Pedigree Analysis: Rock You

Rocking up on The Mountain.

Q-Racing Journal

Rock You wins the Ruidoso Derby. PHOTO: Gay Harris

This year is proving a good one for young sires. Of the seven Grade 1 events in the first six months of the year, 42 percent of the winners have been sired by second-year sires. If you include the one Restricted Grade 1 event so far this year, 62 percent of the winners have been sired by fourth-crop or younger stallions.

Of course, two of those seven Grade 1 winners were sired by second year sire Tempting Dash, and in the span of a week’s time, no less – he added Kiss My Hocks’ $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) win to the one posted by Lovethewayyoulie in the $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) last week. An impressive feat, no doubt. The other second-year sire is Foose, who saw his Rock You take the richest Ruidoso Derby (G1) run.

Giving credit where it is due, I will note that First Down Dash is in the first or second generation of four of those eight Grade 1 horses ... and a touch farther back in three more of them. (That’s an 87 percent strike rate for the all-time leading sire who passed away four years ago.)

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the pedigree that got the job done this weekend when Rock You rumbled to a game win in the $943,279 Ruidoso Derby (G1). The bay gelding has apparently forgotten how to lose, as he rides a five-race win streak stretching back to last November, has never been worse than third in 10 career starts and has earned $570,579.

Rock You was an $80,000 purchase by owner Reliance Ranches LLC at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Bred by Dr. Steve Burns D.V.M., Rock You is sired by Foose, and is out of the Strawfly Special mare Babe On The Fly.

Foose was bred by leading trainer Paul Jones, and was named in honor of a man who knows how to create a fast car. Chip Foose also knows how to go fast on a track – and so did his equine namesake. Making all 14 of his career starts at Los Alamitos, Foose powered to victories in seven of them. His record includes victories in the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and Jens L. List Jr. Memorial California Breeders Stakes (RG3), as well as seconds in the Golden State Million Futurity (G1), Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), Golden State Derby (G1) and Champion of Champions (G1).

He retired with earnings of $1,616,938 and was 2008’s champion 2-year-old colt. Foose is by Stel Corona and out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Summertime Quickie. Now owned by a syndicate and standing at Burns Ranch at Menifee, California, Foose has two crops to race.

As far as creating those fast cars, Foose from two crops has sired 57 winners from 110 starters (52 percent win rate), and five stakes winners. His progeny have earned more than $2.3 million and include Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) winner Foose Cash SR ($819,670). His average earnings per starter is about $20,900.

Babe On The Fly is a 13-year-old daughter of Strawfly Special out of the Streakin Six mare Six On The Beach. The fast mare won or placed in 12 of 19 career starts, with earnings of $246,111. She was second in the Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders and Golden State futurities.

She has produced 17 starters, 10 of which have returned winners and two of those as stakes winners. Her other stakes winner is Carne Vino (by First Down Dash, $88,805), who won last year’s California Breeders’ Sprint Stakes (R). She is also the dam of stakes-placed Annas Babe (by A Regal Choice, $40,430) and Grade 1 finalist Fly First Down (by First Down Dash, $67,786).

Her 2-year-old full sibling to Rock You, Glock, has posted promising workouts, but in his only race to date had a rough trip and ran poorly.

This is a fruitful damline. Six On The Beach is a 1988 daughter of Streakin Six out of the Dash For Cash mare Cash Balance, was a stakes winner in her career and is a sister to Fabulous Figure ($270,112) and Six Figures ($114,604).

Six On The Beach is the dam of quite a few runners. In addition to Babe On The Fly, she is the dam of the good geldings Six Little Injuns (by Invisible Injun, $121,500) and Precisionist RM (by Separatist, $114,137), as well as six-figure earner Babe On The Beach (by Invisible Injun, $193,302) and Grade 1-placed Injun On The Run (by Invisible Injun, $28,508). She is also the dam of producer Heidi Hadif (by Hadif (TB)).

Babe On The Beach would go on to produce All American Derby (G1) winner Dont Let Down (by Stoli, $698,301) and Grade 2-placed Own The Waterfront (by Separatist, $39,689). Her daughter, Taka Puna, is the dam of Grade 2 winner Mr Taka B (by Feature Mr Jess, $163,865).

Injun On The Run is the dam of is the dam of stakes winner James On The Run (by Ivory James, $105,683) and stakes-placed runner Fast Beach Man (by Heza Fast Man, $68,186).

Heidi Hadif is the dam of 2006 John Deere Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) winner Eye Caughtcha Peekin (by Mr Eye Opener, $201,942).

Six On The Beach’s sister Special Balance is the dam of Shes Jess Special ($104,955), who produced Jess Courageous ($122,368), White Or Wrong ($113,628), Bye Bye Jess ($95,984) and Shes Jess Dynamite ($94,983).

Third dam Balumba (TB) is a daughter of Poised out of the Depth Charge mare Baloma. She was a full sister to the Thoroughbred Grand Wizard, who in the 1960s racked up earnings of $222,312 in his career, and she is a fountainhead producer for Quarter Horse racing.

While her produce record is a full Pedigree Analysis in and of itself, her highlight contributions include being the dam of Miss Balumba Win (by Clabber’s Win), from whose family came six-figure earners Sixish ($530,505), Sixarunner ($153,777) and Tisa Golden Dream ($136,914). Balumba also is the third dam of Femme, who produced champions Femmes Frolic ($448,673) and Deceptively ($297,001). Other six figure earners from Balumba (TB)’s immediate family are Follow The Fox ($109,557) and Takin On The Gold ($102,283).

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