Pathfork (USA)

Distorted Humor - Visions Of Clarity (Sadler's Wells) bay, 2008 - height 16.1hh

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Race Record

$230.000 yearling at Keeneland.

In Ire, unbeaten at 2 from 3 starts, won 3 races, 1400m.

2nd fav for Gr1 2000 Guineas (behind Frankel), unplaced.

Champion Irish 2yo and

Highest Rated 2yo in Ireland 2010.

Rated Timeform 119+ at 2.

At 2   WON Gr1 National S. (1400m)

          WON Gr2 Futurity S. (1400m)

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
Visions Of Clarity
2000
Sadler's Wells
1981
Northern DancerNearctic - Nearco
Natalma - Native Dancer
Fairy BridgeBold Reason - Hail To Reason
Special - Forli
Imperfect Circle
1988
RivermanNever Bend - Nasrullah
River Lady - Prince John
AvianceNorthfields - Northern Dancer
Minnie Hauk - Sir Ivor

Pedigree

This is a major sire-producing female line, originating with Pathfork’s fifth dam Best In Show. Her daughter Sex Appeal is dam of El Gran Senor, Try My Best, Northern Guest (all by Northern Dancer). Another daughter Show Lady is 3rd dam of Redoute’s Choice (Danehill). Another daughter Monroe got Xaar and Modus Vivendi (both Zafonic). Then there’s Blush With Pride, grandam of US Classic winners Jazil (Seeking The Gold) and Rags To Riches (A.P. Indy). And then Pathfork’s dam, who is 3-part sister to Gr1 producing sire Spinning World (by Nureyev).

Pathfork’s dam Visions Of Clarity is inbred 3x3 to half brothers Bold Reason and Never Bend (together in Sadler’s Wells successful cross with Mill Reef/Shirley Heights).

The grandam of Pathfork’s sire 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.

Suitable Lines for Pathfork should include those from his own female line, pointing in the South African context especially at champion broodmare sire Northern Guest, and by extension female lines which have produced big winners by Northern Guest.

The La Troienne angle should remain of interest, notably through Buckpasser, who is well represented in the SA mare population – notably through Al Mufti & sons, Northern Guest, National Assembly, etc. Background elements of Bull Lea (Bull Page; Nijinsky, Real Delight) should further enhance this mix.

Inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells (Fort Wood) must be an option, as is adding members of the same female line, notably Nureyev and Golden Thatch. Sadler’s Wells damsire Bold Reason leads to Mill Reef, Shirley Heights, Riverman. Sir Ivor belongs in the same camp.

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

Suitable Lines

Suitable lines for Pathfork could include

  • Best In Show female line descendants, notably Northern Guest, Try My Best (Last Tycoon, Bel Byou), El Gran Senor, Modus Vivendi, Atso; Labeeb (kin-linked to this female line)
  • La Troienne female line descendants, notably Buckpasser (Northern Guest, Al Mufti, National Assembly, etc – widespread)
  • Dalmary female line descendants, incl Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Fairy King, Golden Thatch, etc
  • Lalun female line descendants Bold Reason and Never Bend (Mill Reef, Shirley Heights; Riverman, Irish River; etc), and Lalun’s kin-linked Mr Leader
  • Trippi, notably in combination with any of the above
  • Rose Leaves (full sister to Bull Lea) female line descendants (Native Chapeau, Diorissimo, Scented Royal; Sleek Gold; Noble Ambition), notably in combination with any of the above

(posted 2012)

Sales Analysis

BORN colt avg sold SI filly avg sold SI
2013 209,783 23 1.08 162,174 23 1.01
2014 205,263 19 1.08 213,261 23 1.07
2015 166,667 24 0.89 139,783 23 0.79
2016 125,278 18 0.77 151,429 14 1.11
2017 109,118 17 0.7 111,111 9 0.49
2018 80,500 10 0.44 53,338 6 0.34
2019 98,750 4 0.5 0 0

