Too Darn Hot
Too Darn Hot also hails from a strong female line of stallion-making heritage that has already yielded Darshaan. It is a standout family that remains vibrant, characterised by representatives of innate physical quality with strong presence and racing resolve.In common with so many leading contemporary stallions – among them Dubawi, Frankel, Kingman, Lope De Vega, Sea The Stars and Galileo – Too Darn Hot is out of a superior racemare in Dar Re Mi.
Best of all, however, Too Darn Hot offers breeders access to a family Watership Down has kept almost exclusively to itself over the last two decades.
The door is now very much ajar to allcomers. Too Darn Hot sired 115 foals in his first Northern Hemisphere crop in 2020. More than 140 mares have been tested in foal to him in 2021. It’s a similar story in the Southern Hemisphere, where the 115 mares tested in foal in 2020 have been abetted by another full book in 2021.
Bill Oppenheim attests to influential subscribers to his Stallion Spectator Rating service: “Too Darn Hot is as good a bet for major sire success as we can know about.”
“I’m a big believer in stallion prosects having a strong first dam,” acclaimed bloodstock agent, Michael Youngs advocates. “This is common to so many top-class stallions today. Too Darn Hot has a strong first dam and also a strong second dam, completely free of corrupting influences.
“Too Darn Hot was a very fast racehorse but he is going to sire horses over a broad range of distances. My advice (to clients) has always been to use Too Darn Hot to put class into classic middle-distance pedigrees. His pedigree is loaded with quality; he has so much range and potential. And as a physical specimen, he will conformationally suit most mares.”
Too Darn Hot is a young stallion prospect to which Youngs has nailed his colours. “I have never had a problem using an unproven horse, except that I have very strict criteria,” he says. “He must have been a very good racehorse: a Group 1 winner at two and three. He must be genetically strong, and he must have the conformation that will complement the mare. When those three criteria are fulfilled, I will use that horse.”
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