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Helmsman

Champion Grade 1-Winning Millionaire From a Legendary Sire Line Is Siring Quality Runners That Are Sound

Helmsman launched his sire career impressively, and he's continued that success through his first seven crops to reach the races. He was California's leading freshman sire of 2001 by a wide margin with progeny earnings of $532,923, more than twice the total of the runnerup sire. That crop included Rare Friends, Canadian champion 2-year-old colt, whose earnings now total $766,123.

Helmsman as at January 2007 has sired 143 winners of over $9,700,000, with 16 stakes horses, including earners of $772,916, $494,116, $328,46, $326,647 and $239,586. Twenty-eight of his runners have earned more than $100,000 each. Seven have earned more than $200,000. His runners earned more than $1,700,000 in 2006 alone.

Helmsman sires runners of remarkable soundness. Of 103 starters from his first three crops--including 5-year-olds of 2006--no fewer than 62 have started 20 times or more. Those runners' career starts include these totals: 68, 61, 56, 55, 54, 53, and 52. Another 12 have started 40 or more times, another 20 have started 30 or more times. In these times of unsound horses, those are astonishing numbers.

Helmsman was the high-weighted colt on the Irish Free Handicap at 2, continuing the championship legacy of his distinguished sire line. His sire, El Gran Senor, was himself four times a champion and sired seven champions among his 53 stakes winners.

Won six races and $1,133,520 in four seasons on both dirt and grass in four countries--England, Ireland, Canada, and the United States--from six furlongs to the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

Won the Grade 1 Strub Stakes and two other graded stakes and placed in seven other graded stakes, three of them Grade 1. In all, he won or placed in 13 stakes races in 22 starts.

Defeated the best of the best, including Gentlemen (Arg), Dare and Go, Afternoon Deelites, Tinners Way, Da Hoss, Mr Purple, and many others. He defeated 68 stakes winners and seven champions.

Race Record

In United Kingdom

Age
Starts
1st
2nd
3rd
Earned
2
4
1
2
1
$26,640
3
1
0
0
0
0
Totals
5
1
2
1
$26,640

 

In North America

Age
Starts
1st
2nd
3rd
Earned
3
4
2
2
0
$200,950
4
8
2
2
1
692,450
5
5
1
1
1
213,480
Totals
17
5
5
2
$1,106,880
Cumulative
22
6
7
3
$1,133,520


At 2: Champion 2-year-old colt in Ireland. Won a maiden race in England (about 6 furlongs); 2nd John Roarty Memorial Railway S. (G3) in Ireland (6 furlongs), Chesham S. in England (6 furlongs).

At 3: Won Volante H. (G3) at Santa Anita (1 1/8 miles, turf), an allowance race at Del Mar (1 mile, turf); 2nd Hollywood Derby (G1) at Hollywood Park (1 1/8 miles, turf), Bay Meadows Derby (G3) at Bay Meadows (1 1/8 miles, turf).

At 4: Won Strub S. (G1) at Santa Anita (1 1/4 miles), San Fernando S. (G2) at Santa Anita (1 1/8 miles); 2nd Californian S. (G1) at Hollywood Park (1 1/8 miles), Inglewood H. (G3) at Hollywood Park (1 1/16 miles); 3rd Hollywood Gold Cup H. (G1) at Hollywood Park (1 1/4 miles).

At 5: Won Fastness H. at Hollywood Park (1 mile, turf); 2nd Woodbine Mile at Woodbine (1 mile, turf), 3rd Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile S. (G2) at Hollywood Park (1 mile, turf).


IN THE STUD

Helmsman entered stud in NZ in 2008. His oldest NZ-bred progeny are yearlings. Helmsman is the sire of 222 progeny to race, 163 winners (73.0%), earnings of over $18 million, 9 stakes winners including restricted stakes and 13 stakes placegetters, inc

RARE FRIENDS (99g, Carson City, True Knight). Champion 2 year old of Canada.12 wins-4 at 2-to 7f, US$774,625, Woodbine Swynford S., L, Jacques Cartier S., L, Achievement H., L, Simcoe S., L, Afleet S., L, Fort Erie Parnitha S., L, Woodbine Vandal S., L, 2d Woodbine Kenora S., L, Fort Erie Niagara Falls S., 3d Woodbine Woodstock S., L, Queenston S., L.

CAYAMBE (04g, Restless Con, Kennedy Road). 9 wins from 6f to 9f to 2010, US$360,176, Fairplex Ralph M Hinds H., L, 3d Del Mar California Dreamin' H., L.

