SALIMAH has a number of distinctions already to her name. The Yeomanstown Stud-bred three-year-old daughter is from the first crop of the farm’s El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and she sold as a yearling to Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm and Demi O’Byrne for 180,000gns in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
This is the highest price so far paid for a progeny of the Grade 2 winner who was placed in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes. El Kabeir was represented last year by his first crop and by the end of the year he had sired 14 winners, three of which were stakes winners and a further pair were group-placed.
Two more members of that first crop have become winners in January, and Salimah’s recent and impressive debut win over a mile on turf at Tampa Bay Downs caught the eye of many.
Salimah is trained by Chad Brown for Peter Brant and she is the first runner for her sire in the USA where he raced. She is the second foal and second winner for her dam Promised Money, a daughter of Dark Angel (Acclamation). The first was Fivethousandtoone (Frankel), a 475,000gns yearling who was runner-up to Alkumait in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes two years ago.
Promised Money was bred from Hartstown House (Primo Dominie) who was purchased as a yearling from Mrs T.V. Ryan’s Kilcoran House Stud for IR8,000gns by Eddie Lynam and he trained her to win a pair of two-year-old races from just five runs. In 2005 Yeomanstown Stud acquired her for €55,000 at Goffs when she was sold as part of a dispersal from Joe Clarke’s Dunderry Stud.
After her purchase the O’Callaghans bred five of her seven winners, and they include the stakes-winning juveniles Promised Land and Beldale Memory (Camacho). Promised Land got her breakthrough stakes win in a listed juvenile sprint at Tipperary, and she was placed a few times at that level too.
This is a wonderful winner-producing female line, and the first three dams of Promised Land are responsible for 22 individual winners. Salimah’s grandam Hartstown House and third dam Searching Star (Rainbow Quest) bred seven each, while the fourth dam Little White Star (Mill Reef) went one better with eight winners.
Searching Star not only bred multiple winners, including a pair of stakes winners, but she was a noted dam of good sale horses too. Her daughter Gilded Vanity (Indian Ridge) sold for IR430,000gns as a yearling, helped by the fact that she was an own-sister to Fa-Eq (Indian Ridge).
He had made even more, realising IR450,000 as a yearling in 1996 when selling to Shadwell. He became a stakes winner and chased home Desert Prince in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas.