One of the toughest tasks in planning matings is trying to identify stallions who offer value for their stud fee. In the case of Kuznetsov’s 2021 mate, we believe that the results achieved by the first crop of Brody’s Cause make his advertised stud fee of $5,000 very good value indeed.
Sid Fernando laid out the case for Brody’s Cause in the TDN recently (read that article here), but to hit the highlights quickly, he has as many stakes winners and stakes horses as any other first-crop stallion this year (including Not This Time, Laoban and Nyquist, who get fee increases to $40,000, $25,000 and $75,000, respectively, for 2021) despite having fewer foals to draw from than his higher-profile contemporaries. And his winners have all shown a certain amount of class, having scored in maiden special weight (or better) company. In fact, one of those maiden winners (Smiley Sobotka) is pre-entered in the G1 BC Juvenile next weekend along with his grade 3-winning paternal half-brother Sittin On Go.
Brody’s Cause himself was a $350,000 yearling who became a Grade 1 winner at 2YO, having won the Breeders’ Futurity (over Exaggerator) and finished 3rd in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, before returning at 3 to win the G1 Blue Grass (over Laoban, among others). Like many by his sire Giant’s Causeway, he showed 2YO class but improved with age and some distance as well. That’s a profile we expect him to pass along, also, which is one of the reasons that his success so far is so encouraging — his runners should only get better in 2021.
He fits Kuznetsov very well for a couple of reasons. Although her female family does not have extensive experience with the Storm Cat sire-line, the foal with this pairing will share its third dam with Hopeful Princess, a 2020 grade 3-placed 2YO by Not This Time (another promising first-crop sire by Giant’s Causeway). And the Giant’s Causeway/Elusive Quality nick has been a good one, with a European classic winner among the half-dozen stakes winners representing the cross (which rates a “B” on TrueNicks). We also like the fact that Brody’s Cause is inbred to Roberto (a son of Hail To Reason), and Kuznetsov will bring three more crosses of Hail To Reason to this mating — which is additionally noteworthy given that Brody’s Cause’s best runner so far, Sittin On Go, is out of a Hail To Reason-line mare.
Physically, Brody’s Cause is a gorgeous, incredibly well-balanced individual of medium size, and he should be a perfect fit for the big, strapping Kuznetsov.
We’d expect the foal from this mating to be at its best around a mile, and it should be able to handle both dirt and turf given the versatility typically demonstrated by offspring of Giant’s Causeway and of Kuznetsov’s sire Great Notion.
Brody’s Cause wins the G1 Blue Grass
Brody’s Cause wins the G1 Breeders Futurity
Sittin On Go, by Brody’s Cause, wins the G3 Iroquois