Mr. Prospector, photo courtesy of Summerhill Stud
Number of Belmont Winners with Mr. Prospector within Three Male Generations
Mr. Prospector is regarded as one of the most outstanding sires (and, perhaps more accurately, sire of sires) in the horse-racing world.
A son of Raise A Native, Mr. Prospector has produced great sons like Gulch, Forty Niner and Gone West—all of these sons being sires of Belmont Stakes winners.
Time moves on, and Mr. Prospector is being shoved out of immediate bloodlines, yet his relevance is still persistent.
In the 1995-and-later "Lasix Era," Mr. P has been grandsire of five Belmont champions and been great-grandsire of six more. However, it is now rare to see Mr. P as an immediate relative because of the many generations that have passed. Instead, we see his sons having an influence.
Smart Strike and Gone West (both sons of Mr. Prospector) appear in the three-generation pedigree of four horses in the 2012 Belmont field. Forty Niner is I'll Have Another's great-grandsire, while Fappiano is the great-grandsire of Guyana Star Dweej.