Sire sensation, Philanthropist, is set to join Trippi in the Drakenstein stallion ranks. A true blue blood, Philanthropist is an exciting addition to the South African stallion band, and he ticks all the right boxes.
From relatively small books of mares, Philanthropist has managed to establish himself as a top-class stallion. His first two full crops of racing age have produced five individual stakes winners – from just 61 foals. This means that Philanthropist is siring 8% stakes winners to foals! These kind of statistics are only achieved by top-class sires.
He is also upgrading his mares most impressively. Philanthropist’s AEI (average earnings index) is a formidable 2.65 off a comparative index of 1.46 – again figures only achieved by the best of the breed!
Philanthropist’s first crop included champion Pender Harbour. A champion at three, Pender Harbour won two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown – the Breeders Stakes, and Prince of Wales Stakes. To date, Pender Harbour has won stakes at two and three, and has earned nearly $1 million in prize money.
Another top-class performer from Philanthropist’s small first crop is Hippolytus, who ran second in Canada’s most prestigious race, the Queen’s Plate. The Queen’s Plate, the oldest race on the North American continent, is regularly contested by some of the greats of the breed. Unfortunately, Hippolytus died prematurely, and thus was denied further success.
Philanthropist’s second crop, consisting of just 29 foals, has already produced two stakes winners in the form of Grace Phil and Run In Aruba.
A very smart racehorse, Philanthropist was a consistent performer on the track. He won six times, and was placed another five times, from 14 starts. He scored his biggest win in the G3 Queens County Handicap, where he defeated a host of graded stakes winners. Among the horses beaten by Philanthropist were the G1 winning millionaire, Evening Attire, who won the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Philanthropist has the pedigree to match his proven success at stud and racetrack performance. He is a son of Kris S, one of Roberto’s finest sire sons, and one of the best stallions to stand in North America in the past two decades. Kris S sired no fewer than five Breeders Cup winners, as well as Epsom Derby winner Kris Kin. Kris S, broodmare sire of US legend Zenyatta, is also sire of leading US sire Arch, broodmare sire of the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another. This is the same Roberto male line responsible for such outstanding South African sires as Al Mufti, and his sons Captain Al and Victory Moon.
Philanthropist hails from one of North America’s greatest female lines. His dam, Hidden Reserve, was a high-class 2yo, who was placed in the prestigious Demoiselle Stakes. She is also dam of the G1 performer Defer. Hidden Reserve is by legendary sire, Mr Prospector – a horse that topped the broodmare sires list on nine occasions! Mr Prospector’s daughters have produced such world leading sires as Mineshaft, Pulpit, Malibu Moon, Tale of the Cat and Silver Deputy, to name but a few.
Philanthropist’s second dam, Pure Profit, was a really blue hen. At stud, the daughter of major X-factor broodmare sire, Key To The Mint, produced two G1 winners, including champion racemare, Inside Information. The latter is also dam of champion US filly, Smuggler.
This is the legendary dam-line of Grey Flight, whose numerous descendants include world leading sires What A Pleasure and Sovereign Dancer, to name but a few. She is also the ancestress of National Assembly – one of South Africa’s top sires of the past 20 years, and sire of current 2yo sensation, Soft Falling Rain.
Philanthropist is one of the rare stallions to have it all – pedigree, racetrack performance and, most importantly, success at stud. He also represents a rare chance to use a stallion free of the all prevailing Northern Dancer blood, which is so dominant in South Africa.
For more information please contact Ross Fuller on (082) 826 2127, or John Freeman (082) 777 8117.