Andrew Caulfield, April 9, 2013- , with a resume‚ which featured PEDIGREE INSIGHTS victories in the GI , GI Wood Memorial and B Y A N D R E W C A U L F I E L D GI Belmont S., as well as a second in the GI Derby, spent most of his stallion career at a fee of GAZELLE S.-GII, $250,000, AQU, 4-6, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m, $100,000. First Defence, on the other hand, started 1:50 2/5, ft. out at $17,500 before his fee was cut to $12,500 and 1--#@CLOSE HATCHES, 117, f, 3, by First Defence then to only $7,500. 1st Dam: Rising Tornado, by Under the circumstances, First Defence has done 2nd Dam: Silver Star (GB), by extremely well to sire a comparatively small first crop, 3rd Dam: Monroe, by which features not only Close Hatches but also O- Farms Inc; B-Millsec Ltd (KY); T-William Dundonnell. This English-trained colt probably wasn=t I Mott; J-Joel Rosario. $150,000. Lifetime Record: ridden to best advantage when he faded to fourth in 3-3-0-0, $201,300. *Second stakes winner for the GI Breeders= Cup Juvenile Turf. His trainer Roger Charlton reports that the colt has done really well second-crop sire (by =s Song). A during the long winter and the G1 2,000 Guineas is his Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the @ first major target. eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. If anyone jumps to the conclusion that First Defence owes his success to Juddmonte=s finest broodmares, they would be wrong. Dundonnell=s dam Family (), Kentucky=s Broodmare of (Danzig) may be a sister to Danehill, but she never the Year for 2002, may have died in 2009, but the raced and neither did five of her first six foals (the other charismatic daughter of El Gran Senor is still making her was unplaced in two starts). Family was sold for presence felt. $9,000 after producing another First Defence foal in Her first foal Chester 2011. Close Hatches= dam Rising Tornado wasn=t House (Mr. Prospector), stakes class and her dam Silver Star--still awaiting her who achieved spectacular first black-type earner at the age of 17--was also sold in career figures of 13% 2011. stakes winners, has only The stallion is fortunate to have the support of one stallion son in Juddmonte at a time when the decline in the general Kentucky, but that son-- broodmare population has made competition all the the GI Met Mile winner fiercer. He has also repaid his owners with Fire Guard, Divine Park--merits close who disappointed when one of the leading fancies for attention. As the last week=s GIII Transylvania S. Juddmonte purchased Close Hatches advertisement in last the top-priced yearling from his second crop, paying NYRA Photo Saturday=s TDN pointed $200,000 for his colt out of Chanceisalady, to add to out, he has had 15 the 14 homebred members of this crop. These include winners from 21 runners--a tremendous 71%. Among Video, a colt out of the Storm Cat mare Rio Carnival. them are Blonde Fog, who earned J “TDN Rising Juddmonte also has a 2013 filly out of Emollient=s dam Star” J status on her debut before finishing second in Soothing Touch. the GI Hollywood Starlet S.; Dancinginthecircle, a Juddmonte has been keen to highlight that First nine-length winner of a $100,000 stakes race at Delta Defence is being given very strong support by his owner in 2013. Soothing Touch is again heading his Downs in January and third in the GIII Arlington- way, together with Rising Tornado and her half-sister Washington Lassie S. last year; and Divine Ambition, Magic Motif (Giant=s Causeway). Then there=s the who has some useful stakes form. Grade/Group I winners Announce (GB) (Selkirk), Flute Empire Maker (Unbridled), the fourth Grade I winner (), Price Tag (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and out of Toussaud, ended 2012 as champion sire by Yashmak (Danzig), the smart European fillies Sense of North American earnings thanks to such as , Joy (Dansili {GB}), Conference Call (GB) (Anabaa) and , , Nefertini and Grace Hall. This Aviate (GB) (Dansili {GB}), the American Grade II year, the son of Unbridled already has three graded winners Apple of Kent (Kris S.), Costume (GB) stakes winners to his credit, the latest being Emollient, (Danehill) and Didina (GB) () and the excellent who completed an excellent double for Juddmonte=s producers True Flare (Capote) and Willstar (). 3-year-old fillies when she romped away with the GI When I wrote the notes for First Defence on the Ashland S. Juddmonte website at the start of his stallion career, I That double had been initiated by Close Hatches, an posed the question: AWhat do the likes of Galileo, unbeaten First Defence filly who showed plenty of Dynaformer, Street Cry, Stormy , Rahy, Pulpit, determination in the GII Gazelle S. to end Princess of Forestry and El Prado have in ?