United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing: I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister

For 2012, United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing results showed that pedigree is important.

As breeder cockfighters, we are interested in the pedigree of our athletes aka gamecocks. Performance is related to pedigree, environment, nutrition, and training condition.

The most favored horse is Bodemeister with more popular ancestors in his pedigree which includes Secretariat and Seattle Slew. The second most favored horse is I’ll Have Another with Mr. Prospector as his common ancestor with Bodemeister.

  • I’ll Have Another is linebred 4×4 to Mr. Prospector and Danzig, meaning that both these stallions appear twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.
  • Bodemeister is inbred 4×4 to the stallion Northern Dancer, meaning that the latter appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.

It appears though that Bodemeister is tired from more races this season or this month, thus, training condition is also important besides the pedigree.

One not too obvious fact about the two pedigree tables below was that most of the sires and the dams were 8-14 years old when they foaled their offsprings who become sire or dam themselves. Race horse’s prime years are up to 5 years old. Domestic horses have a life expectancy of 25-30 years.

Gamecock rooster speed and power in cockfight is similar to a race horse. Thus, you can use older than 4 years old as brood stocks to produce fighting cocks without worrying about lessen speed and power. In fact, the fastest aseels are bred the same as the slowest aseels. They are bred from at least 3-4 year old brood stocks who survived all diseases and adapted to all weather conditions. And keep breeding them for 10 years or more years.

Pedigree of I’ll Have Another, Chestnut colt, 2009
Flower Alley
B. 2002
Distorted Humor
Forty Niner
Mr. Prospector* 1970
File 1976
Danzigs Beauty
Danzig* 1977
Sweetest Chant 1978
Princess Olivia
Mr. Prospector* 1970
Lypatia 1975
Dance Image
Sadler’s Wells 1981
Diamond Spring 1977
Arch’s Gal Edith
Ch. 2002
Kris S.
Roberto 1969
Sharp Queen 1965
Danzig* 1977
Althea 1981
Force Five Gal
Pleasant Tap
Pleasant Colony 1978
Never Knock 1979
Last Cause
Caucasus 1972
Last Bird 1973 (Family 23-b)

I’ll Have Another (foaled April 1, 2009) is a North American Thoroughbred race horse, bred in Kentucky, owned by Canadian businessman J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill. In May 2012 he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown by taking the Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:01.83 and the Preakness Stakes in 1:55.94.

I’ll Have Another is a chestnut horse sired by the Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley. Flower Alley’s sire, Distorted Humor, was also the sire of 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. In September 2010, as a yearling, I’ll Have Another was sent to the Keeneland sales where he was bought for $11,000 by Victor M. Davila. Davila, an exercise rider, broke and trained the colt before sellling him as a two-year-old to J. Paul Reddam for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeder’s sale. The colt’s name was inspired by Reddam’s reply when his “wife asks him if he wants more of her fresh-baked cookies, “It just seems like a perfect name!” he later said.”

Pedigree of Bodemeister
Empire Maker
B. 2000
Mr. Prospector 1970
Killaloe 1970
Gana Facil
Le Fabueleux 1961
Charedi 1976
El Gran Senor
Northern Dancer 1961
Sex Appeal 1970
Image of Reality
In Reality 1964
Edee’s Image 1969
Untouched Talent
Ch. 2004
Storm Cat
Storm Bird
Northern Dancer 1961
South Ocean 1967
Secretariat 1970
Crimson Saint 1969
Parade Queen
A.P. Indy
Seattle Slew 1974
Weekend Surprise 1980
Spanish Parade
Roberto 1969
Nijit 1977

Bodemeister (foaled April 28, 2009) is a Thoroughbred race horse who won the 2012 Arkansas Derby and finished second in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and the 2012 Preakness Stakes.

Bodemeister is a Bay horse with a white blaze. He was named after his trainer’s son, Bode Baffert. His pedigree traces to major sires of significance, including his grandsire Unbridled and his damsire Storm Cat. The colt was sired by the Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker out of the mare Untouched Talent. He was sold as a yearling at the Keeneland September sales for $260,000.

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