Flower Alley (USA)

Distorted Humor - Princess Olivia (Lycius) chestnut, 2001 - height 16.3hh

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Race Record

5 wins, 1600-2000m in USA, earnings $2.5 million.

Timeform 127 (2nd highest rated 3yo in USA in 2005)

at 3    WON   G1 Travers S. (2000m)

           WON  G2 Jim Dandy S. (1800m)

           WON  G2 Lane’s End S. (1800m)

            2nd    G1 Breeder’s Cup Classic (2000m)

            2nd    G2 Arkansas Derby (1800m)

            2nd    G2 Dwyer S. (1700m)

at 4    WON   G3 Salvator Mile S. (1800m)

Sire Line

DISTORTED HUMOR – multiple G2 & G3 winner in USA, G1 placed, to 1800m (rated 117); sire of G1 winners of both sexes; Champion Freshman Sire USA; Champion Sire USA (twice); #2 NA Sire by lifetime % of BTW (2017); Leading Broodmare Sire (2017); Sire-of-sires;

Notable progeny incl Funny Cide (02c – Slewacide, Little Current); Drosselmeyer (07c – Moscow Ballet, Slew O’Gold); Flower Alley (02c – Lycius, Sadler’s Wells; sire); Hystericalady (03f – Northair, El Oriental); Commentator (01c – Storm Bird, Woodman); Regal Ransom (06c – Red Ransom, Deputy Minister); A Shin Cool D (06f - Storm Cat, Caro);  Boisterous (07c – Cox’s Ridge, Majestic Light); Ironicus (11c - AP Indy, Spectacular Bid); Any Given Saturday (04c – A.P. Indy, Spectacular Bid; sire); Awesome Humor (00f – Pass The Tab, Cox’s Ridge); Pathfork (08c – Sadler’s Wells, Riverman; sire); Aesop Fables (09c – Sadler’s Wells, Blushing Groom); Jimmy Creed (09c) – Citidancer, Allen’s Prospect); Fourty Niners Son (01c – Alleged, Conquistador Cielo); Bit Of Whimsy (04f – El Prado, Pia Star); Sharp Humor (03c – Hansel, Believe It; sire); Alternation (08c – Seattle Slew, Green Dancer); Distorted Legacy (07f – Private Account, Hoist The Flag); Shumoos (09f – Storm Cat, Cryptoclearance); Hello Pretty (01c – Blazing Sword, Raami); Justenuffhumor (05c – Broad Brush, Lear Fan); Slow Pace (08c – Seattle Slew, El Gran Senor); Do It All (07c – Dynaformer, Caerleon); Quip (15c - Indian Charllie, Boston Harbor); Restless Rider (16f - Unbridled’s Song, Deputy Minister); Honorable Duty (12c - AP Indy, El Gran Senor); etc.

KIN-BREEDING: Distorted Humor is kinbred bottom female-line 4x4 Courtesy x Gay Rig, involving duplications of mares Mumtaz Begum, Selene (Canterbuty Pilgrim), Maid Of The Mist. Conventional wisdom has it that Distorted Humor’s best offspring have La Troienne in the female line (Distorted Humor himself is free of La Troienne).

FORTY NINER lines sires in South Africa:  Flower Alley, Pathfork (Distorted Humor), Trippi (End Sweep), Gold Standard (Trippi)

Pedigree

Distorted Humor
1993
Forty Niner
1985
Mr ProspectorRaise A Native - Native Dancer
Gold Digger - Nashua
FileTom Rolfe - Ribot
Continue - Double Jay
Danzig's Beauty
1987
DanzigNorthern Dancer - Nearctic
Pas de Nom - Admirals Voyage
Sweetest ChantMr. Leader - Hail To Reason
Gay Sonnet - Sailor
Princess Olivia
1994
Lycius
1988
Mr ProspectorRaise A Native - Native Dancer
Gold Digger - Nashua
LypatiaLyphard - Northern Dancer
Hypatia - High Hat
Dance Image
1989
Sadler's WellsNorthern Dancer - Nearctic
Fairy Bridge - Bold Reason
Diamond SpringVaguely Noble - Vienna
Dumfries - Reviewer

Pedigree

The dam of Flower Alley, Princess Olivia, is by Lycius whose dam is a daughter of Lyphard.

Flower Alley’s fourth dam is a daughter of Goofed, the dam of Lyphard. This gives Princess Olivia a 4x4 double of Goofed, and a possible source of breeding excellence. She is dam of six runners, all winners, including two stakes winners in Japan, rated TFR 120/123. Both are by Deep Impact, whose dam Wind In Her Hair is a daughter of Alzao, by Lyphard. The pedigree of Wind In Her Hair makes her very close kin to Lyphard’s son Elliodor, whose dam is full sister to Busted, the damsire of Wind In Her Hair.

Deep Impact is from the same female line as Right Approach, who has several daughters out of Elliodor mares.

Flower Alley’s damsire Lycius is a full brother to the mare Sit Akul, who was imported to South Africa in 2002. She produced a single foal here, Gr1 placed Gr1 winner Eddington (MR 111), by Model Man – son of Elliodor.

Also from the female line of Flower Alley is stallion Kefaah (Blushing Groom), whose dam is a half sister to Lyphard and full sister to Gr1 winner Nobiliary.