@ Sylmar (Majestic Warrior)=s winning sequence. First I could have added Empire Maker, Dubawi, Bernardini, Defence, of course, is out of Toussaud=s best daughter, Malibu Moon, Invincible Spirit, and the highly talented Honest Lady (Seattle Slew). With to the list, as the answer is that they Unbridled=s Song as his sire, First Defence is bred along rank among the numerous successful stallions which similar lines to Empire Maker. have two Grade I winners as their parents. First Defence is another whose parents both scored was the jewel in the crown for his dam Monroe, at the highest level, and he had the added bonus of who had proved herself as one of the fastest daughters also having a Grade I-winning second dam in Toussaud. of Sir Ivor. Monroe also enjoyed group success with He was therefore almost destined to become a Grade I Masterclass and Diese, with Diese being one of several winner. Destiny became reality at Saratoga when he descendants which have kept up the good work for took the seven-furlong Forego S. by nearly seven Juddmonte. A fine example is Monroe=s great grand lengths. First Defence had also showed his talent in the daughter Tantina (Distant View), who produced the previous year=s GI King=s Bishop S. when he gamely high-class colts Bated Breath (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and managed to get his head in front in mid-stretch before (GB) (Selkirk). Hard Spun=s greater experience proved decisive. Monroe, of course, was one of the notable daughters It was a measure of Honest Lady (Seattle Slew)=s of Best In Show, an aptly named winner of the reputation during her time with Bobby that she Kentucky Broodmare of the Year title. This made was included in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool. Monroe a half-sister to Sex Appeal, another celebrated At that stage she was unbeaten, having won over six broodmare who appears in Close Hatches= pedigree as furlongs at Hollywood Park before becoming a Grade II the dam of Toussaud=s sire, the brilliant El Gran Senor. winner in the Santa Ynez S. over seven. Best In Show is therefore to be found in the sixth and Frankel=s post-race comments made heady reading. fourth generations of the Gazelle S. winner=s pedigree, AShe=s so talented, it=s unreal,@ he said. AI think she=s which also features two lines of (5x4) a superstar. She=s the best filly I=ve trained by far. I and Mr. Prospector (5x5). hope to win the Kentucky Derby.@ Close Hatches wasn=t the only good winner over the Although two defeats against the males ruled out the weekend to continue the fine run of form by Storm Derby, Honest Lady later acquitted herself most Cat=s broodmare daughters. Buy The Cat, who was sold creditably against the males when second in the to Japan for only $60,000 in 2006, is now the dam of GI Metropolitan H. and GI Breeders= Cup Sprint. Ayusan (Jpn), the Deep Impact (Jpn) filly who won Five of Honest Lady=s six successes came on dirt, the Japan=s 1,000 Guineas equivalent, the G1 Oka Sho. other on turf, so it was no surprise that First Defence I had thought the Deep Impact--Storm Cat partnership also handled both surfaces well enough to win at would also have a strong contender for the Japanese graded level. And now he has already sired a group 2,000 Guineas. However, Catequil=s son Kizuna (Jpn), a winner on turf and a graded winner on dirt. high-ranked 2-year-old who recently ran out an Close Hatches is the first foal of Rising Tornado, who impressive winner of the G3 Mainichi Hai, isn=t among also has a 2-year-old Candy Ride filly called Seismology the entries. Another Japanese-based Storm Cat mare, and a yearling Congrats filly. In February she foaled her Lady Blossom (Jpn), is responsible for the very speedy first son, a handsome full-brother to Close Hatches, and Lord Kanaloa (Jpn), whose exploits in the last seven is already scanned back in foal to First Defence. months include Grade 1 victories in the Sprinters S., Rising Tornado is a big, scopey mare who inherited Hong Kong Sprint and Takamatsunomiya Kinen. Lady some of the size of her broodmare sire Zafonic. Blossom was exported in utero after her dam Saratoga Although she was only a minor winner in France, she Dew had been bought for $850,000. was retained on the score of her bloodlines. Her dam, Storm Cat also fills the position of broodmare sire in Silver Star, was a useful sister to Xaar, a champion the pedigrees of GIII Sunland Derby winner Govenor 2-year-old who later showed he stayed a mile and a Charlie (Midnight Lute), dual Grade II sprint winner this quarter. year Sahara Sky (Pleasant Tap) and GIII Florida Oaks heroine Tapicat (). CLOSE HATCHES, f, 2010 Of course, First Defense=s sire Unbridled=s Song has been the most popular choice for Storm Cat mares, Unbridled Gana Facil siring more than 140 of their foals, including Buddha, Unbridled’s Song Magnificent Song, Half Ours, Noonmark and Noble Trolley Song Caro (Ire) Lucky Spell Tune. They have also done well with two other sons of First Defence Unbridled, producing the graded winners Lonesome Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning Street and Broken Dreams from their first 20 foals by Honest Lady Broken Vow, and the Grade I winners Bodemeister and Toussaud El Gran Senor Image of Reality In Lingerie from their first 31 foals by Empire Maker. Northern Dancer Close Hatches suggests that First Defence is very capable of maintaining this success story. Storm Cat South Ocean Rising Tornado Terlingua 6-1-2-0 Crimson Saint 3Fls, 1GSW Silver Star (GB) Zafonic 7-1-0-1 Zaizafon 10Fls Monroe Sir Ivor 18Fls, 4SW Best in Show