BEHRENS, bay, 1994, Pleasant
Colony-Hot Novel, by Mari's Book.
Property of a Partnership
Pensioned summer of 2013
Behrens, Grade 1 winner and sire,
pensioned to Old Friends
From Drf.com--Behrens, a three-time
Grade 1 winner with more than $4.5
million in earnings, has retired from
stud duty in California, Ellen Jackson
of Victory Rose Thoroughbreds confirmed
Wednesday. Plans call for him to reside
at the Old Friends at Cabin Creek
facility in New York.
Behrens had stood at Victory Rose in
Vacaville, Calif., since the 2008
breeding season and was listed with a
$1,000 stud fee this year. Jackson noted
that the Pleasant Colony horse, who is
19 this year, has had small book sizes.
According to Jockey Club statistics,
Behrens bred eight mares in 2012, the
most recent year with published figures
Raced by Rudlein Stable and William
Clifton, Behrens won nine of his 27
lifetime starts, led by victories in the
1999 Oaklawn Park Handicap and in
consecutive Gulfstream Park Handicaps in
1999 and 2000. He also won the Grade 2
Pegasus, Massachusetts, and Suburban
handicaps and Dwyer Stakes and finished
second or third in nine Grade 1 events,
including a runner-up finish in the 2000
Dubai World Cup.
As a sire, Behrensís most notable
runners were stakes-placed Colony Queen
and Sueno Del Mar and the $296,560
earner Sporty Boy, the horseís leading
Joanne Nor bred Behrens in Kentucky from
the graded stakes-winning Mariís Book
mare Hot Novel.
On Monday night, Behrensís former
trainer, James Bond, posted on his
Facebook page that the horse had arrived
that evening at Song Hill Thoroughbreds
in Mechanicville, N.Y., where he is
expected to stay until a stallion
paddock is ready for him at Old Friends
at Cabin Creek in Greenfield, N.Y. ďHe
will be with his old friend and
stablemate Willís Way,Ē Bond said in his
post, adding, ďA special thank you to
Mr. Clifton for making this happen. Mr.
Clifton is a great owner and a very
Willís Way, a 20-year-old son of Easy
Goer, won the Travers (1996) and the
Whitney (1997) and earned over $950,000
for his career. Behrens was second in
the 1997 Travers and the placed twice in
the Whitney, finishing second in 1999
and third in 2000.
California Thoroughbred Stallion
per starter over $26,000!
is a multiple
Grade One stakes winner of over $4.5
million (race record) and he is the sire
of progeny with earnings
in excess of $4 million; 75% starters
from foals and 62% winners from starters.
b. h. 1994
By Pleasant Colony-Hot Novel
By Mari's Book
Sire Pleasant Colony is tail-male to
St. Simon's Rabelais branch via *Ribot's
leading-sire son His Majesty. Pleasant
Colony is tail-female to the Young Hag
mare (Family 5-a) via Gitanilla (ARG), a
half sister to Newmarket Stakes winner
St. Wolf. The last place to 'look for'
Pleasant Colony is in his tail-female
Dam Hot Novel is tail-female to Reine-de-Course
Raker (Family 1-C) via the Etoile
Filante branch. Of special interest is
that he is bred on the same cross as
California sire Robannier. The pair
share a *Ribot/Northern Dancer/Etoile
Best Lines And Crosses
To use the family of *Ribot via
Tofanella, look for lines of Toulouse
Lautrec. The two best places to find
them are via *Hawaii, and in CA, via
The *Alibhai line via Flower bowl will
like In Excess, who has a cross of his
half sister Theresina via Turkhan.
Shanekite mares will also be nice for
this line, since that sire had a cross
of *Alibhai's half brother, Karimkhan in
The Sunrise Flight portion of Behrens'
sire is easy: This is the great mare
Grey Flight and she is many places:
Sovereign Dancer (especially his son,
Louis Quatorze who is inbred to her),
Bold Lad, What a Pleasure, etc.
Pleasant Colony's own tail-female line
is pretty much impossible to duplicate.
A mare carrying St. Wolfe would give you
a small cross, but the family is not, in
my opinion, strong enough to even bother
A far better idea is to use the
tail-female line of His Majesty
(*Boudoir II). Graustark, Majestic
Prince, Strawberry Road, Real Quiet, T.
