A daughter of Grade 1-placed Fortify (by Distorted Humor), who has ranked four times among Argentina’s top five sires, Nanda Dea is a fourth-generation descendant of 1993 Kentucky Oaks (USA-G1) winner Dispute (by Danzig), who collected four Grade 1 wins during her career. A descendant of the matriarch Grey Flight, whose family has produced a galaxy of stakes horses for the Wheatley Stable and later for the Phipps family, Dispute herself was a disappointing broodmare, failing to produce a black-type runner from 15 foals sired by the best stallions in Kentucky. Nonetheless, three of her daughters have become the first or second dam of Graded or Group stakes winners.
The eldest of the trio is the winner Plaintiff (by Seeking the Gold), who was sent to Argentina and there became the dam of 2016 Premio Manuel J. Guiraldes (ARG-G3) winner Plainswoman (by multiple Grade 1 winner Zensational, by Unbridled’s Song), now a broodmare in Japan. Plaintiff is also the dam of Gearanai (by Toccet), dam of 2020 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (FR-G1) winner Gear Up (by Teofilo) and 2018 Eyrefield Stakes (IRE-G3) winner Guaranteed (by Teofilo). Plaintiff’s unraced full sister Perfect Solution, has also contributed to the family, producing stakes winners La Piba (by Lookin At Lucky) and Mobil Solution (by Mobil) and, through her Unbridled’s Song filly Splendid Solution, becoming the granddam of 2014 Golden Rod Stakes (USA-G2) winner West Coast Belle (by Tapit).
Dispute’s other important daughter is the Storm Cat mare Troubling, who never made it to the track and produced only three winners among her eight named foals. She is the third dam of 2020 Round Tower Stakes (IRE-G3) winner New Treasure (by New Approach) through her Seeking the Gold daughter Trepidation, but Troubling’s key daughter has proved to be Notroubleatall (by Gone West), who was sent to Argentina after producing five foals, none of any particular account, in the United States. She produced two more foals for Haras Santa Inés. One. Norimberga (by the good Danzig horse Exchange Rate) won the 2016 Premio Paseana (ARG-G2) but has been troubled by reproductive problems and has only produced three named foals. The other, Nanga Parbat (by 2007 Hopeful Stakes, USA-G1, winner Majestic Warrior, by A.P. Indy), never raced but produced Nanda Dea as her fourth foal. Nanga Parbat is also the dam of Elitas (by two-time Argentine champion sire Catcher in the Rye, by Danehill), a multiple Group 1-placed multiple listed stakes winner in Peru.
Families from the old Wheatley/Phipps lines rarely have good members made available to breeders outside the Phipps family and their relatives, and even culls have sometimes done other breeders very good service indeed. For Haras Santa Inés, the acquisition of Notroubleatall (who sold for US$23,000 from the 2010 Keeneland November mixed sale) has already proven well worthwhile, with a mere handful of foals across two generations yielding three Group-class racehorses. The future of this branch of Dispute’s family is still clouded, as Nanga Parbat produced fillies by 2014/2015 Chilean Horse of the Year Il Campione in 2020 and 2021 but has not produced a live foal since. One of those fillies, though, is 2-year-old Nanabush, who broke her maiden at San Isidro in her first start on June 11—along with her half sister’s Group win, perhaps good omens for a South American twig from a distinguished family that may still grow into a substantial branch.