Although she entered the world thousands of miles distant from Runnymede’s base in Kentucky, a filly who is among the first foals sired by European champion Workforce also is the initial arrival in our 2013 foal crop.
Our second foal of the season was right on her heels—and also represents a key part of our international breeding program—as our Group 1 producer Palace Weekend delivered a colt by classic winner and leading sire King’s Best about 24 hours later in France.
The Workforce filly was produced by our mare Hunter’s Mark at Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm on January 31 and is a half sister to $466,050 earner Target Machine and to another multiple winner, Mikki Hunter. Hunter’s Mark’s half brother, Japanese Derby (G1) winner King Kamehameha, has been leading sire twice in Japan, and another half brother, The Deputy, won the Santa Anita Derby (G1).
This very international family also has produced South African juvenile champion Musir, a Group 1 winner in that nation who went on to triumph in the $2 million UAE Derby (G2) on Dubai World Cup (G1) day and several other group stakes. Runnymede’s foundation mare Kazadancoa also is in the family.
The newborn filly, who arrived with Shadai covered in snow, was described by a farm official as “very healthy and energetic” and weighed in at 129 pounds. She has some of Workforce’s white marking on her face as well as two white socks on her hind legs.
Workforce was a force to be reckoned with in his three-year-old season in 2010, when he won the Epsom Derby (G1) in course record time in only his third career start for his owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms. By King’s Best and out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Soviet Moon, Workforce defeated Europe’s best with a determined victory in that year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) to earn his championship honors. He stood his first season at the Shadai Stallion Station last year.
Meanwhile, Palace Weekend—who is a half sister to millionaire and Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Tejano Run—delivered her very promising colt at Hubert Honore’s Haras d'Omméel in Normandy. The newborn is a half brother to Racing Post Trophy (G1) winner Palace Episode and to Runnymede’s European-based broodmare Adventure, dam of Irish Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1-placed Laughing Lashes.
Kazadancoa is the second dam of Palace Weekend, whose two-year-old filly by Invincible Spirit will be trained by Nicolas Clement for Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay in France. She has been named With Your Spirit.