Updated October 11, 2016
Fort Larned is a grandson of the great Mr. Prospector out of a mare by the multiple Grade 1 winner and champion sire, Broad Brush. Fort Larned has a pedigree free of Northern Dancer and Seattle Slew and he should go well with mares from a wide variety of broodmare lines.
Northern Dancer-line mares are obvious targets for Fort Larned and the Danzig, Storm Cat, Dixieland Band, Sadler’s Wells and Nijinsky II branches hold particular appeal.
For Larned's sire, E Dubai, has sired stakes winners out of mares by four different Danzig-line stallions: Dayjur, Langfuhr, Pine Bluff and Redoute’s Choice. War Front and Exchange Rate are bred on the Danzig/Mr. Prospector cross similar to Dayjur, making their daughters and granddaughters good candidates for Fort Larned. Redoute’s Choice is by Danzig’s top son Danehill, while mares by Langfuhr’s late son Lawyer Ron may also go well with Fort Larned.
E Dubai has sired stakes winners out of mares by the Storm Cat stallions Bernstein, Mountain Cat and Cat Thief. Daughters and granddaughters of other Storm Cat-line stallions are also strong candidates, stallions like Giant’s Causeway, Tale of the Cat, Forest Wildcat, Hennessy, Harlan's Holiday, Forestry, Stormy Atlantic and Bluegrass Cat.
E Dubai has sired a Grade 2 winner out of a Dixieland Band mare and a Grade 3 winner out of a granddaughter of Dixieland Band. This makes mares by Dixieland Band-line stallions Dixie Union, Union Rags and Gone Astray strong contenders for Fort Larned.
G2W My Gi Gi is by E Dubai out of a mare by Sadler’s Wells, and 2016 G3 winner Willy Dubai is out of a Sadler’s Wells granddaughter. The Sadler’s Wells sire line is going strong in North America primarily through El Prado’s sons Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. Medaglia d’Oro’s daughters and granddaughters are especially interesting as he is out of a Damascus-line mare. E Dubai has sired at least five stakes winners, including G2W High Heels, out of mares carrying the Damascus influence. Among the others is SW Siren Lure out of a mare by Gilded Time.
High Heels also shows Nijinsky II in her pedigree as does G2W Ego and an additional E Dubai stakes winner.
Mr. Prospector over A. P. Indy is approaching 100 stakes winners. Many of A. P. Indy’s good sire sons are out of Mr. Prospector mares (Malibu Moon, Pulpit, Mineshaft, etc.) and E Dubai has sired at least four stakes winners out of mares that reinforce the Mr. Prospector influence. Two of those stakes winners are out of mares that show Fappiano, including SW Fordubai out of a mare by Unbridled. This put mares from the Tapit and Bernardini offshoots in play for Fort Larned as both are bred A. P. Indy over Fappiano.
Fordubai is one of the nearly 40 stakes winners bred on the Mr. Prospector/Unbridled cross. Seventeen of those are out of daughters of Unbridled’s Song and another trio are out of daughters of Grindstone making daughters of his son, Birdstone, interesting for Fort Larned. Another Unbridled son, Broken Vow (out of a Nijinsky II mare), is the broodmare sire of two more stakes winners in this sample, including a 2016 graded winner.