Champion filly Proud Spell has officially been retired, and, wasting no time, was immediately bred to Indian Charlie. Using Bloodhorse’s Stallion Register Online, you can run a True Nicks hypothetical mating report and see that breeding on this cross has produced such speedy fillies as Fleet Indian, Pampered Princess, Indyanne, and once-rival Indian Blessing. Wow! Let’s pray for a little filly to carry on mom’s legacy.
Also, as an interesting tidbit, Summer Bird’s performance in the G2 Arkansas Derby got me looking a little deeper into his background. Not much there with the immediate dam, but his 3rd dam Ruby Slippers produced multi-G1 winner Rubiano, as well as Tap Your Heels, dam of Tapit. Lacking graded stakes earnings for the Kentucky Derby, Summer Bird is apparently aiming for the May 8 G3 Lone Star Derby where I suspect our resident Texan and frozen margarita lover Sue at Post Parade will regale us (perhaps slightly drunkenly) with the inside scoop. From there, much like his sire Birdstone, Summer Bird will attempt to upset the G1 Belmont Stakes. Ah, what a summer it's fixin' to be!