Signature Red

Bernstein - Irish and Foxy, by Irish Open

A Leading Young Sire in Canada

  • 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 Stakes winners Red Cabernet, 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 - Victoriana Stakes
Latonka - Bull Page S.
Signature Spring - Colin 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


Red Cabernet Is Latest Stakes Winner for Signature Red

Red Cabernet defeated defending Victoriana Stakes champion Niigon’s Eclipse to give her...

Red Cabernet defeated defending Victoriana Stakes champion Niigon’s Eclipse to give her connections lots to celebrate on Saturday after this year’s $100,000 edition.

Bred in Ontario by Paul Buttigieg, Red Cabernet is by Adena Springs North's newest addition Signature Red out of Gold Leaf Rose. She earned her fourth career win from 15 starts and first stakes victory for a group of six new owners led by Jim Menzies. Now an earner of $147,893 she was second in last year's La Prevoyante Stakes at Woodbine.

Trained by Ian Black for the new Piano Bar Racing ownership group, the four-year-old filly put jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson back in the stakes spotlight for the first time this year.

“This spring didn’t really go according to plan,” said Wilson, who sustained an arm injury during morning training just before the Woodbine meet opened and returned to action only two weeks ago. “A broken arm, three months off, longer than I expected, so this stakes victory is extra sweet.”

Red Cabernet settled off the pace in the 1-1/16-mile turf stakes for Ontario-sired fillies and mares three and up while Niigon’s Eclipse took command from Silent Sonet past the first quarter mark in :24.28. The even-money favorite reached the half in :47.41 and continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:11.07 while Sugar Jones moved into contention. However, Wilson sent Red Cabernet widest of all from the backfield down the stretch and she ran up a 3-1/2 length winning margin before hitting the wire in 1:41.34.

“She’s the type of filly that runs her best race from off the pace,” said Wilson, the 2018 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award recipient. “On paper, it looked like they were going be a little aggressive. But this quality of fillies, you can do anything you want with them so when they started getting a little quicker up front and I was happy and comfortable travelling in a nice rhythm in behind, I thought if she kicks away the way she kicked last time for Omar [Moreno] within range, I thought she’d blow right by them and she did.

An avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Menzies admitted a stakes victory at Woodbine trumps a Stanley Cup win in his books.

“A stakes victory is a much bigger deal. As big of a Leafs fan as I am, it doesn’t get much better than this, I must say,” he said, adding that Piano Bar Racing, named after a popular vacation spot for the group, will be celebrating the big win with a couple bottles of wine tonight.

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

RED CABERNET - $222,053
(dam by Deputy Commander)
1st Victoriana S. (8.5F, Turf)
2nd Overskate S. (7F, AW)
2nd La Prevoyante S. (8F, Turf)

- $190,856
(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)


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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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