EMERALD EARRINGS (01f, Alleged, His Majesty). 10 wins-1 at 2-from 5f to 8½f, US$494,116, Woodbine Ontario Colleen H., L, Monmouth West Long Branch S., L, Monmouth Beach S., L, Meadowlands Honey Bee S., L, Ocala Florida Breeders' Distaff S., L, 2d Woodbine Alywow S., L, Monmouth Without Feathers S., L, Meadowlands Honey Bee S., L, 3d Monmouth Molly Pitcher H., Gr.2, Matchmaker S., Gr.3.

RESTLESS YOUTH (03g, Restless Con, Valid Appeal). 10 wins from 5½f to 1m to 2010, US$351,642, Pleasanton Sam J Whiting Memorial H., L, 3d Santa Rosa Joseph T Grace H., L, 4th Bay Meadows California Turf Sprint Championship H., L.

GUIDING HAND (03g, Compliment, Sauce Boat). 11 wins-1 at 2-from 6f to 8½f to 2010, US$315,383, Sunland Winsham Lad H., L, 2d Zia Park Derby, L, Sunray San Juan County Commissioners H., L, Zia Park Veteran S., L, 3d Zia Park Zia Park Distance Championship H., L, 4th Sunland Park H., L.

KNIGHT OF DARKNESS (01c, Classic Go Go, Amber Morn). 5 wins at 6f, 7f, Monmouth City Zip S., L, 3d Philadelphia Gallant Bob H., L, Belmont Kelly Kip S., L, Meadowlands Rushing Man S., L, 4th Monmouth Rumson S., L.

SHIPMAN  [R](00c, On to Glory, Exuberant).  8 wins-1 at 2-to 7f, US$342,088, Fort Erie Thoroughbred Niagara Cup S., 2d Woodbine Sunny's Halo S., L, Fort Erie Don Valliere Memorial Cup S., 3d Woodbine Vandal S., L, Afleet S., L, 4th Woodbine Queenston S., L.

RED AT THE HELM [R] (00f, Woodman, What a Pleasure). 13 wins to 7f, North Dakota Horse Park Mrs. Governors Cup TB Filly and Mare H., 4th Assiniboia Downs Jack Hardy S., L.

SAILOR KNOT [R] (01g, Linkage, Restless Native). 4 wins at 8½f, Fort Erie Peace Bridge Cup S.

Inspiration Within (04f, Full of Fools, His Majesty). 5 wins to 7f to 2009, US$220,444, 3d Solano Vacaville H., L.

Full Power Ahead (04g, Personal Flag, Sharpen Up). 9 wins-2 at 2-from 5f to 8½f to 2009, 3d Emerald WTBA Lads S., L, 4th Emerald Captain Condo S., L.

Wavy Lass (04f, Great Above, Marshua's Dancer). 9 wins-3 at 2-from 5f to 8½f to 2010, US$203,133, 3d Turf Paradise Sun Devil S., L.

Helmsgold (03f, Strike the Gold, Angle Light). 3 wins at 1m, 8½f, 3d Golden Gate Montclair S., L.

Snappy Tim (00g, Show'em Slew, No Sale George). 4 wins-1 at 2-to 6f, 3d Woodbine Silver Deputy S., L.

Miss Lil' (00f, Meadowlake, Tentam). 7 wins-2 at 2-to 6f, 2d Manor Downs ATB Distaff S., L.

Chad's Hope (00c, Far Out East, Northern Answer). 3 wins-2 at 2, US$239,586, 2d Woodbine Display S., L.

Crystal Dancer (00f, Amerrico's Bullet, John Alden). 7 wins-2 at 2-to 7f, 3d River Downs Bassinet S., L.

Marion's Man (00g, Iron Courage, Artaius). 20 wins from 7f to 9f to 2010, US$450,630, 3d Evangeline Oak Hall S., L.

Perfect Dear (00f, Alwuhush, Bold Ruckus). 5 wins-1 at 2-to 7f, 3d Prairie Meadows Prairie Gold Lassie S., L.

Raise the Level (00f, Explosive Bid, Tudor Way). 2 wins at 1m, 8½f, 2d Colonial Tippett S., L.

Holdthehelm (99g, Sentimental Slew, Bold Legend). 7 wins-2 at 2-from 5½f to 8½f, US$272,030, 3d Santa Anita Pinjara S., L, 4th Fairplex Barretts Juvenile S., L.

Pnutbutterandjolie (99f, Notebook, Bold Forbes). 11 wins from 5f to 1m, 2d Woodlands Kansas Oaks, L.

