Admiral's Voyage (USA), 1959
Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 7th October 2017
Admiral's Voyage, a dark bay colt, born from the same crop as Jaipur, Ridan, Crimson Satan, Native Diver, or Cicada, was bred in Kentucky by Fred W. Hooper. He was classic-placed three-year-old colt and later big handicap winner, but it wasn't enough for any illustrious breeding career. However, Admiral's Voyage gained immortality as a damsire of Danzig, and his name can be found in the pedigrees of several other G1 horses, like Mister Frisky, Three Rings, Blazing Swords or Miss Temple City.
|Crafty AdmiralUSA, 1948||Fighting FoxUSA, 1935||Sir GallahadFR, 1920||TeddyFR, 1913|
|Plucky LiegeGB, 1912|
|MargueriteUSA, 1920||CeltUSA, 1905|
|Fairy RayGB, 1911|
|Admiral's LadyUSA, 1942||War AdmiralUSA, 1934||Man o'WarUSA, 1917|
|Boola BrookUSA, 1937||Bull DogFR, 1927|
|Olympia LouUSA, 1952||OlympiaUSA, 1946||HeliopolisGB, 1936||HyperionGB, 1930|
|Miss DolphinUSA, 1934||StimulusUSA, 1922|
|Louisiana LouUSA, 1944||HalcyonUSA, 1928||BroomstickUSA, 1901|
|Creole MaidUSA, 1935||PharamondGB, 1925|
|Baton RougeUSA, 1927|
Crafty Admiral was a very late June foal, but still managed to be stakes placed at the age of two. His sophomore campaign was a total disappointment, as he didn't start until August, when he finished sixth in Saratoga allowance; he rested for the remainder of the season with sore ankles. Crafty Admiral was reportedly close to be sold to South America, but the trainer Bob Odom managed to get the colt on behalf of Charles and Frances Cohen. In Odom's care, Crafty Admiral won three outings in January, then added the Palm Beach Handicap in new track record 1:22 for seven furlons. He withstood stewards' inquiry for victory in the Gulfstream Park Handicap over 1 1/4 miles going gate to wire, and lost only by half a length in the six furlong Toboggan Handicap - in the second fastest running of the race up to date. He then finished sixth in the Metropolitan Mile, and placed in several races, before comfortably winning the Brooklyn Handicap by six lengths, and the Merchants and Citizens Handicap, giving up to 22 pounds to his rivals. He won muddy Washington Park Handicap with 128 pounds, before losing too long Jockey Club Gold Cup over two miles by wide margin to champion One Count; still he was the leading money earner of the season, and more importantly, the champion older male of 1952. In the next season, he most notably won the Empire City Gold Cup by ten lengths, the New York Handicap, and the Gulfstream Park Handicap over former champion Battlefield. In his final start he ran last in his grass debut in the Washington D.C. International, leaving him just a few hundred dollars shy of half million dollars in his total lifetime earnings. As a stallion, Crafty Admiral is mostly known as the damsire of Affirmed, but he's also the damsire of Our Native, third sire of Master Derby, Nonoalco, Alphabet Soup, Hígh Estate, and King's Theatre, and fourth sire of Black Tie Affair.
Admiral's Voyage's dam, Olympia Lou, won 5 of 18 starts, and placed in 5 more; as a broodmare, she produced at least seven starters, six winners, and five multiple winners, with Admiral's Voyage being the best by far. Her three daughters all produced winners; the best was Lou Lili by My Babu, who produced 7 winners from 8 starters, including $197,227 earner Bunnell by Lord Rebeau. Her family is still alive in several branches and doing really well, producing numerous winners, including the Sapling Stakes G3 placed Heroofthegame.
