Like Manuca (see “Mares on Monday: La Troienne Finds a Brazilian Beat,” November 21, 2022), Satu is a descendant of the Glamour branch of the great La Troienne tribe but descends from Bonnie Blink, a Buckpasser half sister to Manuca’s tail-female ancestress Intriguing. The last daughter of Glamour, Bonnie Blink never raced and produced nothing of any significant merit until she gave birth to her last daughter, the 1988 Time for a Change filly Quick Glance.
Quick Glance won three of her 23 starts but never showed talent remotely close to stakes ability and was exported to Argentina in 1992. There, she joined the broodmare band of Haras Don Arcangel and produced two stakes-winning fillies by the great Argentine-based sire Southern Halo. The better of the two was Sa Torreta, whose five stakes wins included the 1999 Premio Libertad (ARG-G2), the 2000 Premio Miguel Angel y Tomas Juarez Celman (ARG-G2), and the 2001 Premio República de Panama (ARG-G3). Like most of the progeny of Southern Halo, she was a sprinter-miler, winning stakes from 1000 meters to 1600 meters.
Sa Torreta produced 12 foals during her broodmare career but was most successful while at Haras Abolengo. There, she bred the fillies Satarain (by Salt Lake) and Sambullida (by 2001 Cowdin Stakes, USA-G3, winner Sunray Spirit, by Hennessy). Satarain, twice Group 3-placed, is the dam of listed stakes winner Solamente Vos (by the Japanese-bred stallion Peer Gynt, a multiple-stakes-winning son of Sunday Silence) and, through her daughter Save the Date (by Hurricane Cat, a Group 3-winning son of Storm Cat and Sky Beauty), is the second dam of 2022 Gran Premio Montevideo (ARG-G1) and Gran Premio Estrellas Juvenile (ARG-G1) winner Subsanador (by the Grade 1-placed Distorted Humor horse Fortify). Sambullida, a winner twice over 1000 meters at Palermo, is the dam of Group 1-placed Sa Talaia (by Equal Stripes), who in turn produced Satu as her first foal. She has since produced the 2021 Fortify filly Safe With Me and the 2022 Cosmic Trigger filly Sachi.
Bred on Southern Hemisphere time, Satu will not turn 4 until July 1, meaning that he still has some growing and maturing to do. His light racing schedule thus far also raises some questions as to his soundness and durability. Still, there is an interesting parallel here with Candy Ride, also a winner of the Gran Premio Joaquín S. de Anchorena in world record time. Candy Ride was undefeated in three sanctioned races in Argentina (though with a better record than Satu’s as he also won the 2002 Gran Premio San Isidro, ARG-G1) before being imported to the United States, where his three wins from three starts included a trouncing of multiple Grade 1 winner Medaglia d’Oro in track record time in the 2003 Pacific Classic (USA-G1). He has since become a successful sire, and his sons Twirling Candy (in the United States) and Señor Candy and Sidney’s Candy (in Argentina) are drawing attention to him as a sire of sires. Whether Satu can follow a similar path remains to be seen, but he has certainly added his own touch of glamour to an already-storied family.