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Heart’s Cry – Hilda’s Passion, Canadian Frontier
Enters Stud 2020 at WinStar Farm for a fee of $20,000
Yoshida began his racing career as a three year old on the turf. He immediately showed promise and by May he won his first stakes race, the listed James W. Murphy at Pimlico going a mile. He added the Grade Three Hill Prince at Belmont where he beat 2019’s likely Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar. That year he was also second in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (a grade two) and the Grade Three Saranac Stakes, both at Saratoga. He finished behind Bricks and Mortar in the Hall of Fame Stakes. As a four year old Yoshida won the Grade One Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. That year the track was very heavy but Yoshida showed great turn of foot to win going away. Later in the year he tried dirt for the first time in Saratoga’s Grade One Woodward Stakes and he scored a mild upset victory. He went straight from the Woodward to the Breeders’ Cup Classic where he finished fourth. This season has been a disappointment for the colt who did not win a race but was second in the Whitney and third in the Grade One Whitney. Although his record as a grade one winner on dirt and turf is quite impressive it may have been a race where he finished off the board that was his best. As a four year old he traveled to Royal Ascot in England to contest the Queen Anne (Group One) and finished fifth, just a length and a quarter off the victor Accidental Agent. The Queen Anne is run over a mile and Yoshida’s best races came at a mile and an eighth so his closing run was very good.
Yoshida was bred in Japan and purchased for approximately $765,000 as a yearling by Elliot Walden. He’s a son of Heart’s Cry who in turn is a son of Sunday Silence. Heart’s Cry is out of the multiple group three winning mare Irish Dance by Tony Bin. Tony Bin was one of the leading Japanese sires prior to the import of Sunday Silence who became the greatest sire in Japanese history. Heart’s Cry was the only stakes winner produced by Irish Dance but he was a very successful multiple group one winner and was named 2005 Champion Older Colt or Horse. Heart’s Cry has sired nine grade/group one winners in his career, a respectable number and fifty seven graded winners.
Hilda’s Passion was the only grade one winner for her sire Canadian Frontier, a son of Gone West. He won one grade three in his career and was retired to stud in Kentucky but currently stands in Saudi Arabia. Hilda’s Passion is the only stakes winner from the El Prado mare Executricker. Yoshida is Hilda’s Passion’s second foal. Her first foal was a winner of four starts in Japan but he and her subsequent foals have yet to win stakes races. Three of her foals, including an unraced two year old are by Deep Impact, another son of Sunday Silence. The fourth of racing age is a three year old by Orfevre, who won his only start. Sometimes great racemares from humble pedigrees can produce well. Other times pedigree shines through. While Yoshida has been a consistent stakes performer it is hard to say that Hilda’s Passion, or her immediate female family have been successful.
IN THE SIM
Heart’s Cry has done well in the game. His best offspring is Champion Frame By Frame who did his best running going long on the grass. Frame By Frame is a scratchbred with Danehill x Alleged as his backend. He produced a Dubawi filly in 2017 named A Little Thunder who is currently a grade two winner of over a million dollars. Overall he has sired four grade one winners. A second is out of a Duke of Marmalade (by Danehill) mare and a third has Danehill’s sire Danzig as DDS. The fourth is out of a Nureryev mare so the propensity for Northern Dancer blood is strong. In addition Sadler’s Wells and his sons High Chaparral and Galileo mares account for four of Heart’s Cry’s fifteen graded winners. Medicean (a Mr. Prospector stallion) is the DS of both a grade one and grade three winner when bred to Heart’s Cry and fellow Mr. Prospector son Woodman has produced a grade three winner, as has a grandson of Mr. Prospector, Kingmambo’s son Dubai Destination. Overall Heart’s Cry has produced 42 stakes winners (7.4%) and the percentage of graded winners is 2.7%. One thing to note is that his production level topped off with his 2017 foal crop, suggesting that his offspring may need to mature into their best form. One also has to consider whether the 2014 downgrade of Japanese sires in general has changed Heart’s Cry’s reputation, although considering his 2017 foal crop did well it would seem he was not one of those effected.
It is hard to know how Yoshida will be rated initially in the sim. Previous Sunday Silence-line stallions have not done well when imported to the United States. None of them have run in the US though and none were dual surface grade one winners. Given Heart’s Cry’s affinity for Northern Dancer-line stallions that seems to be an obvious route to take. He himself is inbred to that great stallion 5×5 but that inbreeding will drop off of the page for a new foal. For those who dislike any inbreeding Mr. Prospector will appear in the fifth generation of a foal’s pedigree but he also works well with Heart’s Cry so his line should be considered as well. The trick I think with Yoshida will be deciding whether one wants to concentrate on breeding a turf horse or a dirt horse. Winning at the top level on both surfaces is equally difficult in the game as it is in real life and the chances of breeding a mare or DS x DDS combination to Yoshida looking for a great dual surface runner is not the way to go. My gut feeling is that Yoshida will be rated more towards turf in the game, as most Japanese-bred sires have much stronger turf to dirt percentages (Heart’s Cry’s is 75% turf to 25% dirt) and some of his best races were on the turf. One thing to note about his dirt performances is that all of his wins and placings came at Saratoga so he may just be a horse for the course there, whereas he won graded races at multiple tracks on the turf. He also had a more explosive turn of foot on the grass while he was something of a plodder on the dirt.