The second dam, Louisiana Lou, was unplaced, but she was a half-sister to Natchez - chestnut colt by Jamestown, who not only won the Travers Stakes and ran second to Assault in the Belmont Stakes by only two lengths; the Triple Crown winner defeated him later once more in the Suburban Handicap. Natchez also ran second to Stymie on three occasions, in the International Gold Cup, the Sussex Handicap and the Empire City Gold Cup; in the last one, Natchez defeated Assault for second place. His final big achievement was the 1948 Whitney Handicap, where he ran third to great filly Gallorette.
Natchez's results were no surprise as the third dam, Creole Maid, was a very good filly by herself, winning the Coaching Club American Oaks over the champion, a three-year-old filly Handcuff; she also won the Adirondack Stakes over the future Native Dancer granddam Miyako, and ran second in both the Test Stakes and the Gazelle Handicap. Creole Maid herself was half-sister to Firethorn – a double Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, who's Waterloo was another Triple Crown winner, this time Omaha - he ran second to him in both the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Firethorn also won the Washington Park Handicap and the Lawrence Realization, both over the Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Count Arthur. Another half-sister to Firethorn was Rouge et Noir by St. Germans, who ran third in the Coaching Club American Oaks behind Dawn Play; she became the granddam of Nothirdchance, future dam of fundamental sire Hail to Reason and third dam of Meadowlake.
The fourth dam was placed Man o'War filly Baton Rouge and fifth dam Baton, who was imported from Ireland in utero, and unraced in the United States. From at least six matings to Man o'War, she left not only Baton Rouge, but also the Withers Stakes winner and the Preakness Stakes third Boatswain, and three more successful daughters - Wand became the dam of the stakes winner Warlock and the Futurity Stakes third Caudecus; Ma Minnie produced the Jerome Handicap winner Mahout, who defeated Assault twice; and finally, Martial Air is the third dam of the dual classic winner and champion Canonero.
Admiral's Voyage belonged to very good horses of his crop. As a two-year-old, he was twice beaten by a juvenile champion Ridan; on the Triple Crown trail, he ran third to Doc Jocoy in the San Felipe Stakes, second to Royal Attack in the Santa Anita Derby, third to duo Ridan and Cicada in the Florida Derby, and won the Louisiana Derby over Roman Line and the Wood Memorial over Sunrise County. He finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby behind Decidedly, and rested during the Preakness, before he gained some of classic glory, when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes between Jaipur and Crimson Satan. By the way, this was the very same result that Jersey Derby had later due to disqualification of Crimson Satan from the1st place to 3rd. Later in the season, he added the second place finish in the Hollywood Derby behind Drill Site, and the third place in the Arlington Classic, once again to Ridan. During a bit weaker four-year-old season, Admiral's Voyage won the Carter Handicap only over For the Road and Saidam, and was defeated by Crimson Satan in the Massachusetts Handicap. In his fourth and last season on the racetrack, Admiral's Voyage's biggest score was the San Carlos Handicap, where he defeated the Brooklyn and the Metropolitan Handicaps winner Cyrano by two lengths, with rising star Native Diver in the third position. Overall, Admiral's Voyage had the score of 52-12-10-11, and amassed $455,879 in earnings.
Admiral's Voyage was active from 1965 to probably 1987, at least, and during this period, he sired slightly over 150 known foals. Qualitative analysis of both broodmares booked to him and stallions bred to his daughters probably would not reveal too much positive information, although the pure list of damsires of his progeny looks quite impressive. But a sire alone doesn't make a good broodmare, and Admiral's Voyage's chances were sometimes further lowered by mating to daughters of horses like Wallet Lifter, Tulsan, Lucius Beebe, Tudorka, or Charabanc. Much worse, his daughters were often quickly declassed by numerous mediocre stallions, and in worst cases with individuals like Jayemkay, Pleasure Seeker, Masher, Aljamin, Judge Kilday, H D Orphan, Holy Land, Captain Courageous, Killoqua, Polish Mark, Lava, Soda, Slystitch, or Smoggy - to name a random few. With all the respect, it is hard to expect numerous G1 heroes from that, as would normally be expected from Danzig's damsire.
