Pathfork (USA)

Distorted Humor - Visions of Clarity (Sadler's Wells)
Bay 2008 - Height 16.0hh
Fee Details: 2018 - R10,000 (Due on Live Foal)


Sire Of Gr1 winner MIGHTY HIGH

Leading Sire of 2yos by black type (June 2018)

  • Won 3 from 3 over 7f at 2yrs - undefeated

  • Champion Irish 2yo

  • Highest rated 2yo in Ireland 2010

  • 5th Top rated 2yo in the world 2010

  • Sire: Distorted Humor (USA)
    Champion Sire (USA) - Sire of 12 Gr1 winners and sire of 10 or more stakes wins every year

  • Dam: Visions of Clarity (IRE)
    Stakes winning 3 part-sister to Champion racehorse and leading Sire, Spinning World

  • First three dams are stakes winners and dams of Champions or Gr1 winners
    Same family as Nijinsky II, Northern Dancer, Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, etc

“Undefeated Irish Champion Two Year Old”

Sales Statistics

  • 2015 Cape Premier Sale: Average R491,667 / Top price R700k
  • 2015 National Yearling Sale: Average R233,750 / Top price R480k
  • 2016 Cape Premier Sale: Average R243,181 / Top price R550k
  • 2016 National Yearling Sale: Average R223,636 / Top price R700k
  • 2017 Cape Premier Sale: Average R287,500 / Top price R500k
  • 2017 National Yearling Sale: Average R110,000 / Top price R160k
  • 2018 Cape Premier Sale: Average R75,000 / Top price R75k
  • 2018 National Yearling Sale: Average R255,000 / Top price R425k


First season at stud in 2012

In UK and USA, 3 wins in 5 starts from 1400-1600m (undefeated at 2), earnings of $237,521.00
Timeform rated: 119 at 2 years
Top rated 2yo in Ireland
Champion 2yo colt (2010)

at 2 WON 3 times including:
Vincent O'Brien National S. (1400m)
Gr2 Galileo E.B.F. Futurity S. (1400m)
at 3 Injured

DISTORTED HUMOR (USA) – 8 wins from 1200-1600m of $769,964, including Gr2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup S, Gr2 Churchill Downs H by 3.25 lengths, Gr2 Jerome H, Gr3 Salvator Mile H, Gr3 Ack Ack H, 2nd Gr2 Fayette S, 2nd Gr3 Kentucky Cup Classic H, 3rd Gr1 Cigar Mile H, 3rd Gr2 King's Bishop S and Philip H. Isellin H.

