Pedigree Analysis: Splendiferous Diva

A distaffer continues her family's winning tradition.

Q-Racing Journal

Splendiferous Diva (5) wins the Denim N Diamonds Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Saturday's Denim N Diamonds Handicap – named for the great champion mare of 30 years ago – hosted a field of today's nice distaffers going 350 yards.

Recent Grade 2 winner Native Tea Rose – owned by Hawaiian Abigail Kawanananakoa – was favored, but at the wire, it was Hawaiian Veronica Gail Worth's Splendiferous Diva to take the race by a nose.

It is the 4-year-old mare's first stakes win in 12 career starts. She has now won four of those starts, with five additional on-the-board finishes, with career earnings of $42,225.

Splendiferous Diva was bred by Sharon Brandsness and is by Separatist and out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Royal Dip.

The 17-year-old Chicks Beduino stallion Separatist propagates the powerful Beduino (TB) bloodline. The gray stallion, bred by all-time leading sire Dr. Ed Allred out of the great mare Seperate Ways, was a racing champion.

As a sire, Separatist has gotten the earners of more than $18.9 million from 10 crops to race. Sixty-seven percent of his starters have returned winners, and 5.7 percent are stakes winners. Among them are world champion DM Shicago and champion Inseperable. Separatist stands at Burns Ranch at Menifee, California.

Last year, he was the No. 5 stallion by earnings for horses racing at 350 yards.

Beduino (TB) was a 1968 stallion who carried the blood of the great Thoroughbred sires Nasrullah, Blue Larkspur, Blenheim II, Depth Charge and Teddy. He was revealed to the American Quarter Horse world 40 years ago today, when he defeated the four-time champion Come Six in a 440-yard match race at Hipodromo de las Americas.

He would quickly be plucked up and sent to stud at Vessels Stallion Farm, where he would reshape the breed and his prowess would land him in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. One of his most famed sons, and a fellow Hall of Fame member, was Chicks Beduino, the sire of Separatist.

Splendiferous Diva’s dam, Royal Dip, holds ground on her own merits. The 16-year-old mare by Royal Quick Dash is out of the Calyx mare Cajulle.

Royal Dip made 20 starts, with 14 on-the-board finishes. Among them was a victory in the 2001 Golden State Derby (G1) over a field that included Separatist’s half-brother, Make It Anywhere. Royal Dip would win two other stakes and place in three more, and retired with earnings of $144,784.

Royal Dip didn’t waste any time as a broodmare, either. Her very first foal was the Separatist gelding Soul Of Silence. Among his victories was the 2007 Spencer Childers California Breeders’ Championship (RG1), and he would retire with earnings of $171,289.

She also produced the stakes-placed runner Im A Special Dip (by Separatist, $28,609).

Separatist has been her best cross, and Separatist on First Down Dash or sons of First Down Dash has been a very fruitful one. Last year, Separatist crossed on Royal Quick Dash mares to get four winners from five starters. Separatist crossed on First Down Dash mares saw 10 winners from 28 starters, including Grade 3 winner Separatist Firstdown ($280,352).

Royal Dip, now owned by John Andreini, has two 2-year-olds, both by Separatist, including a filly named O Ya and a colt named Move It Royally. She has a Separatist yearling named Yergonna Hearme Roar.

Royal Dip’s dam, Cajulle, did her best work in producing Royal Dip from four starters. However, her dam, Time To Shu, was a notable runner. The mare made 51 starts and earned $114,333, including wins in three stakes races.

Also coming from this family is stakes winner Fly Swankie Fly ($11,752) and the stakes-placed runner Streakin Shoes ($24,488).

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