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
40% 47% 4% 6% 3% 140

Best Rated Offspring

(SA only)

horse wins (SW) places (SP) stakes AR
Mr Flood 15c 7 (2) 2 (1) R 649,824 118
Red Chesnut Road 13c 3 (1) 5 (1) R 431,300 112
Marchingontogether 15c 6 (2) 7 (2) R 777,525 111
Mighty High 15f 5 (2) 4 (2) R 1,037,949 111
Bingwa 17c 3 (0) 5 (2) R 234,600 107
Priceless Ruler 15c 6 (0) 5 (1) R 439,050 106
Secret Star 13f 6 (0) 3 (0) R 483,875 104
Madame Speaker 15f 10 (3) 12 (9) R 907,700 103
Elusive Path 13c 3 (0) 2 (0) R 443,550 102
Pearl Of Asia 16c 5 (0) 1 (0) R 283,625 102

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
Pathfork 17% 15% 24% 29% 8% 7% 44% 15% 125

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
Pathfork 9% 14% 33% 20% 18% 6% 45% 25% 110

Black Type Offspring

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

  • Desolate Road 2015 colt 100/99/-/-/-
  • Dark Journey (Black Minnaloushe x Rakeen)
  • 2nd Gr3 Umkhomazi S. 1200m
  • Fools Gold 2016 colt 81/95/-/-/-
  • Jodi's Gold (Goldmark x Wardlaw)
  • Won Model Man Mile (L) 1600m
  • Harlan County 2014 colt 74/89/80/-/-
  • Al Nibari (Al Mufti x Free State)
  • 2nd Secretariat S. (L) 1400m
  • Holly's Vision 2014 filly 89/89/-/-/-
  • Holly Wood (Fort Wood x Al Mufti)
  • 3rd Devon Air S. (L) 1400m
  • Look To The Sky 2016 colt 102/-/-/-/-
  • Stargazer Pink (Jallad x West Man)
  • 3rd Storm Bird S. (L) 1000m
  • My Friend Lee 2013 filly 93/89/72/-/-
  • Sister Sheila (West Man x Northern Jove)
  • Won Gr3 Magnolia Hcp 1160m
  • Pot Sox 2018 filly 79/-/-/-/-
  • Right Call (Point Given x A P Indy)
  • 3rd Dahlia Plate (L) 1200m
  • Priceless Ruler 2015 colt 90/106/91/-/-
  • Antonia's Law (National Assembly x Averof)
  • 3rd Thukela Hcp (L) 1600m
  • Turbo 2013 colt 90/81/-/-/-
  • Pelican Point (Jet Master x West Man)
  • 2nd Dahlia Plate (L) 1200m
  • Upper Ten 2017 filly 43/79/78/79/71
  • Kunye (Muhtafal x Northern Guest)
  • 3rd E-Cape Oaks (L) 2000m
  • Viking Trail 2015 colt 68/91/-/-/-
  • Nordic Spring (Fort Wood x Northern Guest)
  • 2nd Secretariat S. (L) 1400m

Stud Analysis

Colts

  • SSI 0.92
  • Stamina 1380m
  • Stakes Wins 3%
  • Black Type 8%
born foals rnrs wnrs w/r% SW SW/r% BT BT/r% wins SSI AR Stamina
2013 26 22 18 82% 1 5% 2 9% 55 1.11 83 1414m
2014 24 22 16 73% 0 0% 1 5% 33 0.53 77 1400m
2015 26 25 16 64% 2 8% 5 20% 48 1.08 76 1485m
2016 29 23 15 65% 1 4% 2 9% 29 0.95 73 1353m
2017 29 27 13 48% 0 0% 2 7% 18 0.78 68 1358m
2018 17 8 3 38% 0 0% 0 0% 3 1.11 66 1267m

Fillies

  • SSI 1.42
  • Stamina 1395m
  • Stakes Wins 4%
  • Black Type 11%
born foals rnrs wnrs w/r% SW SW/r% BT BT/r% wins SSI AR Stamina
2013 30 25 13 52% 1 4% 1 4% 48 1.18 70 1438m
2014 32 28 19 68% 2 7% 4 14% 56 1.17 76 1372m
2015 27 20 14 70% 2 10% 2 10% 41 1.84 74 1493m
2016 29 21 13 62% 1 5% 1 5% 30 0.86 71 1489m
2017 20 16 9 56% 0 0% 1 6% 10 0.8 71 1380m
2018 10 4 2 50% 0 0% 1 25% 2 2.64 74 1200m

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