  • Champion Sire 2011
  • Sire of a Kentucky Derby winner & the Sire of the 2012 Derby winner.
  • Sire of 110SWs and $86 million worldwide.
  • America's Leading Sire of SWs (19) and Stakes Horses (45) in 2011
  • Ten or more SWs every year since his freshman season
  • 23 stakes winners in 2006 - 21 stakes winners in 2007
  • $10,000,000 in progeny earnings three times in the past five years, including 2011
  • 44 Group/Graded stakes winners
  • Twelve G1 winners in four countries - 9 millionaires
Notable progeny by Distorted Humor
Name Sex Sire of Dam Sire of 2nd Dam Race Record
Funny Cide c Slewacide Little Current Gr1 x3, Gr1 pl x6, Gr2 pl x6, Gr3 x2, Gr3 pl x2, L x4, L pl x3.
Horse of the Year. Champion 2yo colt, Champion 3yo colt
Commentator c Storm Bird Woodman Gr1 x2, Gr1 pl x3, Gr2, Gr2 pl x2, L x4, L pl.
Horse of the Year
Drosselmeyer c Moscow Ballet Slew O Gold Gr1 x2, Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl x4, L, L pl. Sire
Don Dandy g Relaunch My Dad George Gr1 x2, Gr2, Gr3 pl. Champion Older Male
Any Given Saturday c A P Indy Spectacular Bid Gr1, Gr1 pl, Gr2 x2, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L.
World Champion 3yo Miler
Regal Ransom c Red Ransom Deputy Minister Gr2 x2, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2, L pl.
Champion 3yo colt
Hystericalady f Northair El Oriental Gr1, Gr1 pl x6, Gr2 x5, Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Boisterous c Cox’s Ridge Majestic Light Gr1, Gr1 pl x3, Gr2 x3, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 x3, Gr3 pl x3, L
Flower Alley c Lycius Sadler’s Wells Gr1, Gr1 pl x2, Gr2 x2, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3
Fourty Niners Son c Alleged Conquistador Cielo Gr1, Gr1 pl x2, Gr2, Gr2 pl x2
Jimmy Creed c Citidancer Allens Prospect Gr1, Gr1 pl x2, Gr2, L pl
Awesome Humor f Pass The Tab Coxs Ridge Gr1, Gr1 pl, Gr2, Gr2 pl, Gr3 x2, Gr3 pl x2
Bit Of Whimsy f El Prado Pia Star Gr1, Gr1 pl, Gr2, Gr3, L pl
Aesop's Fables c Sadler's Wells Blushing Groom Gr1, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Cursory Glance f Sadler's Wells Darshaan Gr1, Gr2 pl, Gr3
Rinky Dink f Southern Appeal Abdicating Gr1, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x3, L x2, L pl x4
Hello Pretty g Blazing Sword Raami Gr1 pl x2, Gr2 x2, Gr2 pl
Surfer c Ocean Crest Pass The Tab Gr1 pl x2, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Fortify c A P Indy Nureyev Gr1 pl x2, Gr2 pl
Original Spin f Home At Last Blade Gr1 pl x2, Gr3
Distorted Legacy f Private Account Hoist The Flag Gr1 pl x2, L, L pl x3
Izarra f Broad Brush Consultants Bid Gr1 pl x2
Justenuffhumor c Broad Brush Lear Fan Gr1 pl, Gr2 x2
Like It Is f Brave Regent Lord Helpus Gr1 pl, Gr2, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 x3, Gr3 pl x2, L pl
Sharp Humor c Hansel Believe It Gr1 pl, Gr2, L x2, L pl x2
Z Humor c A P Indy Norquestor Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl x3, Gr3, Gr3 pl x2, L x3, L pl x5
Laugh Track c Touch Gold Lear Fan Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3, Gr3 pl x2
House Rules f Mutakddim Southern Halo Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl x2
Helsinki c Notebook Gold Meridian Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 plx 2, L pl
Da Stoops c Kingdom Of Spain Habitony Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L x4, L pl x5
Unbridled Humor f Unbridled Caveat Gr1 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl x4, L, L pl x3
Witty f Notebook Gold Meridian Gr1 pl, Gr3
Banker's Buy f Silver Deputy Carr De Naskra Gr1 pl, Gr3 pl, L, L pl x4
Aaroness f Summer Squall Little Current Gr1 pl, Gr3 pl, L pl
Villanesca f Timber Country Nijinsky Gr1 pl, L, L pl
Buen Verso c A P Indy Storm Cat Gr1 pl, L pl
Halo Humor f Gilded Time Sunny's Halo Gr1 pl, L pl
Fire With Fire g Capote Lyphards Wish Gr2 x2, Gr2 pl x3, Gr3 pl x2, L x3, L pl x2
Alternation c Seattle Slew Green Dancer Gr2 x2, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 x2, L x2, L pl x2
It's No Joke c Personal Flag Guerrero Gr2, Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Sensibly Chic f Heros Honor Rajab Gr2, Gr2 pl x4, Gr3 pl, L x3, L pl x2
Cowtown Cat c Storm Cat Meadowlake Gr2, Gr2 pl x3, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L pl
Do It All c Dynaformer Caerleon Gr2, Gr2 pl
Go Rockin' Robin c Personal Flag Akarad Gr2, Gr3 pl, L pl x6
Gaudeamus f Seattle Slew Damascus Gr2, Gr3 pl, L
Humorous Lady f It's The One Raise A Native Gr2, L x2, L pl x2
Hillaby f Point Given Bosten Harbor Gr2
Slow Pace c Seattle Slew El Gran Senor Gr2 pl x3, Gr3, Gr3 pl x7, L x2
Distorted Reality c Unbridled Hold Your Peace Gr2 pl x3, Gr3 pl x2, L x2, L pl x2
Wind Fire f A P Indy Seeking The Gold Gr2 pl x3, Gr3 pl x2, L x2, L pl
Public Speaker c Southern Halo Logical Gr2 pl x3, L x2, L pl x4
