Who is Drefong, this amazing American descendant of Trempolino, the father of the winner of Japanese guineas?

Satsuki Sho, Japan’s equivalent of a guinea, was won this year by Geoglyph, the son of American sprint champion Drefong. For decades, the Japanese have been importing broodmares and stallions from Europe and the US, allowing them to improve their bloodlines. In the Drefong pedigree we find the name of a certain Trempolino who failed as a stallion in the USA before becoming an excellent sire in France.

Drefong at Shadai Farm

Created in 1939, the Satsuki Sho was meant to be the Japanese equivalent of the famous 2000 English guineas as some changes to the race conditions were added. Since 1990, this Group 1 has been run over a medium distance of 2000 meters and is open to both men and women. In the list of winners we find the names of world sports stars such as Deep Impact, Goldsmith, Victory Pisa or very recently contrail and Euphoria. This year there were 18 people at the start, and the prize went to geoglyph for the famous Sunday Racing jersey worn, among other things, by Orfevre, who was twice runner-up in the Prix de l’Triumphe Triomphe. Geoglyph also offers his father his first top-level success. Drefongalmost unknown in Europe, but US sprint champion.

Geoglyph wins Satsuki Sho 2022 ©Racing Post

If Japanese horses are among the most competitive in the world, this is partly due to the massive importation of the best bloodlines from Europe and especially the US. For decades, wealthy breeders/owners, starting with the Yoshida family, have acquired a number of mares and lead stallions in the ring or through the trade to improve local pedigrees. Drefong has been part of this wave of buying American stallions for the Shadai farm, because in Japan we race both dirt and turf. Coached Bob Baffert in Kaifornia Drefong won 3 gr. 1 clay including sprint to the Breeders’ Cup. To date, he is the best son Joe Pontifor whom Christoph Clement was a real phenomenon on the American field, winning 7 Gr.1 in his career.

Drefong during one of his three U.S. Gr. 1 victories ©Racingandsports

When we look at Drefong’s family tree, we can read that Drefong’s grandmother’s father is none other than trampoline. decorated with a cassock Paul de Mousacthis American horse won the 1987 Arc de Triomphe trophy under saddle Pat Adderybreaking the event record held that day Dancing Brave. Entered as a stallion for one of the American heavyweights Gainsway Farm, along with, in particular, Danzig and Lifard, Trempolino will not meet the expected success both in sales and on the track. Indeed, this chestnut with three large white “socks” was probably too ahead of its time. In the late 80s, the Americans cursed only with mud, the turf program was not as developed as it is in our time.

Trempolino during his coronation in the Arc de Triomphe ©Racing Post

Returning to the village, Trempolino began a second stallion career with the Haras du Mezeray family. from Moussac. In France, in a little less than 10 seasons, the chestnut will declare itself as an excellent stallion, very versatile, living up to 27 years. At the apartment, he presented the two-time Grand 1 winner to Prince Aga Khan. valixirand many other group winners such as Vadapolina, arcadian hero Where Germany (father of champion jumpers Fogin and Samcro). In the obstacle category, Trempolino lost out to the only American Grand Steeple de Paris winner: Mandarin. Not to mention good Don Lino, Bonito du Berlay and Buck Bank. He proves to be an even better queen maker in the discipline, with names such as One for Arthur (Liverpool Gr. 3 Grand National), as well as Latino des Isles, let’s smile and bomek de uelonly that !

Trempolino at Haras du Mezeray


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