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SEA OF SECRETS
bay, 1995, Storm Cat - Love From Mom, by Mr. Prospector.
Fee: $2,500, live foal. Property of a Partnership.

Sea of Secrets is a Grade II-winning son of leading sire Storm Cat, sire of 172 stakes winners, 8 champions, including Giant's Causeway, Storm Flag Flying and Sweet Catomine. Progeny earnings over $16.3 Million, Average earnings per starter $44,438. G.S.M = 74.5

Pedigrees: Five by Five or Family (PDF)
California Thoroughbred Stallion Directory

Leading Runners:
SECRET GYPSY
(2005 f, by Rahy) In US, 8 wins, 2 to 5, $596,926 (US SSI = 12.50): 18. 1st Distaff Breeders' Cup H. [G2] ($149,800, AQU), 1st Endine S. [G3] ($150,700, DEL), 1st Honorable Miss H. [G2] ($147,000, SAR), 1st Saylorville S. ($60,000, PRM) $100,000, 1st Esplanade S. ($36,000, FG) $60,000, 2nd Lexus Raven Run S. [G2] ($300,000, KEE), 2nd Winning Colors S. [G3] ($110,500, CD), 3rd Dogwood S. [G3] ($109,000, CD), 3rd Queen S. ($4,750, TP) $50,000. Sent to Japan 2011. Ntr Saratoga 5 1/2f 01:03.26 2007.

PRINCIPLE SECRET (2004 c, by Gray Slewpy) In US, 3 wins at 2 and 4, $269,440 (US SSI = 4.13): 19. 1st Best Pal S. [G2] ($150,000, DMR), 2nd Norfolk Breeders' Cup S. [G2] ($247,000, OSA), 2nd Lazaro Barrera Memorial S. [G3] ($109,700, HOL), 2nd San Pedro S. [L] ($16,020, SA) $83,250, 3rd Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup S. [G3] ($150,000, MTH).

HERMOSILLO (2004 g, by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) In US, 11 wins, 2 to 7, placed at 9, $679,031 (US SSI = 3.24): 76. 1st Charles Hesse III H.-R ($60,000, MTH) $100,000, 1st Charles Hesse Iii H. [R] ($60,000, MTH) $100,000, 2nd Charles Hesse III H.-R ($20,000, MTH) $96,000, 2nd Lincroft H.-R ($12,000, MTH) $60,000, 2nd John J. Reilly H.-R ($11,400, MTH) $60,000, 3rd Charles Hesse III H.-R ($7,500, MTH) $76,750, 3rd Bernie Dowd H.-R ($7,150, MTH) $67,750.

SECRET KIN (2004 f, by Capote) In US, 8 wins, 2 to 6, $416,041 (US SSI = 5.12): 32. 1st Lady Hallie S.-R ($52,920, HAW) $88,950, 1st Governor's Lady Handicap-R ($51,857, HAW) $91,725, 1st Isaac Murphy H. [R] ($51,158, AP) $87,900, 2nd Isaac Murphy H.-R ($16,936, AP) $85,550, 2nd Purple Violet S.-R ($16,451, AP) $84,800, 2nd Nicole's Dream S. ($11,520, AP) $57,600, 2nd Belle-Meade Ky Cup Ladies Turf S. ($9,300, KD) $50,000, 3rd Chicago H. [G3] ($100,000, AP), 3rd Governor's Lady H.-R ($9,543, HAW) $90,375, 3rd Powerless H.-R ($9,418, HAW) $89,023, 3rd Governor's Lady H. [R] ($9,298, HAW) $86,250, 3rd Powerless H.-R ($9,229, HAW) $84,750, 3rd Your Ladyship S.-R ($5,841, AP) $53,100.

HAYLEY'S HALO (2007 f, by Peaks and Valleys) In US, 11 wins, 2 to 4, $365,060 (US SSI = 6.44): 20. 1st Chaves County S. ($36,000, ZIA) $60,090, 1st Chaves County S. ($36,000, ZIA) $60,000, 1st Zia Park Distaff S. ($33,000, ZIA) $55,360, 1st Zia Park Distaff S. ($33,000, ZIA) $55,000, 1st El Diario S. ($30,000, SUN) $50,000, 1st Dr. O. G. Fischer Memorial H. ($30,000, SRP) $50,000, 1st Czaria S. ($30,000, SUN) $50,000, 1st First Lady H. [N] ($24,000, RUI) $40,000, 2nd Sunland Park Oaks ($44,000, SUN) $200,000, 3rd Harry Henson H. ($10,000, SUN) $100,000. Ntr Sunray Park 7f 01:22.43 2011.

