IT DIDN'T surprise me one bit to see Pedrosa (Big Daddy Cool-Brooklyn Rain) win the Group 2 WA Derby on Saturday night.
He'd already run second to the Surf Lorian dog Dancing Surf in the Group 1 Vic Peters at Wentworth Park last year so his ability was never in question.
The fact he is by the much unheralded Big Daddy Cool is no surprise at all.
Recent figures show Big Daddy Cool is getting a city winner every 9.2 pups he sires, which puts him eighth on the sires list in Australia and ahead of some VERY big names.
But the aspect of Pedrosa's pedigree I find the most fascinating is the fact he is a continuation of one of the most fabulous damlines this country has seen in recent times, a damline saturated with city class performers and Group gallopers.
So where do we start with Pedrosa?
Obviously with his own brothers and sisters.
His dam Brooklyn Rain was a winner at Sandown in 30.05 and at Angle Park in 30.13.
At stud she has produced, apart from Pedrosa, the Group performers Fine Lucus (by Silver Saul) and Atta Lady (by Where's Pedro). It was always going to be “easy” for Brooklyn Rain to be a successful producer.
If we go right back to Just Ponder the 17th dam of Pedrosa, we find she is responsible also for the damlines that have produced Brett Lee, Bogie Leigh, Awesome Assassin and Slater, Rapid Journey and of course Big Daddy Cool (the sire of Pedrosa).
So Pedrosa traces in direct tail female line to the same foundation broodbitch on both sides of his pedigree.
This line really took off in the 1970s through the bitch Roses Are Golden (Second Stage-Coola Rose).
Roses Are Golden made her mark as the dam of top class Sydney galloper Dominance (by Chief Dingaan) winner of a Christmas Gift at Harold Park and fourth to legend Brother Fox in the Peter Mosman Classic (interestingly the 2010 final of which will be held next week at Wentworth Park).
Even more interesting is the fact Dominance's litter sister Regina would become granddam of Hall of Famer Rapid Journey (Amerigo Magic-Miss Courtney).
When Roses Are Golden mated Satan's Legend and produced Kori Golden. But also in this litter was the Perth Cup winner Legatee. The mating produced 3x3 linebreeding to Tivoli Chief, top and bottom of the pedigree.
As we have seen so often, for Kori Golden to produce, she then needed to mate a stud dog that brought in common ancestors that appeared in the middle of her pedigree.
She went to Pop Gun to produce the Sandown Park winner Milluna who won a Provincial Cup at Warragul and was a finalist in a Provincial Cup at Olympic Park. Milluna's pedigree showed duplcations of Second Stage 4x3 and sex balanced, duplications of Tivoli Chief's son Temlee, and further duplications of Elsie Moss, Venetian Court , Fawn Scout etc etc.
Milluna's pedigree was saturated with common ancestors.
Her litter brother Super Gun won the Sapphire Classic at Sandown and several littermates were feature race finalists. It doesn't surprise me one bit.
When Milluna went to stud with that hugely line bred pedigree, she was obviously ripe for some outcrossing. She became a fine broodbitch with a number of quality offspring.
One of her matings was to Shining Chariot. It introduced a 3x3 daughter duplication to Satan's Legend, but much more importantly it brought in the combination of Shining Light and her half brother Bowetzel. They came along the alternate sex path on both sides of the pedigree.
Brooklyn Mood was one of that mating and she was a multiple city winner. Her pedigree was one of the first to pick up on duplications of the offspring of Princess Diro. It would extend further when Shining Chariot met up with his sister Centrefire. It continues today with the nick between Bombastic Shiraz and Awesome Assassin.
Brooklyn Mood became a star broodbitch. To moderate sire Star Title she produced multiple Group placegetter Brooklyn Doll. To Star Title's son World Title she produced SA Oaks winner El Paso.
Glenn Rounds had a bitch from the Malawi's Prince-Brooklyn Doll litter he named Brooklyn Haze.
This too continued the Bowetzel/Shining Light theme. Brooklyn haze also became a multiple city winner.
History can be a wonderful guide to the future. Glenn put Brooklyn Haze to World Title who to her mother had produced a SA Oaks winner.
Among the litter came Brooklyn Rain the dam of WA Derby winner Pedrosa.
Brooklyn Haze also produced a multiple city winner called Gringo (by Big Daddy Cool).
History just had to be repeated. When Brooklyn Haze's daughter Brooklyn Rain was put to Big Daddy Cool, the result was last night's Group 2 WA Derby winner Pedrosa.
History should also give a HUGE guide to breeders, potential breeders, and buyers of pups.
This damline is chock full of city winners, Group performers and Group winners. The first four dams are all city winners.
It should be a lesson not lost on anyone.