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dark bay or brown, 2003, Chief Seattle-Hooked On Music, by Seattle Dancer.
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Pedigrees: Five by Five

California Thoroughbred Stallion Directory Bold Chieftain 

 Bold Chieftain Race Record

  • BOLD CHIEFTAIN Multiple Graded Stakes winner of over $1.6 million.
  • BOLD CHIEFTAIN Stakes winner six consecutive seasons.
  • BOLD CHIEFTAIN Multiple Stakes winner at a mile!
  • BOLD CHIEFTAIN Multiple Stakes winner on artificial surface, dirt and turf!
  • BOLD CHIEFTAIN A Sires pedigree... in-bred to the dam of Seattle Slew top and bottom.
  • BOLD CHIEFTAIN a California Champion!
  • G.S.M = 64.4
  • Leading Runners (through May 24, 2017):
    , 3 wins at 4, 2017, $147,010, Fran's Valentine S.
    I Came to Party, 5 wins, 2 to 4, 2017, $173,445, 3rd Wild and Wonderful S., Federico Tesio S.
    Awe, winner at 3, $34,100.
    Mischief Pearl, 2 wins at 3, placed at 4, 2017, $22,347.
    Dresscode Violator, winner at 2, $18,045.
    Miss Veeto, 2 wins 2 to 3, placed at 4, 2017, $16,228.
    Martini Effect, winner at 3, 2017, $10,885.
    Bold At Night, 2 wins, 3 to 4, 2017, $9,898.
    Native Chieftain, winner at 4, 2017, $8,025.
    Miss Purrfect, winner at 4, 2017, $3,431.

Moonless Sky Wins Fran’s Valentine

Benoit Photo

From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 21, 2017)–Although beaten 2 ¼ lengths, fast improving Moonless Sky was awarded the win via a stewards’ disqualification in Sunday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for Golden State Series eligible fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Trained by Eddie Truman and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Bold Chieftain got a mile on grass in 1:33.57.

In winning, 4-year-old Moonless Sky, who was originally based in south Florida, is now a perfect three for three in Truman’s barn and in addition to picking up her first stakes victory, she also provided her California-based sire Bold Chieftain with his first stakes winner as a stallion. She was bred by Willow Tree Farm.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, favored Pacific Heat, who rallied from last at the quarter pole, ducked in a furlong out, causing Moonless Sky, who appeared full of run, to break stride. Although impeded, Moonless Sky kept to her task, finishing second, a half length in front of Roo’s Valentine.

“Flavien’s mount ended up shoving me behind the horses that were in front of me, said Desormeaux. “I don’t think anyone can pass judgement on whether I was going to beat Pacific Heat or not, but I was deprived of that chance. Besides the incident in the stretch, it wasn’t the trip that I wanted. I was bottled up and loaded at the three and a half and I actually got space too late. She was loaded and ready to do much more earlier on.”

With Pacific Heat disqualified from the win and placed sixth in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up that were bred or sired in California, Moonless Sky, who was off at 6-1, paid $15.60, $8.20 and $5.00.

“We have about 30 people from Oregon down here to see this horse today,” said Truman of the group accompanying owner Pappas Racing. “I asked Kent about this race and she’s been doing so good, we thought she’d fit real well here and she did. She’s shown a lot of talent ever since we got her and as you can see, she’s really getting good.”

Winless in four starts in Florida, Moonless Sky is now 7-3-2-2 and with the winner’s share of $75,000, she more than doubled her earnings to $147,010.

“We’ve owned horses with Eddie for about 14 years now and this is our first-ever stakes winner,” said owner Tom Pappas, who hails from Roseburg, Oregon. “She’s a good horse.”

Fractions on the race were 22.23, 45.17, 1:09.15 and 1:21.50.

