Pine Bluff's family tree has roots in rich Maryland racing tradition


Preakness winner Pine Bluff might be a Kentucky bred, but his pedigree is loaded with horses that were bred and or raced by Marylanders.

He is superbly bred. His sire, Danzig, was America's leading sire in 1991. Danzig has sired such horses as Dance Smartly, last year's champion 3-year-old filly that has earned $2.8 million; Dayjur, Horse of the Year in England in 1990 as well as Europe's champion sprinter; Chief's Crown, the 1984 champion 2-year-old colt who finished second in the 1985 Preakness; and Danzig Connection, the 1986 winner of the Belmont Stakes.

Danzig, who stands at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., is the hottest sire in the country along with Mr. Prospector.

Now for the Maryland part.

Danzig is a son of Northern Dancer, one of the world's greatest sires. Northern Dancer stood at Windfields Farm in Chesapeake City until he was retired from stud duty in 1987. He died at age 28 in 1989.

Northern Dancer won the Preakness in 1964. None of his sons has ever won the race, but his Preakness-winning grandsons and great-grandsons include Gate Dancer (1984), Summer Squall (1990), Hansel (1991) and now Pine Bluff.

Rowdy Angel, the dam of Pine Bluff, was bred by Bernard J. Daney, who lives in Montchanin, Del. Daney has long been associated with Maryland horse breeding, and one of his sons, Michael, recently married Amy Hopkins, manager of her family's Elberton Hill Farm in Darlington, in Harford County.

Bernard Daney sold Rowdy Angel as a yearling at the Saratoga (N.Y.) Sales to John Ed Anthony, owner of Pine Bluff.

Rowdy Angel never won a race for Anthony, but she has produced two Arkansas Derby winners for him. They are Demons Begone -- a son of Elocutionist who was the favorite for the 1987 Kentucky Derby, but was pulled up after he bled -- and Pine Bluff.

Daney purchased Ramhyde, the dam of Rowdy Angel, as a yearling from the late Stuart Janney Jr., long recognized as one of Maryland's premier horsemen.

Ramhyde won the Virginia Belle Stakes at Bowie Race Couse for the Daneys. When she was retired, she produced stakes winner Ramten as well as many other winners.

Daney has a sister to Rowdy Angel, named Rowdy Devil, who is in foal to 1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony.

Daney gave Ramhyde to Billy Boniface last year. Now 20, Ramhyde is in foal to 1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony and lives at the Boniface's Bonita Farm in Darlington.

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