Artigiano c A P Indy Zilzal Gr2 pl x3, L pl x2
Change Up f Mt Livermore Great Above Gr2 pl x2, Gr3, Gr3 pl x3, L, L pl x3
Shumoos f Storm Cat Cryptoclearance Gr2 pl x2, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L pl x3
Your Round c Affirmed Dixieland Band Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl x3, L pl x4
Abraham c El Prado Last Tycoon Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl x2
Forty Grams c Phone Trick Saratoga Six Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl, L, L pl x6
Distorted Passion f Unbridled's Song Shadeed Gr2 pl x2, L x3, L pl x4
Radharcnafarraige f Storm Bird Victoria Park Gr2 pl, Gr3 x2, Gr3 pl
Buddy's Humor c Dehere Big Spruce Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L x3, L pl x2
Brethren c A P Indy Mr Prospector Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L, L pl x3
Nittan's Winner g Century Court Sentence Gr2 pl, Gr3, L x2, L pl x7
Machen c More Than Ready Nasty And Bold Gr2 pl, Gr3
Praia f Royal Academy Great Above Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2, L, L pl
Perregaux c Stormin Fever Stalwart Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2
See The Star f Itajara Karabas Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2
Twisted Wit g Vanlandingham Fort Prevel Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L x5, L pl x4
Kool Humor g Saratoga Six What A Pleasure Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L x2, L pl x2
Stage Trick f Private Account Storm Bird Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Happy Week f Deputy Minister Secretariat Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L pl x4
Jemima's Pearl f Owington Darnister Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L pl
Power World c Storm Cat Far North Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L pl
Kristo c Capote Magesterial Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl
Twisted Heart f Blushing Groom Slady Castle Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl
Dash Of Humor f Nureyev Glacial Gr2 pl, L x3, L pl x3
Crackup g Habitony Le Johnstan Gr2 pl, L x2, L pl
Parade Clown c El Prado Halo Gr2 pl, L, L pl
Chips Are Down c Housebuster Nalees Man Gr2 pl, L pl x3
Attempted Humor c A P Indy Mt Livermore Gr2 pl, L pl x2
Cal Nation c A P Indy Mr Prospector Gr2 pl, L pl
Distorted Economy c Red Ransom Proud Truth Gr2 pl, L pl
Distracting f Storm Cat Deputy Minister Gr2 pl, L pl
Mary Rita f A P Indy Private Account Gr2 pl, L pl
Salty Humor g Salt Lake Highland Blade Gr2 pl, L pl
Honest Politician f Nassipour Royal Palace Gr2 pl, L
Bakken c Honour And Glory Mr Leader Gr2 pl
Endorsement c A P Indy Potrillazo Gr3 x2, Gr3 pl, L pl
Colizeo c Dixieland Band Pleasant Colony Gr3, Gr3 pl x3, L x2, L pl x4
Savvy Supreme f Storm Bird Woodman Gr3, L, L pl x3
The Nth Degree g Dixieland Band Coastal Gr3, L, L pl x2
Got The Last Laugh c Cee's Tizzy Greenwood Star Gr3, L pl x3
Second City g Slew City Slew Beau Genius Gr3
Lady's Laughter f Pleasant Tap Nice Dancer Gr3 pl x4, L, L pl x4
Carem Crescent f Seattle Slew Stop The Music Gr3 pl x2, L x2, L pl x2
Age Of Humor f Silver Deputy Hostage Gr3 pl x2, L, L pl
Tales Of Grimm g Dynaformer Caerleon Gr3 pl x2, L pl x4
Distorted Love f Southern Halo Manguin Gr3 pl x2, L pl x3
Film Shot c Dynaformer Mr Prospector Gr3 pl x2, L pl
Positively c Mr Prospector Green Dancer Gr3 pl x2
Bubbler f Deputy Minister Meadowlake Gr3 pl, L x4, L pl
Humor At Last g Home At Last Blade Gr3 pl, L x2, L pl x5
Understatement c Capote Raise A Man Gr3 pl, L x2, L pl x3
Letterman's Humor g Olden Times Thorn Gr3 pl, L, L pl x3
Humorous Miss f Star De Naskra Nijinsky Gr3 pl, L, L pl x2
Then She Laughs f Sovereign Dancer Quack Gr3 pl, L, L pl
A Shin Cool D f Storm Cat Caro Gr3 pl, L pl x4
Heavenly Pun g Halo Northern Answer Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Gracious Humor g Lost Code Blade Gr3 pl, L pl
Poof Too f Holy Bull A P Indy Gr3 pl, L pl
Raging Wit c Storm Cat Pleasant Colony Gr3 pl, L pl
Surprised Humor f Pleasant Tap Northern Dancer Gr3 pl, L pl
Caprizzi Strip g Zephyr Bay Umteen Gr3 pl, L
Spin Master c Seattle Slew Quack Gr3 pl, L
Baffled f Ocean Crest Pass The Tab Gr3 pl
Bronc g Southern Appeal Warmington Gr3 pl
Catron c A P Indy Deputy Minister Gr3 pl
Crown Of Diamonds f Pass The Tab Coxs Ridge Gr3 pl
Distorted c Bates Motel Northern Dancer Gr3 pl
Distorted Dave c Fiery Ensign Fitzcarraldo Gr3 pl
Friendly Banter g Royal Academy Chief Singer Gr3 pl
Gatorette f Skywalker Flying Paster Gr3 pl
Nonna's Boy c Empire Maker Holy Bull Gr3 pl
Sensational Humor g Mining Somethingfabulous Gr3 pl
Spangled Star c Kris S Alysheba Gr3 pl
Distorted Humor Forty Niner Mr Prospector
Danzig's Beauty Danzig
Sweetest Chant
Visions of Clarity Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Imperfect Circle Riverman


