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Sagamix (foaled 15 March 1995) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1998 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Sagamix
Racing silks of Jean-Luc Lagardère.svg
Racing colours of Jean-Luc Lagardère
SireLinamix
GrandsireMendez
DamSaganeca
DamsireSagace
SexStallion
Foaled15 March 1995
CountryFrance
ColourGrey
BreederJean-Luc Lagardere
OwnerJean-Luc Lagardere
Godolphin Racing
TrainerAndre Fabre
Saeed bin Suroor
Record9: 4-0-1
Major wins
Prix Niel (1998)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1998)

BackgroundEdit

Sagamix is a grey horse bred by his first owner Jean-Luc Lagardere. He inherited his grey coat from his sire Linamix, who won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains for Lagardere in 1990. Sagamix's dam, Saganeca, was a high class racemare who won the Prix de Royalieu in 1991. Sagamix was a dark-coated grey during his racing career, but lightened with age and in his stud career became almost white.[1]

Lagardere sent his colt into training with Andre Fabre at Chantilly.

Racing careerEdit

1998: three-year-old seasonEdit

Having been unraced as a two-year-old, Sagamix made his debut in the Prix Hippolyte over 2400 metres at Saint-Cloud Racecourse in March and won comfortably by three quarters of a length.[2] A month later at Longchamp he won the Prix des Marronniers, beating Dream Well by a neck.[3] Sagamix was off the course for almost five months after his win at Longchamp, but his form was boosted when Dream Well won both the Prix du Jockey Club and the Irish Derby.

Sagamix returned to the racecourse for the Prix Niel at Longchamp in September. His opponents included Dream Well and Croco Rouge, first and second in the Prix du Jockey Club and the Derby Italiano winner Central Park. Ridden by Olivier Peslier, Sagamix took the lead in the closing stages and won by one and a half lengths from Croco Rouge.[4] In the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on 4 October, Sagamix started 5/2 favourite in a field of fourteen runners. Peslier held the colt up in the earlier stages before making his challenge in the straight. He took the lead in the closing stages to win by a neck from the British filly Leggera, with the German colt Tiger Hill in third.[5][6]

1999: four-year-old seasonEdit

On his first appearance since his win in the Arc, Sagamix started odds-on favourite for the Prix Ganay in May 1999. He lost his unbeaten record as he finished fourth of the six runners behind Dark Moondancer. On his only other race of 1999 he finished fourth behind the Japanese challenger El Condor Pasa in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July.[7] Later that year, he was bought by Godolphin Racing and sent to join the stable of Saeed bin Suroor.

2000: five-year-old seasonEdit

On his first appearance for Godolphin, Sagamix finished ninth of the sixteen runners behind Fantastic Light in the Dubai Sheema Classic, beaten seventeen lengths. His two remaining appearances were similarly disappointing. He finished last in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and third of the four runners behind Montjeu in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud a month later.[8]

AssessmentEdit

In their book "A Century of Champions", based on the Timeform rating system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Sagamix an "inferior" Arc winner.[9]

Stud recordEdit

Sagamix has made little impact as a stallion of flat racers, but has had some success as a sire of jumpers. In 2012 he was standing at a stud fee of £1,500 at the Overbury stud in Gloucestershire.[1][10]

PedigreeEdit

Pedigree of Sagamix (FR), grey, 1995[11]
Sire
Linamix (GB)
1987
Mendez
1981
Bellypha Lyphard
Belga
Miss Carina Caro
Miss Pia
Lunadix
1972
Breton Relko
La Melba
Lutine Alcide
Mona
Dam
Saganeca (USA)
1988
Sagace
1980
Luthier Klairon
Flute Enchantee
Seneca Chaparral
Schonbrunn
Haglette
1978
Hagley Olden Times
Tio Pepi
Sucrette Zucchero
Le Mirambule(Family: 11-d)[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sagamix". Ovstud.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  2. ^ "Prix Hippolyte". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  3. ^ "Prix Marronniers". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  4. ^ "Prix Niel". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  5. ^ "Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  6. ^ Grabone.ie. "Arc triumph for classy Sagamix - Sport". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  7. ^ "Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud 1999". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  8. ^ "Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud 2000". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  9. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  10. ^ "Sagamix Stud Record". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  11. ^ "Sagamix pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  12. ^ "Flight - Family 11-d". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-10-20.