Pedigree Analysis: Woodys Allstar

Raise a toast to a “shue” in pedigree.

Q-Racing Journal

Woodys Allstar. PHOTO: Coady Photography

A lightly-tested filly took a good victory in the long-established Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park on the first Saturday of the New Year. Owned by Lee R. Lewis, Ted Rushing and Joe Dee Brooks, Woodys Allstar earned her third win in four starts with a neck victory in the $290,656 Shue Fly, which was first run in 1972. Her only career loss came as a third-place finish in Moonifisant’s $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2). The freshly turned 3-year-old has now earned $172,266 in her career.

By Woodbridge and out of the Tres Seis mare Starsmith, Woodys Allstar was bred by Mac and Janis Spencer Murray’s MJ Farms of Veguita, New Mexico, and was a savvy $8,000 bargain at the 2012 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso.

Woodbridge is a 15-year-old son of Dash Ta Fame out of the Lanes Leinster mare Champagne Lane. He comes from a family with a history of educating fans on fine alcoholic spirits via their clever names, and fine horses via some electrifying performers on the racetrack.

Champagne Lane is the dam of 31 foals. Among them is Kendall Jackson, a two-time Grade 1 winning earner of $420,539 and a two-time world-record-setting named for the Kendall-Jackson Winery (which is owned by the family of Jess Jackson, who raced such luminary Thoroughbred horses of the year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra.) Champagne Lane is also the dam of champion Alice K White (by First Down Dash), an earner of $278,342, and stakes winner Wilmon.

Woodbridge is an unraced full brother to Kendall Jackson, and from eight crops to race he has sired 41 winners from 64 starters (64 percent) with earnings of more than $1.5 million, for an average earnings per starter of $24,838. Among his six-figure earners are Know The Way ($114,790), Woody Dungarees ($164,950), Whata Wild Woody ($121,982), WDC Wendys Wine ($128,768) and Threedeewoodee ($147,089).

In 2013, Woodbridge finished ninth among all stallions on the average earnings index list, with an AEI of 3.36. The AEI is an indication of the earnings of a sire’s runners compared to the average earnings in the same year. The average earnings of all runners, calculated from all race starters, in a given year is designated as 1.00.

Woodys Allstar is from the first group of foals produced from the 9-year-old mare Starsmith, a daughter of Tres Seis out of the R. Smith (TB) mare Miss Star Smith. Starsmith raced 28 times in a three-year career, with all but two of her races in Mexico. She won the 2009 Merial Mexico Distaff Challenge and contested the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1). She won or placed in 13 of her starts and earned $20,694.

She had three foals in 2011, including Woodys Allstar. She is also the dam of Swiss Star (by Swissle Stick (TB), $8,045) and the unstarted Jesses Allstar (by Jesse James Jr). She has two freshly turned 2-year-olds: Six Fights (by Fighter On Fire) and Smith Version (by Winners Version). She has three yearlings, including a full brother to Woodys Allstar named Super Star Smith.

Starsmith’s dam made only five starts, but was third in the $258,329 Blue Ribbon Futurity (G2) behind eventual world champion Gold Coast Express. She also qualified for the $512,400 Kansas Futurity (G1) – which was won by the champion mare and dam of distinction Dashing Phoebe – but did not run back in the final, and would retire with earnings of $55,116. Miss Star Smith, who is out of the Oh Let Me Go mare Star Baby Go, is a half-sister to stakes winner Smashem Star Boy  and stakes-placed runner Mr Zevi Go.

Miss Star Smith is also the dam of graded stakes winners This Snow Is Fast (by This Snow Is Royal, $73,757) and Casa Corona (by Corona Cartel, $28,279), as well as stakes-placed runner Mr Zevi Smith (by Zevi (TB), $35,936).

Starsmith’s half sister Miss Zevi Smith is the dam of stakes winners (both by Jodys Glory), San Marcos Glory ($41,149) and Mixtlan Glorys ($38,842); her half sister by Special Effort, One Special Smith, is the dam of graded stakes-placed runner Crash Form (by Rare Form, $36,073).

 So here’s a toast to a fast filly from a fast family, and a New Year with many more great performances from the fastest horses on earth to look forward to.