A dual Grade 1 winner by Bernardini, Alpha is a grandson of A.P. Indy (by Seattle Slew), whose descendants have forged one of the most powerful dynasties in North America.
This young stallion was runner-up to Union Rags in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at two, dead-heated with Golden Ticket in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at three and beat Flat Out on a muddy track in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at four.
He stands at Sequel Stallions in New York, covered 68 mares in his first season and 78 in his second one. He is unlikely to have many representatives in Europe, but his first crop includes a colt catalogued in the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.
Alpha is out of Munnaya (by Nijinsky), who won the Listed Oaks Trial Stakes at Lingfield, and that makes him a half-brother to several blacktype earners, notably the pattern-placed French stakes winner Mystic Melody (by Seattle Slew) and triple Grade 2-placed Lavender Sky (by Mt Livermore).
The mare is a half-sister to the pattern-placed French listed scorers Sheer Reason (by Danzig) and Mall Queen (by Sheikh Albadou) and out of Hiaam (by Alydar), who won the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in 1986.
That useful European form adds interest to the prospects of any runners the stallion may have here and yet the achievements of those relations are just the tip of the iceberg. That's because the third dam of Alpha is the Canadian champion Kamar (by Key To The Mint).
In addition to being the dam of the US Grade 1 stars Gorgeous (by Slew O'Gold) and Seaside Attraction (by Seattle Slew) – among others of note – she is the ancestor of top-level winners on three continents, including the European Group 1 scorers Music Show (by Noverre), Desert Lord (by Green Desert), and Fantastic Light (by Rahy).
ALPHA (USA) - b.2009 - Bernardini - Munnaya, 6 wins inc Travers Stakes (Gr1), Woodward Stakes (Gr1), Jim Dandy Stakes (Gr2), Withers Stakes (Gr3), Count Fleet Stakes (L), 2nd Wood Memorial Stakes (Gr1), Champagne Stakes (Gr1),, 3rd Alydar Stakes (L). Sire in USA. First foals in 2016.
bc - Forever Valentine (by Silver Deputy) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug withdrawn
bf - Frances G (by Officer) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug $15,000
chf - Girl Show (by Wild Rush) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug $35,000
c - Humble Street (by Street Sense) Keeneland Sept $40,000
chc - Listed City (by Cuvee) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug withdrawn
c - Moss Rose (by Elusive Quality) Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Oct withdrawn
bc - Palestrina (by Medaglia d'Oro) Tattersalls IRE Sept €17,000
c - Royal Discovery (by Allen's Prospect) Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Oct $2,000
f - Sassy Me (by Henny Hughes) Equine Sales LTBA Aug $1,000
c - So Sharp (by Saint Liam) Keeneland Sept not sold
f - Stormy Peron (by Hard Spun) Keeneland Sept $12,000
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