Richly Blended

1998 Stallion by Rizzi out of Valid Blend by Valid Appeal

RICHLY BLENDED demonstrated brilliant speed during his racing days. He is also blessed with exceptional conformation and a strong competitive spirit. Multiple graded stakes winner Richly Blended has a wonderful disposition and is five generations free from any inbreeding. The perfectly named Richly Blended embodies two of the strongest influences of the Florida Thoroughbred during the 20th century in that his sire line is that of Mr. Prospector, and his dam is daughter of Valid Appeal.

RACING AND PEDIGREE ANALYSIS

Richly Blended was never further back then third at any point of call in any of his races prior to his Preakness. He was injured in the Preakness but led the race into the far turn. In the Wood Memorial he lead into the far turn before being beaten by Congaree and Monarchos. In all of his other races which were contested at a mile and under, he seldom relinquished the lead and then for only a step or two. He even posted a remarkable 103 Beyer number in his first start, a race which he won by almost three seconds. That Beyer number is rarely seen in a first start by any horse.

Many breeder contend that excellent milers make excellent stallions. Richly Blendedís win in the prestigious one mile Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in New York put his name next to such racing luminaries as Native Dancer, Jaipur, Dr. Fager, Secretariat, Gone West and Easy Goer who were also winners of this race. His victory in the historic one mile Withers Stakes also run in New York put his name on an illustrious list of winners of that race, many of which were champions and influential sires. The stellar list of Withers Stakes winners including Domino, Colin, Sir Barton, Man oí War, Blue Larkspur, Menow, Alsab, Count Fleet, Polynesian, Hill Prince, Native Dancer, Jaipur, Dr. Fager, Ack Ack, Bold Reasoning, Key to the Mint, and Gone West. These great authoritative stakes wins by Richly Blended in the Gotham and Withers, both mile races, are testamony to the racing class of this truly brilliant speedster.

Richly Blendedís Dosage Profile is 8-2-6-0-0 (16); his Dosage Index is 4.33; and his Center of Distribution is 1.13. His go to the front racing style and his dosage information indicate that he is truly a brilliant type. A breeder can easily design a mating that would produce fast, precocious offspring that should be devastating running at distances from one inch to one mile.

Northern Dancer and In Reality are present in the pedigree of Richly Blended and are excellent choices to inbreed to, when the breeder wishes to enhance the desirable dosage trait of brilliant-classic. Inbreeding to the brilliant Raise a Native, another fine choice, has proven to be the second best inbreeding pattern in the North America for the modern thoroughbred exceeded only by inbreeding to the brilliant-classic Northern Dancer. Unfortunately however, inbreeding to the Brilliant-Classic Mr. Prospector, who is also present in Richly Blendedís pedigree, has shown poor statistical results so the breeder is advised to stay away from the Mr. Prospector inbreeding. There is also however, the possibility of inbreeding to the Intermediate-Classic sires Native Dancer, Nashua, Tom Fool and Sir Ivor. It is not difficult to create a mating along such inbreeding patterns that would extend the ability of Richly Blendedís offspring to cover a route of ground. Seattle Slew also would be an excellent cross with Richly Blended since both Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew descend from foundation mare Myrtlewood.

Richly Blendedís sire is the highly successful Rizzi, sire of the earners of $2,586,889 in 2001. Rizzi has recently been moved into New York State to take advantage of that stateís rich program. Richly Blendedís grandsire is Champion Afleet who is sire of at least 50 stakes winners and is currently a leading sire in Japan. In fact he was the fourth leading sire in Japan in 2001 with progeny earnings of 2,205,536,000 Yen. Afleet was second only to Sunday Silence in number of wins and winners among the top ten sires in Japan in 2001.

The remarkable Valid Appeal is the sire of more than 80 stakes winners. He is also a perennial leading broodmare sire. His daughters have produced more than 70 stakes winners including champion Perfect Sting and several other grade one winners and champions including Jersey Girl, Haloís Image and Valís Prince.

Great front runners such as Bold Ruler, Dr. Fager, and Seattle Slew were leading sires and all had that desire to be in front at every point of call. There can no question that strong front runners with true stakes class make great stallions. Richly Blended will offer California Breeders a lot of stallion potential at an extremely reasonable stud fee.