Stands for private fee at Shadai (Japan)
Chichicastenango (Fr) is the stallion of the week, for the week ended Sunday April 26.
The gray stallion with the obscure pedigree who rose from the bottom ranks in France to sire a French Derby (G1 Prix du Jockey Club) winner last year had the only G1 winner of the week in the Northern Hemisphere -- Vision d’Etat in the Prix Ganay Grand Prix Air Mauritius at Longchamp on Sunday.
Vision d'Etat, a member of Chichicastenango's second crop, won the 2008 French Derby and carried an unbeaten record into the Arc, where he finished fifth. The colt won 6 of 7 starts through 2008 and bumped Chichicastenango into fourth place on the French general sires list for 2008 -- excellent for a stallion who began his career for essentially nothing and last stood in France for 3,500 Euros at Haras de Victot. Chichicastenango also is the sire of two other stakes winners, Group 3 winners Chinandega and Chichi Creasy.
Earlier this year Shadai Farm purchased Chichicastenango. The farm also owns the stallion's daughter Chinandega. The photo above from the Japanese web site umachi.com captures the stallion coming off the van at Shadai. Click here to see a video of the stallion at Shadai.
Vision d'Etat won the 2100-meter Ganay in 2:09.43 and won by three-quarters of a length from Loup Breton (Ire). He now sports a record of 7 wins from 9 starts and a reputation as the best older horse in France. He is reportedly the subject of a US offer. Click here to read about this.
A son of the Caro (Ire)-line SW Smadoun (Fr) and the Northern Dancer-line mare Smala (FR), Chichicastenango won the Group 1 Prix Lupin and Grand Prix de Paris and was second in the French Derby. Chichicastenango covered Japanese champion Daiwa Scarlet in Japan earlier this year.