Small crops for the Calumet Farm stallion – he covered 25 mares in his first season and 45 in his second – but as a son of the dynasty-making stallion A.P. Indy (by Seattle Slew) and out of the prolific Grade 1 star Sightseek (by Distant View), he certainly has the pedigree to spring a few surprises.
His dam won seven times at the highest level, her half-sister Tates Creek (by Rahy) won both the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes and Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap), and their sibling Quest To Peak (by Distant View) is the dam of one of the luckiest fillies of the modern era.
Special Duty (by Hennessy) won the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes as a two-year-old and was crowned champion of her sex that year. Her record shows that she completed a classic double at three, taking both the Group 1 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) at Longchamp, but she was actually pipped by Jacqueline Quest in the former and by Liliside in the latter, and got both races in the stewards' room.
Nijinsky Star (by Nijinsky), the unraced third dam of Raison d'Etat, was a half-sister to Six Crowns (by Secretariat), the Grade 1-placed stakes-winning dam of champion and notable sire Chief's Crown (by Danzig), her own descendants include Group 1 Prix de la Foret heroine Etoile Montante (by Miswaki) and Grade 2 winner Pollard's Vision (by Carson City), who is the sire of multiple Grade 1 star Blind Luck, and her dam was the champion and multiple Grade 1 heroine Chris Evert (by Swoon's Son).
Raison d'Etat (USA) – b.2008 - A.P. Indy – Sightseek, 2 wins inc 2nd Curlin Stakes (L), 3rd Discovery Handicap (Gr3). Sire in USA. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
f – Bella Bandita (by Dynaformer) Fasig-Tipton KY July not sold
f - Bella Bandita (by Dynaformer) Fasig-Tipton KY Oct $5,000
f – Colonial Empress (by Empire Maker) Keeneland Sept not sold
c - Dance Away Capote (by Capote) Fasig-Tipton KY Oct $1,200
c – Dixie Tempo (by Major Impact) Keeneland Sept $1,100
c – Elle Special (by Giant's Causeway) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
f – Hard Lesson (by Dynaformer) Keeneland Sept $2,000
f - Jen's Guinness R N (by Cee's Tizzy) Fasig-Tipton KY Oct $1,000
c – Jessamy Lane (by Hennessy) Keeneland Sept not sold
c – La Flamme (by Giant's Causeway) Keeneland Sept $2,000
f – Mosaic (by Storm Cat) Keeneland Sept $2,500
c – Quality Gift (by Last Tycoon) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
f – Santa Gertrudis (by Machiavellian) Keeneland Sept $1,200
c – Star Attraction (by Storm Cat) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
f – Tizbo (by Tiznow) Keeneland Sept $3,500
Sires of Stallions