THEKATCAMEHOME (2003 f, by Salt Lake) In US, 8 wins, 2 to 6, $310,029 (US SSI = 3.55): 32. 1st Prairie Meadows Debutante S. ($32,400, PRM) $48,400, 2nd Donna Reed S.-R ($16,760, PRM) $82,124, 2nd Donna Reed S.-R ($16,120, PRM) $80,600, 2nd Iowa Sorority S.-R ($15,160, PRM) $75,800, 2nd Hawkeyes Handicap-R ($14,000, PRM) $68,600, 2nd Hawkeyes Handicap-R ($14,000, PRM) $70,000, 2nd Central Iowa S. ($13,050, PRM) $46,800, 3rd Prairie Meadows Oaks [L] ($10,125, PRM) $77,625, 3rd Hawkeyes H.-R ($7,000, PRM) $70,000, 3rd Wild Rose S. ($6,750, PRM) $51,750, 3rd Bob Bryant S.-R ($6,310, PRM) $63,100.

SEASIDE AFFAIR (2004 f, by Gate Dancer) In US, 4 wins at 2 and 3, $229,476 (US SSI = 5.32): 14. 1st Torrey Pines S. [L] ($84,390, DMR) $140,650, 3rd La Habra S. [L] ($13,608, SA) $113,400.

MY MISS STORM CAT (2002 f, by Meadowlake) In NA, Winner at 2, $38,616 (NA SSI = 5.71*): 2. In US, 4 wins at 3 and 4, $151,410 (US SSI = 11.60): 5. 1st Desert Stormer Handicap ($39,810, HOL) $68,690, 3rd Landaluce S. [G3] ($106,800, HOL). (Total: $190,026)

SEA OF PLEASURE (2005 c, by Double Negative) In US, 3 wins at 2 and 3, $156,701 (US SSI = 2.50): 20. 1st Sophomore Sprint S. ($33,900, BM) $59,530, 2nd San Pedro S. [L] ($15,940, SA) $79,700, 3rd San Miguel S. [L] ($9,360, SA) $78,000, 3rd Captain Squire Handicap [L] ($9,189, HOL) $77,925, 3rd El Segundo S.-R ($7,332, HOL) $72,300. Ntr Santa Anita Park 2f 00:20.78 2007.

WOLLASTON BAY (2004 c, by Wollaston) In US, 4 wins, 2 to 6, $146,841 (US SSI = 1.72): 27. 1st Fred "Cappy" Capossela S. ($42,042, AQU) $70,070, 2nd Jimmy Winkfield S. ($13,796, AQU) $62,082.


Male Line

Sea Of Secrets is tail-male to Phalaris via Northern Dancer’s prolific Storm Bird/Storm Cat stirp. Storm Bird is closely related to British Triple Crown winner Nijinsky II, so this is a tremendously influential, breed-shaping lot of males.

Storm Cat’s remarkable tail-female line, that of Reine-de-Course Rowes Bud is one of the most potent in the stud book and it includes his close relative Royal Academy (Breeders’ Cup Mile, G1); G1 winner Crowded House; dam Terlingua, winner of the G2 Hollywood Lassie; What A Treat, winner of the now G1 Alabama, and dam of G2 Waterford Crystal Mile winner Be My Guest; G1 Strub winner Victory Speech; G1 Epsom Derby winner Golden Fleece; G1 Belmont winner Jaipur; G1 Santa Anita Derby winner Personal Hope; Terlingua’s full brother Pancho Villa, winner of the G2 Bay Shore Stakes; Rare Treat, winner of the G1 Ladies Handicap; Encino, third in the G2 Hollywood Juvenile plus many more too numerous to mention. By a champion from a family like this and a top runner to boot, Storm Cat was tough to ignore.

All of the horses named therein (i.e. Royal Academy, Pancho Villa, etc.) are excellent crosses for Sea Of Secrets.

