Signature Red

Bernstein - Irish and Foxy, by Irish Open

A Leading Young Sire in Canada

  • 2019: multiple Stakes winner Red Cabernet, etc.
  • Canada's #1 Third Crop Sire in 2018 & Top 8 General Sire
  • Canada's #1 sire by 'ABC Index' (2.12) higher than Tapit, Medaglia d'Oro, Quality Road, etc.
  • World's #1 sire by 2YO 'ABC Index' (3.78) higher than War Front, Galileo, Uncle Mo, etc. 
  • Sire of additional Stakes winners Signature Spring, unbeaten Latonka, etc. 
  • Sire of 9% blacktype winners/starters
  • Speedy multiple G2-winning sprinter & Sovereign Award finalist
  • Won/placed in 10 Stakes on turf & all-weather, earned $630,232
  • By the top international Storm Cat son Bernstein, a Champion sire of 15 G1 winners around the globe, including Breeders' Cup winners Tepin & Karakontie
Signature Red Bernstein Storm Cat Storm Bird
La Affirmed Affirmed
La Mesa
Irish and Foxy
Irish Open Irish Tower
Royal Loom
Fast and Foxy Horatius
Fat Wood

Red Cabernet - Eternal Search S.
Red Cabernet - Victoriana Stakes
Latonka - Bull Page S.
Signature Spring - Colin S.
Red Cabernet - Algoma S.
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
3 8 3 0 3 $134,735
4 9 2 3 1 $247,810
5 8 1 3 3 $247,810
6 2 0 0 0 $10,499
Totals 27 6 6 7 $630,232

At 3


  • Kennedy Road S. -G3

At 4


  • Highlander S. -G2


  • Kennedy Road S. -G3


  • Vigil S. -G3

At 5
Sovereign Award finalist


  • Highlander S. -G2


  • Jacques Cartier S. 
  • Bold Venture S. 
  • King Corrie S.  


  • Vigil S. -G3 
  • Kennedy Road S. -G3


Giant Gizmo's Cooler Mike Leads Parade of Adena Springs North SWs on Canadian Millions Card

Adena Springs North stallions were represented by a trio of stakes winners and three additional...

Adena Springs North stallions were represented by a trio of stakes winners and three additional stakes-placed runners on the 2019 Canadian Millions program at Woodbine Racecourse. 

Cooler Mike and jockey Luis Contreras kicked off the stakes action with a 2-1/4-length victory over 1-1/2 miles on the grass in the Halton Stakes for three-year-olds and up.

Cooler Mike took the lead heading down the backstretch and shook clear of stalkers Eskiminzin and Ethical Funds with a half-mile to go. He completed the route in 2:27.77 over firm turf.

The four-year-old Giant Gizmo-Executive Affair gelding, who was a runner-up in the Simcoe Stake as a juvenile and hit the board in both the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, broke through for his first stakes win.

Cooler Mike was cross-entered in the Elgin Stakes, but his connections ultimately opted for the E.P. Taylor Turf test tonight and that decision proved to be a winning one.

“We changed our mind about 50 times in the last week,” said trainer Nick Nosowenko, who co-owns and bred the chestnut gelding with his father Mike. “It really came down to if we got rain last night. It’s been so hard and I wasn’t going to run him if it was very hard like it’s been all week so I think we got lucky and he ran a huge race. He loved it out there.”

Sent postward as the 2-1 second choice, Cooler Mike paid $6.70 to his backers. Progeny of his barnmates at Adena Springs North filled out the trifecta with Sligo Bay's Full Extreme finishing second ahead of the Milwaukee Brew gelding Prideofdistinction.

A few races later, Piano Bar Racing’s Red Cabernet followed up her Eternal Search Stakes victory two weeks ago with another winning performance in the Algoma for fillies and mares over 1-1/16 miles on the Tapeta.

Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson was able to get Red Cabernet into a nice rhythm stalking pacesetter Crumlin Queen through comfortable early fractions before winning a four-way stretch duel into steady wind. Joined on the outside by Bear Paw and a drifting Alice’s War, Red Cabernet forged 1-1/4 lengths ahead as the wire approached to win in 1:45.45 for trainer Ian Black.

“I think she a good horse. She’s versatile, she does the best every time she comes out to play,” said Wilson. “My biggest concern was what the pace structure was going to be like early. I was hoping to have a little more in front of me to cover her up, but she stalked the pace happy, you know, outside of cover, and she was confident and gained the whole way down the lane.”

Bred by Paul Buttigieg, the five-year-old Signature Red-Gold Leaf Rose mare now has seven wins from 24 starts.


