Our Best Steeplechasers Racing in Year 49

Name A S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
Wicked Fray 6 H Homebred Wicked Strong Jump Into the Fray Mine Those Stars 24 4 6 9 223k Placed in GPS Stakes at 3 and 4
Heroic Jet 6 G Homebred Slashed Harts Jet Chaser Jete 20 7 1 3 196k Stakes winner at 3, multiple SW at 6
Chick Missile 5 M Homebred Mikki Rocket Chickabombom Leap of Faith 17 5 3 3 169k Multiple stakes winner at 4
Gambler Avenged 6 M Homebred Wicked Strong  Mucho Blackjack Mucho Macho Man 26 5 3 4 157k Stakes placed at 5 and 6
Doubled Agent 8 G Homebred Akward Mistakenly Broadsword 38 6 7 9 104k Durable allowance jumper

 

 

Our All Time Best Steeplechasers

Name YOB S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
BROAD HART YR32 M Homebred Broadsword Jumping Hart Mijn Hart 29 10 7 4 655k SW at 4,5,6; G1 at 7
FORTS YR38 M Homebred Fort Larned Chickabombom Leap of Faith 22 5 5 2 414k Won 3 GPS stakes
WRONG DETOUR YR34 F Homebred Casino Drive Ms Faux Pas I Should Have Said 24 7 4 1 411k Won 4 GPS stakes
EARTH AND STARS YR32 F Homebred Mine Those Stars Earth and Sky My Tornado 25 10 7 4 366k Multiple SW at 3,5,6
BOM BOMB YR39 F Homebred Akward Chickabombom Leap of Faith 23 10 5 2 336k SW at 3,5,6

 

 

Prior Notable Steeplechasers

JETTING OVER
Year 41 Chestnut Thoroughbred
(Akward x Jet Chaser, by Jete)
20: 6-4-2 $207,530 (jump record)

 

JETTING OVER had an impressive sophomore season, winning two wins in four starts, including a listed stakes victory.  She was shipped to Australia for the rest of her career, and it was disappointing when she could only manage a second in allowance the first half of her 4yo season.  However, she closed out the year with two allowance victories.

 

At five, JETTING OVER was second in a Grade 2, finished poorly in her next start, and then finally got her second victory in a Grade 3.  She followed that up with a win in the Grade 1 Austrarlian, therefore becoming the first Magic Raven chaster of her gender to win a Grade 1.  She concluded the season with three consecutive stakes placings.

 

At six, she clearly wasn't the same horse, as she was off the board in three starts, and therefore retired to the broodmare band.


  Jetting Over

 

SLASHED HARTS
Year 34 Bay Thoroughbred
(Broadsword x Jumping Hart, by Mijn Hart)
37: 10-6-6 $278,050 (jump record)


SLASHED HARTS was a 4yo with a sponsored stakes win at the time that his 6yo full brother Broad Hart (below) was shaping up to be something special.  Unfortunately, the latter was gelded, and he was easily the best offspring by the farm's steeplechase progenitor, Broadsword.   With earlier stakes winning offspring Medieval Son (below) proving to be a dud at stud, SLASHED HARTS was the final chance to carry the sire line for Broadsword, and any thought to gelding him was banished.

SLASHED HARTS was reasonably consistent in allowance company, but stakes success was hard to come by.  What's more, what stakes he did win were lightweight listed races with at distances of 2.5 miles or under.  In short, his career was looking similar to failed younger stallion Medieval Son.  Therefore, a headshot wasn't ordered for him, until he was retired and tested with nicks.  In the meantime, he continued to race through the age of eight, in an attempt to beef up his earnings.

In the past, trying to make a stallion without an appropriate race record has proven to be futile for Magic Raven International.  But in the case of SLASHED HARTS, it appears to have worked.  Upon retirement, he immediately began nicking As with quality mares, and A- with the rest.  A headshot was ordered, and his bright white blaze and long mane make him an attractive prospect.

  Slashed Harts

 

BROAD HART
Year 32 Bay Thoroughbred Gelding
(Broadsword x Jumping Hart, by Mijn Hart)
29: 10-7-4 $654,640 (jump record)

This gelding's career improved so steadily, that it was with surprising to find out, midway through his 6yo season, that he had moved past his sire to become the most successful male steeplechaser ever campaigned by Magic Raven Ranch. 

