Whenever you buy into a Thoroughbred, you always take the risk that your money will not be purchasing what you thought it would in terms of talent. However, no matter if you spent $2,000 or a million on your steed, the hope lives that you will be getting a champion.
Many things factor into a Thoroughbred’s price: pedigree, conformation, age, and breeding potential. Buyers take all of that into consideration when visiting the sales and looking at the horses on offer. Off the List (Ire) must have checked many of those boxes when Glen Hill farm went to $800,000 to secure her at the Keeneland November sale and seeing her in person at the track validated that price for me.
Beyond her great physical appearance, her pedigree speaks of a mare with a great future as a broodmare, even if her racing career doesn’t resemble the quality of her breeding.
Starting with her dam, Hanky Panky (Ire) had a short career of only seven races; surprising considering that European turf careers tend to be markedly longer than anything found in America. Her family especially, considering she is a half sister to leading sire and broodmare sire Giant’s Causeway, Freud (standing in NY and Argentina), Roar of the Tiger (deceased via unknown causes), Tumblebrutus (now standing as a sire in Chile) who are all full siblings by Storm Cat, and the producing mare You’resothrilling who had a Galileo colt last year.
The source of all these productive siblings, and a good racer herself, is the grand dam Mariah’s Storm. This mare was a frequent face in stakes races and her grit even became the subject of the movie “Dreamer”, with the story coming from her surviving a fractured canon bone in the 1993 Alcibiades S. She has resided in Ireland since 2007 and is living out her life in peace as a pensioned mare, I imagine.
While she didn’t have the success of her dam and siblings, Hanky Panky (Ire) did hit the board in the Gr. III Ballyogan Stakes. She did break her maiden, though in an easier spot, and her career ended with one win, two second place efforts, and a third with two finishes off the board.
In 2015, she was sold at the Tattersalls December Mare sale for 2,700,000 guineas and she was in foal to Dubawi at the time. The choice to send her to Declaration of War resulted in the lovely Off the List (Ire) and she was imported to America before being purchased and making her first start at the Fair Grounds in February and then two months later at Keeneland.
Genetically, she holds a very close inbreeding to Rahy, with the stallion being only two generations back on both sides of her pedigree. Tempo West, dam of her sire, and Mariah’s Storm, her own dam, are both his daughters and Northern Dancer makes his expected appearance on both sides in the third generation back.
With Galileo and War Front experiencing legendary levels of success as sires and broodmare sires, Glen Hill and Hill n’ Dale don’t exactly need to panic if Off the List (Ire) doesn’t make it as a racer. She comes into the world armed with a great genetic future, but never discount the experience that comes with age. She won’t be the first nor the last horse to “wake up” one day and find her racing feet. If anyone is going to experience racing or breeding success, her family has a proven track record of both and Off the List (Ire) may surprise us yet.