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About Unusual Heat

About Unusual Heat

Unusual Heat is widely regarded as the leading sire in the history of California Thoroughbred Racing. He is the only California stallion with at least $4 million in earnings in 7 different years doing it consecutively (2008-2014).


During that time span he won 7 California Sire Earnings Championships, including 6 consecutively (2008-2013). He finished 2017 by winning his 7th California Sire Earnings Championship, marking his first title since 2013. He also earned his 14th consecutive California Sire Turf Earnings Championship in 2017 (2004-2017).  


Unusual Heat finished 2008 by setting an all time California record for North American Progeny Earnings with $5,827,513, and in 2009 became only the 2nd stallion in California history to have progeny earnings of over $5 million twice in a single year.  He holds 3 of the Top 7 All Time California Stallion Earnings Seasons along with 7 of the Top 15. For his career he's sired horses with combined progeny earnings of over $59.8 Million, and is the all time leading sire in California in total progeny earnings. He is also the all time leading sire of California Breds and is the All Time Leading Sire in California in terms of progeny turf earnings at $35.5 Million. He has sired 15 California Champions.

Unusual Heat died in 2017. He was owned by a syndicate that included M.Auerbach, LLC. as stallion manager

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Unusual Heat Sire Line
By NUREYEV (1977). Champion in France. Leading sire twice in France, sire of 135 stakes winners, 9 champions, $79,303,291, including Theatrical (Ire) (champion in U.S., $2,940,036), Miesque (champion 9 times in England, France and U. S., $2,070,163), Heart Lake (GB) (champion, $1,858,423), Spinning World (champion  4 times, $1,733,529), Peintre Celebre (European horse of the year, $1,424,686), Soviet Star (champion, $971,695), Sonic Lady (champion in France, $810,174), Zilzal (champion twice, $657,310), Reams Of Verse (champion, $539,039), Flagbird (champion 3 times, $434,194), etc.

Nureyev- Sire of Unusual Heat

Unusual Heat Female Line
Out of a mare by Glacial (1966), unraced. Sire of 10 foals, 3 starters, 2 stakes winners: Rossard-Den (champion), Spring Flower, Mowerinalob, etc. Sire of four producing daughters. Sire of the dam of stakes winner Unusual Heat.  

1st dam
ROSSARD (DEN) (1980 f. by Glacial). Champion 3-year-old in Denmark,  Danish Derby (G1), Swedish Derby (G1), Swedish Oaks (G1), Danish Oaks (G1), Danish 1000 Guineas (G2), Danish St. Leger (G2). In U. S., 3 wins at 4, $127,380. Dam of--

  • UNUSUAL HEAT (c. by Nureyev). Stakes winner, see above.

  • Dark Albatross (f. by Sheikh Albadou-GB). Winner at 2  in England.  

  • Danish Prospector (f. by Miswaki). Winner at 3, $5,850. Granddam of

  • THREE'S A CROWD (6 wins at 3 and 4, 2007, $163,008).

  • Dot Dot Dash (f. by Nureyev). Unraced. Dam of--

  • ..........DASH OF HUMOR (f. by Distorted Humor). 6 wins at 4 and 6, placed at 7, 2007, $333,549, Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf S., Furl Sail H.,  HBPA H.,2nd Ellis Park.Breeders' Cup Turf S., Jersey Lilly S., 3rd  Truly Bound H.

  • ..........Two Dot Slew (f. by Evansville Slew). 4 wins at 3 and 7, $288,546,  2nd Wishing Well S., American Beauty S., Dad Turf Classic S.,Wintergreen S.

  • Dance in the Park (c. by Northern Park). Winner at 3, $11,776.

2nd dam
PEAS BLOSSOM (GB) (1968 f. by Midsummer Night). Unraced. Dam of--  
.....ROSSARD (DEN) (f. by Glacial). Champion, see above.
.....Thurber (c. by Vision). 2 wins at 2 in England.

3rd dam
FAN LIGHT (1956 f. by *Wilwyn). In England, Cherry Hinton S., Red House S.,  2nd Lowther S. Half-sister to *ST. VINCENT (champion grass horse in U. S.), *ALBORADA 2ND (dam of Fleet and Sweet), CHIAROSCURO.
..........Dam of--  
.....HICKLETON. Prix Gladiateur (G2), Queen Alexandra S., 2nd Chester Cup,
...............Queen Alexandra S., 3rd Prix Gladiateur (G2), Goodwood Cup S. (G3),
...............Cesarewitch H.
.....Attic View. Winner at 4 and 5 in England, 2nd Sea Graham Premier Corinthian.
.....Fax. 2nd Premio Mediteraneo.  
.....Conservatory. Unraced. Dam of--  
..........CONSERVATOIRE. In France, 3 wins at 4, Prix Panacee, 4th Grand Prix De Vichy (G3).  

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