The Brilliant Guarana and its Magical World dam in Fasig-Tipton
An elite group of broodmares partnered by Three Chimneys Farm and the Hill ‘n’ Dale sales agency will come through the ring at the upcoming November Fasig-Tipton sale on November 9. Among them, Grade I winner Guarana (Ghostzapper – Magical World, by Distorted Humor) and her dam Magical World (Distorted Humor – Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold) provide a rare opportunity for buyers on the ‘Night of the Stars. ‘.
âI’ve been doing this for a long time and can’t remember ever having the opportunity to gift a mother and daughter of this quality together at the same sale,â said Boyd Browning of Fasig-Tipton. âThe two mares are in themselves highly desirable collector’s items. Both mares are full of Into Mischief, the leading stallion in the US again in 2021. It’s a very, very unique opportunity.
Magical World, a daughter of broodmare sire Distorted Humor, is the offspring of 2005 GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home (Seeking The Gold), a full sister of MGSW Country Hideaway as well as Matlacha Pass, dam of five – time winning Grade I and sire Point of Entry (Dynaformer). His female family also includes MGISW and the influential brood mare Maplejinksy (Nijinsky II).
Doug Cauthen, consultant for Three Chimneys, remembers seeing Magical World make its Gulfstream debut in person.
âI was pretty impressed with her,â he recalls of the breeding of Phipps Stable. âShe ran second, was beaten by half a length and I followed her from that point on. It’s a year and a half later that the opportunity to buy it privately from the Phippse arose and when you get the chance to buy from one of their big families, you jump on it.
Magical World first produced an Awesome Again winning son, then mated to Ghostzapper. The resulting filly, Cauthen said, drew attention early on.
âGuarana was a very athletic and strong filly and was kind of a team favorite,â Cauthen explained. âThe managers all loved her and when I would come in every month or so and watch her she was getting better and better. It took her a while to finish her practice but once on the track the lights were off. “
Initially run by Three Chimneys Farm with Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings joining the partnership later in her career, Guarana was brilliant from the start, earning “TDN Rising Star” status in her first 14 3/4 victory. . for Chad Brown and later in the race for three Class I wins.
âIt doesn’t really get any better than that,â Cauthen said. âShe propelled herself so powerfully forward that she just outperformed her competition. [She showed] brilliance and speed, winning grade I at seven stages, eight stages and a mile and an eighth.
Magical World’s next colt, Magic Dance (More Than Ready) followed in her sister’s footsteps when she too became a “TDN Rising Star” and then claimed Debutante S. as a youngster.
The mare’s only colt to have passed the sales ring to date, a colt by Pioneerof the Nile, grossed $ 2.1 million in Keeneland’s September 2019 sale. Now named Beatbox, the 3-year-old had his young daughter this month for Chad Brown.
Magical World did not produce a foal in 2019, but now has one year old foals and floor weaned foals.
âHis yearling Gun Runner is an exceptional looking colt,â said Cauthen. âHe is retained by the partnership to move to the next level. Then she has a super Quality Road weaned to the ground. She keeps throwing off these great physical results so it’s hard to beat.
According to Cauthen, Magical World’s consistency in producing quality physique is the key to her success as a broodmare.
âI think she produces great physical results because she is a great physique,â ââhe said. âShe has the speed of warped humor in there, but a lot of reach and stretch that came from the dam side. I think quality is the thing that is hard to replicate and she does it over and over again. It’s hard to find that kind of mare and she’s really special.
âMagic World is one of those unique mares in terms of what she has already accomplished,â added Browning. “She has
has produced both race and sales horses and is still very, very young. Now you have a combination of girls under her who also go to the best stallions in the world. So you have an incredible pedigree with truly unlimited potential to continue to develop.
Magical World will be sold as Hip 203 during the November Fasig-Tipton sale. She and her Grade I winning daughter, which sells as Hip 182, will go through the Hill ‘n’ Dale shipment.
John Sikura, president of Hill ‘n’ Dale, said he was eager to present the two talented offerings.
âMagical World is a mare with her whole future ahead of her,â he said. âShe’s the kind of mare that could be a broodmare of the year. She inherits the quality of her pedigree and certainly produces foals with extreme abilities and impeccable conformation. Guarana has a tremendous ability to shape the breed when it comes to its brilliance on the race track, and its depth of pedigree dates back to some of the most important dirt runners of the past 20 years.
The brilliance of Guarana, Sikura said, is what comes to mind when he looks back on the millionaire’s career.
âHis first race was brilliant,â he said. âShe won off the charts and was aâ TDN Rising Star. âThen she raced in the GI Acorn S. It was very unusual to take a filly that had just broken her young daughter and bring her back to a very Grade I. deep and meaningful, but she won by six lengths, beating Serengeti Empress (Alternate), who was a brilliantly fast and determined mare.
Guarana’s final time of 1: 33.58 in the one-mile race turned out to be a record performance. From there, the fast filly took on the GI Coaching Club American Oaks and finished second behind Street Band (Istan) in the GI Cotillion S. Back at age four, she added another victory to her CV over the company. allowance at Churchill Downs before winning the GI Madison S. in a near-racing record performance in his last career start.
“The genius she has shown [in the Acorn S.] has been remarkable in just his second start, âsaid Browning, referring to Guarana’s five-on-six career. âBut she also demonstrated her versatility. She won the first year at seven, eight and nine stages, so it wasn’t like she was one-dimensional. She could literally do anything and she showed off practically every time she got on the track.
In addition to her genius and versatility, Sikura explained that Guarana’s pedigree will be another asset to her abilities as a broodmare in terms of the number of influential breeders on her page.
âIf you look at every mare sire on their page, from Ghostzapper to Pleasant Colony to Distorted Humor, it has an influence beyond the norm with some very successful mare sires. Just as some paternal lines are preponderant and carry on through generations, so are female families. They’ve beaten all the metrics when it comes to standard breeding standards, so the future is immensely bright for this whole family. “
âThe pedigree opportunities are really unique,â ââBrowning said of the duo. âYou have a mare by Distorted Humor who turned out to be an amazing brood stallion and then you have another by Ghostzapper who would arguably be one of the most desirable young brood stallions in the world. You combine that with the depth of the pedigree where you have champions from all over the world in these two pedigrees, and it’s pretty special.
Regarding mating with Into Mischief for both mares, Browning said, âYou know the old saying, breed the best to the best. We have an example here with one of the best producers in the world full of Into Mischief, who is arguably the best stallion in America and the numbers would certainly confirm that. Then you have one of the best racing fillies in the world in Guarana, who is also bred among the best.
Into Mischief’s crossover with Distorted Humor has already proven to be a big hit with Grade I winner and sire Practical Joke as well as current talented graduate stakes performer Life Is Good.
âWe have bred these mares with the best bulls available and I think this is a great mating for Guarana and her dam,â Sikura said. “Guarana carries a colt so the sky is the limit and anyone very serious on a global scale will be looking for her attributes when they shop in November.”
For Three Chimneys, Cauthen said the farm is proud to offer two superstar mares who have drawn attention to the Three Chimneys breeding and racing program.
âWhenever a farm wants to be a leader in the business and can prove that they have produced top performance horses like Guarana, they say the plan is working,â he explained. âFor us advisers, we’re just happy when the results are there because it’s not a one-person job, it’s a 50-person job. From the Torrealba family to the grooms who work so hard to take care of these horses, it shows that the system is working.
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