Saturday, February 25, 2017

Slip the Cable: A Long-Overdue Post on a Fantastically Linebred Horse

As we've recounted many times before, one of Olin Gentry's maxims is "Return to the sire the best blood of his dam." I'd like to take a moment and addend this maxim by saying that returning to the sire the best blood of both his sire and dam works well, too.

And so it is with Slip the Cable, winner of the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic. Slip The Cable in WV by Coleswood Farm (Jeff and Susan Runco), though it should be noted that Jeff Runco has informed me that his wife, Susan, is the brains behind most of the planned matings.

This mating is so rich, that it's almost impossible to know where to begin, so I'll just throw it all on the wall and see what kind of art we end up with in the end. None of the elements should be discounted, but there are so many good ingredients in this pedigree.

First, let's start off with 2 X Mr. Prospector, who carries Lady Reel, a sister to Domino, top and bottom, both in the tail male line of the sire and dam. Mr. Prospector also adds Vandal, critical for linebreeding to Domino, who is present everywhere in the modern Thoroughbred gene pool. Add two sex-balanced Roberto in the bottom half of both the sire and dam. This nets us at least 4 X Nashua, and that's never a bad thing. Roberto also gives us plenty of often-discussed Family 16 via Plucky Liege.

It should be noted with significance that Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew, both present in the pedigree, descend from the female line of Myrtlewood, daughter of Frizeur, daughter of distaff force Frizette, Frizette is also the second dam of Tourbillon, brought to us into the pedigree by Damascus. Tourbillon carries 4 X Vandal and the accomplices to Domino are building at a fever pitch.

Prince John also carries a champion sister to Domino in Correction and adds to the damage.
Three X La Troienne* each from Unbridled and Avenue of Flags brings the total to six La Troienne*, the greatest distaff force in the history of the modern Thoroughbred. Add to more La Troienne* thanks to Not For Love's second dam, Numbered Account, who is not only a direct female line descendent of La Troienne*, but also adds another La Troienne* with the peerless Buckpasser. Once she reached the US shores, La Troienne* was never bred to a sire free of Domino and now we just add in all of the Domino and his sisters that have been building up feverishly in the pedigree Slip the Cable and you have an explosion of classic speed that can go the distance. Caro in Unbridled's Song checks in with 4 X Kendal, a rarer occurrence of aforementioned Family 16, found throughout the pedigrees of Roberto and La Troienne herself.

Add to all of this a bunch of known genetic equivalents coming together... Roberto and Nijinsky II are enough to do justify any mating that combines the two. Mr. Prospector, Seattle Slew, and Tourbillon all descending from Frizette... I could go on, and on, and on with this pedigree.

It really doesn't get much better than this, folks. Well done, Susan Runco, well done.

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