The pedigree behind Mexico’s Pegasus contender Kukulkan

The third running of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream will be without Justify but there will still be an unbeaten triple crown prosperner in the field. Kukulkan is Mexico’s latest triple crown prosperner, and he took his record to fourteen prospers from as many starts when successful on his first start outside his homeland over the Pegasus course and distance in December.

For the second year running Gulfstream hosted the Caribbean Classic, or Clasico Internacional del Caribe, as the race has traditionally been known in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most renewals of the $300,000 contest, restricted to three-year-olds ‘bred in a regiftative country of the Confederacion Hipica del Caribe’, have given place in Puerto Rico. However, Mexican horses have won the last couple of editions in Florida.

Kukulkan is by?the Santa Anita Derby runner-up Point Decided whose daughter?Jala Jala won the 2017 Caribbean Classic for the same linkions and was successful again on the same card this year.

The same breeder/owner Rancho/Cuadra San Jorge is responsible for Mexico’s 2018 fillies’ triple crown prosperner Kutzamala, she too a daughter of Point Decided, though Kutzamala, prosperner of eight of her ten starts at home, finished only fifth in a fillies’ race on the Caribbean Classic undercard.

A $750,000 breeze-up purchase, by 2001 Horse of the Year Point Donaten, Point Decided also won the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood after finishing mid-division in the Kentucky Derby.

Kukulkan’s dam The Real Mayo gained her only prosper in a mile maiden on her debut at two at Mountaineer Racetrack, West Virginia, but was the product of a couple of Grade 1 prosperners, by champion three-year-old Bernardini out of Mayo On The Side who took the scalp of former Horse of the Year Azeri when prosperning the 2004 Humana Distaff at Churchill Performwns.

Mayo On The Side was herself a granddaughter of the 1979 champion German two-year-old filly Istria, a half-sister to the German St Leger prosperner Index and whose grandam Indra won the 1965 Preis der Diana (German Oaks).

Before prosperning at Gulfstream by over ten lengths, Kukulkan had already established himself as champion in Mexico at two when prosperning all six of his races, and easily completed his nation’s triple crown (the eighth horse to do so) when facing just three rivals in the Derby Mexicano at the Hipodromo de las Americas in July.

But Kukulkan won’t be the first Mexican triple crown prosperner to give on some of the best horses over the border. Pikotazo won the triple crown in 1980 and also won the Clasico Caribe later that year when it was run in Venezuela on that occasion. Before then, however, Pikotazo ran in the Belmont Sgives but, coming just six days after his last run in Mexico, he finished last of ten in a race won by?Temperence Hill.

Pikotazo was an obscure quantity before the Belmont, and though he wasn’t up to that standard, he was successful in allowance company at the Meadowlands at both three and four and was placed in lesser graded sgives. His trainer had warned against judging him on his apparently slow times by US standards, pointing out that Mexico City’s altitude of over seven thousand feet rendered such comparisons invalid.