(2019 gray/roan mare by Frosted out of Villa Savoye, by Medaglia d’Oro)
Placed in her only career start when beaten just a length (making up 6 lengths in the final furlong) in a 2YO maiden special weight for the powerful Godolphin stable, Modernism was acquired on behalf of Wasabi Ventures Stables at the 2023 Fasig-Tipton Mixed Sale as a broodmare prospect, and will join their Mid-Atlantic-based broodmare band.
Modernism is a daughter of Frosted, winner of the historic, stallion-making Met Mile in blazing fast time and earning a 123 Beyer Speed Figure. Frosted also won the G1 Wood Memorial at 3YO (when he was 2nd in the G1 Belmont to American Pharoah and 3rd in the G1 Travers) and the G1 Whitney at 4, plus was a G2PW 2YO. By Tapit and from the female family of Champion and quality sire Midshipman, Frosted has ranked in the top five of his sire crop in the USA each year he’s had runners, and he’s also been successful as a shuttle stallion in Australia. His ten Northern Hemisphere stakes winners include the top Maryland-bred 2YO of 2022 in Post Time, the top NY-bred 2YO of 2022 in Arctic Arrogance (who was a close 2nd in the G2 Remsen and then the Jerome earlier this year in open company), plus recent G3W Frosted Over, and he is also the sire of this year’s G3W 3YO filly Ice Dancing. With the quality of mares he’s been bred to at Darley, we fully expect he’ll make an excellent broodmare sire eventually, as well.
Modernism’s dam is the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Villa Savoye, who has a 3YO full-brother to Modernism named Case Study in the pipeline, along with a 2YO filly by Ghostzapper and a yearling filly by Bernardini for Godolphin. Villa Savoye was bred to Midshipman for 2023.
Second dam Tout Charmant was a multiple G1-winning turf mare who was also multiple G1-placed on the track, and she has produced the G2W Dancing House (by Tapit, and also a stakes producer), plus SW Too Charming (a member of the Godolphin broodmare band), and the stakes producers High Style (dam of G2W New and Improved) and Charming Toutsie (dam of SW I’m Mom’s Favorite). Tout Charmant is a half-sister to the G3W Forest Grove, both of them out of the G3W Charm a Gendarme.
Modernism is currently carrying her first foal due in 2024, by the hugely exciting young Maryland stallion Blofeld.