Vino Rosso (AUS)
Multiple G1 Winner And Undefeated 2yo
CategoryStallion Stud Fee
Earned $4,803,125 – the most accomplished horse ever by leading sire Curlin
Multiple G1 winner in the mould of elite sire CURLIN – arguably his closest-resembling son by looks, quality, style & type
Undefeated 2yo, G2 winner at 3yo, $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero at 4yo by 4 1/4 lengths over 9 G1 winners, incl. McKinzie, Higher Power, Elate, Code of Honor, Yoshida, Seeking the Soul, Math Wizard, War of Will, etc.
Won the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), defeating 2019 G1 winners Gift Box, Mongolian Groom & Higher Power
Fastest Breeders’ Cup Classic on record by THORO-GRAPH: -6 ¼ (Arrogate -5, Saint Liam -4 3/4, Ghostzapper -4 1/2, California Chrome – 4 1/2, Curlin -4, American Pharoah -3 1/2, Mucho Macho Man -3 1/2, Invasor (Arg) -3 1/2, etc.)
Out of the multiple stakes-producing Street Cry (Ire) mare Mythical Bride, a half-sister to Belmont S. (G1) runner-up COMMISSIONER-G2 and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) runner-up LAUGH TRACK-G3– 18 stakes performers under his first four dams
The Mr Prospector/Street Cry cross is familiar to Australian breeders with significant success in recent years, having produced fast G1 winners Con TePartiro, Lyre, Trekking and The Quarterback
“He’s spectacular looking and about as well-bred a horse as there is. He and Justify were our best yearlings (in 2016).”–John Gunther, 2018 Eclipse Award Winner for Outstanding Breeder
“I think he’s got a big future. He’s a very good-looking horse. He was able to win at 2, 3 and 4 and is a classy type of horse which is what the people are looking for. He has a great disposition, he’s healthy and sound and has all the attributes you look for in a stallion.”–Todd Pletcher, Hall of Fame Trainer
ALAN PORTER’S 2020 BREEDING ANALYSIS FOR VINO ROSSO
A multiple G1-winning millionaire, Vino Rosso has been among the leaders of his generation for two straight seasons. He is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, now an outstanding sire, and promising sire of sires, out of a Street Cry mare from a family full of black type.
From the Northern Dancer line, Curlin had developed a particularly strong affinity for mares from the Storm Cat line, this cross producing 13 of his stakes winners. In addition to daughters of Storm Cat himself, this including stakes winners out of mares by Giant’s Causeway (whose son, Shamardal would be particularly interesting here, and who is also represented by such as Creative Cause, Eskendereya, First Samurai and Frost Giant), Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg, Henny Hughes and Cactus Ridge; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Tale of the Cat (sire of Gio Ponti and Lion Heart; grandsire of Kantharos), Stormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever. Daughters of Bernstein, Bluegrass Cat, Cat Thief, Discreet Cat, Forest Wildcat, Forestry, Freud (brother to Giant’s Causeway), Harlan (sire of Harlan’s Holiday and Menifee; grandsire of Into Mischief), Pure Prize and Yankee Gentleman are among other Storm Cat sources that could be considered.
Smart Strike, the sire of Curlin, had a tremendous success rate with mares from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer. Curlin has followed that trend, and already has nine stakes winners out of Danzig line mares. This includes Champion Good Magic out of a mare by Hard Spun; a quartet of stakes winners out of daughters of Polish Numbers; and stakes winners out of mares by Foxhound, Pine Bluff and Ascot Knight. This would also make it worth considering daughters of War Front, Langfuhr, Belong to Me and Bellamy Road.
There is a Curlin stakes winner out of a mare by Dixieland Band and another out of a mare by that horse’s son, Dixie Union (sire of Union Rags). This line could also be sourced through High Cotton, Hook and Ladder and Overanalyze. Out of mares from the Nureyev branch of Northern Dancer, Curlin has a classic winner out of a mare by Royal Anthem and a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s sire, Theatrical, and a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Great Commotion. This also suggests trying daughters of such as Atticus, Fasliyev and Spinning World.
Curlin is out of a Deputy Minister mare and has enjoyed exceptional success with inbreeding to that strain. Vino Rosso has a double of Deputy Minister, but that strain will be in the fourth and fifth generation of his foals, making crossing back over Deputy Minister line mares a possibility. Among likely sources are Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper, Daheer, Toccet, Awesome of Course and Awesome Patriot), Dehere (whose son, Graeme Hall, is broodmare sire of Curlin G1 winner Curalina), Silver Deputy (sire of Archers Bay, Badge of Silver, Spring at Last and Posse), Forest Camp and French Deputy.
Curlin’s champion, Stellar Wind, is out of a mare by Malibu Moon, a son of A.P. Indy. He also has three stakes winners out of mares by A.P. Indy himself, and a graded stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s son Bernardini. There is also a stakes winner by a son of Curlin out of a mare by Flatter. There is also a G2 winner out of a mare by Tapit (sire of Concord Point, Tapizar, Hansen and Trappe Shot). Tapit is by A.P. Indy son, Pulpit (also sire of Sky Mesa and Stroll), and it could also be worth considering mares by Congrats (a brother to Flatter) and Mineshaft (sire of Dialed In and Discreetly Mine), Jump Start, Majestic Warrior and Stephen Got Even.
A.P. Indy is by Seattle Slew, and Curlin also has classic winner Exaggerator out of a mare by Seattle Slew son, Vindication, and there is also a G1 winner out of a mare by Boston Harbor (by Capote), and stakes winners out of mares by Seattle Slew sons, Avenue of Flags and Slewdledo. Curlin also has two graded stakes out of mares by Yes It’s True, whose grandsire Raja Baba is from the same sire line and family as A.P. Indy.
Curlin already has two stakes winners, including G1 winner Collect, out of mares by Holy Bull, and he is sire of Macho Uno, Flashy Bull, Woke Up Dreamin and Giacomo. The cross with mares from the Roberto line has provided Curlin with graded winners by Dynaformer (sire of Temple City, Point of Entry and Purim) and Red Ransom.