1st Dam

VISIONS OF CLARITY (IRE), by Sadler's Wells. 2 wins at 3 in Fr. 1600m, Prix de Bagatelle L, 3rd Deauville Prix d’Hotot en Auge. Three-part sister to SPINNING WORLD and SADDEX. Dam of 3 foals, 2 raced, 2 winners

PATHFORK (c. by Distorted Humor). Champion Two Year Old Ire. 2010, Gr1 winner – see above.

Psi (c. by Hernando (FR)). Winner 2011 in Fr. and UK, $55,120

2nd Dam

IMPERFECT CIRCLE, by Riverman. Winner at 2 & 3 in UK, Firth of Clyde S. L, 2nd Cheveley Park S. Gr1. Half-sister to CHIMES OF FREEDOM (Top Rated 3yo filly), DENON ($1,744,025, Sire), PRIVATELY HELD (Leading Sire twice). Dam of 3 winners -

SPINNING WORLD (c. by Nureyev). 8 wins in 12 starts, 2 to 4 in Fr., NA and Ire, $1,734,477, Top rated 3yo in Ire. Champion Miler in Europe 1997, 7 - 9 f., Irish Two Thousand Guineas Gr1, Breeders' Cup Mile Gr1, 1 mile in 1:32.77, Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois Gr1 twice Emirates Prix du Moulin de Longchamp Gr1, Prix du Muguet Gr2, Prix Saint-Roman Gr3, 2nd French Two Thousand Guineas Gr1, Breeders' Cup Mile Gr1, etc. Leading Sire.

VISIONS OF CLARITY (IRE) (f. by Sadler's Wells). Black type winner, see above.

Rangoon Ruby (f. by Kingmambo). Winner at 3 in Fr., 3rd Prix de Ris-Orangis Gr3, Prix Imprudence Dam of:

Sagara (g. by Sadler's Wells). Winner, placed in Eng, $621,722, Top rated 3yo in Fr., 2nd Prix Greffulhe Mitsubishi Motors Gr2, Prix Barriered'Enghien Les Bains Gr2, Jockey Club Cup Gr3, 3rd Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere Gr1, Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris Gr1, etc.

3rd Dam

AVIANCE (IRE), by Northfields. 2 wins in 3 starts at 2 in Ire. $43,766. Heinz 57 Phoenix S.- Gr1. Half-sister to CHIEF CONTENDER (IRE), Dam of 10 winners -

DENON (c. by Pleasant Colony). 6 wins, 2 to 5 in Fr. and NA, $1,744,025 Turf Classic Invitational S. Gr1 Hollywood Derby Gr1, Manhattan H. Gr1 Charles Whittingham H. Gr1 Prix de Fontainebleau Gr3, etc.

CHIMES OF FREEDOM (f. by Private Account). 6 wins, 8 starts, 2 to 3 in Eng & Ire, $514,311 Top rated 3yo, Coronation S Gr1, Moyglare Stud S. Gr1, Child S Gr2, Cherry Hinton S Gr3, 3rd Cheveley Park S. Gr1

ALDEBARAN (c. by Mr. Prospector). 8 wins, 2 to 5, Eng & NA, $1,739,186 Champion Sprinter Metropolitan H. Gr1, Forego H. Gr1 $150,000 San Carlos H. Gr1, Churchill Downs H. Gr2 etc. Sire.