Bo Bid (00c, Alleged, Bold Bidder). 6 wins from 1100m to 1600m, Nad al Sheba Nakayama International S., 2d Nad al Sheba Chantilly S., 3d Nad al Sheba Singaporean International S., Newmarket International S., Emirates Airline Classic S., Jebel Ali Muqatrah S., Emirates H.

Worker Island (99c, Woodman, Raja Baba). Winner at 1200m, Rome Premio Zuccarello, 2d Rome Premio Pelder.

Danzgal (05f, Danzatore, Bravest Roman). 3 wins at 5f, 6f to 2010, 2d Crooked River Roundup Miss Crooked River S.

Sax Notes (03g, French Legionaire, Raise a Cup). 14 wins to 6½f to 2010, 2d Turf Paradise Answer Do S., Yavapai Gerry Howard Inaugural H.

Turn Turtle (03c, Buckaroo, Rixdal). 2 wins at 1700m, 1800m.

Helm's Press (02g, Dance Centre, Bargain Day). 5 wins to 7f, 2d Les Bois Park Stars and Stripes H.

Starboardlights (06g, Allen's Prospect, Topsider). 2 wins at 5f, 6f in 2010.

New Gun in Town (06c, Candi's Gold, Lypheor). 2 wins at 5f in 2010.


SIRE LINE

By El Gran Senor (1981), champion 4 times in England, $509, 479. Sire of 53 stakes winners, more than $31,000,000, including Lit de Justice (champion twice, $1,397,874), Rodrigo de Triano (champion 3 times in England and Ireland), Helmsman (champion in Ireland, $1,133,520), Toussaud (champion, $552,751), George Augustus (champion 4 times in Ireland and Germany), Winter Quarters (champion in Germany), Flowing (champion in Ireland), Kundalini (champion South Africa), Candid Glen ($1,243,830, Explosive Bid H.-G2), Senor Tomas ($787,500, Super Derby-G1, etc.), etc.

FEMALE LINE

Out of a mare by King's Bishop (1969), stakes winner of $308,079. Sire of 29 stakes winners, $11,818,814. Sire of the dams of 46 stakes winners, including Helmsman (champion, $1,133,520), El Andarin (champion), Quebrada (champion twice), Hi Friend Code ($1,671,752), Baron de Vaux ($884,375), Darrell Darrell ($592,596), Without Feathers ($499,866), Root Boy ($384,143), etc.

1st dam
SACRED JOURNEY (1976 f. by King's Bishop). Placed at 3, $4,440. Dam of--
HELMSMAN (1992 c. by El Gran Senor). Stakes winner, see above.
PATRICIA J. K. (1983 f. by King Pellinore). 4 wins at 2 and 3, $284,801, Bonnie

  • Miss S. [G3], Busanda S., 2nd Fair Grounds Oaks [G3], 3rd Ashland
  • S. [G1], Level Best S. Dam of--
  • Distraction (1990 f. by Slew O' Gold). Granddam of SECRET GLOW.
  • Sister Margery (1985 f. by Darby Creek Road). 7 wins, 2 to 5, $185,180.
    Dam of--
    NORTHERN CREEK (1992 g. by Ends Well). 5 wins, 3 to 7, placed at 8, $96,112, Memorial Day H., 3rd Independence Day H., Labor Day H.
    AMAZING MARGERY (2003 f. by Outflanker). In Puerto Rico, winner at 2, 3 and 4, 2007, $106,370, 2nd Clasico Eduardo Cautino Insua, Clasico Entrenadores, Clasico Miguel Perez
    Guiding Margery (f. by Honor Glide). In Puerto Rico, 2 wins at 3, 2007, $36,360, Clasico Miguel Andino Clemente, 3rd Clasico Accion De, Gracias.Black Petrel (1982 c. by Superbity). 19 wins, 3 to 8, $118,957. Aly's Delight (f. by Alydar). 2 wins at 3, $24,490.
    Dam of--
    QUIET DAY (2000 c. by Sunday Silence). In Japan, 8 wins, 3 to 7, 2007, $1,993,961, March S. [G3], Nigawa S., 3rd Nigawa S. Lone Piper (1996 f. by Dehere). Unraced.
    Dam of--

    PIPER'S THUNDER
    (2003 c. by Thunder Gulch). 2 wins at 3, $206,722, Plate Trial S., 2nd Prince of Wales S.

