We assisted our friends at Wasabi in the purchase of the young Godolphin-bred broodmare Desert Rendezvous at the recent Keeneland November Sale, and in addition to her typically deep and high-class female family, she was acquired carrying a foal by one of our favorite proven Kentucky value sires, Midshipman.
A winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 and Eclipse Champion 2YO, Midshipman has carved out a successful stallion career at Darley by siring precocious and versatile runners like he was himself, with his best runners including the Chilean Triple Crown winner Fortino and G1W Royal Ship (also a graded winner in the USA), as well as graded stakes winners like Dearest, Lady Shipman (the dam of Golden Pal), Special Reserve, Princess Warrior, Fun and Feisty, etc. He is also the sire of 2023 juvenile stakes winners Amidst Waves and Ship Cadet.
When mated to Hard Spun mares like Desert Rendezvous, Midshipman has accounted for the likes of the aforementioned G2W Special Reserve, as well as the very fast SPW Queen of Shades. With Danzig-line mares more broadly he has also sired the additional SWs Allied Air Raid and Navy Armed Guard. And his 2023 juvenile SW Ship Cadet, mentioned above, is out of a mare by Harbor the Gold, a son of Seeking the Gold (who is Desert Rendezvous’s broodmare sire).
Physically this pairing should work well as well — both Midshipman and Desert Rendezvous are strongly-made, medium-sized horses, and he should add just a bit of substance to her foal while complementing all of the speed and versatility in her pedigree very nicely!