V. Commercial these are but a few of the
ways to go.
Mari's Book is inbred to the great
mare Almahmoud. This line will welcome
more Northern Dancer, Halo, Danehill,
Cannonade, Arctic Tern, etc.
Mari's Book is tail-female to Santa Brigida and she is doubled in *Heliopolis,
the family of Sir Ivor, Free House,
Menow (think Tom Fool/Buckpasser), etc.
It's True and Savings are the two main
names to remember if you want to inbreed
to Believe It's family. But they are
hard to find and I think you will be
better served by looking for mares
carrying daughter lines of In Reality
(Cutlass Reality daughters, for
instance) and just balance In Reality.
Cornish Prince contributes as his
tail-male line the mare Adargatis, a
three-quarter sister to *La Troienne.
Most recently Adargatis has been
responsible for Kentucky Derby winner
Spend a Buck (whose daughters can still
be found here) and champion Vindication.
(Behrens' dam, Hot Novel, also has a
stakes-winning half brother by Spend A
Buck named Makinanhonestbuck who won
Since Spend a Buck is broodmare sire of
highly-regarded Seattle Slew-line
Friends Lake and Vindication is by
Seattle Slew, it is clear that using
Seattle Slew-line mares is highly
indicated here. Other *La Troienne
inbreds that will work are Woodman and
Behrens picks up a *La Troienne cross
of his own via The Axe II. Pair him
especially successfully with his
three-parts brother Cohoes via Saint
Ballado and Devils Bag, Rahy or
Obviously, since Behrens is
tail-female to the Raker clan, it is
obvious that this family is a possible
cross. Arts and Letters, Personality and
Grindstone all are members of the
immediate family as is Arkansas Derby
winner Twist The Axe, who is a full
brother to Cam Axe, the fourth dam of
Behrens is already inbred to both
Double Jay and *Ribot. The Double Jay is
just about impossible to 'work'. I wouldn't add anymore; he's not that
important in pedigrees any more. But
adding more Domino (his sire line) might
work 'think Ack Ack/Broad Brush. Re the
*Ribot, add more at your own risk; it
could mean a temperament problem, but
make sure you do it via a daughter, like
with Wavering Monarch who also addresses
Finally, *Ribot in general seems to be
highly comfortable with Danzig. This is
could well be a speed and refining
factor, but probably not a size thing.
Most Pleasant Colony horses are bigger
than the 'early' *Ribots and in general
are rather common-looking.
multiple grade one winner of
$4,563,500, Behrens is the leading
money earning representative of the
Ribot sire line. A remarkably sound,
tough and durable runner, Behrens is
by Champion Pleasant Colony, out of
the speedy multiple graded stakes
winning filly, Hot Novel.
Behrens has one strain of Northern
Dancer, but this will be in the fifth
generation of his foals, and he should
be eminently suited by Northern Dancer
line mares. Branches of the
Northern Dancer male line which
particularly appeal include
Nijinsky II, his
three-parts-brother The Minstrel,
and their relative Storm Bird;
Danzig; Dixieland Band;
Deputy Minister; Nureyev;
Topsider; and Sovereign
Behrens is a complete outcross for
mares descending from Mr.
Prospector and his sire Raise a
Native. Among the strains of Mr.
Prospector which might work well here
are Seeking the Gold,
Woodman, Miswaki, Forty
Niner, Crafty Prospector,
Gulch, Kingmambo and
Behrens should do well with mares
carrying Prince John. Sources
of this strain include Stage Door
Johnny, Silent Screen, and
Speak John and his descendents
Hold Your Peace, and Meadowlake.
are also some female strains in
Behren's pedigree which are
particularly worth reinforcing. He a
grandson of His Majesty, who is
himself out of the outstanding mare,
Flower Bowl. Flower Bowl is
also dam of His Majesty's brother
Graustark, and the brothers are
both genetic relative to Majestic
Light. Behren's broodmare sire,
Mari's Book, is inbred to Almahmoud,
and this invites Almahmoud's
grandsons, Halo and
Behren's female line has a strong
background of the La Troienne family,
and he should be well suited by
further strains of the War Admiral/La
Troienne cross which appears in
Searching, Mr. Busher and
Blue Eyed Momo.