A precocious and undefeated dual Group 1 star as a juvenile, Reckless Abandon did not become the top sprinter he had promised to be, but the grandson of Danzig (by Northern Dancer) had already done enough to secure a good spot at stud.
Sadly, he had fertility issues, was withdrawn from service at Kildangan Stud part-way through his first season, gelded and put into training, earning two listed-race placings from three starts. There are 14 known members of his sole crop.
The second foal out of dual winner Sant Elena (by Efisio), he is out of a half-sister to nine and 10-furlong Grade 1 scorer Ticker Tape (by Royal Applause) and to this year's Group 2-placed Group 3-winning sprinter Brando (by Pivotal). Ticker Tape's grandson War Decree (by War Front) won the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood a few weeks ago.
Their dam, Argent Du Bois (by Silver Hawk), is a half-sister to the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy winner and Grade 1 Pacific Classic runner-up Crowded House (by Rainbow Quest), and his fourth dam is the dual Grade 2 scorer Chapel Of Dreams (by Northern Dancer).
In addition to being the grandam of the US Grade 2 scorer Postponed (by Summer Squall), that mare is out of the Grade 1-placed triple Grade 2 winner Terlingua (by Secretariat) and so she is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner and dynasty-making stallion Storm Cat (by Storm Bird), and out of a half-sister to Group 1 star and prolific Group/Grade 1 sire Royal Academy (by Nijinsky).
With two-year-old form and a pedigree like this behind him, it is a pity that Reckless Abandon was unable to make the most of his opportunity at stud, and it will be interesting to see if one or more of the handful of offspring he produced can bring his name back to the fore.
RECKLESS ABANDON (GB) – b.2010 – Exchange Rate – Sant Elena, 5 wins inc Middle Park Stakes (Gr1), Prix Morny (Gr1), Prix Robert Papin (Gr2), Norfolk Stakes (Gr2), 2nd Scarborough Stakes (L), 3rd Temple Stakes (Gr2), Hopeful Stakes (L). Stood in Ireland. Only foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf – Akhmatova (by Cape Cross) Goffs Oct €120,000
bf – Baldovina (by Tale of The Cat) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
chc – Be Glad (by Selkirk) Goffs Oct not sold
chc – Croque Madame (by Galileo) Goffs Oct €65,000
bc – Guiana (by Tiger Hill) Arqana Aug €20,000
bc – Haven's Wave (by Whipper) Tattersalls Oct 62,000gns
bc – Honour And Obey (by Hurricane Run) Tattersalls IRE Sep €15,000
bc – May Day Queen (by Danetime) Tattersalls Oct 200,000gns
bf – Ponte Sanangelo (by Authorized) Arqana Aug €30,000
bf – Regal Fairy (by Desert King) Goffs UK Aug £28,000
bf – Shepherdia (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct 22,000gns
bf – Shomus (by Tiznow) Arqana Aug €48,000
bf – Silver Shoon (by Fasliyev) Goffs Oct withdrawn
bf – Symbol of Peace (by Desert Sun) Goffs Oct not sold
chc – Welsh Diva (by Selkirk) Goffs Oct not sold
grc – Zarabaya (by Doyoun) Goffs Oct not sold
Sires of Stallions