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Pedigrees of 2019 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Canada's Northern Dancer 1964 Kentucky Derby WinnerThe contenders for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) have blood ties with famous champions of the past as well as performers of more recent vintage. Let’s start by identifying the sire lines represented in Derby 145. The sire line of 1964 Derby champion Northern Dancer is responsible for seven of the top 20 hopefuls at this writing. Three are grandsons of Danzig: Omaha Beach and War of Will are by War Front, and Spinoff is by another Danzig stallion, Hard Spun. By My Standards (by Goldencents) and Cutting Humor (by First Samurai) descend by way of the Storm Cat branch, while Haikal (by Daaher) traces via Deputy Minister. Code of Honor is by British import Noble Mission, the full brother to unbeaten world champion Frankel, by supersire Galileo.
Seven more hail from the Mr. Prospector sire line. Game Winner and Vekoma are both by Candy Ride, who descends from the Mr. Prospector stallion Fappiano. Gray Magician (by Graydar) also goes back to Fappiano, as a descendant of his 1990 Derby-winning son, Unbridled. Roadster, as a son of Quality Road, comes from the Gone West branch of the line. Maximum Security is by New Year’s Day, himself a son of Street Cry, the sire of Winx, Zenyatta, and 2007 Derby winner Street Sense. Improbable’s sire City Zip and Country House’s sire Lookin at Lucky spring from other branches of “Mr. P.”
Four contenders represent the sire line of Hail to Reason. Hall of Famer Sunday Silence, star of the 1989 Derby, is the grandsire of Win Win Win and great-grandsire of Japan Road invitee Master Fencer. The other two descend from the Roberto branch, Tax (by Arch) and Plus Que Parfait (by Point of Entry, a son of Barbaro’s sire, Dynaformer).
Two trace their male-line ancestry to 1977 Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew. Tacitus’ sire Tapit is a descendant of Hall of Famer A.P. Indy, as is Long Range Toddy.
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