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Helium 3yo colt (Ironicus – Thundering Emilia (ex-Thunder Gulch)

3 wins from 3 starts – winner, 2021Tampa Bay Derby

“this horse is like an old soul”  Emma-Jayne Wilson

(1051) Tampa Bay Downs 03/06/2021 Replay Race 11 – YouTube

Helium, the grandson to sire of sires, Distorted Humour – where Helium’s sire, Ironicus is producer of Ultimate Rider, Cuz, Spanish Rider (sold to Russia) and subject horse  Helium Horse Pedigree (pedigreequery.com)

Immediate genotype presents: – 4×4 Mr Prospector – 5x5x5 Northern Dancer.

Yet, deeper examination illuminates where Integrity and latency lays to deep ends:  the immortal pre-potency.

–  to the similar review – Dr Schivel (USA) the strength of bloodline ‘Fair Play’. His appearance again per Helium’s distaff, 8th dam-daughter, by Fair Play, female family 1-m.

The collective & clustering effect – a ‘direct’ influence has Helium’s 3rd dam, the sire Proud Appeal (USA) plus bring thru, ever-universal – In Reality (duplication 3×3 War Relic → Fair Play 5sx5sx5D)

 2005 – Ken McLean wrote – “Man O’ War’s male line in North America relies solely on In Reality’s male descendants 

– Helium’s 2nd dam sire Saint Ballado (CAN) has grand-dam, by the daughter by War-Admiral/Man o’ War/Fair Play (side note Saint Ballado full brother 1983 US champion 2 yo colt Devil’s Bag)

 Saint Ballado, some respects resembled Sunday Silence’s type: a nice shoulder angle and strength through the hip.  Saint Ballado in the breeding shed was able to upgrade his mares and did it the hard way – Ken McLean**

As the pedigree indicates 4×4 Mr Prospector, it brings, Discovery (the Fair Play male line ) via Native Dancer .

– noting, Gulch (5xx6D Discovery)

*Ironicus maternal distaff has the dam-daughter by War Admiral. His great grand-dam Wild Applause (Northern Dancer) carries the 5x’s to Fair Play.

To Northern Dancer ⇒ Native Dancer – the ‘axle’ of all to the modern thoroughbred ⇒ Geisha by Discovery → Display


  • Raise a Native – 2nd dam, the American Flag (MoW) daughter
  • Johnstown – paternal sire Fair Play dam
  • Better Self
  • Hail to Reason – Flaming Swords (MoW) daughter + maternal distaff Baton Rouge                                                                                                      (MoW) daugher
  • Bold Ruler → Discovery → Display → Fair Play
  • Swaps – distaff, 3rd dam by War Admiral (MoW)
  • Storm Bird – maternal distaff 4th dam by Display → Fair Play
  • Sailor → 4sx6sx5D Fairy GoldEight Thirtymaternal distaff, grand-dam                                                                      (MoW) daughter⇔  3×5 Fairy Gold
  • Seattle Slew – 5×5 War Admiral + 8x Fair Play
  • Spectacular Bid – maternal distaff 3rd dam by Head Play by My Play full brother                                                                                                            to MoW +                                                                                                         4x Fair Play

The legacy appears set to continue.

Ironicus has US stud fee $5,000.

(side note – it is observed to patterns layered genotype i.e. Fair Play strains to  Australian stallion & prepotent sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice – Snippets Lass Storm Bird, In Reality + 21 x Fair Play) Snitzel Horse Pedigree (pedigreequery.com)

Snitzel video

**( By and Large, reviewing broodmare inheritances ‘direct’ to Man O War takes genetic power towards constitutional speed. Be aware… his dam Mahubah by Rock Sand by Sainfoin by Springfield trends towards & has the affinity fix towards Sundridge from dam, Sierra by Springfield  i.e. Mumtaz Mahal/Lady Josephine by Sundridge

How that is exercised, for another example: – Sunday Silence 4th dam sire, a son of Man O’ War. SS’s broodmare sire Understanding → Stymie  inbred to 3×3 MoW)

**more info

Helium Carries Banner for Hard-Knocking Family – TrueNicks.com

Helium Takes Flight for Ironicus in Tampa Bay Derby – BloodHorse

The Ancestry:

Man O’ War (sport-horse-breeder.com)

(1052) Tribute to Man O’ War Race Horse by Team Velvet, Inc. – YouTube

credit reference: **Ken McLean, Designing Speed in the Racehorse



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