Pedigree Analysis: First Sweet Midnite

This classic distance runner comes from a classic family.

Q-Racing Journal

First Sweet Midnite. PHOTO: Coady Photography

There are only a few stakes races each year that tests freshman American Quarter Horses at the classic 440 yard distance – four, to be exact. On Saturday, Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Downs played host to the only one in Oklahoma, and saw First Sweet Midnite take the $310,000 Black Gold 440 Futurity Championship (RG3) in :21.656.

This is the first stakes win in five career starts for First Sweet Midnite, who now marks career earnings of $134,870. The horse was bred by Dustin and Rusty Carpenter of Norman, Oklahoma, and is owned by Bret Carpenter. He is by Sweet First Down and out of the Special Leader mare Midnite Soiree.

Sweet First Down is a veteran son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash out of the Zevi (TB) mare Sweet Bye And Bye owned by Erin Chrisman Goings of Elsie, Nebraska. The Grade 1-placed runner has sired 138 winners from 264 starters, and the earners of more than $4.7 million, lead by the likes of A Toss Up ($502,079), Possum Fust ($299,308) and I Am That Hero ($225,168). He stands at Abraham’s Equine Clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sweet First Down is out of Sweet Bye And Bye, a product of the Barley & Sharp breeding program and the mare family that produced recent Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) winner Sudden Separation.

That mare family also produced Bye Byefreighttrain, who won the $173,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity (RG3) on the same card as First Sweet Midnite. Bye Byefreighttrain is out of Bye Bye Bygones, whose dam, Sweet Adios, is a half sister to Sweet First Down. Bye Bye Bygones is also the dam of stakes winner I V Gone ($113,938).

Sudden Separation’s third dam, Sharley Fast Feather, is a half sister to Sweet Adios and Sweet First Down’s dam, Sweet Bye And Bye.

First Sweet Midnite’s dam, Midnite Soiree, is by Special Leader and out of the Special Task mare Midnite Celebration. Midnite Soiree was bred by champion breeder Bobby Cox, and is herself from a line of good producers. Her dam, Midnite Celebration, is also the dam of stakes winner Cedar Creek (by Oak Tree Special, $57,598).

Midnite Celebration is out of Fitting Celebration, a late daughter of Ronas Ryon who herself won the Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Derby  (RG2) in 1993 and the dam of champion Brimmerton ($519,538), Grade 1 winner Gone Celebrating ($364,068) and stakes winner Mitford ($123,687). Fitting Celebration is the second dam of champion Wahoo ($166,425), Restricted Grade 1 winner No Fees ($166,320, who herself is the dam of Grade 1-placed Sinuous ($105,956), etc.) and Grade 3-winner Interesting Man ($140,810).

Midnite Soiree has a yearling full brother to First Sweet Midnite named Shades Of Midnite.

At Lone Star Park, Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Tres Friends hit another homerun in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1). The Tres Seis gelding is out of the First Down Dash mare Lotta Love For Robyn, and it marks a double for owner Terry Stennett, trainer Trey Wood and jockey Ricky Ramirez, who also won last year’s edition of the race with Torts On Fire.

Meanwhile, the incredibly consistent bridesmaid Bodacious Eagle finally got to the Grade 1 altar by winning the Texas Classic Derby. The horse qualified for five Grade 1s in his freshman and early sophomore years without winning any of them, before prepping for this win with a victory in the Dash For Cash Derby (G3).

The gelding is by the Mr Jess Perry stallion One Famous Eagle, and out of Bodacious Dream. Bodacious Dream is a cross between leading sire Corona Cartel and major producer Dashing Phoebe. The mare joins her half sisters as a Grade 1 producer and adds another jewel on that family’s catalog page; surely the owners of those precious daughters are hoarding them even closer.

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