By: Alan Porter
“One of the most consistent value for money horses at stud, with over 50 stakes winners to his name, Yes It’s True was a grade one sire again in 2014.”
Yes It’s True is an effective outcross for most leading U.S. commercial sire lines, and that is reflected by the wide range of broodmare sire lines over which he has proved effective. The Northern Dancer line has provided Yes It’s True with his latest grade one winner, The Big Beast, successful in the 2014 renewal of the King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I). The Big Beast is one of two stakes winners sired by Yes It’s True out of mares by Deputy Minister, and there is also a stakes winner by a son of Yes It’s True out of a mare by Forest Camp, suggesting the similarly-bred French Deputy. Other strains of Deputy Minister to successfully combine with Yes It’s True’s sire, grandsire Raja Baba, including Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Dehere, Silver Deputy (and his son, Posse), Salt Lake and Touch Gold.
Yes It’s True has demonstrated an affinity for the Dixieland Band branch of the Northern Dancer line, getting a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse, and the very fast 2014 grade two scorer La Verdad out of a mare by that horse’s son, Hook and Ladder. This cross might also be tried through such as Dixie Union, Citidancer, Chimes Band, Dixie Brass, Dixieland Brass and Kentucky Jazz. The cross of Yes It’s True over mares descending from Northern Dancer through Danzig has resulted in stakes winners out of mares by Dove Hunt and Ascot Knight (who gives some clever linebreeding), indicating that it could be worth introducing this strain through such as Belong to Me (who has particularly strong appeal), Chief’s Crown (sire of Concerto; grandsire of Bellamy Road), Boundary, Dayjur, Honor Grades, Langfuhr, Hard Spun and War Front. Yes It’s True is also sire of graded stakes winner Nordic Truce out of a mare by Night Shift, and from mares descending from Northern Dancer through Storm Bird, a horse with a somewhat similar background to Night Shift, he has stakes winners from daughters of Tabasco Cat and Giant’s Causeway (brother to Freud and sire of First Samurai), both by Storm Cat. There is also a Yes It’s True stakes winner out of a mare by Sword Dance (by Nijinsky II, a close relative to Storm Bird) and a stakes placed horse out of mare by Royal Academy, a son of Nijinsky II, and a close relative to Storm Cat. Yes It’s True is out of a mare by Clever Trick, a son of Northern Dancer’s three-quarters relative, Icecapade, and Yes It’s True has graded stakes winner Yes He’s The Man out of a mare by Wild Again, who could be brought in through Wild Rush, Offlee Wild, Vicar, Milwaukee Brew and Wild Event.
Yes It’s True’s Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner, Proud Accolade, is out of a mare by the Seattle Slew stallion, Septieme Ciel. He also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Malibu Moon, who is by Seattle Slew son A.P. Indy out of a half-sister to Septieme Ciel, and a stakes winner out of a mare by another A.P. Indy son, Golden Missile. This would suggest bringing in A.P. Indy through such as Pulpit (and his sons Tapit and Sky Mesa), Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Congrats, Flatter, Bernardini, Jump Start or Stephen Got Even. It could also be worth trying Seattle Slew through other sources, such as Capote (sire of Boston Harbor), Williamstown, Vindication, General Meeting, Doneraile Court, Slew City Slew and Chief Seattle (giving linebreeding to Yes It’s True’s broodmare sire line).
The cross of Yes It’s True with Mr. Prospector line mares has been a productive one with 13 stakes winners. From the Fappiano branch come a trio of stakes winners out of mares by Quiet American (sire of Real Quiet and grandsire of Midnight Lute), and two stakes winners, including graded scorer Yesbyjimminy, out of mares by Pentelicus. This would encourage considering mares descending from Unbridled, a three-quarters brother to Pentelicus, with sources including Unbridled’s Song (sire of Dunkirk, Even the Score, First Defence, Old Fashioned, Rockport Harbor and Songandaprayer), Broken Vow, Empire Maker, Grindstone and Birdstone. From other branches of the Mr. Prospector line, Yes It’s True is sire of graded stakes winner Chandtrue and two other stakes winners from daughters of Crafty Prospector (sire of Robyn Dancer, Prospectors Gamble, Prospect Bay, Crafty C. T. and Crafty Friend), as well as stakes winners out of mares by Seeking the Gold (sire of Mutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town), Intensify (a son of Gone West, also sire of Grand Slam, Elusive Quality, Mr. Greeley, Speightstown and Proud Citizen), Fortunate Prospect and Aldebaran, and Gold Alert, and mares carrying Woodman, might also do well.
Yes It’s True’s grade two winner, Aikenite, is one of two stakes winners for Yes It’s True out of mares by Saint Ballado, and he also has a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s son, Straight Man, suggesting trying daughters of Saint Liam, Yankee Victor, Captain Bodgit, Sweetsouthernsaint and Flame Thrower, as well as Saint Ballado’s brother Devil’s Bag (sire of Diablo and Devil His Due). It could also be worth considering introducing Halo through More Than Ready. Halo is from a branch of the Hail to Reason line, and from the Roberto branch of this line, Yes It’s True has a stakes winner out of a mare by You and I, whose sire, Kris S., can also be brought in through Prized, Arch, Kissin Kris and Rock Hard Ten.
Crossing Yes It’s True over mares from the In Reality line has proved to be a positive move. From a daughter of Honour and Glory (sire of Put It Back) he has sired graded stakes winner Off Duty, and he also has multiple stakes winner True Tails out of a mare by that horse’s sire, Relaunch. This would invite trying mares by Relaunch line broodmare sires, such as Skywalker, Bertrando, Officer, Cee’s Tizzy and Tiznow. Yes It’s Glory also has a stakes winner out of a mare by In Reality son, Court Trial, a brother to Valid Appeal, and stakes winner out of mare by Valid Appeal son, Court Trial, suggesting such as Valid Wager, Valid Expectations, Successful Appeal and Mister Jolie.
We can also note Yes It’s True graded stakes winner Actin Good out of a mare by Colonial Affair (by Pleasant Colony, also sire of Pleasant Tap and Pleasantly Perfect) and multiple stakes winner Shining Moment out of a mare by Meadowlake