Brody’s Causeone of only two horses to have won both KeenelandThe best 2 and 3 year old races on earth since the round table in 1957, acquired by Rodney Eckenrode to be held at Equistar Training and Breeding in Annville, Pennsylvania in 2023. A multiple winner of 1st year and grade 1 stallion, Brody’s Cause will cost $3,500.
The 9-year-old son of the Giant’s Causeway once stood at spending farm in Kentucky.
Brody’s Cause ranks in the national top 20 on the 2022 Third Generation Sire List, led by his 4-year-old daughter Calypso . Winner of Saint Anita‘s Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at the end of 2021, Kalypso won or placed nine appearances in 14 starts, six ranked, for earnings of $601,878.
When its first crop debuted in 2020, Brody’s Cause was represented by five stake artists, four ranked, among 26 starters: Sittin On Go, who won the G3 Iroquois Stakes from Churchill Downs; the winner of the Kalypso Stakes, also second in the G1 Starlet Stakes; Girther, G2 Best Pal Stakes finalist in Del Mar; Smiley Sobotka, second in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes of Churchill and Gospel Way twice. In 2021, his 2-year-old son Enbarr beat his young daughter in the Capote Stakes at Los Alamitos in his second start. This year Hurricane filly Debbie won the first outing at Keeneland in April by eight lengths. Of his eight black-type runners, seven were 2-year-old stake performers.
Brody’s Cause has progeny earnings of over $1.6 million in 2022, which places him in the top 10 of the Mid-Atlantic bull rankings.
In eight career starts, Brody’s Cause won two Grade 1 races and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile behind the champion Nyquist. Trained by Dale Romans, he took his first mile victory at Churchill aged two and returned three weeks later to capture Keeneland’s G1. Claiborne Ranchers futurity at 1 1/16 miles.
After the Breeders’ Cup, he was aiming for the classics after winning the 1 1/8-mile G1 Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland. After finishing seventh of 20 in the Kentucky Derby and sixth of 13 in the Belmont Stakes, he retired with a record three wins and third in eight starts, earning $1,168,138.
A $350,000 buy from Keeneland’s 1-year-old sale in September, Brody’s Cause comes from the family of Secretariat and Cure the Blues. His mother, Sweet Breanna, brought into play, is by the stallion Mr. Prospector Sahm. His second dam, ranked winner Sweet Roberta, finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. The family goes back to Quick Cure (his fourth dam), dam of the Grade 1 winner and sire Cure the Blues. She, in turn, is out of Speedwell (by Bold Ruler), a half-sister to Somethingroyal, the dam of Secretariat (by Bold Ruler).
Brody’s Cause is currently 43 2-year-olds and in 2021 covered his biggest book of 147 mares.