All American at home in Kentucky

While So You Think prepares for a Group 1 assignment at Royal Ascot, his Flemington conqueror All American has been busy covering his first book of mares in Kentucky.

All American (Red Ransom) shuttles from Arrowfield Stud to Darby Dan Farm where he stands for a US$10,000 fee.

All American is a grandson of Roberto who was bred, raised and stood his entire stud career at Darby Dan.  His dam Milva (Strawberry Road) is a half-sister to G1 sire Rock Hard Ten.

Roberto was European Champion in 1971-72 and Darby Dan owner John Phillips is confident All American can extend his legacy at stud.

“I’ve bred my best mares to him,” Phillips said. “He is the best remaining influence I’ve seen from the sireline.  He possesses all of Roberto’s best traits, especially a solid juvenile campaign.”

All American will deliver precocious speed adaptable to any racing surface according to Phillips.  “All American raced exclusively on turf in Australia, but the horses in his family, like most Robertos, had that ability to really perform on all surfaces,” Phillips said.

“In this age, I think that makes him particularly appealing.  He is an extremely attractive stallion and sold a lot of seasons just on his looks alone.”

All American set a track record in the 2009 G1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington clocking 1:33.98s.  He also won the G3 Skyline St at two and was G1 placed in the Ascot Vale St at three.

All American was trained by David Hayes and the horse he defeated in the Emirates Stakes was none other than So You Think.  “They ran brilliant time,” Hayes recalled.  “If you can break 1.34 seconds at Flemington you’re a pretty smart horse in that sort of company.