Stallion Synopsis – Keano

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A $450,000 yearling purchase, KEANO, is a stakes winning sprinter with a superlative stallion pedigree. He is by Pins – the leading son of Champion Two-Year-Old and Sprinter, Snippets – out of a half-sister to Champion racehorse and Champion Sire, O’Reilly. His granddam, Champion Two-Year-Old Courtza is one of an elite group of juveniles to have won both the Golden Slipper             (Group 1) and Blue Diamond Stakes (Group 1). In turn, Courtza is a sister to the multiple grade one winning Our Pompeii.


KEANO has only one strain of Northern Dancer. Pins has sired nine stakes winners when crossed over mares from the Northern Dancer line, and he has enjoyed considerable success when bred to mares by O’Reilly, which here would give a 3 x 3 inbreeding to the brilliant Courtza. This also suggests crossing KEANO with mares descending from Last Tycoon, the sire of O’Reilly. He could be brought in through Bigstone, Iglesia, Just Awesome, Magic of Money, Marju and Monde Bleu (who both might be particularly good here), Poliuto and Towkay. There is also a stakes winner by Snippets out of a mare by Al Hareb (by El Gran Senor, a brother to the sire of Last Tycoon). Pins, also has two stakes winners of mares descending from Northern Dancer through Sadler’s Wells. These are both out of daughters of Carnegie, but Sadler’s Wells could also be brought in through Galileo, Montjeu, Scenic (and his son, Blevic), and Barathea (and his sons, Toubong and Easy Rocking). It is also worth considering Sadler’s Wells’ brother Fairy King (sire of Encosta de Lago, Helissio, Revoque and Shinko King), and three-parts-brother, Perugino (whose son, Testa Rossa, would be good).


The are some other branches of Northern Dancer that have done well under Snippets line stallions. These include Danzatore, Nijinsky II (who is available through stallions such as Western Symphony, Whiskey Road, and Royal Academy, and his son, Bel Esprit, Tights, and Caerleon, sire of Bletchley Park, Generous and Alquoz), Be My Guest (Snippets having sired stakes winners out of mares by that horse’s sons, What a Guess, Prego and Raami), Storm Bird (sire of Bluebird, and Storm Cat, who is available through Hennessy, Tale of the Cat, Giant’s Causeway, Catrail, and High Yeild). Pins has had little opportunity with Danzig line mares, but the Snippets line has done well with mares from that line, with stakes winners from daughters of Danehill, and his sons, Danzero, Polish Precedent, Pine Bluff, Lure (sire of Orpen), and Chief’s Crown (sire of Grand Lodge).


Other than Northern Dancer, the most successful cross for Snippets has been with mares from the Star Kingdom line. Branches of Star Kingdom that have produced stakes winners for Snippets include Biscay, through Marscay and Bletchingly; Kaoru Star (through Luskin Star) and Zephyr Bay. It could also be worth experimenting with Canny Lad, who gives well placed inbreeding to Lunchtime.


KEANO’s pedigree suggests that he might do well with mares carrying Kenmare, who can be sourced through Keltrice and Kenvain (who look very good here), Kenfair, and Metal Storm. It also appears that introducing Crown Jester and his son, Rory’s Jester (sire of Racer’s Edge), could be well worthwhile. Inbreeding to Vain could work well here with sources including Centro, Jetball, Keltrice, Kenvain, Bel Esprit, Take Your Partner, Sir Dapper and Testa Rossa.


KEANO might also work well with Sir Tristram (including Kaapstad and Grosvenor, both broodmare sires of stakes winners by Pins), Euclase and Rubiton, Riverman (available through Brief Truce, Rivotious, Loup Sauvage, and Sir Godfrey), Mill Reef (including Daylami, Manntari, Oak Ridge, Pas Seul and Water Mill), Seattle Slew (available through Air de France, Gleam Machine and Khozaam); Damascus (through Gilded Time and Salieri).


By: Alan Porter