BREEDING SUGGESTIONS
by Alan Porter

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Champion Freshman Sire Successful Appeal is already sire of 27 stakes winners – nine graded – in his first six crops.

Although he is out of a Mr. Prospector line mare, Successful Appeal has proved to be an excellent cross with mares which give inbreeding to Mr. Prospector. Successful Appeal’s son, Closing Argument, a graded stakes winner who also ran second in the Kentucky Derby, is out of a mare by Mr. Greeley, a son of Gone West, which suggests that it could well be worth trying mares by other sons of Gone West such as Elusive Quality, Grand Slam and West By West. Successful Appeal’s juvenile graded winner Lunarpal is out of mare by Quiet American, a son of Fappiano. Successful Appeal also has a stakes winner out of a mare by another Fappiano son, Cryptoclearance. Fappiano is out of a mare by Dr. Fager, a strain which has historically enjoyed great success with Successful Appeal’s grandsire, In Reality. This suggests that other Fappiano line stallions such as Unbridled (and his son Unbridled’s Song), Cahill Road, Pentelicus, Roy and Rubiano might do well. Successful Appeal’s multiple stakes winning Punch Appeal is out of a mare descending from Mr. Prospector through Two Punch, the sire of Smoke Glacken. There is also a stakes winner by Successful Appeal out of a mare by Kingmambo (the sire of Lemon Drop Kid).

Successful Appeal’s dam is a product of the Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross, so it should particularly pay to look for Mr. Prospector through daughters of stallions which repeat that cross, or through mares which are themselves products of a Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross.

Successful Appeal is free of many of the strains which have worked particularly well with Valid Appeal and his sons. One of the most outstanding is that of Hail to Reason, who is already in the male line of the dam of Successful Appeal’s grade one winner Appealing Zophie (out of a mare by Hawkster, by Silver Hawk, a son of Roberto). Successful Appeal has sired three stakes winners out of mares by Diablo (by Devil’s Bag, by Halo). This suggests other Halo line mares, particularly through Devil’s Bag’s brother, Saint Ballado. The Valid Appeal line has also worked over Hail to Reason through Mr. Leader, Stop the Music and Proud Clairon and his son, Proud Birdie (sire of a stakes winner out of the granddam of Successful Appeal). Hail to Reason’s sire, Turn-to has also worked via Cox’s Ridge.

The strain of Bold Ruler has also shone with Valid Appeal. Bold Ruler strains which are among the most successful here are Bold Bidder (through his sons Cannonade and Rexson), Chieftain (and his son Fit to Fight), Secretariat, What a Pleasure and Raja Baba (through his son, Well Decorated). Bold Ruler is a son of Nasrullah, and another strain of Nasrullah, that of Never Bend, has also done well here, notably through Iron Ruler and Distinctive.

Out of mares from the Northern Dancer line, Successful Appeal has sire a grade one winner out of a mare by Storm Bird, and a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s son, Storm Cat. From the Nijinsky II branch, he has graded winner Dawn After Dawn out of a mare by Sword Dance.

Successful Appeal’s graded stakes winner Accountforthegold is out of a mare by Private Account (by Damascus), and he also has a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s son, Private Terms. From this same line, he also has a stakes winner out of a daughter of Gilded Time. Other broodmare sires of Successful Appeal stakes winners, include Wolf Power, Hadif (by Clever Trick), Roanoke (by Pleasant Colony), Wekiva Springs (by Runaway Groom, a son of Blushing Groom), Meadowlake and Mr. Redoy (by Grey Dawn II).


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