A 1969 daughter of 1961 American co-champion 2-year-old male Crimson Satan, Crimson Saint could not stay even six furlongs in stakes company. She was freakishly fast, though, tying the then-extant record of :44-4/5 for a half-mile while winning the Ballerina Stakes at Oaklawn Park as a 2-year-old. At 3, she scorched the 5 furlongs of Hollywood Park’s Meteor Handicap in :56-2/5 on the turf course, and at 4, she hung up a track record of :56 for 5 furlongs while winning the Meteor a second time, this time on the dirt. She also won the 1973 Hollywood Express Handicap (USA-G3), running 5½ furlongs in 1:02-4/5, and retired having won seven of her 11 starts.
Crimson Saint proved a predominant influence for speed as a broodmare, producing four stakes winners who were all at their best at a mile or less. The best of the group was the Nijinsky II horse Royal Academy, who crowned his career by winning the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Mile (USA-G1). He sired 167 stakes winners during a globetrotting stud career.
Terlingua, Crimson Saint’s 1976 daughter by Secretariat, was little less in merit. A multiple Grade 2 winner as a juvenile at distances from 6 to 8 furlongs, she was one of the earliest top runners for D. Wayne Lukas, then just transitioning over from a highly successful career in training racing Quarter Horses. She etched her name into the annals of American Thoroughbred breeding by producing 1985 Young America Stakes (USA-G1) winner Storm Cat, a two-time leader of the general sire list in North America and a seven-time champion juvenile sire. His half brother by Mr. Prospector, Pioneering, has had a good stud career in the United States and Brazil, and Terlingua’s multiple Grade 2-winning daughter Chapel of Dreams (by Northern Dancer) has continued Terlingua’s branch of the family at the top level. Pancho Villa, Terlingua’s full brother, was also a multiple Grade 2 winner but was not as high-quality a racer as Terlingua, nor did he have nearly as much impact as a breeding animal.
The fourth and last of Crimson Saint’s stakes winners, Alydariel (by Alydar), was the least able on the racetrack, her lone stakes win coming in a restricted event. She fared better as a broodmare, producing 1992 Citation Handicap (USA-G2) winner Jeune Homme (by Nureyev), and her daughter Dariela (by Manila) is the dam of 2005 Prix Eclipse (FR-G2) winner Damoiselle (by Sky Classic).
Alydariel’s 1996 filly by A.P. Indy, Act Devoted, never raced, and she produced only four minor winners from 10 named foals. Her unraced daughter Weekend Dancer (by Fasliyev) improved only slightly on that record, coming up with six winners from nine named foals, but Weekend Dancer’s Bernstein filly Zaphia, perhaps drawing on the 4x4 cross to Crimson Saint in her pedigree, is now a multiple graded stakes producer, having come up with both Hazelbrook and 2019 Red Carpet Handicap (USA-G3) winner Zuzanna (by Wilburn). Zaphia’s most recent foals are an unraced 2021 Klimt gelding named Skipper’s Pride and a 2023 filly by Unified.
Zuzanna’s Red Carpet win was over 11 furlongs, but for the most part, Crimson Saint’s family has stayed true to type, producing runners at their best over shorter trips even when crossed to sires capable of staying longer distances. As a daughter of 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (USA-G1) winner Bayern, Hazelbrook appears to exemplify the predominantly speedy nature of this family—though in fairness, Bayern probably wasn’t slowing her down any, having included the 2014 Woody Stephens Stakes (USA-G2) over 7 furlongs among his four graded victories. Regardless, Hazelbrook has earned an honored place in the annals of her family, and whether she becomes a broodmare or continues her racing career in 2023, she seems to have a good chance of continuing Crimson Saint’s legacy of speed further into the 21st century.