Mating Recommendations
Male Line

  • Bold Chieftain is tail-male to Phalaris via the strongest *Nasrullah branch in America, that of Bold Ruler through his Triple Crown winning great-grandson, Seattle Slew. Chief Seattle, sire of Bold Chieftain, was a top two-year-old, racing second to champion Anees in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and second to Greenwood Lake in the G1 Champagne. Unfortunately, he did not race beyond his two-year-old season, which might give one pause, but his % of starters (74%) is quite good, so whatever his problem was, he does not appear to be passing it on.
  • Seattle Slew was not bred to Icecapade line mares very often (though Offlee Wild is the reverse of this cross) but do note that Icecapade is bred on the same Nearctic-Native Dancer cross as Northern Dancer, so they have much in common. However, Icecapade’s strong female line (Erin) will have much to say about what might fit Bold Chieftain, as we shall see.
  • Chief Seattle is tail-female to Family 10-C (Bella Donna), via a branch that is less well known than the most famous of the line (Belmona/Iribelle) which is responsible for Vice Regent.
  • Chief Seattle claims Bella Donna as his 11th dam; in Vice Regent we find her considerably closer, as the 7th dam. Nevertheless, since Seattle Slew’s best breeding son, A. P. Indy did well with Deputy Minister/Vice Regent blood, there is no reason not to try that same line with Bold Chieftain, especially since most Deputy Minister mares have good tail-female lines. This is due to the fact that during the height of his popularity he bred exceptional books of mares – a facet of his legacy that is true of all good broodmare sires – they are the sum of the tail-female lines they bred.
  • Closer in, Chief Seattle is out of a stakes winning mare whose second dam, Rain Shower, is a stakes placed daughter of Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Bold Forbes. This family line has also produced such good horses as Perfect Showers (Breeders’ Stakes, a Canadian classic), Mateo (G1 in Peru), the Italian raced =Diva Cattiva and Slew
    City Slew’s stakes winning filly Victory Romance.
  • Chief Seattle’s offspring have done well in a variety of venues, so he has had a wide impact. To date, his three champions are from Canada (Shillelagh Slew out of a Theatrical mare); Free Race from Mexico (out of a General Assembly mare) and Panamanian champ Sophia Slew out of a mare by Mr. Greeley). Bold Chieftain was arguably a classier and sounder runner than any of them.
  • Next in line would have to be Seafree (Queen Randi by Fly So Free, who won the G2 La Canada and ran third in the G1 Santa Margarita.)
  • Now standing in Indiana, Chief Seattle has sired eight (2%) stakes winners, 14 (4%) stakes placed offspring and moves his mares down slightly from a 1.35 CI to a 1.20 AEI. Again, a horse not bred to the best who has proven he can do well with many bloodlines and in many parts of the country and world.


  • I don’t know how well you remember Political Ambition, but he was a huge favorite of mine. Brought back to this country from South America after beginning his stud career at Harris Farms (where he sired Work the Crowd), he died young, but was one of the best looking and best conformed horses I ever saw. He tails to the No. 26 family headed by Selima, a family I’ve been considering as a Reine-de-Course possibility - and so does Bold Chieftain.
  • To clarify their relationship: In tail-female, Bold Chieftain’s sixth dam, Rosewyn by Polymelus, is a ¾ sister to Rosa Croft, the sixth dam of Political Ambition. I don’t know how many – if any – Political Ambition mares are left in California, but if you can find one, she is certainly worth trying with Bold Chieftain as this also trebles and sex-balances Round Table (Poker x2/Rose Pink).
  • This is a very grassy family that appears to have been imported to the U. S. (starting with *Tudorette by *Tudor Minstrel) by E. P. Taylor of Northern Dancer fame. In Canada, it made a name for itself with stakes winners like Brockton Boy (*Menetrier), Sea Service (Navy Page), and Perfect Sonnet (Right Combination). Tracing its line to California, we find that Venetian Dancer, the second dam by Norcliffe was unraced but had 10 winners from 10 foals to race including Bold Chieftain’s stakes placed dam Hooked On Music, who ran 3rd in the Mother Lode Breeders’ Cup H. at Sacramento.
  • Hooked On Music had previously produced double G3 placed Hooked On Niners (by Mr. Greeley), now a broodmare who was exported to Brazil this year and the stakes placed Capt. Fly Hook by Fly Till Dawn, who also placed in a small Sacramento stake. Bold Chieftain of course puts them all to shame with his close-in double of My Charmer and his multiple G2 performances. His consistence and class have made him a standout and it would be difficult to question his soundness with more than 40 starts and $1.6 million in the bank.

