Pedigree Analysis: An Absolut Diamond

Mining a winnerin the Land of Enchantment.

Q-Racing Journal

An Absolut Diamond wins at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

This weekend’s biggest race was the $2,005,771 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday night. Heza Dasha Fire’s bid for the record books fell short, as he finished fourth behind He Looks Hot.

Owned and bred by Dr. Ed Allred, He Looks Hot is by Walk Thru Fire and out of the Check Him Out mare Look Her Over. Now an earner of $890,970, if He Looks Hot’s pedigree looks familiar, it’s because I already wrote about it in July, when his full brother Once Over won the Spencer Childers Breeders Championship (RG1).

So this week we’re going to dive into the pedigree of the New Mexican gelding An Absolut Diamond, who on Saturday enjoyed his first stakes victory in the $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R).  (Another note of interest: past Pedigree Analysis subject Foxy Moonflash also won again this weekend.)

The 4-year-old gelding races for a partnership that includes his breeders, Sandy Farris and Lisa McMinn, along with Marc Jungers. Now the winner of six of 16 career starts, the horse has earned $163,685. An Absolut Diamond is by Ketel Won and out of the Strawfly Special mare The Millenium Star, and his pedigree sparkles.

Ketel Won is an 11-year-old son of Stoli out of the Streakin Six mare Sixy Lady, bred and raced by R.D. Hubbard through a career that included three Grade 1, earnings of $651,740 and three championships as the 2007 champion aged stallion and champion aged horse and 2008 champion aged stallion.

Siring three crops to race, Ketel Won sired the earners of more than $1 million, including Kia Won (whose half brother, RCJ Major Storm, we looked at last week). The stallion is now standing in Brazil.

The Millennium Star was, appropriately enough, dropped in the spring of the new millennium. She was sired by legendary sire Strawfly Special and the last foal out of champion Denim N Diamonds. Her race career was abbreviated before she began producing. She has four starters, although only one is racing this year. She has a yearling by Jesse James Jr named Jess A Lil Diamond.

In addition to producing a six-figure earning stakes winner on the track, The Millennium Star is also a leading dam in the rodeo arena. Her third foal, Dash Ta Diamonds (by Dash Ta Fame) was unraced, but is a major barrel horse. While many rodeo earnings records are tied to riders, making a horse’s record incomplete, Dash Ta Diamonds (nicknamed “Arson”) has officially earned more than $115,000, as recorded by Robin Glenn Pedigrees, and unofficially has earned far more. With his help, The Millennium Star was the No. 17 Equi-Stat barrel producer in 2010.

Speaking of diamonds, her dam Denim N Diamonds is one of those oh-so-hard-to-find mares who could not only race herself, but produced runners who also produce runners. The brown daughter of Timeto Thinkrich won 10 stakes and racked up $731,118 in her career, and was three times a champion.

Her biggest runner was Grade 1 winner Star Of Sierra Leone (by The Signature, $186,365), who, after she retired, produced the good runner The Zia Star (by Rime, $186,365), stakes winner Vox (by Stoli, $68,797) and became the second dam of Grade 1-placed PB And Crackers ($215,163). Star Of Sierra Leone is the dam of Stardust Dash, who herself has produced champion Prankster CF (by Favorite Trick (TB), $230,013), Grade 1 winner Tricky Dust (by Favorite Trick (TB), $428,581), stakes winner Storm Chasor (by Attilla’s Storm (TB), $143,189) and is the second dam of Grade 2-placed runner Tres Seis Nueve ($170,755).

Denim N Diamond has several other major producers, lead by the Runaway Winner mare The Jubilee Diamond. The 1995 mare to the cross of Holland Ease produced stakes winners Winners Version ($399,057), Latest Version ($188,381) and Texas Version ($129,013), and is also dam to J Bar (by Jess Zoomin, $191,779). The Jubilee Diamond is the dam of First Place Diamond, who produced stakes winner Diamond For Jess (by Feature Mr Jess, $270,321) and stakes-placed runner John The Banker (by Ivory James, $112,587).

Denim N Diamond’s 1985 foal The Kimberly Diamond (by Super Sound Charge) is the dam of Grade 1 winners Kims First Dash (by First Down Dash, $89,457) and First To Score (by First Down Dash, $45,211), second dam to Canadian champion The Diamond Side ($197,635) and is the third dam of stakes winner DPI Good Boy ($288,290).

But there are more riches that have been mined from the pages of this pedigree. Denim N Diamond’s dam, Bachelor’s Dream, was herself a stakes winner, as was her dam, Leo’s Mambo, who was a daughter of the Thoroughbred mare Otro Mambo.

From this family comes runners such as Superior Race Horses A Glint Of Gold ($323,725), Classy Native ($257,414), Leinsters Image ($105,883), Time For Magic ($73,772), Angel’s Wing ($44,710) and Go Vicki Meyers ($32,862); stakes winners Duke Of Houston ($201,481), Mr Roberto ($113,487) and Sultan De Houston ($101,093); and runners VGC Moon Walk ($119,701) and Victor Andres ($111,601).

This mine of runners has certainly been producing for decades, and it looks like it’s still got plenty more riches to come.

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