The cornerstone any enduring breeding farm lies in the strength of its female families. And at the 2017 Keeneland January Sale, there is one mare, DREAM YOUR DREAMS, who offers a rare opportunity to get into one of the best families in the stud book.
The 4-year-old DREAM YOUR DREAMS, catalogued as Hip 713 as a racing or broodmare prospect, indeed represents racing royalty. By the great Tapit, DREAM YOUR DREAMS is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Frost Giant, and is from the immediate family of Super Saver, Bluegrass Cat, Got Lucky, Girolamo, Imagining and Callback, all important Grade 1 winners in the last decade.
DREAM YOUR DREAMS is also a half to the exciting young producer Shakeyourbody, whose progressive daughter Siyoushake (Ire) has won a pair of Group 3 events in France since late August (in addition to finishing fourth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths by winner Alice Springs, in the G1 Sun Chariot on Oct. 1).
But this is a family with much more history than that. Cultivated for generations by the Phipps Stable, it became one of the most important families for that storied farm over the second half of the 20th century. DREAM YOUR DREAMS’s second dam is a half to the Breeders’ Cup winner and champion Rhythm, and to champion sire Not For Love, both of whom carried the Phipp’s black and cherry red silks. DREAM YOUR DREAMS’s third dam is the Grade 1 winner Dance Number. Her fourth dam is the champion juvenile Numbered Account, a half to the Grade 1 winner Private Account.
What makes this family so revered isn’t just its achievements on the track. It’s that nearly each and every colt born to the family has a sire’s pedigree, and over and over again, when alloyed with a successful race record, prepotent sires have come from the family’s ranks.
Super Saver, for instance, parlayed his Kentucky Derby victory into a brilliant first crop of foals that included three Grade 1 winners, including champion Runhappy, as well as Embellish the Lace and Competitive Edge.
Girolamo, another close relative, was the #3 National Freshman Sire in 2015, behind only Uncle Mo and Twirling Candy.
The list goes one. The aforementioned Not for Love, broodmare sire of the $14 million earner California Chrome, was named Maryland Stallion of the Year a record 13 times. Mutakddim, a half-brother to Dream Your Dreams’s dam, sired 114 stakes winners, including the standout Lady Tak. Polish Numbers, yet another relative, sired 49 stakes winners at an impressive 9% clip from foals.
At the root off this family is the great La Troienne, who resides nine generations back as Dream Your Dream’s direct tail-female matriarch. The brilliance of so many branches of this family tree allow for any number of clever mating opportunities, as reinforcing these branches is a time-tested method of producing champions.
The family seems poised to remain influential for years to come, too.
DREAM YOUR DREAMS’s brother Frost Giant was the leading freshman sire in New York in 2012 despite limited opportunities, and he’s now the sire of the New York champion Frosty Margarita and six other black-type winners. Perennially a leading sire in New York, Frost Giant was the leading North American Sire by 2YO ABC Index in 2015, and his 2016 2yos-in-training sold for up to $200,000.
DREAM YOUR DREAMS has two other siblings who are sires—the Storm Cat stakes winner Breathless Storm, who stands in Chile; and the graded-placed Heavy Breathing. Breathless Storm’s first crop are just three, but he’s already the sire five stakes horses, including the stakes winner Bella Anita (Chi) and the G1 Mil Guineas runner-up Perezosa (Chi). Heavy Breathing stands in New York and has his first runners in 2017.
What’s more, DREAM YOUR DREAMS has younger siblings by Medaglia d’Oro and Giant’s Causeway still to hit the track.
Looking to add a potential star to your broodmare band? Put this terrific family to work for your operation in 2017. Visit Dream Your Dreams at Lane’s End’s Keeneland January consignment, and see what a dream pedigree looks like in person.