Defending champion Kingsport earned his 11th stakes victory winning a three-horse tussle in the Elgin Stakes under Patrick Husbands for trainer Sid Attard and owners Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc.

Thor’s Rocket led briefly out of the gate before Aheadbyacentury took control with Kingsport stalking closely in third throughout the 1-1/16-mile contest on the Tapeta. The tight trio then duked it out down the lane with Kingsport ultimately coming out on top by a head in a final time of 1:44.18. Thor’s Rocket bested Aheadbyacentury by three-quarters of a length.

Kingsport paid $3.40 to win as the race favourite.

Kingsport is two-for-two this year having also won the Steady Growth Stakes in mid-June. Lifetime, the seven-year-old Milwaukee Brew-Green Jewel gelding has compiled a record reading 13-7-3 from 33 starts with the lion’s share of the purse pushing his bankroll just over the million-dollar mark in Canadian earnings. He was bred by Richard Moylan.


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Top Runners
Signature Red has sired:
(Click name for 5-cross pedigree & nicking information)

RED CABERNET - $312,588
(dam by Deputy Commander)
1st Victoriana S. (8.5F, Turf)
1st Eternal Search S. (8.5F Turf)
1st Algoma S. (8.5F, AW)
2nd Overskate S. (7F, AW)
2nd La Prevoyante S. (8F, Turf)

(dam by Outflanker)
1st Colin S. (6F, AW)
2nd Bull Page S. (6F, AW)

LATONKA - $81,624
(dam by Dance to Destiny)
1st Bull Page S. (6F, AW)


Progeny Photo Gallery Mating Recommendations

Updated October 9, 2017 

Signature Red is a son of the top international Storm Cat stallion Bernstein, a Champion Sire and sire of 19 G1 winners around the globe. He has a pedigree free of Mr. Prospector, shows Northern Dancer back in his fifth generation and Raise A Native further back still in the sixth.

Signature Red’s SW Signature Spring is out of a mare by the Danzig son Outflanker and the overall Storm Cat/Danzig cross is approaching 400 stakes winners worldwide. Outflanker is bred on the Danzig/Alydar cross similar to Hard Spun putting his daughters and granddaughters in play. We also find Danzig in the pedigree of SW Latonka, whose damsire is bred on the Mr. Prospector/Danzig cross. Distorted Humor and Fusaichi Pegasus are among the stallions bred on this cross and mares showing those influences are candidates for Signature Red. Exchange Rate is bred on the reverse of the Mr. Prospector/Danzig cross. Distorted Humor is particularly compelling as he’s a son of Forty Niner. Bernstein is the sire of at least five stakes winners out of Forty Niner granddaughters, four of those, including a G1 winner, are out of daughters of Roar. Forty Niner is found in the pedigree of Signature Red’s SW Red Cabernet (2nd dam by Twining).

Other contemporary Canadian sources of Danzig include the late Langfuhr son Wando and Adena Springs’ own Silent Name, who’s out of a mare by the great Danzig stallion Danehill.

Silent Name mares are especially interesting for Signature Red as one of Bernstein’s Breeders’ Cup winners, 2014 Mile hero Karakontie, is out of a mare by Silent Name’s sire Sunday Silence (by Halo). The larger Bernstein/Halo cross has produced at least eight more stakes winners including four other G1 winners and a G3 winner by a Bernstein son. Many of these are out of daughters of Southern Halo, making mares showing his terrific son More Than Ready very interesting for Signature Red as well.

Based on Bernstein’s success, other Mr. Prospector-line targets for Signature Red include Carson City, Gone West, Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid), Gulch (sire of Court Vision), Seeking the Gold (sire of Where’s the Ring) and Fappiano (grandsire of Niigon).

Mares showing the Mr. Prospector grandson Street Cry are also worth consideration as he’s a source of both Halo and Never Bend. The latter influence is found in a pair of Signature Red’s early stakes horses. The Street Cry male-line in North America includes Street Sense, Street Boss and former Canadian stallion Victor's Cry.

Bernstein had a good deal of success in South America with mares by the Buckpasser stallion Egg Toss. Remaining North American sources of Buckpasser include grandsons like the former Adena Springs stallion Einstein (by Spend a Buck), Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm (by Silver Buck) and Montbrook (by Buckaroo). The aforementioned Seeking the Gold and Exchange Rate merit consideration based on this evidence as well. Seeking the Gold is by Mr. Prospector out of a Buckpasser daughter while Exchange Rate is by Danzig out of a Seeking the Gold daughter.

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