FIRST DEFENCE, with such runners as Group winner Dundonnell and the undefeated Close Hatches in his first crop, is receiving strong backing from Juddmonte, a full list can be seen in the March 23rd edition of the Blood Horse magazine.  In case you don’t subscribe, here are a handful of the mares that will be visiting him:

  • Flute, a multiple Gr.1 winner of over $1,000,000 who won the Kentucky Oaks, Gr.1
  • Gr.1 winner Announce
  • Gr.1 winner Yashmak
  • Gr.1 winner Price Tag
  • Rising Tornado, dam of the undefeated Kentucky Oaks bound Close Hatches (who runs in the Gazelle St. Gr.2 at Aqueduct on April 6th).
  • Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 producer True Flare, dam of three Graded stakes winners
  • Multiple Graded stakes winner Aviate
  • Gr.2 winner and stakes producer Didina (granddam of Gr.1 winner Cityscape and Graded stakes winner/multiple Gr.1 placed BATED BREATH)
  • Costume, a daughter of Danehill who won two Graded stakes at Santa Anita
  • Gr.1 producer Willstar
  • Gr.2 winner Apple of Kent
  • Soothing Touch, dam of Gr.2 performer Emollient, a daughter of FIRST DEFENCE’s close relative Empire Maker

Keep in mind that Juddmonte has already developed two highly successful sires from the immediate family of FIRST DEFENCE, namely Empire Maker and Chester House and that FIRST DEFENCE descends from the same sire line as Empire Maker who concluded 2012 ranked number two on the North American Sire List with progeny earnings of more than $10,000,000.

FIRST DEFENCE is by Unbridled's Song, a son of Unbridled, the sire of Empire Maker.  Unbridled's Song currently ranks fourth on the General Sire List.  FIRST DEFENCE’s dam Honest Lady, a daughter of Seattle Slew, was a Gr.1 winner of more than $894,000.  She is the half-sister not only to Gr.1 stakes winners and Gr.1 sires Empire Maker and Chester House but also to Gr.1 winner Chiselling and Gr.2 winner Decarchy – all out of Gr.1 winner and Broodmare of the Year Toussaud.

FIRST DEFENCE was a Gr.1 winner who displayed brilliant speed and the ability to carry his speed around two turns not to mention that he possesses an impeccable pedigree and the strong backing of Juddmonte; his future couldn’t be brighter.

Date: 3 April 2013