GOOD JOURNEY (c. by Nureyev). 7 wins in 13 starts in Fr. $1,733,058 Atto Mile S Gr1 Citation H.Gr2, Citation H. Gr2 etc. Sire.

TOMISUE'S INDY (f. by A.P. Indy). 6 wins at 3, Quick Reward S.L. Dam of Avenging Tomisue (f. by Belong to Me). Unraced. Dam of STRIKING TOMISUE (Sire).

IMPERFECT CIRCLE (f. by Riverman). stakes winner, see above.

Privately Held (c. by Private Account). 8 wins, 4 to 8, $159,241, (Leading Sire twice in Peru).

Piquetnol (f. by Private Account). Winner at 3, 2nd Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches Gr1, 3rd Prix de Cabourg Gr3. Dam of DIETRICH (f. by Storm Cat). 3 wins, 2 to 3 in Ire. and UK, $95,437, Ballyogan S. Gr3, King George S. Gr3. Dam of BEAUTY BRIGHT (IRE) (f. by Danehill). Winner at 2 and 3 in Ire., placed at 2 in Eng, Top Rated filly in Ire., 5 - 6 fur, Ballygallon Stud. Renaissance Gr3, 2nd One Thousand Guineas Trial. Gr3 3rd Lowther S. Gr2, and Marquesa (f. by Kingmambo) Winner at 2 in Ire., 2nd Cathal Ryan Memorial Swordlestown Stud S. Gr3.

MAMBO LIGHT (f. by Kingmambo) 3 wins at 3 in Germany, placed in 2 starts at 2 in UK, Preis des Hannover L 2nd Maurice Lacroix-Trophy Gr3,

Remote Romance (f. by Irish River FR). 2 wins at 3 in Fr., $12,094 Dam of:

SADDEX (GB) (c. by Sadler's Wells). 7 wins in 14 starts, 3 to 5 in $866,506 Hwt. Older Horse, 9 1/2 - 11 fur. Premio Presidente della Republica Gr1 Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse KolnBonn Gr1, Grand Prix de Chantilly Gr2

Karel Miedema's Pedigree Evaluation

Sires Handbook 2012 -

This is a major sire-producing female line, originating with Pathfork’s fifth dam Best In Show. Her daughter Sex Appeal is dam of El Gran Senor, Try My Best, Northern Guest (all by Northern Dancer). Another daughter Show Lady is 3rd dam of Redoute’s Choice (Danehill). Another daughter Monroe got Xaar and Modus Vivendi (both Zafonic). Then there’s Blush With Pride, grandam of US Classic winners Jazil (Seeking The Gold) and Rags To Riches (A.P. Indy). And then Pathfork’s dam, who is 3-part sister to Gr1 producing sire Spinning World (by Nureyev). Pathfork’s dam Visions Of Clarity is inbred 3x3 to half-brothers Bold Reason and Never Bend (together in Sadler’s Wells successful cross with Mill Reef/Shirley Heights). The grandam of Pathfork’s sire Distorted Humor, Sweetest Chant, is very close kin to Bold Reason and Never Bend. A large proportion of Distorted Humor’s Gr1 winners have Sadler’s Wells (as sire of dam, grandam, or damsire). Sadler’s Wells’ line of Bold Reason appears significant in his best offspring. Lalun, the dam of Bold Reason and Never Bend, is a noted La Troienne carrier. La Troienne is invariably present in multiples in Distorted Humor’s best offspring.

Suitable lines for Pathfork should include those from his own female line, pointing in the South African context especially at champion broodmare sire Northern Guest, and by extension female lines which have produced big winners by Northern Guest. The La Troienne angle should remain of interest, notably through Buckpasser, who is well represented in the SA mare population – notably through Al Mufti and sons, Northern Guest, National Assembly, etc. Background elements of Bull Lea should further enhance this mix. Inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells must be an option, as is adding members of the same female line, notably Nureyev and Golden Thatch. Sadler’s Wells damsire Bold Reason leads to Mill Reef, Shirley Heights, Riverman. Sir Ivor belongs in the same camp. The close resemblance of performance at stud of Distorted Humor and Trippi makes the latter’s daughters interesting options for Pathfork.

Stands at Highlands Farm Stud
Stud Master - Mike Sharkey
PO Box 88, Robertson, 6705
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