Pedigree Analysis: Nanny McFeebe

A perfect filly with an interesting pedigree.

Q-Racing Journal

Nanny McFeebe wins her third straight in the Kansas Jackpot Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The freshman filly Nanny McFeebe has been game in her three-race career, with three solid victories. The latest comes in the $40,600 Kansas Jackpot Futurity (R) at Will Rogers Downs.

The horse is owned by Mary Passmore Kirby and trained by Jackie Kirby. At the reins was Debbie Freeman … who should know the horse quite well, considering she bred and raised Nanny McFeebe.

Nanny McFeebe is sired by Furyofthewind and out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Sexy N Saucy. Bred by Debbie and then raced by Debbie’s brother, Terry, before being sold to Kirby in July, Nanny McFeebe was named by Terry’s young sons. The name was inspired by the movie character Nanny McPhee, and the “be” was added as a nod to the filly’s granddam, Dashing Phoebe.

“It’s just the greatest feeling,” Debbie said of riding the filly. “You’re there every step of their life. From when they come into the world, then progressing through their training. Their trust for you and your trust in them is just really a strong bond. Both of your hearts are into it 100 percent.”

And it really came into play in the Kansas Jackpot Futurity, as they were in the gates for a long time.

“It seemed like 10 minutes, but it was probably three minutes,” Debbie said. “The other horses were getting nervous, but I knew her and she knew me, and we were patient. We got a tremendous start.”

Furyofthewind continues to produce a steady stream of winners as he moves through his fifth year at stud. The son of leading living sire Corona Cartel out of the good mare Dashing Phoebe, he himself was a Grade 3 winner and Grade 1 competitor. The 11-year-old stallion, bred and owned by Kirk Goodfellow, gets his name from the lyrics of the Joe Nichols song “The Impossible” (“Unbendable steel bends/ If the fury of the wind is unstoppable./ I've learned to never underestimate the impossible ...”) and indeed his family has been hard to stop.

Dashing Phoebe herself was a champion in 1985-86, earning $609,553 in her racing career. She produced 18 starters, with 15 returning as winners. Among them is champion Heartswideopen ($1,885,283) and champion Special Phoebe ($139,963). Her daughters are also producers: Their foals include, among others, champion American Runaway ($686,355), Hes Relentless ($442,282), Bodacious Eagle ($281,000), Corona Ease ($209,820), Famous Phoebe ($189,272), Major Bunker Buster ($128,115), Tempting Destiny ($121,040), A Special Sno Flo ($117,171) and Azshecanfly ($105,772).

Furyofthewind, who stands at Bob Moore Farms at Norman, Oklahoma, has from five crops sired the earners of more than $4.2 million. He has gotten 106 winners from 192 starters (55 percent) and 11 stakes winners. His get include champion Brace For Bernal ($322,326) and Grade 1 winner Turbulent Times ($564,146).

Nanny McFeebe’s bottom side is also quite familiar with producing big winners. Her dam, Sexy N Saucy, is by Streakin La Jolla and out of the Willie Wanta Dash mare Hawaii Calls.

Debbie first met Sexy N Saucy in 2006, when she traveled to California to ride Luv This Bar in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) for Mr. and Mrs. Judd Morse of San Jacinto, California. Luv This Bar ran sixth behind the impressive superfecta of Blues Girl Too, FDD Dynasty, No Secrets Here and Jess You And I, but while in the Golden State, Debbie visited the Morses’ ranch and saw two weanling fillies out in the field. One of them was a chromed-out sorrel with a big blaze, four white socks and rabicano ticking that really caught her eye.

“I just loved Streakin La Jolla, and they had two of them in the pasture,” Debbie remembers. “And I liked that one with all the chrome.”

Sexy N Saucy ended up in Oklahoma, and Debbie rode her through a seven-race, $14,350-earning career and acquired her at the end of it. She chose to cross her on sons of Corona Cartel.

The first result was the Pappasito gelding Champion Huddle, who races for Terry and has earned $94,859 in 10 starts. This includes placings in the $146,000 Oklahoma Horseman’s Association Mystery Futurity (RG2), $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R) and $77,000 Mighty Deck Three Stakes (R).

Nanny McFeebee is her second. “The first two foals out of her have never missed the board,” said a proud Debbie. “They’re just so smart. That Judd Morse breeding, you just can’t beat ’em. The knowledge he has to put things together is just phenomenal.”  

Sexy N Saucy has a yearling colt by Pappasito named Champion Townjustice and a weanling by Capo De Capi.

“(Sexy N Saucy)’s kind of the boss mare in the pasture, but not mean,” said Debbie. “She’s a very loving mother, a very dedicated mother. And she has the smartest babies – when they’re born, it seems like they’ve already been messed with. Very level headed.”

Sexy N Saucy’s dam, Hawaii Calls, is an unraced mare, and in addition to Sexy N Saucy has also produced Grade 3 finalist Winning Colours (by Shazoom, $23,153).

Hawaii Calls' dam is the Strawfly Special mare Windis Shyann. The mare broke her maiden in her abbreviated four-race career, but then delivered a 1-2 punch straight out of the broodmare gates.

Her first foal was the Apollo (TB) gelding Shy Anns Trust, a Grade 3 winner and well-represented stakes runner who earned $109,071 in his solid 54-race career. Her second foal was Shyann Cash, by Takin On The Cash, who won the California Breeders’ Freshman Stakes (R), was third in the Kindergarten Futurity (G1) and seventh in the Golden State Futurity (G1) in her $103,972-earning career. She would go on to produce stakes winner Shy Ann Jess (by Mr Jess Perry, $128,268).

Windis Shyann’s daughter Shyann La Jolla (by Streakin La Jolla), a similar bloodline cross to Sexy N Saucy whom Debbie also rode in her racing career, produced last year’s champion aged mare Check N Fetch (by Check Him Out, $294,556), a multiple Grade 1 winner.
Tracing farther up the family tree to Nanny McFeebe’s fourth dam, Normax, we find a Beduino (TB)-sired half sister to Superior Race Horse Timefor Windis Jet. Normax is the dam of Grade 1 winner First N Four (by First Down Dash, $38,977), who is the dam of stakes-placed runner Leaders Rlike Eagles (by Special Leader, $41,519). Also from this immediate family are Grade 1 winner Dash On A Mission ($120,655) and stakes winners Flying Colours ($66,437), Dancing Iam ($51,404) and Mir ($31,728).

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