Somethingroyal (March 12, 1952 – June 9, 1983) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known as the dam of the 1973 U.S. Triple Crown champion and Hall of Fame inductee Secretariat. She also produced three other stakes winners and was named the 1973 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.

GrandsirePrince Rose
FoaledMarch 12, 1952[1]
CountryUnited States
BreederChristopher Chenery
OwnerChristopher Chenery
Record1: 0-0-0
Kentucky Broodmare of the Year 1973
Last updated on July 15, 2011

Background Edit

Somethingroyal was bred in Virginia by her owner Christopher Chenery's Meadow Stud. Her sire was Princequillo, an Irish-bred horse who originally had a reputation as a "plodder" because his major victories came in long distance races. Princequillo soon proved himself an outstanding sire, known for transmitting his stamina.[2] Somethingroyal's dam Imperatrice was a stakes winning mare who was bought by Chenery at a dispersal sale in 1947 for $30,000. Imperatrice was the dam of six stakes winners but is now best known for producing Somethingroyal, who raced only once, finishing unplaced.[3]

Broodmare career Edit

Somethingroyal was named the 1973 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year when at age 18 she became the oldest mare to foal an American Triple Crown winner, Secretariat.[4] She had already established herself as a "blue hen", having produced several stakes-winning and stakes-placed horses. Her most important foals included:[1][5]

  • Cherryville (foaled in 1958) – sired by Correspondent. Was stakes-placed and became a successful producer
  • Sir Gaylord (1959) – by Turn-To. Won six stakes races and later became an excellent sire, whose offspring include Sir Ivor
  • Mostar (1961) – by Double Jay. Stakes-placed
  • First Family (1962) – by First Landing. Stakes winner
  • Swansea (1963) – by Turn-to. Winless but became a successful producer
  • Grand Coulee (1964) – by First Landing. Stakes-placed and producer
  • Syrian Sea (1965) – by Bold Ruler. Multiple stakes winner and successful producer
  • The Bride (1969) – by Bold Ruler. Winless but became a successful producer
  • Secretariat (1970) – by Bold Ruler. Triple Crown winner, Hall of Fame inductee, good sire and leading broodmare sire
  • Somethingfabulous (1972) – by Northern Dancer. Grade I-placed and good regional sire
  • Straight Flush (1975) - by Riva Ridge. Race winner and sire.
  • Queen's Colours (1976) – by Reviewer. Winless but became a successful producer

Somethingroyal produced 18 named foals, 15 of which started and 11 of which won. She was pensioned from broodmare duty in 1978 and died in 1983 at the age of 31.[1]

As both Secretariat and Sir Gaylord were successful sires, inbreeding to Somethingroyal became fairly common in later generations. Weekend Surprise, the 1992 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year and dam of leading sire A.P. Indy, is an example of such inbreeding. Somethingroyal is one of the key influences tracked by the Rasmussen Factor, a Thoroughbred breeding theory that measures inbreeding to superior producers.[6]

Pedigree Edit

Pedigree of Somethingroyal, bay mare, 1952[7]
Prince Rose (GB)
Rose Prince (FR) *Prince Palatine
Eglantine (FR)
Indolence (GB) Gay Crusader (GB)
Barrier (GB)
*Papyrus Tracery
Miss Matty (GB)
Quick Thought (GB) White Eagle (GB)
Mindful (GB)
*Polymelian Polymelus (GB)
Sweet Music Harmonicon
Brown Bud *Brown Prince II
June Rose
Assignation *Teddy
Cinq a Sept (family: 2-s)[8]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c Avalyn Hunter. "Somethingroyal (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Princequillo (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Imperatrice (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  4. ^ Avalyn Hunter. "Triple Crown Connections". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Somethingroyal Offspring". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Thoroughbred Pedigree Review of KEESEP Hip #4233 -- A Rasmussen Factor Case Study". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Somethingroyal 5-Cross Pedigree". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Orville Mare - Family 2-s".