Pedigree Analysis: JM Miracle

The All American win may have been a "miracle" but it wasn't a surprise.

Q-Racing Journal

JM Miracle, photo taken September 2. PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Chamberlain

JM Miracle has proven consistently that he is a top freshman, and on Monday he pulled off an exclamation point with a half-length victory in the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1).

The gelding, owned by J & M Racing & Farm at Monahans, Texas, has made six starts, all in the trials and finals of Ruidoso’s freshman triple crown races. He has won four of those races; his other two starts include a second-place run behind Kiss My Hocks in the $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and a trouble-filled eighth-place in the $900,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1). He has career earnings of $1,462,000.

JM Miracle started out life with the handle Volcom Express before Javier and Elsa Marquez purchased him. He was bred by 30-year breeder P.K. Thomas of Weatherford, Texas, who has had a hand in this All American winner’s pedigree for generations; he owns the sire, and he bred and owns the dam and second dam. JM Miracle is by Volcom and out of the Dean Miracle mare Lethal Delight.

Volcom is a 2003 son of First Down Dash out of the Runaway Winner mare Runaway Vike. Volcom started out life with the handle I Will Runaway First before Thomas purchased him from breeder John Andreini at the 2004 Schvaneveldt/Andreini Yearling Sale. The blood bay stallion now shares his name with a California company that designs and manufactures youth-oriented clothes and products. Volcom took four starts to become a stakes runner, finishing third in Finding Nemo’s Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG1). He would become a stakes winner in his next start, the Los Alamitos Prep Handicap, and would contest the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) before breaking through in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G1). He would go on to contest the Grade 1 Golden State and Southern California derbies and finish second to Wave Carver in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1). As an older horse, he would win the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1), and he closed his career with 17 wins or placings in 23 career starts, with earnings of $430,433.

Sent to the breeding barn, Volcom has seen 81 starters go to post, with 49 returning as winners and earnings of more than $2.7 million, an average of $33,334 per starter. From his very first crop, he got All American Futurity finalist and Grade 1-placed runner Lethal Volt ($266,302), who shares a close relation to JM Miracle. He also sired stakes winner Volcoms Special Pop ($30,799), who comes from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Jody Pops Zoomer ($284,218), Mexican stakes winner Volcoms Heart ($50,141) and JM Miracle’s full brother, Ruidoso Juvenile (R) winner Lethal Express ($28,694). Volcom stands at AVS Equine Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida.

JM Miracle’s bottom side has provided Thomas with an impressive armory ever since he purchased his third dam, Lethal Weapon, from breeder Vessels Stallion Farm LLC in 1990. Lethal Weapon at the time was carrying her first foal, a son of First Down Dash named, aptly, First Weapon ($76,731), and this family would prove very good for Thomas. Lethal Weapon was sired by Tolltac and out of the Duplicate Copy mare Oh Copy Me, a half sister to champion and All American Futurity winner Timeto Thinkrich. Lethal Weapon is a half sister to stakes-placed Pleasant Policy (by Reb’s Policy, $145,256). Lethal Weapon, foaled in 1986, was Oh Copy Me’s best “copy.”

Lethal Weapon’s first stakes winner was the 1995 cross to First Down Dash named Lethal Artillery ($144,260), a stakes-winning, Grade 1-placed runner. She produced stakes-placed runner Lethal Dose (by First Down Dash, $35,511) before dropping the First Down Dash filly Shez Lethal in 1997.

Shez Lethal won the 1999 American Airlines Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) and was third in the Kindergarten Futurity (G1) in her $175,972-earning career. She is the dam of One Lethal Blaze (by Chicks A Blazin, $100,670) and the second dam of stakes-placed runners Heza Volcom ($18,495) and Lethalzoom ($8,448).

Lethal Weapon is also dam to Grade 1-placed Lethal Bay (by Strawfly Special, $146,004). She is the second dam of stakes horses Rare Coup ($158,816), Lethal Cash ($52,865), Coup Of Corona ($19,592) and third dam of stakes winner Jessgottahaveit ($118,890) and stakes-placed runner Lethal Factor ($47,362).

JM Miracle’s dam, Lethal Delight, is an 8-year-old daughter of Dean Miracle out of the Chicks Beduino mare Miss Lethal. She was, indeed, lethal to her competition in her 21-race career. She won the Shue Fly Stakes (RG1) and was second in both the Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity and Southwest Juvenile Championship. She also placed in the New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG2), Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1), Juno’s Request Stakes (G3) and Zia Handicap (RG2). She also contested the Texas Classic Derby (G1) and accumulated earnings of $453,701.

From eight starters, she has produced six winners. In addition to JM Miracle and Lethal Express, she is also the dam of stakes-placed runners Lethal Cartel (by Corona Cartel, $22,056) and Volcoms Delight (by Volcom, $27,064).

She has four yearlings, three of whom are sired by Volcom: colt Lethal Volcom and fillies Volcom Pride and Volcom Flame, and a Mr Jess Perry colt named Lethal Jess. She has four weanlings, all fillies, two by PYC Paint Your Wagon named Lethal Flight and Lethal Fancy, and two by Volcom named Volcoms Heat and Lethal Heat.

Her dam, Miss Lethal, was also bred by Thomas out of Lethal Weapon. Miss Lethal’s racing career was not memorable, but her produce record certainly is. She is the dam of six winners from nine starters. Lethal Delight is her best, but she is also the dam of stakes winner Lethal Perry (by Mr Jess Perry, $15,180). She is also the dam to aforementioned Lethal Volt and the stakes-placed Lethal Corona (by Corona Cartel, $25,421).

This is a truly a "killer" pedigree.

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