True Blue Stride, from a half-sister to Bromac Lodge mare Amaretto Bromac (Falcon Seelster-Arma Class), scored a maiden 3YO win in 1:56.1 (1609m) at Menangle, New South Wales, on Tuesday, July 31.
A colt by Aces N Sevens, True Blue Stride is from Arma Dominator (In The Pocket-Arma Class), who won her NZ debut in 2003 for Geoff Small, and went on to win another three in Australia.
She made a quick impact at stud, her second foal being the big-winning Excel Stride (1:50.3, 28 wins & $769,464) for breeders, Emilio and Mary Rosati.
True Blue Stride is the fourth individual winner for her dam, who in the interim left Comet Stride (1:55.2, five wins) & Genuine Stride (one win).
Trained and driven by Darren Binskin, True Blue Stride finished best as a $2.40 favourite on Tuesday, winning by 2.2 metres.
The win added to a good fortnight for the family with Titanium (three NZ wins), a half-brother to Amaretto Bromac and Arma Dominator, notching his first USA win at Yonkers, New York in 1:54.2.
Amaretto Bromac (2:00.8, a mile rate qualifier), placed twice from only five starts for the Robert Dunn stable.
The 11-year-old broodmare is currently for sale from Bromac Lodge in foal to former top youngster and successful sire Courage Under Fire, for $7000 (plus GST).
Courage Under Fire was also to the fore on the Tuesday Menangle programme, siring 2YO winer Courageous Dancer, who held in 1:54.8 (1609m).
‘Courage’ also sired an 8YO Redcliffe, Queensland, winner on Wednesday in Reddy Fire (2:00.3 rate, 1780m), and 3YO winner the following day on the tight Redcliffe circuit in Courageous Leo, who rated a creditable 1:57.9 (2040m).
Amaretto Bromac's first foal, Angel Bromac (1:56.9), won four at two and three for $56,500, and a ran a luckless second in the 2016 WA Diamond Classic 2YO Final.
Her dam Arma Class (Talk About Class-Armalight), numbered a NZ 2YO fillies record among her three wins for the late Weedons trainer Jack Smolenski.
She left 10 individual winners including Coopers Creek (1:52, US, 41 wins and $333,644), while Arma Antoninette, a half-sister to Amaretto Bromac and Arma Dominator, left former top WA filly Arma Xpress (1:56.5, 12 wins from 18 starts and $279,890).
Amaretto Bromac's third foal, Phil Bromac (by Washington VC), sold for $60,000 at last year's NZ Premier Yearling Sale.
The most significant factor in the family is champion racemare Armalight (1:55.4, 18 wins from 36 starts for $277,520), being the grand-dam of Armaretto Bromac, Arma Dominator and Arma Antoniette.
Armalight, the 1982 NZ Harness Horse Of The Year, scored her biggest wins in the 1981 NZ Cup, the 1981 NZ Free-For-All in the then world record mile rate of 1:55.4 (2000m), and 1983 Auckland Cup.
Armalight's dam Ar Miss (former NZ Broodmare of the Year) was another top filly, scoring eight wins in the NZ Oaks and NZ Sapling Stakes.
This is also the family of Grand Circuit performer Ohoka Punter (1:52.4, 25 wins incl. 2013 Northern Derby, $1 million earner), top Queensland winner Majestic Mach (1:53.9, 35 wins & $976,397), former NZ 4YO Superstars Championship winner Bruzem (18 wins, 1:52.6, US & $178,925), Spankem (p2, 1:54, 5 2 and 3YO wins from 14 starts, $241,194), London Pride (1:51.6, US, 28 wins and $600,000) and London Express (1:50.6, US, 32 wins and $350,000).