Random female family observations for the current prospective Derby field, excluding the AE Fear the Kitten. Does any of this matter? Meh. Regardless, I find stuff like this interesting, so here it is.
Since 1970 (43 editions), four families (1-n, 1-x, 2-d, 23-b) have won the Kentucky Derby a combined fourteen times:
– Family 23-b (12%): Affirmed-1978; Winning Colors-1988; Lil E. Tee-1992; Mine That Bird-2009; I’ll Have Another-2012
– Family 1-x (9%): Sea Hero-1993; Go For Gin-1994; Smarty Jones-2004; Super Saver-2010
– Family 2-d (7%): Cannonade; Spectacular Bid-1979; Giacomo-2005
– Family 1-n (5%): Genuine Risk-1980; Swale-1984
Four prospective starters on Saturday descend from three of the above families: Itsmyluckyday/Mylute (23-b), Revolutionary (1-x), and Vyjack (1-n).
Ten prospective starters descend from families which have produced at least one winner of the Kentucky Derby since 1970: Falling Sky (4-m), Goldencents (4-m), Itsmyluckyday (23-b), Lines of Battle (4-r), Mylute (23-b), Normandy Invasion (1-c), Orb (8-c), Palace Malice (2-s), Revolutionary (1-x), and Vyjack (1-n).
Starters/Derby winners with notable shared ancestors within 5 generations:
Normandy Invasion (1-c): Grindstone-1996
Normandy Invasion and Grindstone share Galtown as their 5th dam. Their 4th dams Gaffery and Gay Fairy are full sisters.
Goldencents (4-m): Sunny’s Halo-1983
Goldencents and Sunny’s Halo share Doily as their 5th and 2nd dams.
Lines of Battle (4-r): Monarchos-2001
Lines of Battle and Monarchos share On the Trail as their 3rd and 4th dams.
Starters/Derby winners with notable shared ancestors somewhere between 6 generations and Eohippus:
Vyjack (1-n): Genuine Risk-1980; Swale-1984
Vyjack, Genuine Risk, and Swale share Chelandry (GB) as their 13th, 8th, and 8th dams, respectively.
Revolutionary (1-x): Sea Hero-1993; Go For Gin-1994; Smarty Jones-2004; Super Saver-2010
Revolutionary, Sea Hero, and Go For Gin share La Troienne (FR) as their 8th, 5th, and 5th dams.
Revolutionary, Smarty Jones, and Super Saver share Striking as their 6th, 5th, and 7th dams.
Palace Malice (2-s): Secretariat-1973
Palace Malice and Secretariat share Tasmania (GB) as their 15th and 13th dams.
Falling Sky (4-m): Sunny’s Halo-1983
Unlike the relatively recent link between Goldencents and Sunny’s Halo, the connection is much more distant with Falling Sky, who’s 11th dam Maggie BB is the 11th dam of Sunny’s Halo and 14th dam of Goldencents.
Orb (8-c): Fusaichi Pegasus-2000
Orb and Fusaichi Pegasus share Erin as their 7th and 6th dams.
Itsmyluckyday and Mylute (23-b): Affirmed-1978; Winning Colors-1988; Lil E. Tee-1992; Mine That Bird-2009; I’ll Have Another-2012
Itsmyluckyday and Mylute share Gallopade (GB) as their 18th and 17th dams.
Itsmyluckyday, Affirmed, and Lil E. Tee share Mannie Gray as their 12th, 9th, and 10th dams.
Itsmyluckyday, Winning Colors, Mine That Bird, and I’ll Have Another share Gallopade (GB) as their 18th, 18th, 16th, and 18th dams.
Mylute, Affirmed, Winning Colors, and Lil E. Tee share Gallopade (GB) as their 17th, 15th, 18th, and 16th dams, respectively.
Mylute and Mine That Bird share Broom Flower as their 10th and 9th dams.
Mylute and I’ll Have Another share Mahari as their 6th and 7th dams.