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Runnymede Mare Hails From Derby Winner’s Super Family

Miss Forest City and her colt by Big BrownSuper Saver’s dramatic victory in the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 1 gave yet another a tremendous boost to young Runnymede broodmare Miss Forest City, who shares the same phenomenally successful female family.

Miss Forest City and Super Saver have the same third and fourth dams, stemming from champion Numbered Account and her Grade 1-winning daughter Dance Number, by Northern Dancer.

The names that appear in this family already span numerous stellar performers including no fewer than seven Grade/Group 1 winners and a number of internationally successful sires, as well as the promising young stallion Bluegrass Cat.

“She is typical of the type of mare Mr. Clay and I shop for at the sales when we are expanding our broodmare band,” Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd said of Miss Forest City, a six-year-old by Coronado’s Quest. “She is beautifully conformed, of good size and comes from a family with a lot of depth and classic credentials.”

Miss Forest City has produced two foals since she was acquired as a maiden in the fall of 2007, a robust yearling filly by Exchange Rate and a handsome colt by champion and dual classic winner Big Brown who was born in March at the farm.

Clearly, the family—which traces directly on the female side back to the remarkable broodmare La Troienne—continues to thrive even beyond Super Saver. Sea Chanter, a half sister to Miss Forest City, earned more than $500,000 through 2009 while placing in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (G1) and winning the Miesque Stakes (G3).

Never worse than third in her racing career, Miss Forest City was produced by the Grade 1-placed Easy Goer mare Smooth Charmer, who is a half sister to international sire Mutakddim and to the dam of 2008 Suburban Handicap (G1) winner and young stallion Frost Giant.

Smooth Charmer’s dam Oscillate, by Seattle Slew, is a half sister to champion and sire Rhythm and successful sire Not For Love in addition to Get Lucky, a graded stakes-winning Mr. Prospector mare. Get Lucky has produced three graded stakes winners, including 2009 Jerome Handicap (G2) winner Girolamo and Grade 1-placed Daydreaming and Accelerator, as well as the dams of Super Saver and Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) winner Bluegrass Cat, who already has sired two juvenile winners from his first crop.

Oscillate’s dam, Dance Number, is a half sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and top sire Private Account, who sired the legendary undefeated filly Personal Ensign, as well as to track record setter and sire Polish Numbers.

Miss Forest City's yearling filly by Exchange RateMiss Forest City's yearling filly by Exchange RateMiss Forest City's yearling filly by Exchange Rate Runnymede plans to offer Miss Forest City’s roan Exchange Rate filly at the Keeneland September yearling sale, giving buyers a chance to tap into this extraordinary bloodline. The filly is a pleasing combination of her dam’s lovely conformation with her sire’s size and substance.

Miss Forest City’s foal by Big Brown also is full of promise. “If this is the type of foal the sire produces, he has a bright future,” O’Dowd said.

On the same day Super Saver defeated the 19 best classic contenders America could offer in the Kentucky Derby, Miss Forest City was confirmed in foal to champion Kitten’s Joy.

And that’s not all Runnymede has to anticipate in the future from this remarkable family. Runnymede owns another young mare who claims Numbered Account as her fourth dam, Toni DeNitto, who is by the outstanding broodmare sire Quiet American.

Toni DeNitto’s first foal is a two-year-old colt by Aptitude named Magnet Cove. She has a yearling filly by Stephen Got Even that Runnymede will offer at the Keeneland September sale and a bay filly by Sky Mesa foaled on April 20. Toni DeNitto will be bred back to Exchange Rate.