Derby Day! Lookin at Lee and "a strong female line"

Lookin at Lee
Today in the 143rd Running of the Kentucky Derby, Lookin at Lee was 2nd place.  I had liked him
just based on his pedigree.
This website on the Derby entry's pedigree's states, "Lookin at Lee descends from a strong female line going back to a full sister to Fair Play, a Hall of Famer himself but best remembered as the sire of Man o’ War.  Derby rival McCraken (see #15) comes from another branch of the same line" The website further states, " Lookin at Lee is a case study in how classy female lines can spring to life again."
Fair Play
Fair Play was the sire of Man o' War, who was, in my opinion, the greatest racehorse of all time.  A sheltie named Fair Play of Sea Isle, ROM was the sire of the greatest sheltie of all time, Ch. Halstor Peter Pumpkin, ROM.  "Peter", as he was known, is the sire of 160 champions. Impressive indeed.  It made me smile to be reminded that "Fair Play" was an incredibly important sire.  Yes he was. This post is not about sires however.  What had 1st caught my eye was the statement about Lookin at Lee's "strong female line".
Ch. Kawartha's Fair Game, ROM

Ch. Sea Isle Rhapsody of Halstor
  When choosing sires, I look to ensure they have a "strong female line".  The great Fair Play of Sea Isle, ROM came from a beautiful Champion bitch, Ch. Kawartha's Fair Game, ROM who produced quality (Champion) offspring from various sires.  Fair Play, although not a champion himself, had a litter sister, Ch. Gillian Fair of Sea Isle, who finished her championship and also produced an influential daughter, Ch. Barwood Scotchguard Sonata, ROM who produced 6 champions- 2 of them ROM's.   When Fair Play of Sea Isle, ROM was bred to the beautiful Ch. Sea Isle Rhapsody of Halstor, herself the 4th generation of champion bitches on the dam's side and 3rd generation of champion bitches on the sire's side, he produced the incomparable "Peter".  Peter's influence as a sire can not be understated in this breed. The classy female lines and their ability to produce generation after generation of quality spring to life in Peter's prodigy.

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