The versatile and hard-knocking 11-time winner Littlemissperfect has produced a pair of fillies by the Storm Cat-line stallion Imagining to kick off her broodmare career, but will be switching it up in 2020 when she visits Maryland’s newest Grade 1-winning millionaire Force the Pass in the latest Housatonic Recommended Mating.
The Speightstown/Street Cry cross looks particularly exciting this spring, with Venetian Harbor (by Speightstown’s son Munnings and out of a Street Cry mare) one of the early favorites for the delayed version of the G1 Kentucky Oaks. Another 3YO daughter of Munnings named Lucky Betty (out of a Street Sense mare) has won two in a row impressively at Oaklawn and looks stakes class. The other graded winner already bred on this cross is the now-Maryland stallion Barbados, a son of Speightstown out of a Street Cry mare who finished in the top three in four graded sprints during his racing career. TrueNicks calls this an A++ mating with those two graded winners among just seven runners bred on this cross.
Looking at the other side of the equation, Littlemissperfect herself is a half-sister to a winner by Force the Pass’s grandsire, Gone West. And Force the Pass’s sire, Speightstown, is out of a Storm Cat mare, so we’re still getting that Storm Cat blood that we think will work for Littlemissperfect.
Beyond the pedigree cross, the versatility and hard-knocking race record of Littlemissperfect should be a perfect fit for Force the Pass, as well. She was at her best at a mile and just beyond, and handled both turf and dirt equally well. This tracks with her pedigree, which contains a blend of surface proclivities: her sire-line tends towards dirt, while her female family is all turf. Similarly, although Force the Pass raced exclusively on turf, he was best from a mile to ten furlongs, and his pedigree also blends a dirt top-line with a turf-inclined female family.
Physically, Force the Pass suits Littlemissperfect very well, too. She is a good-sized mare but a bit angular, and Force the Pass is a large, handsome horse — hopefully he will tidy up her foal just a bit, and the combination will produce a runner to rack up Breeder Bonuses on Maryland’s dirt and turf surfaces for several years.
Venetian Harbor, by a son of Speightstown out of a Street Cry mare, wins the G2 Las Virgenes
Barbados, by Speightstown out of a Street Cry mare, wins the G3 Hutcheson