Before introducing Marble Hill homebreds competing in the sport of eventing, let's have a look at their sire Delineator:
Delineator is a young stakes winning son of Storm Cat and already a Grade 1 siring stallion himself, one of only three stallions ever to accomplish this while standing at stud in WA exclusively, the other two being Table Run and Knights Choice (half brother to our former broodmare Yang's Value, damsire of our stakes placed broodmare Lovely Echo and sire of our stakes winning broodmare Starboard).
Delineator was ranked 3rd on the National Leading Juvenile Sires by SPI List, leaving behind him such stallions as Seattle Slew, A.P.Indy, Wild Again, Unbridled, Deputy Minister or his own sire Storm Cat. In 1999, his Grade 3 winning son Edneator was voted WA Horse of the Year, and in 2001, his Grade 1 winning juvenile daughter Tali'sluckybusride became his second Horse of the Year. On February 10th, 2002 she placed 3rd in another Grade 1 race.
Willie the Cat
In 2005, Delineator's daughter Halonator won 8 in a row at Emerald Downs, starting in claiming company, then steadily climbing up the ranks and ending the season with a win in the Belle Roberts Stakes.
In both cases, Delineator leads the list by a wide margin. His SPI of 2.56 is the only one higher than 2. Interestingly, both runner up Katowice (SPI 1.75) and third place finisher Jazzing Around (SPI 1.65) reside at Woodstead Farm, same as Delineator.
One of Delineator's most exciting young horses of 2005 and 2006 was Fast Parade, who was bred by Dr.Konecny in Washington and broke his maiden in thrilling fashion at Emerald Downs, winning a stakes race by 14 lengths, before moving south. As an early 3yo at Santa Anita, he won the $110.000 Baldwin Stakes in tough company. Later the same year, he set a new track record at Del Mar on his first try on the turf, winning the $85.000 Green Flash Handicap.
Fast Parade earned his first graded stakes win on October 22nd, 2006 with a commanding victory in the $446.892 Nearctic Stakes (Can-G2) at Woodbine, adding another $266.240 to his payroll.
While Fast Parade is holding holding his own in California, two other stakes winners by Delineator have emerged in Washington. Three year old filly She's All Silk prevailed in the $100.000 WA Breeders Cup Oaks on 8/19/2006, two year old colt Immigration kept his record intact as the best juvenile at Emerald Downs with stakes wins in the Emerald Express Stakes and the Strong Ruler Ruler Stakes.
She's All Silk Immigration
With his first daughters starting to produce runners, Delineator is already emerging as a broodmare sire, too, most remarkably through juvenile Emerald Downs stakes winner Judicature (by Tribunal out of a mare by Delineator).
In addition, sons and daughters of Delineator are proving their athletic capability not only on the track, but also as partners in other equine disciplines like dressage, hunter/jumper and especially three day eventing. One recent example is our homebred Cantilator (Delineator - Charla by Taj Alriyadh), owned and ridden by an advanced level eventer from Bremerton, WA. After racing with limited success for Roy Lumm and Len Kasmerski at Emerald Downs, Cantilator immediately fell in love with his new job. After only a few training sessions, he already came home from his first show as a very close second, followed by a few more highly successful one and two day events. Even during his first foxhunt, he impressed everyone with his athletic abilities and last but not least his composure and unflappable mind. To enable them to be closer to the bigger competitions on the West Coast, Mellisa and her family moved to Southern CA in 2008, where she and Cantilator have been moving up through the levels, starting out at novice competitions and meanwhile tackling preliminary and intermediate courses with ease. Their placings at the preliminary level earned them their qualification for the American Eventing Championship 2008 in Illinois and a first start at the CIC* level already resulted in a clear round cross country and a 12th place finish overall. On April 21, 2012 this amazing athlete passed away after a two day bout with colic. To honor this very special horse, Marnie Jones created a wonderful poem you can read by following this link.
Cantilator's full brother Charlie the Cat joined the "Can't Wait Till Later" team as Mellisa's next eventing prospect. His first year in the show ring proved his talent over fences and in the dressage arena and his goal for 2009 were the Young Eventing Horse Championships. His preliminary starts resulted in his qualification for the East Coast Championship in May 2012 and his Intermediate debut will be in June.
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