Pedigree Analysis: Madogo

A young runner continues his family legacy of speed.

Q-Racing Journal

Madogo, pictured as a young foal. PHOTO: Courtesy of YO Ranch

Once young stallions retire from racing, they can face a tough hurdle transitioning to their new careers as sires of the next generation of runners. Posting good numbers and siring stakes winners in a freshman year is often a good indicator for future success. But how about siring a stakes winner with your very first starter?

Enter Brindis Por Cayenne, who with his first and only starter also has his first stakes winner. That one foal is Jeffery Wilson and Ray Norgaard Jr.’s Madogo, who on Sunday won the $19,515 Bucking Horse Sale Futurity at Miles City, Montana, by a half length in his second career start.

The Bucking Horse Sale races are a unique event held in a town of 8,000 on the southeast side of the state. With 65 years under its cinch, the Bucking Horse Sale offers a combination of rodeo events woven among the pari-mutuel races. As indicated by its name, the rodeo debuts young bucking stock – many of whom have gone on to hall of fame careers.

Madogo won the biggest race of the weekend for his owners and breeders, who are based out of Arlee, Montana. The colt is by Brindis Por Cayenne and out of the Check Him Out mare Heavenly Stripper.

Brindis Por Cayenne is an 11-year-old son of Toast To Dash out of the Easily Smashed mare Cayenne Smash. And if you love hard-knocking runners, you have to appreciate this horse, who combined speed with durability. The sorrel stallion made 44 career starts over the course of a six-year career. He won or placed in 21 of those and earned $453,174.

As a freshman, he was third, a half length back, in Teller Cartel’s rain-soaked All American Futurity (G1). He was then fourth in PYC Paint Your Wagon’s Texas Classic Futurity (G1). He would go on to light the board in Arealstraitheart’s All American Derby (G1) and was second again to PYC Paint Your Wagon in the Texas Classic Derby (G1). He notched his first stakes win in the Sunland Park Winter Derby (G2) and then won the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (G3) over, among others, Run Hawk Run (whose family I detailed last week).

One of 40 stakes winners sired by Toast To Dash, Brindis Por Cayenne is a full brother to stakes-placed runner Cayenne Chispa ($51,059) and a half brother to stakes-placed runner Corazon De Lider (by Special Leader, $16,192). Brindis Por Cayenne, who is owned by K.C. Carden, stands at YO Ranch at Sheridan, Wyoming, and has 13 registered foals.

Madogo’s dam Heavenly Stripper had a short two-race career, but showed promise as she qualified to the 2009 $31,000 Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity in her first start. She scratched from the final, and retired from racing after her second start, but she comes from a family of pure speedballs.

Madogo is the mare’s first foal. She also has a yearling by One Famous Eagle named One Heavenly Eagle.

Ray Jr. and Wendy Norgaard bred Heavenly Stripper, who is by multiple Grade 1-winner Check Him Out and out of the Norgaard-co bred Mr Eye Opener mare Eyes Of Dawn.

Eyes Of Dawn’s name may be familiar to racing folks, as in 2005 she set a :14.909 world record for 300 yards while winning a Yellowstone Downs Derby trial at Yellowstone Downs (the final was cancelled due to weather). In total, she won or placed in eight of 13 career starts and earned $20,870.

Heavenly Stripper is that mare’s first foal. Her second, Eyes Of The Panther (by Panther Mountain) set some time records himself – in 2011, he recorded a :16.675 mark for 330 yards at Sandy Downs and won or placed in seven of nine career starts.

Eyes Of Dawn is out of the Ronas Ryon mare Ronas Dawn. As we maybe should expect at this point, the mare herself set a new track record, a :15.690 at 300 yards at Remington Park in 1994. From this immediate family comes multiple stakes winner Miss Edie Okey ($44,486) and (here it is again!) track record setter Smart Dawn (Wyoming Downs, 250 yards, :13.000). Also of note from this family are other stakes finalists including Savannah Ease ($19,208) and Agouti Kid ($39,693).

Glancing at the third dam, Casady Dawn, we see the speed indicated here as well. The mare had a top 106 speed index and was stakes placed in a 20-race career. Sired by Casady Casanova, she is out of the Some Kinda Man mare California Concept, who is a half sister to stakes winner Real Easy Jet Two (83-28-15-13 $159,590). 

Casady Dawn is the dam of Cabaret Issue (by Bully Bullion, $96,461), who won the 1999 Black Gold 350 Futurity (RG3) and Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Futurity (R), as well as placing in three other stakes; and multiple stakes finalist Casady Cabaret (by Bully Bullion, $29,985).

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