The grandam of Distorted Humor, Sweetest Chant, is very close kin to Bold Reason and Never Bend. A large proportion of Distorted Humor’s G1 winners have Sadler’s Wells (as sire of dam, grandam, or damsire). Sadler’s Wells’ line of Bold Reason appears significant in his best offspring. Lalun, the dam of Bold Reason and Never Bend, is a noted La Troienne carrier. La Troienne is invariably present in multiples in Distorted Humor’s best offspring.

This apparent affinity for La Troienne (in Flower Alley present through Sadler’s Wells’ damsire Bold Reason) is emphasised in I’ll Have Another whose dam has a double of Bold Reason’s half brother Never Bend and whose damsire Pleasant Tap is from the La Troienne female line.

The close resemblance of performance at stud of Distorted Humor and Trippi makes the latter’s daughters interesting options for Flower Alley.

Notable Progeny

International G1 winners

I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (09c – Arch, Pleasant Tap) – Champion 3yo in USA 2012; G1 Kentucky Derby, G1 Preakness S., G1 Santa Anita Derby; sire in Japan (TFR 130)
LUKE’S ALLEY (10c – AP Indy, Dehere) – Champion Older Male in Canada 2014; won G1 Gulfstream Hcp
MY WANDY’S GIRL (09f – Unbridled’s Song, Easy Goer) – Champion 3yo Filly in PR; G1 Cl. Accion de Gracias
LILACS AND LACE (08f – Seattle Slew, Alydar) – G1 Ashland S
BULLARD’S ALLEY (12c – Kris S., Mr Prospector) – G1 Canadian Int. S, G3 Louisville H

Sales Analysis

BORN colt avg sold SI filly avg sold SI
2016 329,643 28 1.37 201,042 24 1.45
2017 176,964 28 0.98 121,667 27 1.07
2018 183,750 12 0.8 143,159 19 0.77
2019 176,667 9 0.92 65,714 7 0.48

Stamina

by highest winning distance of 3yo and up (the higher the count, the more reliable the %)

800/1399m 14/1600m 16/1999m 20/2399m 2400m+ count
18% 42% 20% 17% 3% 65

Best Rated Offspring

(SA only)

horse wins (SW) places (SP) stakes AR
Reunion 17c 1 (0) 1 (0) R 69,500 104
Azores 16c 4 (0) 3 (3) R 228,850 102
Princess Calla 17f 3 (2) 5 (5) R 572,500 102
Marygold 16f 4 (0) 3 (2) R 450,875 99
Bayberry 16c 2 (1) 5 (2) R 211,000 96
Santa Therese 17f 5 (1) 1 (0) R 176,250 95
Alibi Guy 16c 3 (0) 0 (0) R 196,875 95
Lemon Delight 17f 1 (0) 3 (1) R 361,125 94
Keep Smiling 16f 1 (0) 5 (1) R 190,125 94
Parterre 16c 2 (0) 3 (2) R 197,787 93

The Power Of Ratings

Colts

AR Band < 59 59 - 69 70 - 79 80 - 89 90 - 99 > 99 > 79 > 89 count
All Colts 26% 18% 27% 18% 8% 3% 29% 11% 22,983
Flower Alley 26% 13% 28% 23% 7% 3% 33% 10% 61

Fillies

AR Band < 54 54 - 64 65 - 74 75 - 84 85 - 94 > 94 > 74 > 84 count
All Fillies 27% 17% 26% 20% 7% 3% 30% 10% 22,507
Flower Alley 18% 14% 22% 25% 18% 4% 47% 22% 79

Black Type Offspring

with best career rating by distance category:
1000-1399m/14-1600m/1601-1999m/20-2399m/2400m+

  • Fayrooz 2016 filly 60/70/-/85/-
  • Diamond Game (Fort Wood x Western Winter)
  • Won SA Oaks Trial (L) 2000m
  • Flower Of Saigon 2017 filly 90/90/-/90/-
  • Miss Saigon (Captain Al x Badger Land)
  • 3rd East Coast Cup (L) 2000m
  • Keep Smiling 2016 filly 80/94/72/94/84
  • Queen Of All (Jallad x Royal Chalice)
  • 2nd Gr3 Fillies Mile 1600m
  • Pomander 2016 filly 57/74/83/87/92
  • Pure Spice (Black Minnaloushe x Badger Land)
  • 2nd Gr2 SA Oaks 2450m
  • Santa Therese 2017 filly 81/95/-/-/-
  • Santa Clarita (Tiger Ridge x West Man)
  • Won Breeders Guineas (L) 1600m

Stud Analysis

Colts

  • SSI 0.74
  • Stamina 1708m
  • Stakes Wins 1%
  • Black Type 6%
born foals rnrs wnrs w/r% SW SW/r% BT BT/r% wins SSI AR Stamina
2016 35 27 10 37% 1 4% 4 15% 29 1.12 70 1905m
2017 37 27 11 41% 0 0% 1 4% 12 0.63 65 1618m
2018 24 9 1 11% 0 0% 0 0% 1 0.49 64 1600m

Fillies

  • SSI 1.1
  • Stamina 1383m
  • Stakes Wins 3%
  • Black Type 8%
born foals rnrs wnrs w/r% SW SW/r% BT BT/r% wins SSI AR Stamina
2016 39 34 21 62% 1 3% 4 12% 36 1.01 69 1626m
2017 40 35 23 66% 2 6% 4 11% 38 1.51 70 1522m
2018 37 12 2 17% 0 0% 0 0% 2 0.78 63 1000m

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