Speaking in numbers, Admiral's Voyage sired six North American runners with earnings over 100,000 dollars; the following list includes 9 stakes horses from his foals. But let's take a closer look - that's what we're here for.
His first crop included chestnut filly Around the Horn, who was devastated by the champion filly Gallant Bloom and beaten second by the Kentucky Oaks winner Hail to Patsy in the Monmouth Oaks, and by juvenile champion filly Process Shot in the Black Eyed Susan Stakes. Another chestnut filly of the crop was Peace Movement, who ran third behind Relaunch's dam Foggy Note in the Princess Doreen Handicap; in general, as for Admiral's Voyage progeny, historical curiosities are much more interesting than the results themselves. However, Peace Movement went on to become a great broodmare, producing 13 winners from 14 racing foals. Her winning son Copper Kingdom by Nijinsky was exported to Australia, where he produced the AJC Oaks G1 winner My Brilliant Star and the AJC Doncaster Handicap G1 second Aunty Mary; he's a damsire of G1 winners Sudurka and Shot of Thunder, and third sire of multiple G1 winners Private Steer and All Silent, and G1 placed French Emotion.
With nothing interesting on foals from the 1967 crop, let's skip to the next one, which brought dark bay filly Pas de Nom. Granddaughter of the Epsom Oaks winner Steady Aim, she was sold for $4,700 as a yearling and only for $38,000 two years later. On the Pas de Nom racetrack, she was the fourth biggest Admiral's Voyage earner, with the record of 9 wins, 8 places, and 10 shows from 42 starts and earnings of $121,741. Her biggest success came at the age of five, when she finished second in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap G3 over 7 furlongs; otherwise she had the privilege to be beaten by the Kentucky Oaks winner Silent Beauty in the Yo Tambien Handicap over six furlongs, and defeated the future US champion sprinter Chou Croute in the Jasmine Stakes. It's worth saying that Pas de Nom never ran over 7 furlongs in her stakes successes. At stud, her first two matings were with Northern Dancer; after unraced mare Dame Margot, Danzig was born in 1977 - and the rest is perfectly known history of allowance winner, who became one of the most important stallions in the world. Anyway, Pas de Nom produced at least three unraced foals, four non-winners, and no earner of more than $35,000 dollars. But Danzig's full sister Dame Margot was the dam of multiple G3 winner Lord of the Night, who defeated G1 winner Dancing Spree in the 1989 Westchester Handicap; and the family runs to G2 placed full siblings Mubhij and Tabheej, born in 1993 and 1997, respectively; Tabheej's son Tajdeef finished third behind Dark Angel in the Middle Park Stakes 2007. There's one more interesting note to the family - Pas de Nom's unraced son Religiously sired a good bunch of foals in Ireland, including several interesting horses - G3 third filly Saintly Rachel, G2 chasers Good Fella and Intelligent, and multiple G1 winning hurdler Mac's Joy. One of his foals was also R Friar Tuck - fourth at the Illinois Derby G3, winner of the Affirmed Handicap G3, and defeated by Dare And Go in the Wicked North Handicap in the very same year Dare And Go ended Cigar's famous 16-race winning streak. Speaking of chasers a while ago, absolutely last note on the family of Pas de Nom - her great grandson Marvelous Kaiser was a G2 chaser too, this time in Japan.
As for the rest, there's not much to say. Admiral's Voyage's top earner Instead of Roses was born in 1971 and, aside of being G2 placed, he set a new track record in Woodbine - 1:21 4/5 for 7 furlongs. The second highest earnings belong to one year younger Country Boy Jim, who ran third in both the Southwest Stakes and the Calumet Purse, where he was defeated by the Preakness Stakes winner Master Derby. Three years later, Distant Voyage came, beaten in the Miss Tropical Handicap by nobody else than the Canadian triple champion La Voyageuse, followed only by the minor stakes winner Fishing Maniac.