Family

Sea of Secrets tails to the A5 (American family) headed by The Kirtley Mare. In recent years, this line is probably best known for having produced Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Concern by Broad Brush. The pair shares a common ancestor in Thora, 12th dam of Sea of Secrets and 11th of Concern.

However, other major winners are champion filly Airman’s Guide, Snow Ridge (G1), and Concern’s excellent dam Fara’s Team who won the G1 Test.

Sea of Secret’s sixth dam, Iseult, won the Acorn Stakes and his fifth Dam, Arrogance, is a half sister to Matron Stakes winner Merrie Lassie, second dam of the good runner Hilarious. Another half sister, Navigating, is the dam of the above-referenced Airman’s Guide.

In recent years via the Solo Landing mare Hoso (second dam of Sea Of Secrets), this branch of the family has enjoyed something of a revival, and has been responsible for not only G2 winner Hoso herself but for other group or graded horses Raise A Prospector, Dominique’s Joy, Wende, Love That Jazz, Society Selection, Fight For Love, Dancing Jon, Prospect for Love, Cindy’s Mom and Sea of Secrets himself, which won the G2 San Vicente Stakes.

A wide variety of stallions have been responsible for these stakes winners, but as one might imagine, it follows the trend of mostly being Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector line horses, simply because there are more of them.

The Individual And Overall Pedigree

An established stallion, with nine crops of racing age, Sea of Secrets has a very familiar-looking pedigree in that he is a Northern Dancer line horse out of a Mr. Prospector daughter. His pedigree pattern shows a double of the mare Stephanie via Stepwisely/Quickly and a double of the closely related Flares and Johnstown (Sir Gallahad III line over Flambette). He is also inbred to Sun Again.

This is the kind of horse that people are generally attracted to, as he won both his starts at two and was basically at his best going less than a mile. He only lasted 10 starts, so I would probably be disinclined to breed unraced or lightly raced mares to him.

His record to date as a stallion shows him with two of his top four runners, Secret Gypsy (Miss Utada by Rahy) and Hayley’s Halo (Hilo Halo by Peaks and Valleys) having Blushing Groom/Halo crosses.

These same numbers show him with 77% starters, 56% winners, 4% stakes winners and 3% stakes placed.

His daughters who have won stakes like My Miss Storm Cat, dam of certain champion My Miss Aurelia, got a fair shot. He is the broodmare sire of two other stakes winners, but being broodmare sire of a two-year-old champion (who is inbred to Mr. Prospector by the way and has Raise a Native x3) is a real possiblity.

Versatility

He has a number of good female lines that are ripe for the plucking here and I think you can probably do quite a bit with him.

Though she’s not a Reine-de-Course, I think it might be productive to cross him back on some Concern blood for a soundness factor since they both tail to Family A5.

Where Northern Dancer is concerned, as we discussed above, Nijinsky II, especially via Royal Academy, is the top of these. California sire Candi’s Gold was by Yukon, a Northern Dancer-line half to Mr. Prospector (see below). Encino also works if you can still find any.

Mr. Prospector’s all-inclusive presence makes him impossible to ignore. In Excess (via Siberian Express) and Seattle Slew are two of the strongest way into this line and both cross well on Mr. Prospector and the above-mentioned Candi’s Gold gets you back there via his sire, Yukon.

Storm Cat’s female line is touched on above via Royal Academy but Pancho Villa is also a great strength here as he is a full brother to Terlingua, dam of Storm Cat. The Papila line is also represented by Tiznow/Tizbud and Swing Till Dawn in California.

Storm Bird’s own family is best accessed via Battlefield, and this is easiest to find via Arts and Letters. Alphabet Soup is a particularly good cross as his Cozzene male line melds well with Mr. Prospector.

Northern Dancer loves a return of his family via Halo (also think Rahy as well as tail-female relatives like Saint Ballado or Devil’s Bag), Arctic Tern, Proud Citizen, Maribeau and Danehill.

The Secretariat blood finds a half brother via Somethingfabulous in California and all horses carrying Sir Gaylord, Cure the Blues and Swansea (Memo) in California line are worthy crosses back to this great foundation mare.

His Hildene blood is best accessed via Hill Prince, and the Good Morning line of Victory Morn’s Morning line is found in Mass Media and Sultry Song.

Respectfully Submitted
Ellen Parker
1450 Cypress St.
Paris, KY 40361-1259
(859) 988-0332
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