2nd dam
CUBA BOUND (1967 f. by Sunrise Flight). Winner at 2, $3,575. Dam of--

  • NO NO (1975 g. by T. V. Commercial). 13 wins, 2 to 7, $352,621, Debonair
  • S., Sierra Madre H., Los Feliz S., 3rd Chula Vista H.
  • Rumancoke (1972 g. by Ridan). 15 wins, 3 to 10, $149,759, 3rd Sunrise H
  • Set new track record at Monmouth Park, 1 mile in 1:37 4/5
  • Sugar Bound (1988 f. by Shelter Half). 2 wins at 2, $47,867, 2nd New York
  • Breeders' Futurity, Lady Fingers S
  • Missile Crisis (1973 f. by Impressive). Winner at 3 and 4, $16,570. Dam of--
    PATRIOTIC PRINCE (1991 g. by Zuppardo's Prince). 9 wins, 2 to 5, $157,729, Louisiana Futurity, 3rd Louisiana Champions Day Sprint S., Cajun S.
    BUTLER'S REVENGE (1984 c. by Proud Appeal). 18 wins, 2 to 7, $83,481, Governor's S. Equaled track record at Prairie Meadows, 5 furlongs in :58 1/5.
    Gentlemen's Style (1986 c. by Proud Appeal). 10 wins, 2 to 7, $184,700, 2nd Mt. Harvard S.
    Jay's Missile (1995 g. by Belek). 3 wins, 2 to 6, $57,444, 3rd Gentilly H.
    Torpedo Crisis (1993 g. by Zuppardo's Prince). 3 wins at 2 and 3, $44,742, 2nd Louisiana Futurity.Highly Impressive (1981 f. by High Echelon). Placed at 2. Broodmare of the Year in Puerto Rico. Dam of--
    VUELVE CANDY B. (1988 c. by Double Dewan). In Puerto Rico,
    Horse of the Year twice, champion 3-year-old, champion older horse twice, 63 wins, 2 to 6, $1,035,789, Copa Gobernador, Derby Puertorriqueno, Copa San Juan, Copa .Budweiser, Clasico Antonio R. Barcelo twice, Clasico Eugenio Maria de Hostos twice, Clasico Dia del Veterano, Clasico Dia de Las Madres 3 times, Clasico Dia de la Raza twice, etc.
    Impressive Way (1977 f. by Impressive). Unraced. Granddam of LA JEFA (in Puerto Rico, champion 3-year-old filly), NIGHT PROPERTY.

3rd dam
LOST BATTLE (1960 f. by Revoked). 3 wins at 2 and 3, $13,230. Dam of--

  • Ride Off (1971 g. by Ridan). 6 wins, 2 to 8, $89,463, 3rd Baldwin S. [G3], Alameda Claiming S.
    Tahawas (1980 c. by T. V. Commercial). 11 wins, 2 to 6, $104,588.
    Pillage (1969 f. by Impressive). 3 wins at 3, $16,470.
    Dam of--
    LIL 'OL GAL (1978 f. by Bold Laddie). 16 wins, 2 to 5, $182,160,
    Ontario Fashion H., Millwoods H., Millwoods S., Rio Terrace H.,
    Rundle Heights H., Highlands S., Lila S., Mount Royal S., Buttons and Bows S., 2nd Valleyview H., Junior Miss S., 3rd Kamar S., Lilac H., Alberta Oaks. Equaled track record at Northlands Park, 3 1/2 furlongs in :38 2/5. Dam of--
    Dancehall Floozy (1993 f. by Afternoon Deelites). 3 wins at 3 and 4, $53,984. Dam of--
    Dancehall Deelites (2002 f. by Afternoon Deelites), Winner at 2 and 3, $182,894, 3rd Mazarine Breeders' Cup S. [G2], Princess Elizabeth S., Shady Well S.
    CAMFLO (1977 g. by Solar Salute). 18 wins, 3 to 8, $63,880, Times-Colonist Speed H.
    Cruel Theft (1984 f. by Bold Laddie). Wnner at 3 and 4, $10,683. Dam of--
    General Insanity (2000 g. by Turbulent Kris). 5 wns, 2 to 4, $87,592, 2nd Jim Coleman Province H.
    C J Come Home (2002 g. by Turbulent Kris). 4 wins, 2 to 4, $56,693, 3rd New Westminster H.
    Moon Crater (1968 c. by Royal Orbit). 12 wins, 2 to 9, $46,820
    Lost Nail (1965 f. by Nail). Unraced. Dam of--
    Sore Finger (1970 f. by Royal Orbit). Placed at 2. Granddam of ROUGH
    CATCH ($123,133).