In the further generations, Admiral's Voyage got no particular racing star, but he had some at least interesting horses.
Vagabond Sergeant from 1979 crop was out of placed mare Admiral's Affair – a granddaughter of Petitioner, who was the dam of Pas de Nom. Vagabond Sergeant became a G3 winner at the age of 3; one year later, he ran third to Distinctive Pro in the Tallahassee Handicap. Vagabond Sergeant's half-sister Sizzling Affair is the ancestress of the Carter Handicap G1 third Premium Wine. Beldale Lustre was a member of the same crop, grandson of a half-sister to Foolish Pleasure. At the age of three, Beldale Lustre placed in the Crystal Mile behind Sandhurst Prince, and in the Lockinge Stakes behind Motavato and Noalto; both races have a G1 status now. Besides that, he got beaten in French G3 Prix de la Porte Maillot by Exclusive Order, future dam of Entrepreneur. At the age of four, Beldale Lustre competed in the United States, winning the Citation Handicap; one year later he added 2nd division of the G2 San Gabriel Handicap. At the age of 6, the horse was transported again, this time to South Africa, where he ran second in the G1 Schweppes Challenge. Another one with strong family connections was Fire Plug, whose granddam Fast Exit by Admiral's Voyage was a half-sister to Crozier. Fire Plug was a stakes winning racehorse for six seasons before finally hitting the grade in the General George Handicap G2.
Speaking of families, the one which deserves to be mentioned next to Pas de Nom is Solo Voyage. This dark bay winning mare was a sister of broodmares Pretty Bu and Queen Pat; the former one produced the Futurity Stakes G1 second Sportful, while the latter was the dam of Shuttle Jet, who ran second in the Futurity too, behind the future champion Swale. Solo Voyage produced at least three multiple winners, the most successful of them being My Nichole, the winner of the Desert Vixen Stakes; she went on to produce G1 winner and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies third Three Ring. She's well known for her tragic end, as she reared while being saddled for the Belmont Park race, flipped, and fractured her skull. She's still probably the second highest earner among the Admiral's Voyage ancestors; the top honours belong to her relative Blazing Sword, who was Solo Voyage's great-grandson, conceived with the stakes winner Demetroula. Blazing Sword ran big on the highest scene, finishing second to Boston Harbor in the Breeders' Futurity and to Pulpit in the Fountain of Youth Stakes - defeating the Kentucky Derby second Captain Bodgit, and third in the Super Derby to Deputy Commander and in the Hollywood Derby to Subordination. Three years later, he won the Washington Park Handicap G2, and defeated a rising turf star With Anticipation in the 2000 Widener Handicap G3. And the third little star in the family was Best Decorated, who finished third behind Pine Bluff in the Nashua Stakes as a two-year-old; in the trial series of the next season he finished third in both the Bay Shore Stakes G2 and the Gotham Stakes G2, in the second case behind Devil His Due and Lure.
As for other curiosities, Seraglio was defeated in the Pimlico Oaks by the champion filly Open Mind. Family Hope lost the Office Wife Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths to that year's Breeders' Cup Distaff winner One Dreamer. The youngest member of the Admiral's Voyage legacy was probably Americanus, the Amsterdam Stakes G2 placed in 2007; and as the last one, let's mention Florida Law – a roan gelding from the family of Wekiva Springs, who placed four times in the Maryland Hunt Cup, before finally winning it by a head in 1998; aside of placings from three runs of Maryland Grand National.
