Her Dam

EE's Speed Dream, by HB's Commander out of Chara, was a top-grade and stakes contender at Southland. HB's Commander, who appears for a second time in a rare 2x3 cross, is by Akbar out of Princess Donna. There is no question that he is the most important sire since Tell You Why*. No fewer than 110 sires are already descended from him in the nine short years since his death in 1994, at age seven, of an aneurysm. One can only speculate how dominant he might have become if he had lived even to age ten. His powerful legacy almost never happened. He was injured shortly after he broke in at Southland in 1988. Though he showed great promise, his racing record was an enigma, his sire Akbar was an unknown, and his dam Princess Donna was an obscure daughter of the great Downing. Understandably scorned by many breeders, his sire career was late in blossoming until it was found that his few early pups could really run. A breeding deluge ensued culminating in an even greater breeding phenomenon, his sons Molotov and Oswald Cobblepot. Whelped in 1994, they have sired some 10,000 pups combined. Akbar, by Kelton out of Keen Girl, was a top-grade performer at Southland and Hollywood—he was from a deep litter that ran out more than $200,000 in prizes. Kelton, by Tara Bounder out of Karla Jones, won the 1977 Wonderland Future Champions Stake and was 14-7-5 in 47 starts that season. Tara Bounder never won a major stake, but he was a top hot-box competitor at Derby Lane racing against the likes of Kelly Jones, Cape Capri, Bullawn Lad*, Talk of the Town, and Share Profit*. In addition to Kelton, other important Karla Jones sons were Firelite, 1979 Derby Lane Festival Stakes winner and top-20 sire 1984 through 1988; his brother Empire, in the pedigree of Dominator; and Big Ziggy, winner of the Derby Lane Distance Classic and a top-20 sire from 1983 to 1987. Keen Girl, by B. Whiz out of Leah J., was also from a fine litter, led by Ivory Coast, that won 238 races. B. Whiz was a member of the "litter of the century" which won an incredible 399 races, a record likely to stand for decades if not forever. Princess Donna is by Downing out of Broxsie. Downing, by Big Whizzer out of Hooker's Flower, won the 1977 Hollywood World Classic, Hollywood Futurity, Biscayne Irish-American, and the Wonderland Battle of Ages He set a 5/16ths track record at Black Hills and a 3/8ths track record at Lincoln in a qualifying heat for the American Derby in which he defeated the great distance female Malka by a step in one of the most memorable races in history. Downing never ran in a class C or B race. After consecutive overpowering wins in his Maiden and Class D races, Downing's handlers did the unthinkable—they entered a pup with just two professional races to his credit in the most prestigious sprint in the country, the Hollywood World Classic. Downing decimated the field. He appeared in Sports Illustrated and on national TV and went on to an equally brilliant sire career. He was enshrined in the U.S. Greyhound Hall of Fame in 1984. Big Whizzer had a brief, but spectacular racing career. He went 9-1-0 in his first 10 starts at Biscayne, set a track record at Flagler, and made the finals of the Flagler Classic before succumbing to injury. He often won by huge margins, but the knock on him was that he couldn't run from behind. He was fourth in the 1979 Sire Standings and tenth in 1980 and sired such greats as Downing, Blazing Red and Jimmy's Smile. Hooker's Flower lives on not only through Downing, but through his sister Vesting, the third dam of the productive contemporary sire WW Time Warp. Broxsie, by Kithed out of Bliss, also produced Leo Not Lion, a 76-race winner and multiple stakes finalist. Kithed won the 1973 Biscayne Irish-American Derby and was an All-American that year. His son Enisled won the 1979 Hollywood World Classic.

Chara is by Power Reach out of Scandia. Power Reach, by Share Profit* out of Tish The Dish, had a comparatively modest racing career—he ran third in the 1982 Seminole Sprint Championship—but was a successful sire from a fine family. On the track and in breeding however, he was always behind his sisters: Lear Jet ran second in that same Seminole Sprint; Stride Along won the 1983 Grady Memorial Sprint; and Home Award won the 1982 Biscayne Winner-take-all Kennel Championship, ran second in the 1982 Biscayne Irish-American, and was a 1982 Biscayne Derby finalist. The sisters were great dams as well. Lear Jet is found in the pedigrees of such stars as Greys Flamebeau, Talentedmrripley, Cayman Went, Greys Outbound, and Rooftop Moby, and Stride Along is found behind All-American Courageous Nicky. Power Reach's finest achievement at stud was 1989 All American Kail, who won the 1989 Hollywood Futurity and the Southland Guys & Dolls and was the 1989 Southland track champion with 35 wins in 51 starts. Share Profit*, by Monalee Champion out of Ballybeg Pride, won the 1973 Derby Lane Gold Trophy Juvenile and Festival of States Stake as well as the 1973 Wonderland track championship with a 16-5-5 record in 34 starts. He was in the top-20 in the Sire Standings from 1980 through 1985. His influence on the American breed, not only through Power Reach and his fine sisters, but through a host of others, is enormous. His best son was Profit's Andy, the 1983 Flashy Sir Award winner. He won the 1983 Wonderland Derby, the Biscayne Irish-American, the U.S. Marathon Championship and $170,000 in earnings. He went on to sire a number of outstanding greyhounds including the legendary Hall of Fame racer P's Rambling. Other fine Share Profit* daughters include Marine Maiden, Wise Katy and Wise Liz, found in many of today's finest pedigrees. Monalee Champion was whelped in his 10 year-old dam's last litter. No less an observer than Roy Genders, writing three decades ago, called him "the greatest stud dog of all." In addition to Share Profit*, he produced Itsachampion, Linda's Champion, Tain Mor, Jimsun, Wired To Moon, Sole Aim, and Here Sonny—a virtual "Who's Who" of Irish and English racing in the 1970s. Scandia is by Kelly Jones out of Gurley. Kelly Jones, by Hoefer out of Elsie Jones, makes his third appearance in this pedigree. He won the 1972 Wonderland Tri-Distance Stake, but his sire career dwarfed his achievements on the track. His sons Unruly, PK's Jet and Dark Rumor are fixtures in the pedigrees of numerous American champions. Hoefer's production was prolific—bred to Elsie Jones, he produced superstars Onie and Kelly Jones, and the useful sires Demon Jones and Jiff Jones; when crossed with Elsie's sister Linda Jones, he produced Karla Jones, dam of Kelton! Gurley, by Michigan Jack out of Pay Joan, was a 1972 All American. She won the 1972 Biscayne U.S. Marathon in box-to-wire fashion and defeated no less a cast than Carry On, Columba and Big Whizzer at the Flagler Classic. Michigan Jack won the 1962 Hollywood Futurity, the Wonderland Consolation Derby, Hollywood Inaugural, and the Wonderland track championship in 1963 in addition to making the finals of the American Derby. He was second to Cactus Lonesome in the Sire Standings in 1972 and 1973. Pay Joan traces back to the obscure female Little Acre, the 1947 product of Judd, a one year-old dog who jumped an eight-foot fence to mate with Wintime. Judd went on to race in obscurity in class C, but in his one try as a sire he helped create one of America's finest female greyhound families.

 

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