MORE CHAM­PI­ONS OF THE TOUCH­STONE DI­VI­SION

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Alsab, 1939, is a de­scen­dant of Commando through Colin 1905. By Good Goods out of Winds Chant, his dam traces back to Ben Brush, Peter Pan and St. Simon. The cham­pion colt of 1941 and 1942, Alsab had 51 ca­reer starts with 25 wins, 10 of which were con­sec­u­tive. He was the 1942 win­ner of the Preak­ness. Al­ways in high-class stakes com­pany, Alsab had plenty of “stayer” ca­pa­bil­ity. Com­pare his con­for­ma­tion to that of Dark Ron­ald or Son-in-Law, Si­cam­bre or Gal­lant Man, and con­trast it with that of Kelso, St. Simon or Round Ta­ble.

Plau­dit, 1895, harks di­rectly back to Eclipse: Note the low withers, round body, short back, short fore­arms, rel­a­tively level pelvis, and more highly an­gu­lated hind limbs. If you make a trac­ing of this horse and lay it over the trac­ing of Eclipse, you will find the two horses very sim­i­lar, the main dif­fer­ence be­ing that Plau­dit’s can­non bones are pro­por­tion­ally longer. This should not be sur­pris­ing: Plau­dit is by Him­yar, him­self a grand­son of Eclipse, out of Cin­derella who de­scends from Eclipse through Hark­away on the sire side but also traces to Eclipse in tail-fe­male. Him­yar was “a sprinter of ques­tion­able stamina.” Plau­dit won eight of 20 ca­reer starts, in­clud­ing the 1898 Ken­tucky Derby. Plau­dit rep­re­sents the di­rec­tion that Thor­ough­bred breed­ing was des­tined to take dur­ing the 20th cen­tury: fa­vor­ing the sprinter above all else. Plau­dit’s descen­dants Min­nesota Mac and Great Above were, like their sire and grand­sire, sprint spe­cial­ists—the lat­ter set­ting a cou­ple of track records at six fur­longs.

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