- dark bay or brown horse, March 23, 1959 – 1989
- breeder: Fred W. Hooper (KY)
- owner: Fred W. Hooper
- trainer: Charles R. Parke, Julius E. Tinsley
- 52 starts: 12 - 10 - 11, $455 879
- Winner: San Miguel Stakes (6.5f), Louisiana Derby (9f), Wood Memorial (9f), Loz Felis Stakes (6.5f), Carter Handicap (7f), Midwest Handicap (6.5f), San Carlos Handicap (7f)
- Second: Santa Anita Derby (9f), Belmont Stakes (12f), Hollywood Derby (10f), Jersey Derby (9f), American Handicap (9f), Masachusetts Handicap (10f), Hollywood Express Handicap (5.5f)
- Third: Prarie State Stakes (6f), Arlington Futurity (6f), San Felipe Stakes (8.5f), Florida Derby (9f), Arlington Classic (8f), Princeton Handicap (6f), Los Angeles Handicap (7f)
- Entered stud in 1965 - Gainsborough Farm (KY)
- 1973 - Florida; later Louisiana
- Died 1989 from infirmities of old age.
- Around the Horn - ch.f. out of Repetitious by Double Jay
- 2. Fair Ground Oaks; 3. Monmouth Oaks, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Dam of Sea Defier.
- Peace Movement - ch.f. out of Deep Blue Sea by Nasrullah
- 1. Milette Handicap; 2. Nellie Morse Stakes; 3. Princess Doreen Handicap
- Flagship - b.g. out of Sizzling by Tudorka
- 2. Flintlock Stakes; 3. Benjamin Franklin Handicap
- Voyage - b.g. out of Teacation by Quibu
- 2. Summit Silver Cup Handicap
- Pas de Nom - dkb.f. out of Petitioner by Steady Aim
- 1. Inferno Stakes, Virginia Belle Stakes, Seashore Stakes (2nd div.), Jasmine Stakes; 2. Barbara Fritchie Handicap G3, Yo Tambien Handicap, Miss Woodford Stakes; 3. Boniface Stakes, Mimosa Stakes, Pan Zareta Stakes. Dam of Danzig.
- Instead of Roses - b.c. out of Tazerbo by Master Boing
- 1. Marine Stakes, Friar Rock Stakes, Grand Slam Handicap, Bold Venture Handicap; 2. Nearctic Stakes G2, Flintlock Stakes G3, Highlander Stakes G3, Highlander Handicap, Woodstock Stakes, W.P. Burch Stakes, Walter Haight Handicap; 3. Bay Shore Stakes G3
- Country Boy Jim - dkb.c. out of Needle Ouch by One Count
- 2. Diplomat Way Handicap; 3. Southwest Stakes, Olympia Stakes, Calumet Purse
- Admiral's Blade - ch.c. by Blade out of Happy Voyage
- 1. Phoenix Futurity, Riley Allison Futurity
- Sail on By - dkb.c. by Barboon out of Miss Sailor
- 1. Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap
- Sea Defier - ch.g. by Tobin Bronze out of Around the Horn
- 3. Lecomte Handicap, Louisiana Derby Trial
- Distant Voyage - ch.f. out of Distonia by Distraido
- 1. Rudy Belle Handicap; 2. Aspidistra Handicap; 3. Begonia Handicap, Miss Tropical Handicap
- Fishing Maniac - gr.c. out of Three If By Air by Gustav
- 1. Dust Commander Stakes
- Danzig - b.c. by Northern Dancer out of Pas de Nom
- Leading North American sire 1991 - 1993
- Rambling Native - dkb.c. by Native Royalty out of Faithful Voyage
- 2. Louisiana Handicap; 3. Diplomat Way Handicap
- Raise a Line - dkb.c. by Raise a Bid out of Miss Andyline
- 2. Alligator Handicap
- Vagabond Sergeant - c. by My Gallant out of Admiral's Affair
- 1. Minuteman Stakes G3
- Beldale Lustre - dkb.c. by Explodent x Clandestine
- 1. San Gabriel Handicap G2 (2nd div.); 2. Schweppes Challenge G1; 3. Crystal Mile G2, Lockinge Stakes G2
- Barnstaple - b.c. by Sham out of Jibe
- 3. Cup And Saucer Stakes
- Bishop Bob - dkb.c. by Clever Trick x Silent Screen
- 1. Grey Stakes; 2. Vandal Stakes
- Demetroula - dkb.f. by Singular x Laiglon
- 1. Real Delight Handicap, Growing Up Stakes, Eastman's Star Stakes, Egret Stakes; 2. Pinafore Stakes, Princess Handicap, Castle Forbes Stakes. Dam of Blazing Sword.