He won at first asking, and was never off the board his 3yo season.  At 4, one of his two wins was a sponsored stakes with a small field, and so it was surprising when he got up for second in the Grade 1 Australian Steeplechase.  His career was in jeopardy, however, when he was off the board his next three starts, including a lackluster 5yo debut.  He was dropped into a 35k claimer and won with authority.  That was the confidence boost he needed to propel him to two consecutive stakes victories, before tailing off at the end of the year. 

At 6, he raced exclusively in stakes, but could only place in his first three starts.  He then won two Grade 2s back to back.  After being shipped to the U.S., he was beaten by the smallest of noses in the Grade 1 La Revolutione Cup, and that earned him the first starting berth in the Steward's Cup Steeplechase for the farm, since his sire ran in Year 27.  He made the farm proud when he finished a steadily closing second, and that catapulted his earnings to over a half million dollars, making him easily the most successful chaser ever campaigned by the farm. 

In his third start as a 7yo, he was an easy winner of the Grade 1 Lac Inferieur Grande Steeplechase D in France, thereby becoming Magic Raven's first Grade 1 winner for his breed.  He faltered toward the end of the season and was retired. In his headshot, I like the brightness of his blaze and perky appearance.

  Broad Hart 

 

EARTH AND STARS
Year 32 Roan Thoroughbred Filly
(Mine Those Stars x Earth and Sky, by My Tornado)
25: 10-7-4  $366,200 (jump record)

This well-bred chasing filly was already stakes placed when she finished second in a four-horse field in her debut on the flat.  Once she started jumping, she soared, and proved to be one of the most promising young horses the farm has ever known.  She won all four steeplechase starts as a 3yo with 100 speed figures, including two stakes, and was by far the leading point earner of her age for Year 35, regardless of gender.  At four, she started right out with facing the best of her division, and was never off the board all year, though she had to drop to allowance for a win.  At five, she got back on the stakes-winning track.  In her second start at six, when she won her sixth stakes, she became the farm's all-time leading chasing homebred.  In her next start, she became the all-time leading chaser ever campaigned by the farm. Both the titles were lost later in the year, to Broad Hart (above), though EARTH AND STARS continued to campaign consistently.  She was retired midway through her 7yo season, and became an excellent broodmare. I love the coloring that declares "roan", and the flowing mane and focused eye that signifies action. 
  Earth and Stars 

 

MEDIEVAL SON
Year 29 Dark Bay Thoroughbred Colt
(Broadsword x Earth and Sky, by My Tornado)
23: 9-3-2 $230,950 (jump record)

This colt earned a headshot when he won his second stakes as a 4yo, scoring a 100 speed figure.  His sire Broadsword had immediate success with his first crop, and MEDIEVAL SON was the gem of the group.  He broke his maiden at first asking over jumps, also with a 100 speed.  He faltered in his first stakes effort, but concluded his novice season with an easy allowance victory.  At four, he raced exclusively in stakes, and had three wins and two placings.  At five, he had two stakes wins.  His had two allowance wins at six, and was retired to stud at the end of the season.  Unfortunately, he was a flop at stud and was pensioned while still fertile.  Nevertheless, his headshot signifies class, accompanied by a confident nobility.
  Medieval Son 

 

MS FAUX PAS
Year 24 Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare
(I Should Have Said x S.H. My Mistake, by High Jump)
25: 9-4-4 $267,240 (jump record)

This mare earned a headshot via being the leading earning steeplechaser campaigned in the RLM colors, as well as being the leading distaffer in total wins -- 10 when counting one flat victory.  She was one of the farm's original homebred chasers, and became a graded stakes winner in her novice season.  She raced through the age of seven, winning four stakes races and placing in three others.  

She became successful broodmare, with four six figure earners.  She died at the age of twenty.

I  love the bright, attractive beauty of her headshot. She has such a kind eye.  I also like the irregular shape of her star and snip.  The detail in the forelock is very nice too.  This is really quite an outstanding graphic.
  Ms Faux Pas

 

 

 

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