The Individual/Overall Pedigree

  • Bold Chieftain is clearly the product of his 2 x 2 cross to half brothers Seattle Slew/Seattle Dancer (or 3 x 3 to My Charmer if you prefer). He is also inbred to Nearctic (sons Icecapade and Northern Dancer/daughter Lancaster Sound) and to Owen Tudor via two sons, Rasper II and Tudor Minstrel. He has lots of *La Troienne via his My Charmer double and Buckpasser’s tail line.
  • Because he is devoid of Mr. Prospector or other Raise a Native blood, he is highly desirable as an ‘outcross’ (in truth there actually no longer being such a thing) – but an up-close outcross for the sake of this discussion. He will fit almost all Mr. Prospector-line mares because of this and there is a kicker because his My Charmer double is tail to Myrtlewood, just like Mr. Prospector, so whenever you cross this top pair you treble Myrtlewood to Black Curl x2 in Slew for a x5 Frizette linebreeding as well as trebling Humanity and Lady Comfey. He’s a feast for Mr. Prospector.
    Best Lines And Crosses
  • Because he has a double of Round Table via Poker and since he is Mr. Prospector-free, horses with lines of Round Table’s sister Monarchy like Tale of the Cat in particular are a good fit. Not only does this play into Monarchy/Round Table x2 and add Mr. Prospector but his Storm Bird blood speaks back to the Nijinsky II in Seattle Dancer. Other ways ‘into’ Monarchy are via Pulpit, Johannesburg, Minnardi, Concerto and his son Bellamy Road and During.
  • Nearctic, of which there is so much, will find a good match in Great Nephew (via Political Ambition mentioned above) as well as T. V. Lark’s sire, Indian Hemp.
  • As noted, with the Mr. Prospector/Slew tail to Myrtlewood, find her also via In Excess’ sire, Siberian Summer, Forestry (particularly good as he is by Storm Cat), and horses rich in Tourbillon blood.
  • Game little Bold Forbes’ wonderful Calumet lineage (Nellie Flag) can be inbred to using horses with crosses of Belmont winner Bet Twice, top juvenile Saratoga Six, useful sire Dewan and Derby winner Sunny’s Halo (his broodmare sire, Sunny, is from this line and his Halo blood will love the Northern Dancer via Nijinsky II). Find Sunny’s Halo in California via Mud Route.
  • The great family of Erin via Icecapade cannot be ignored. As much as I dislike the horse, Fusaichi Pegasus is a great pedigree cross for Bold Chieftain and he is sound enough to take up the slack. Also from this grand line are Majestic Light (think horses like Maria’s Mon) and Bold Commander as well as Private Terms. Incidentally, Fu Peg’s family line kin Demons Begone stood in Washington, so some of his daughters might be available for breeding, too.
  • There’s not much you can do with Norcliffe’s tail-female line but you can pull good things from his pedigree: The above-discussed *La Troienne via Buckpasser, the Northern Dancer (Almahmoud line) which works back to Halo, Arctic Tern, Proud Citizen, Danehill, etc. and of course his Stalino line which would be gorgeous with Sister Shannon’s good sons Temperence Hill and Vanlandingham (Windsor Whisper), now harder to find but not impossible. Old CA sire Windsor Slipper is also from this line, though that is reaching a bit and probably really hard to find.

Conclusions/Final Thoughts

  • Truly a horse to love. I sincerely hope that California breeders give him the chance he so richly deserves and which he earned on the racetrack where it counts. His solid performances, his consistency and soundness as well as his pedigree – absent Raise a Native and with only the soundest of Northern Dancer lines via Nijinsky II – make him a rare, rare find. His inbreeding to My Charmer makes him a ‘pearl beyond price’ as Leon Rasmussen used to so eloquently say. He’s very, very special.
  • All that said, I really believe the key to getting this horse off to a fast start is to breed him to precocious mares who won at two. You need to get those first few runners out there because he’s older and you need to ‘make’ him as a sire which can get two-year-olds when bred right. After doing so, you can then go back and breed for the better two-turn and good grass horses he is best suited to siring.

Respectfully Submitted
Ellen Parker
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