Pedigree Analysis: Keepn It Kool

Keepn it real in Louisiana.

Q-Racing Journal

Keepn It Kool cruises home at Evangeline Downs.

David Lee Vance’s 5-year-old Keepn It Kool drew out to a daylight win in the $35,000 Races and Aces Stakes at Evangeline Downs to earn his first career stakes win in a fruitful 31-race career.

The hard-knocking gelding has won eight of those starts, with 12 additional placings, and has earned $168,518. While this is his first stakes win, he has been knocking on the door consistently – he has six stakes placings, including three seconds this year alone.

Keepn It Kool is a product of the breeding program of Pineville, Louisiana, resident Natalie Montgomery D.V.M. He is sired by First To Shine out of the Thoroughbred mare Kool K.J., a daughter of Bag. Montgomery has bred in her own name the winners of 54 of 365 starts, with earnings of more than $1.8 million. Among them are Open Me A Corona ($521,542), Devins Secret ($267,218), Dash For Coronas ($267,912) and Bigtime Cat ($151,054). She has also been an inspiration for others in the business, including Paula Price (breeder of Ms Jingles ($453,728)), who the Q-Racing Journal profiled in 2013.

First To Shine was a son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash, out of the Six Fortunes mare Marcy Darling, making him a full brother to champion and sire of sires First To Flash. Foaled in 1996, First To Shine lit the board in three Grade 1 races and earned $141,622 in his racing career. As a sire, he got 12 crops to race with cumulative earnings of more than $11.2 million. Among his runners are Magic Shiney ($300,123), Shining Tee Pie ($229,937), and distance veteran Dr Drip ($253,743).

Kool K.J. (TB) is a 14-year-old daughter of Bag out of the Fatih mare Fatihs Rising Star. She herself was a stakes winner as a freshman on Thoroughbred tracks, with a victory in the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes, and placings in two other stakes. She retired with earnings of $215,111. Keepn It Kool is the first stakes winner for Kool K.J., but the mare comes from a deep well of black type in the Thoroughbred world.

Her sire is also broodmare sire to the likes of sprint stakes winners Native Shine ($195,391) and Atouche ($44,134). Native Shine, in fact, shares the same cross as Keepn It Kool, as he is by First To Shine and out of a Bag mare.

Kool K.J.’s dam, Fatihs Rising Star, is a stakes-placed daughter of stakes winner Modus Vivendi. A daughter of Rising Market, who was a son of To Market (whom most pedigree folks will remember is the damsire of Dash For Cash), Modus Vivendi twice won Grade 2 races and set a 6 1/2-furlong track record in the Costa Mesa Handicap.

Fatihs Rising Star’s half sister, Modus Vivendis (by Barrymore, $20,814), is the dam of stakes-placed runner Slow Modus (by Skirt Chasin Alibi, $28,062), and her Thoroughbred sister Star Gazing is the dam of stakes-placed Play Pal (TB). Another Thoroughbred sister, Fervescere, is dam of J Vivendi (TB), who racked up $301,009 in her racing career.

Kool K.J.’s third dam is Cool Snooze, herself a stakes-placed runner and a sister to Thoroughbred stakes winners Flow Line, Empress Of India and Recording. In addition to Modus Vivendi, she is dam of Grade 2 winner Winter Soltice (TB) and stakes winner Dream Of Spring (TB). 

From this family also comes the likes of Grade 3 winner Religiosity (TB), Canadian champion Knights Templar (TB, $227,713), Grade 1-placed For All Seasons (TB, $341,360) and Eaton’s Gift (TB, $476,455).

So Keepn It Kool is keepn it real in his home state, and on this Thanksgiving weekend, his connections have something special to be thankful for.

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