Prime Prospect has delivered several impressive races in Italy and is mentioned as an exciting Elitlopp candidate. In Sweden he is fairly unknown but, as we are about to see, he has a very interesting pedigree - somewhat odd but at the same time at current interest.
Prime Prospect is the seventh foal from the unraced Carsenal, and he was sold for $8,000 as a yearling. This was no obvious bargain considering that Carsenal's six previous foals had failed totally with Master Cache 2:04.3 $7,955 as the best one. Prime Prospect is Carsenal's first and only foal by the Meadow Road-stallion Primrose Lane. Sire of dam Arsenal is a full brother of among others Crysta's Crown (Speedy Crown - Crysta Hanover).
There were however qualities in second dam Cardinal Sahbra. She won several Illinois Sire Stakes and earned more than $50,000. She produced three $100,000 trotters, for example Federal Arsenal 1:56.2 $362,709. Apart from Prime Prospect, she is second dam of BG's Abbie 1:58.4 $333,077, "Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year" in Illinois 1997.
Then what is so interesting about this pedigree? First and foremost it is the similarity with the pedigree of the phenomenal World Champion Kadabra.
If you take into account Kadabra's prominent full brother Lifes a Holiday 1:54 $632,987, this cross looks more and more like a magic cocktail. One should however remember that both Arsenal and Primrose Lane were at stud in the same state, and even if they were unknown outside Illinois it is not that uncommon with crosses between the two. Neihter is of course B.F.Coaltown on the maternal side not unusual in great trotters. The maternal family of Golda has produced Garland Lobell, Jef's Spice, Cumin, Royal Blood, Rodney's Best, Supergrit, Gutsy Cast, Ginger Belle, Incredible Hulk and many more.
One interesting observation is that both Arsenal and Madison Avenue (second sire of Primrose Lane) comes from the family of Mimi Hanover. This Mimi Hanover also exists in numerous other places in the pedigree, as dam of Speedster. One could be tempted to use this fact as explanation to the success, but it seems quite far-fetched. For example hasn't Meadow Road and Crysta's Crown crossed that well.
The now deceased Primrose Lane was never used at stud to a great extent, a fact one might well regret. He was a son of Meadow Road out of a Lindy's Pride mare - an old pedigree which seem to cry for Speedy Crown-blood. The dam of Kadabra is inbred 3+3 to Speedy Crown, an inbreeding which is neatly broken when crossed to Primrose Lane. The inbreeding coefficient is below 10 for both Kadabra and Prime Prospect.
There are also interesting similarities in ancestry between Prime Prospect and our new star Opal Viking (leading 3yo and 4yo in Sweden, translator's note). They are both by sons of Meadow Road and their respective sires of dams are sons of Speedy Crown which has been shadowed by more successful full brothers (Crysta's Crown and Speedy Somolli respectively). There are however a great difference between Primrose Lane and the sire of Opal Viking, Turnpike Taylor. The latter is no longer approved in Sweden, due to weak production.
Meadow Road has earlier proved that he has a potential as sire of dam (Abano As and Malabar Man). Now he has proved the potential as sire of sire.
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