Apr 19, 2019 Kellie Reilly/Brisnet.com
Plus Que Parfait is a case in point that a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender can hail from anywhere, even the “world’s smallest breeding operation,” as Clint Joiner jocularly calls his Calloway Stables partnership with Tyler Alexander. Now they’re known the world over as the breeders of the UAE Derby (G2) winner.
The childhood friends from Tennessee were down to one mare after their first passed away. That one remaining, Belvedera, became the dam of Plus Que Parfait, only the third foal bred by Calloway.
A daughter of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero and Canadian Hall of Famer Awesome Again, Belvedera is a half-sister to 1999 Canadian Oaks winner Touch Dial, all three homebreds campaigned by Frank Stronach. Belvedera raced only once, finishing last as part of a favored entry at Charles Town, but her bloodlines implied she had some chance of making a useful broodmare.