- Fire Plug - dkb.g. by King of the North x Sizzling John
- 3. General George Stakes G2
- Lord of the Night - dkb.c. by Lord Avie x Northern Dancer
- 1. Aqueduct Handicap G3, Westchester Handicap G3, Toboggan Handicap G3; 3. Stymie Handicap G3, Assault Handicap G3
- My Nichole - ch.f. by Cutlass out of Solo Voyage
- 1. Desert Vixen Stakes; 3. Melaleuca Stakes. Dam of Three Ring.
- Bright Timing - dkb.f. by Blue Times x Indian Emerald
- 1. Hopkins Stakes, Brainerd Stakes, Red Wing Handicap, Prior Lake Handicap, Sun And Snow Handicap; 2. Magnolia Stakes; 3. U.S.A. Stakes, Indian Maid Handicap, Winona Handicap
- Key Voyage - b.c. by Key to the Kingdom out of Voyagette
- 2. Iroquois Stakes
- Seraglio - ch.f. by Wavering Monarch x Blade
- 3. Pimlico Oaks
- Never My Love - ch.f. by Winged T out of Crafty Voyager
- 1. Whaler Stakes, Heavenly Cause Stakes
- Family Hope - dkb.f. by Fast Gold x Executioner
- 1. Cleopatra Stakes; 2. Office Wife Stakes; 3. Anita Peabody Handicap
- Jazzy One - ch.f. by Horatius ouf of Crafty Voyage
- 1. Gay Matelda Stakes, Politely Stakes, Stefanita Stakes. Dam of Americanus.
- Dan's Miss - dkb.f. by Do It Again Dan x Hold Your Tricks
- 1. Ruffian Handicap (Turf Paradise); 2. Ann Richards Stakes; 3. Weatherford Stakes, Yellow Rose Handicap
- Best Decorated - dkb.c. by Well Decorated x Crozier
- 3. Gotham Stakes G2, Bay Shore Stakes G2, Nashua Stakes G3
- Thirty One Special - b.f. by Crowned Jewel x Judge Kilday
- 1. Fair Queen Handicap
- Kingdom City - dkb.c. by Cryptoclearance x Blade
- 1. Round Table Stakes G3
- Demi's Bret - b.g. by Sword Dance x Singular x Laiglon
- 2. Red Smith Handicap G2
- Mubhij - ch.c. by Mujtahid x Kris x Raja Baba
- 2. Richmond Stakes G2, Flying Childers Stakes G2
- Blazing Sword - dkb.g. by Sword Dance x Singular x Laiglon
- 1. Washington Park Handicap G2;, 2. Breeders Futurity G2, Fountain of Youth Stakes G2; 3. Super Derby G1, Hollywood Derby G1, Dixie Stakes G2
- Kissedbyacrusader - gr.f. by Crusader Sword x Icecapade
- 1. Duchess Stakes G3
- Siftaway - dkb.g. by Salt Lake x Silent Screen
- 3. Salvator Mile Handicap, Skip Trial Stakes
- Three Ring - ch.f. by Notebook x Cutlass - My Nichole
- 1. Acorn Stakes G1, Bonnie Miss Stakes G2, Davona Dale Stakes G2; 3. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies G1
- Tabheej - ch.f. by Mujtahid x Kris x Raja Baba
- 3. Lowther Stakes G2
- Castling - dkb.f. by Pirate's Bounty x Executioner
- 1. Valkyr Handicap; 2. Sacramento Handicap, Cats Cradle Handicap
- Americanus - dkb.g. by Yonaguska x Horatius - Jazzy One
- 2. Amsterdam Stakes G2