska colt Goombada Guska in his second start at Monmouth Park. Goombada Guska finished fifth in a 12-horse field in his debut on July 5.

Only time will tell if the Cherokee Run sire line produces any good runners on the 2010 Triple Crown trail. In the meantime, I’ll be keeping a watchful eye open for any of their precocious runners.

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