When our client acquired Seville’s Princess as a broodmare prospect a couple of years ago, she was a pretty mare from a deep family that had gone a bit dormant recently. As such, she was bred to a couple of promising but regional stallions for her first two matings. After her half-sister produced 2021 Breeders’ Futurity winner Rattle N Roll to the cover of the high class young Kentucky stallion Connect, Seville’s Princess gets a step up in 2022 and will also visit Connect at Lane’s End Farm.
A winner at 3YO of the G1 Cigar Mile and G2 Pennsylvania Derby (the latter over Gun Runner, Nyquist, Exaggerator and Cupid), Connect also took the G3 Westchester at 4YO in a career that saw him win a total of 6 of 8 starts for trainer Chad Brown. His first crop of juveniles ran in 2021, and in addition to G1 winner Rattle N Roll, he also sired runaway G3 winner Hidden Connection and 3 other black-type horses from his 24 winners — not too shabby for a horse that didn’t break his own maiden until he was 3.
In addition to Rattle N Roll, Seville’s Princess’s female family (cultivated over several generations by Thomas Mellon Evans, as evidenced by the number of members of the family by either Pleasant Colony or his son Pleasant Tap) has had success with other members of Connect’s sire-line, with the likes of G1 winner Clairiere (by Curlin, the sire of Connect), plus multiple G2 winner Blueskiesnrainbows and his stakes-winning full-brother Choo Choo (by by English Channel, like Curlin a son of Smart Strike), appearing under Seville’s Princess’s second dam, the Blue Hen Dance Review.
TrueNicks calls this match a “B” given the success of Smart Strike-line stallions with Sadler’s Wells-line mares (top representatives include G1 winner Channel Maker, Channel Cat, Johnny Bear and Minorette).
Physically, Seville’s Princess is a leggy, somewhat lighter mare who will definitely appreciate the size and substance contributed by Connect and his powerful, Curlin-esque physique.
Rattle N Roll wins the G1 Breeders’ Futurity