Vino Rosso’s Exceptional Bloodline

August 8, 2021

The return of our multiple Group 1 winner and undefeated two-year-old, Vino Rosso, will again this season provide Australian breeders an opportunity to invest in North America’s most popular first season sire, and only son of Curlin to stand on our shores.

Emulating his sire and dominating the Breeders’ Cup Classic by more than 4l, Vino Rosso does not just stand out for his fantastic racetrack success. He is out of a Street Cry mare, a sire whose exploits in Australia need no introduction, with an outstanding pedigree full of black-type performers. High-quality families produce high-quality results, so follow on to find out what nicks have proven successful with this bloodline.

Vino Rosso

From the Northern Dancer line, Vino Rosso’s sire Curlin has been a formidable force at stud. A two-time Horse of the Year and an outstanding sire, he is also fast becoming a promising sire of sires. To date he has a strike rate of 74.3% winners to runners and 11.3% stakes winners to runners. He has sired a total of 83 individual stakes winners, 44 individual Group winners and 14 Group 1 winners. His progeny have also won over $130M in prize money.

Bernardini has a great affinity when crossed with Curlin’s bloodline. The cross so far has produced Group 1 winner Paris Lights and Group 2 winners Point of Honor and Clairiere. Overall, the cross has produced one Group 1 winner, five Group winners and seven stakes winners, with a strike rate of 36% stakes winners to runners.

Curlin has paired well with mares from the prolific Storm Cat line, producing 15 stakes winners from daughters of Storm Cat, Giant’s Causeway, Hennessy, Tale of the Cat and Stormy Atlantic. The Curlin x Storm Cat nick has produced 22 winners from 27 runners and has an 18% stakes winners to runners strike rate.


The More Than Ready nick has proven fruitful, with all runners as winners and a strike rate of 40% stakes winners to runners. Hard Spun mares have also provided another profitable nick, striking at 20% stakes winners to runners including Group 1 winner Good Magic; whilst the Encosta De Lago cross has only produced two runners, both have won, with Heavenly Curlin doing so at Group 3 level, which bodes well given the amount of Encosta De Lago blood in Australia.

As Vino Rosso’s first northern and southern hemisphere crops are being born this year, another of Curlin’s sire sons, Palace Malice (ex Palace Rumour (USA) {Royal Anthem (USA)}), has had a good start to stud, producing four individual stakes winners thus far.

Vino Rosso

Vino Rosso bloodlines provide a great opportunity for breeders looking to breed into an outstanding black-type family. Curlin’s sire Smart Strike, also performs very well with the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer. This makes the athletic multiple Group 1 winner a perfect outcross for Danehill-line broodmares such as daughters of Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock and Exceed And Excel etc.

This makes Vino Rosso an extremely versatile option for the Australian thoroughbred breeding market.

Vino Rosso stands at Spendthrift Australia in 2021 for $13,750 incl GST and is eligible for the Breed Secure program.