Gemini Dream is entered to run for a $4,500 claiming tag in the fourth race on Saturday’s Charles Town Oaks card, and she will be the focus of today’s Broodmare Watch.
Gemini Dream – Girolamo x Oscega (Unreal Zeal)
This daughter of Girolamo is a half-sister to Carnival Chrome (by Carnivalay), a multiple stakes winner in WV-bred races, including three wins in the Sadie Hawkins Handicap and a victory in the 2007 WV Cavada Breeders’ Classic Stakes. Carnival Chrome has also produced the multiple WV-bred stakes winner Chrome Mine (by Mineshaft). I believe it’s worth noting that Mineshaft and Girolamo are bred very similarly, both being sons of A.P. Indy out of daughters of Mr. Prospector, and with both of their 2nd dams being by Northern Dancer. Additionally, their 5th dams – So Chic and Glamour – are full sisters by Nasrullah and out of 1961 Broodmare of the Year Striking (herself a granddaughter of La Troienne).
Another sibling, Regal Company (by Langfuhr), earned $185,784 in a 41-start career that included eleven wins from ages 3-8 and two runner-up finishes in the WV Dash For Cash Breeders’ Classic Stakes (at ages 4 and 6).
Gemini Dream shows a very interesting pattern of inbreeding – Mr. Prospector 3×3, with an additional cross of Raise a Native in the fourth generation making her inbred 4x4x4 to that stallion, and the great Buckpasser 5x5x5.
I can’t discuss a daughter of Girolamo without discussing the additional sources of La Troienne that surface in this filly. La Troienne appears five times in Girolamo’s pedigree, and he’s inbred 4×4 to Buckpasser and 5×5 to Glamour, both members of family 1-x themselves. Oscega brings to the table another instance of Buckpasser, as well as Dr. Fager (whose damsire, Better Self, was by La Troienne’s Hall of Fame son Bimelech) and Cohoes (a grandson of La Troienne).
This filly has only won 3 of her 29 starts to date, but she shows a great deal of consistency, having hit the board without a win on 13 occasions, and rounding out the superfecta an additional 5 times. Of course, this is against the lowest level of competition at Charles Town, but I believe she’s shown enough ability that, combined with her pedigree, she has potential as a producer.
Golden Years – Not For Love x Sweet Annuity (Oh Say) | $1,500 LF
I’ve already talked about this stallion’s female family in great detail, and I always love stallions that come from good families. Golden Years himself was a very talented runner, winning three of his five lifetime starts, including the Maryland Million Nursery and Marylander Stakes at age two. The first of his two defeats was a 4th in the James F. Lewis III Stakes to G3 winner Cinco Charlie, eventual MGSP Majestic Affair, and Senor Grits, who would go on to win an AOC and finish third in the G2 Swale in his two subsequent starts. The second was his final start, a third-place effort in the Miracle Wood Stakes, defeating Bodhisattva, who would win the Federico Tesio Stakes in his next outing before being trounced by American Pharoah in the Preakness.
The most alluring part of Golden Years, though, is his sire, Not for Love, who is a full brother to the dam of Girolamo. I love this inbreeding pattern, and it’s one that has long been considered prolific – the crossing of two full siblings of opposite sex.
Golden Years entered stud in 2017 and stood the 2018 season for $1,500 at O’Sullivan Farms in West Virginia. I think that he matches well with Gemini Dream, and could see a pairing like this producing a useful WV-bred runner.
Redeemed – Include x Early Mass (Pleasant Tap) | $3,000 LFSN
Redeemed only finished off the board once in his 13-race career that was highlighted by wins in the 2012 Brooklyn Handicap (G2) as the highweight, as well as two G3 victories in the Discovery Handicap and Greenwood Cup Stakes. Horses he defeated include the likes of multiple G1 winner To Honor And Serve, MG1W and Preakness winner Shackleford, MG1W Flat Out, Belmont Stakes winner Ruler on Ice, G1W Justin Phillip, MGSW Alternation, MGSW Prayer For Relief, and MGSW Eldaafer, among others. He was a very versatile racehorse, as well, finishing 2nd to eventual Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse in the 6 1/2 furlong Amsterdam Stakes in his stakes debut (defeating Wine Police[MGSP], To Honor And Serve[MG1W], Justin Phillip[G1W], Arch Traveler [GSP] and Travelin Man [GSW)), and going on to win the 1 1/2 mile Brooklyn Handicap as a four-year-old the following year.
Redeemed’s pedigree is an appealing match for Gemini Dream primarily by virtue of his dam’s family. Both the sire and damsire of Early Mass are by stallions from family 1-x. Additionally. though, she is inbred 3×4 to the full brothers His Majesty and Graustark. Redeemed’s sire Include is inbred to the excellent producer Hidden Talent 4×5. While the only inbreeding in the first five generations of his pedigree is Turn-To’s appearance 5x5x5 on his sire’s side. However, the great Ribot appears 6x6x5x6, and the blue hen mare Pocahontas appears 6×6, as the dam of both Tom Rolfe (by Ribot) and Chieftain (by Bold Ruler).
A foal from this pairing only shows inbreeding to Mr. Prospector 4Dx4D, Northern Dancer 5Sx5D, and Raise a Native 5Dx5Dx5D. Further back, however, quite a few more emerge – Rough N Tumble, the sire of Dr. Fager, is 6Sx6Dx7D. Hail to Reason is 5Sx7D; Tom Fool 6Sx7Dx7Dx7D; Nasrullah 7Sx7Dx7Dx7D; Bold Ruler is 7Sx7Dx6D. I really think like the linebreeding in this pedigree, with a number of excellent mares appearing multiple times on both sides of the pedigree.