Last year for her first breeding shed match-up, Super Mama was sent to the highly-proven veteran turf sire Mizzen Mast. In 2020, she will be a member of the first book to visit the brilliant young prospect Demarchelier at historic Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.
As we mentioned last year, Super Mama’s female family has a deep, European and turf-slanted flavor to it — even if her sire, Elusive Quality, and broodmare sire, Giant’s Causeway, were versatile and could get dirt runners too, we think that tapping into those grass roots will give Super Mama the best chance at a successful breeding career.
In Demarchelier, Super Mama will be matched with a beautiful and beautifully-bred colt in the classic European mold, although he was actually campaigned in the States after Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm purchased him for the equivalent of $592,486 as a yearling at Tattersalls on the advice of Mike Ryan and Chad Brown. He scored in his lone 2-year-old start, then took a Keeneland allowance in his first sophomore appearance to earn TDN Rising Stardom, prior to stepping into stakes company and triumphing in the G3 Pennine Ridge at Belmont with a big late run.
All three of those wins came at just over a mile, but both his style and breeding suggest that had he not taken a bad step in the Belmont Derby, he could have stretched out even further. Either way, though, his proclivities line up perfectly with what Super Mama did show on the track, while her sire, Elusive Quality, was also first and foremost a miler, her broodmare sire, Giant’s Causeway, was similarly gifted (albeit having proven his worth at longer distances, too), and the sire of her second dam, Danehill, was just about the most versatile and successful turf sire of the last half-century.
All three of those sires also happen to nick extremely well with Demarchelier — there are two G1 winners by his sire Dubawi and out of mares by sons of Gone West, plus two more G3 winners bred that way, while Giant’s Causeway is the broodmare sire of five stakes winners (four of them Group winners) by Dubawi or one of his sons, and Danehill line mares are responsible for another five such stakes winners. Furthermore, Giant’s Causeway and Danehill also nick well with Demarchelier’s own broodmare sire, Sadler’s Wells — so there are plenty of pedigree reasons to like this matchup in addition to the compatible racing proclivities.
Physically we like this match a lot as well. Super Mama is a big, balanced, well-made mare with plenty of bone and substance, and that should be just the type of mare that the well-balanced and athletic, though slightly smaller (as mentioned above, he possesses a very classically European build) Demarchelier could use.
Demarchelier wins the G3 Pennine Ridge
Profile of Demarchelier upon retirement
New Bay, by Demarchelier’s sire, Dubawi, out of a Gone West-line mare, wins the G1 Prix du Jockey Club
Zarak, by Demarchelier’s sire, Dubawi, out of a Gone West-line mare, wins the G1 Grand Prix de St. Cloud