Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Maximum Security’s Pedigree Like Fine Wine

Some pedigrees are like wine and improve with age. Taking that analogy in the context of the winner of the inaugural Saudi Cup on Feb. 29, Maximum Security has a pedigree akin to aged Burgundy.

The bay son of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day (by Street Cry) isn’t that old himself, of course, being a youthful 4-year-old who won’t mark his fourth passage over the day of his birth until May 14.

Even the dam of Maximum Security isn’t all that old; she is only 13. But second dam Cresta Lil (Cresta Rider) was foaled 34 years ago, and her dam Rugosa (Double Jay) is a foal of 1967, the year that Damascus won two-thirds of the Triple Crown and made himself Horse of the Year with a stunning victory over Dr. Fager and Buckpasser in the Woodward Stakes. Buckpasser had been Horse of the Year in 1966 and repeated as champion older horse; Dr. Fager was the great nemesis of Damascus and earned Horse of the Year in 1968 at that horse’s direct expense.

Not only are those deeds and horses of an earlier vintage, but the man who bred Cresta Lil is still around and in the horse game. Stanley Petter, widely known as the “weanling man” when he operated Hurricane Hall as a breeding, boarding, and weanling sales prep operation, bred stakes winner Cresta Lil and sold her as a weanling. For her new owners, the filly was a multiple stakes winner at 2 and then became a multiple stakes producer.

Petter recalled the “first thing we did with our foals was to handle them. Never let them come to fear your touch; instead, work with them daily, help them to learn to walk, stand, and gently respond to commands. The results virtually sell themselves,” the weanling man said with a smile.

He also remembered the dam of Cresta Lil immediately because “Rugosa was the most beautiful mare I ever owned. She was drop-dead gorgeous.”

As good at stud as she was lovely, Rugosa produced a pair of stakes winners, and both of them produced stakes winners too. A third daughter, the unraced Hagley mare Rose Above, produced another pair of stakes winners, and the best of these was the Magesterial colt J.T.’s Pet, a winner of the G3 Louisiana Derby and G3 Jim Beam Stakes. But the horse who set this family alight again was the Flatter horse Flat Out, the best racer out of Cresta Lil.

A dark brown horse who improved greatly with age, Flat Out won a trio of G1 races, including two runnings of the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Cigar Mile. The tough horse raced from 2 through 7 and earned $3.6 million.

Flat Out’s fame and high class brought added luster to this fine old family, and when his year-younger half-sister Lil Indy (Anasheed) went through the Keeneland January sale in foal to Pioneerof the Nile in 2014, she brought $80,000. That was the ninth-highest price for a mare in foal to Pioneerof the Nile, whose son American Pharoah didn’t make his debut until the summer of 2014, but the champion’s performances that season guaranteed mares in foal to the sire brought a premium at the late-year November mixed sales.

Lil Indy’s resulting foal was the four-time winner Prince Tito, who earned $145,190 in three seasons of racing, but four years later and in foal to New Year’s Day, Lil Indy went through the 2018 Keeneland November sale for $11,000 and was bound for Korea.

The advent of her G1 winner brought a swift change in Lil Indy’s status in the world, as well as her location. She was purchased privately, covered by leading sire Quality Road in 2019, and then resold for $1.85 million at the Keeneland November sale last year.

That purchase for Summer Wind Farm is looking like a pretty good deal.

Maximum Security has now won eight of his 10 starts, winning a trio of G1 races and earning $11.8 million to date. Whether the bay colt ventures to Dubai or follows another path, there is no question he will enliven the sport with his large band of fans.

That is a key to the strength and energy of our sport, and we can hope Maximum Security’s racing managers will set him an enterprising agenda of some of the sport’s greatest races to test his ability and establish his merit for posterity.

Frank Mitchell is author of Racehorse Breeding Theories, as well as the book Great Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks. In addition to writing the column “Sires and Dams” in Daily Racing Form for nearly 15 years, he has contributed articles to Thoroughbred Daily News, Thoroughbred Times, Thoroughbred Record, International Thoroughbred, and other major publications. In addition, Frank is chief of biomechanics for DataTrack International and is a hands-on caretaker of his own broodmares and foals in Central Kentucky. Check out Frank’s lively Bloodstock in the Bluegrass blog.

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