Redesdale (by Speightstown out of Harpia, by Danzig) was a brilliantly fast sprinter by a rising sire-of-sires, out of a Graded-winning full-sister to leading international stallion Danehill. He stands at Hidden Lake Farm at Questroyal North in New York.
Although he didn’t make his racetrack debut until May of his 3-year-old season (not totally unexpected for a son of Speightstown), Redesdale got off to a quick start by taking that 6 furlong Churchill Downs maiden special weight in 1:09.86 after a 3-wide trip. That was good for an 87 Beyer Speed Figure, and immediately had his connections dreaming of the likes of the King’s Bishop Stakes-G1 that summer. Unfortunately, Redesdale went to the sidelines after his initial victory. He eventually resurfaced the following January at the Fair Grounds, where he put together back-to-back allowance victories in January and February, both at 6 furlongs in 1:09 and change, the latter by four lengths over stakes winner Speightsong, earning a 95 Beyer. Redesdale did make one more start, but emerged from the Grade 3 Commonwealth Handicap with an injury that sent him to the shelf again, and although connections made an attempt to bring him back to the races as a 5-year-old, it didn’t pan out and Redesdale retired to stud with three wins from four starts, good for $90,300 in earnings.
As much talent as Redesdale showed on the track, it is his pedigree that makes him as exciting a stallion prospect as we believe him to be. He is by Speightstown, a top-class stallion and rising sire-of-sires, whose sons at stud already include the likes of Munnings, Jersey Town and Poseidon’s Warrior (all sires of Grade 1 winners) and 2018 Top Five Freshman Sire Central Banker.
And even more intriguingly, Redesdale’s dam, the Graded stakes-winning sprinter Harpia, is a full-sister to Danehill, the all-time world-wide leading sire of stakes winners (with 349) and Grade/Group 1 winners (with 89), whose legacy continues to grow through his stallion sons and broodmare daughters. Furthermore, Harpia’s dam, Razyana, is out of Spring Adieu, a half-sister to the breed-shaping stallion Northern Dancer and to Raise the Standard (the second dam of champion and important stallion Machiavellian), all three of them out of Natalma — and since Danehill and Harpia are by Danzig, a son of Northern Dancer, the pair are inbred 3×3 to Natalma. Natalma is, in turn, a half-sister to Cosmah, the dam of Grade 1 winner and leading sire Halo.
So this is a pedigree replete with incredible sires on both top and bottom, and we believe that it gives Redesdale every chance to succeed at stud.
On top of that, he is a strong-bodied, big-boned, correct horse with a massive engine and a lovely walk. You can see more photos of him here.
Redesdale enters stud in 2019.
Redesdale race compilation
Danehill, a full-brother to Redesdale’s dam, wins the G1 Ladbroke’s Sprint Cup