Breeze Easy significantly strengthened its broodmare band at the recent fall sales in Kentucky. The first acquisition came at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale in the shape of the five-year-old mare, Qahira. A star speedster on the West Coast, Qahira won five of her first six starts at sprint distances, defeating a strong field to take the Kalookan Queen Stakes. She also defeated grade one winner Sanenus and graded scorer Proud Emma, in an allowance test, took second to champion Gamine in the Las Flores Stakes (G3), second in the Chillingworth Stakes (G3), beaten just 3/4 length, and third in the Santa Monica Stakes (G2).
Qahira is by Pioneerof the Nile’s son, Cairo Prince, a multiple graded stakes winner who was a favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at three, prior to suffering a career ending injury. With his oldest runners only five-years-old, Cairo Prince has sired 17 stakes winners, including graded winners Royal Charlotte, Kiss Today Goodbye, New and Improved, Dean Martini, and Cairo Cat.
On the dam’s side, Qahira comes from a live family. She is not only half-sister to multiple stakes winner Stormin’ Lyon, but also to stakes winner Quick Flip, the dam of three stakes horses, including Following Sea, winner of the Vosburgh Stakes (G2) and second in the Haskell Stakes (G1) and Cigar Mile (G1), and third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1) at three in 2021.
Devil’s Lass, the second dam of Qahira, is half-sister to Mitterand, winner of the La Canada Stakes (G1) and four other graded contests, and dam of graded stakes winner and sire French Deputy, and stakes winner Princess Mitterand, granddam of stakes winner Over Under, and fourth dam of La Canada Stakes (G3) and Bayakoa Stakes (G3) winner Queen Bee To You.
The second addition came at Keeneland in the shape of another top sprinter, Bronx Beauty. An extremely tough and durable performer, Bronx Beauty has won 11 races, eight of them in black-type events, earning almost $700,000, and she has been a black-type winner every year from two to five, she also missed by just a head in the Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park in 2020. Particularly notable among her performances were her duels with the talented speedster Ms. Locust Point, including this battle for the Dashing Beauty Stakes, which saw Bronx Beauty prevail while running a career-high 96 Beyer Speedfigure.
Bronx Beauty is by Indian Charlie’s Hollywood Futurity (G1) winning son, Liaison. She is out of the Rockport Harbor mare, Forever Sunshine, a half-sister to Sambuca Classic, the dam of three stakes winners, including Classic Empire, the Champion Two-Year-Old Colt of 2016. The second dam, stakes winning and grade one placed In Her Glory, is out of a half-sister to the brilliant mare, Revidere. Bronx Beauty will begin her stud career in 2022 with a visit to Quality Road.
Breeze Easy’s third purchase was the young graded stakes producer, J. Quirk. Herself twice a winner, J. Quirk is dam of two winners with her first two foals. The second of those is the current three-year-old filly Lady Mystify. An 18 length winner of a maiden special weight at Santa Anita last year, Lady Mystify recently defeated graded stakes winner and classic contender Pauline’s Pearl in impressive style to take the Remington Park Oaks (G3).
J. Quirk owns an exceptional pedigree, as she is by Unbridled’s Song, and her dam, You’re Beautiful, is by Storm Cat out of Cee’s Song, the dam of four stakes winners, three graded, headed by Horse of the Year, Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, Champion Older Horse, and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner, Tiznow. You’re Beautiful is also a half-sister to Tizamazing, the dam of the Preakness Stakes (G1) captor, Oxbow, and to Tizso, the dam of Paynter, World Highweighted three-year-old miler, winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and sire of Knicks Go, the leading contender for Horse of the Year honors for 2021.
J. Quirk is also dam of Beat Emotion, a two-year-old colt of 2021, who realized $600,000 at the Fasig Tipton March Two-Year-Old in Training Sale. Her fourth foal, a stunning Gun Runner weanling filly was also acquired by Breeze Easy at the November Sales, and she is currently carrying a foal from the first crop of Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Game Winner. She returns to Gun Runner for 2022.