The Legacy of Miesque

Amanee Gr1 Thekweni winner

Judpot’s niece, AMANEE (Pivotal – Moon Is Up by Woodman), won the THEKWINI STAKES G1 for 2yo fillies over 1600m at Greyville on the final day of the 2010/11 racing season. AMANEE is a grandaughter of MIESQUE, the dam of JUDPOT.

The influence of MIESQUE has been considerable (see dam line on pedigree page). Her son KINGMAMBO is considered by many as one of the greatest stallions of all time. He stood at Lane’s End, home also of A.P. INDY, the sire of JUDPOT.

MIESQUE is a member of the Racing Hall of Fame
. She won back-to-back editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1987 and 1988. MIESQUE’S total of TEN G1 triumphs over THREE seasons endured as a record for a European based horse until GOLDIKOVA surpassed her at age five in 2010.

MIESQUE garnered the Eclipse Award as Champion Turf Female in both 1987 and 1988, even though the two editions of the Mile were her only starts in North America. She won by 3.5lengths in 1987 at Hollywood Park and by 4lenghts in 1988 at Churchill. The margins were
the two largest in Mile history until MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (by Miesque’s Son) scored by 4 lengths in 2006 at Churchill.

In 1987, MIESQUE had charged through a narrow opening along the rail to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile under the California sun, blazing the 1600m in a course-record. After her victory, jockey Freddy Head proclaimed her, “The best I’ve ever ridden.”

One year later she took the outside route, circling the field and then charging down the Churchill Downs stretch on a rainy afternoon. Prior to the race, as NBC was showing a replay of MIESQUE’S victory over her main rival WARNING in the Prix Jacques le Marois G1, European racing analyst BROUGH SCOTT said of MIESQUE: “Look at that speed. When she stretches out like that, she’s unbeatable.”

And MIESQUE proved unbeatable in 12 of her 16 starts (10 G1 wins), finishing second three times and third once. And 11 of those starts were against the colts. A true miler, one of her defeats came in the Prix de Diane G1 (French Oaks) against the top-class INDIAN SKIMMER.

More than two decades later, Head, now a trainer, would eclipse his and MIESQUE’S feat by winning three consecutive runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile with GOLDIKOVA, whose career has mirrored that of MIESQUE in many ways. MIESQUE has become the standard by which all other European fillies are measured. She carried that greatness over to the breeding shed.

The great KINGMAMBO won three G1 stakes in Europe and was placed in three others. He sired Champions in the USA, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, as well as a European Champion.

MIESQUE also produced EAST OF THE MOON, winner of the G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas). By Nureyev, out of Pasadoble, MIESQUE most resembled Pasadoble’s paternal great-grandsire RIBOT, bearing little resemblance to broodmare sire PROVE OUT and greatgrandsire GRAUSTARK. Pasadoble’s dam, SANTA QUILLA,was a half sister to G1 winner COMTESSE DE LOIR, who was beaten a head by the great ALLEZ FRANCE in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe G1 after a memorable stretch duel.

MIESQUE has founded a dynasty which continues to flourish throughout the World.

JUDPOT’S sire, A.P. INDY is the Leading Sire midyear by A Runner Index 2005-2011. A.P. INDY is on his way to his eighth APEX ‘sire championship’, meaning he has been the top-rated sire by APEX A Runner Index seven times. His current A Runner Index is 4.46. which means 8.92% of his 2005-2011 runners are A Runners; that’s 99 A Runners from 1,109 yearstarters 2005-2011.

Bred by Will Farish in partnership with Bill Kilroy at Lanes End Farm, A.P. INDY was a star from the moment he was born, selling for $2.9 million at the 1990 Keeneland July yearling sale. That price ended up being a relative bargain as he went on to win eight of 11 career starts, including the 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic to secure year-end honors under the care of trainer Neil Drysdale.

“He’s been an outstanding horse for us from the beginning,” Farish said. “He was a top yearling, he was such a wonderful racehorse and sire and now as a sire of sires. “You can certainly go a lifetime and never have a horse do what A.P. has done.”

Twice the North America’s leading sire in 2003 and 2006, A.P.INDY has sired 11 Champions and 136 stakes-winners to date with progeny earnings of more than $112.9 million. In an age when speed and precocity have begun to take over the sport, offspring of A.P. INDY are known for their classic ability as evident by his son and fellow Lane’s End stallion, Mineshaft, who was named the 2003 Horse of the Year.

Along with Mineshaft, the list of A.P. INDY’s most notable offspring includes Champions Bernardini, Rags to Riches – one of just three fillies to win the G1 Belmont Stakes – and Tempera along such G1 winners as Tomisue’s Delight, Music Note, Aptitude and Golden Missile.

“The thing about A.P. is he puts quality and soundness into his progeny and he’s been a wonderful horse to breed speed into,” Farish said. “What we need more of in the racing world are sires who produce classic horses and that’s what his pedigree has been able to do. I think that will help the breed for many generations.”

While his days in the breeding shed are over, A.P. INDY’s legacy will be carried on for many years. His son Mineshaft had a leading Kentucky Derby contender in Dialed In while Malibu Moon, who stands at Spendthrift, was No. 3 on the general sire list last season.

“A.P. INDY has been the foundation of our farm, there is no question about it” – Will Farish, Lanes End Farm, Kentucky, USA.

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