White & Dark Brindle
11 April 2005
32.5kg


TNT Star Wars - Essis Eks Drive


Frozen Semen Only:
$1100 (inc GST)

114 starts,
74 wins. 16 2nds, 8 3rds, 6 4ths
In the money 91%

Soprano Drive's trainer Gary Sweet said this of the All American ...
'I have handled a lot of dogs with speed, but no heart. I have handled dogs with a lot of heart, but no speed. Soprano's got it all. He is one of the best I have ever snapped a lead on and one of the best I will ever get to snap a lead on.'
2008 All American
The Champion …
Soprano Drive
White & dark brindle dog, April 2005, 32.6kgs
(TNT Star Wars-Essie Ecks Drive by Molotov)

114 starts, 74 wins, 16 2nds, 8 3rds, 6 4ths.
104 in the money finishes (65%). In the money 91%.

Broke champion EJ’s Douglas’ consecutive Grade AA win streak with 15 in row at Southland

Winner:
2008 Super Hound Stake (Southland)
2008 Southland Derby
Second:
2007 Southland Derby
Third:
2006 Baldwin Juvenile (Southland)
Finalist:
2008 Hollywood World Classic

TNT Star Wars
US-AUG-97-WBD
Fortress *
IE-SEP-90-BD
I'm Slippy
IE-MAY-81-WBEBD
Laurdella Fun
Glenroe Bess
Exception
IE-FEB-84-BD
Sail On II *
Miss Hilary
Greys Stardust
US-AUG-92-WRBD
Mi Designer
US-FEB-88-LTBD
K's Flak
Proud Treat
Representation
US-OCT-86-RBD
Dutch Bahama
Lear Jet
Essie Ecks Drive
US-OCT-01-BD
Molotov
US-DEC-94-BD
HB's Commander
US-FEB-87-BD
Akbar
Princess Donna
Mystic Rose
US-AUG-91-BK
Blendway
Tingler
Ebegeebe Drive
US-JUL-92-BD
Perceive
US-JUL-79-RBD
Downing
Lucky Carmell
EC Seena
US-MAR-84-BD
Bon Bon Patriot
My Dads Cadillac

Sire:
TNT Star Wars
Raced Grade A at Derby Lane. Top US sire.

Sire of:
Its Dust Em (2005 All American. Winner St Pete Derby. Derby Lane 3/8ths track record. 3rd Woodlands Kansas Cup, finalist Derby Lane Distance Classic twice, Flagler Derby.)
WW Raise The Bar (2004 Derby Lane Distance Classic, Weaver Memorial, finalist Tampa Speed Classic)
Bow Cominaround (finalist 2005 Hollywood World Classic)
Ozark Star (2003 & 2004 Jacksonville Mayor’s Cup, 2004 Orange Park Country Classic finalist)
Gert’s Shyster (2006 Bluffs Run Survivor Series, Karen Larson memorial. 2nd Spring Futurity)
Presser Packed (2006 Southland March Madness Countdown)
Super C Energy (2nd Cairone Countdown)

N.B. Representation (Granddam of TNT Star Wars) is dam of Greys Betsy Ross (1988 All American, winner 1998 Derby Lane Distance Classic, Fan’s All Star Race, 2nd Wonderland Derby, 4th St Pete Derby); and Greys Statesman (1993 St Pete Distance Classic, 1992 Wonderland Kennel Champion, 2nd 1992 Wonderland Derby, 1993 Woodlands Kansas Bred Derby finalist. Champion sire of All American Talentedmrripley).

Representation is granddam of: Greys Outbound (1999 All American. 1999 Derby Lane Sprint Classic, Derby Lane Night Of Stars, Derby Lane Fans All Star; 2nd Derby Lane King & Queen).
Representation is a member of the US Greyhound Hall of Fame.

This is the same damline as Greys Calibrator (2006 All American. 2006 Derby Lane Millions, TR Derby Lane).

1st Dam:
Essie Ecks Drive (a winner)
Dam of:
Sabertooth Drive (finalist 2007 Southland Baldwin Juvenile)
2nd Dam:
Edegeebe Drive
Dam of:
Elway Drive (55 wins. 3rd Southland Inaugural, Southland Night Of Stars, 4th Southland Derby, Razorback Distance Classic, finalist Hollywood World Classic)
3rd Dam:
EC Seena (2nd Wonderland Derby, 4th Grady Sprint, finalist Flagler Classic, TR Hollywood 5.16ths)
Dam of:
Ethyl Drive (3rd Dairyland Final Four, finalist Dairyland Derby)
Ego Drive (2nd Dairyland Kickoff Stake, 4th Dairyland Derby)
Granddam of:
DC’s Exit Drive (winner 2001 Southland Derby)

Soprano Drive - By Gary Guccione
Mix a Molotov female with a concoction that includes Fortress*, plenty of Downing, multiple crosses of Friend Westy-Miss Gorgeous (including son Sand Man and grandson Beau Boogie), Dutch Bahama, and a very bottom line that goes back to an imported Irish bitch with Yellow Printer connections—and what do you have? No, not a Molotov cocktail—but something pretty close.

It’s the pedigree to, not just one, but both of our spotlighted stars this month.
Soprano Drive is headlined here for his incredible 15-race win streak at Southland—which came in the twilight of a great 2007 season at the W. Memphis track, where he also ran second in the Sprint Derby and third in the $10,000 March Madness.

That 14-race win streak that Soprano Drive broke was held by none other than Hall Of Famer EJ’s Douglas, who’d set the mark back in 1993.

Soprano Drive, racing for the Wayne Strong Kennel, boasted a 34-6-3-4 mark in 50 starts at Southland through November. His 15th straight came Nov. 30, when he won by a convincing 9 lengths.

A white dark-brindle male, whelped April 2005, Soprano Drive was bred and is owned by Tony Mills of Abilene, Ks. He’s a son of TNT Star Wars, out of Essie Ecks Drive.

Star Wars—a steady upper division sire—contributes the Fortress* top line (remembering that Fortress’ dam goes back to Big Whizzer through her sire line and to the classic Sand Man-Maythorn Pride cross behind her dam, Miss Hilary). Star Wars’ dam is no less impressive: Greys Stardust—from the Mi Designer mating to Hall Of Famer Representation. Mi Designer has the Hall Of Fame sire line of K’s Flak/Onie Jones, immediately above Beau Boogie daughter Proud Treat. Underneath is the immortal Representation, source of the Dutch Bahama entry and the Share Profit*-Tish The Dish daughter Lear Jet. A second litter by Mi Designer-Representation included All-America Greys Betsy Ross, winner of the Derby Lane Distance Classic.

Essie Ecks Drive (Soprano Drive’s dam) is another addition to the lengthy (and still growing) list of successful Molotov daughters—one of the phenomena that vaulted Molotov into the Greyhound Hall Of Fame last year. The two Downing entries behind Molotov supplement a third entry, found behind Ebegeebe Drive—thus doubling up Downing’s Hall Of Fame son Perceive in Essie’s second and fourth generation.

Ebegeebe Drive, you might recall, was the dam of Mills’ great racer, Elway Drive (by My Rooster), who also dominated Southland in his heyday, then later sired some nice offspring, including 2006 national win champ Darius Stone and Southland Derby champ TBO’s Randy. Ebeegeebe Drive’s dam was former Hollywood record holder EC Seena, who traces back to Yellow Flash in her tail line. Yellow Flash was by Yellow Printer* and the Irish import Miss Broadford*.

In all, Soprano Drive has three Downings (all three through Essie—and two of those through Perceive), four of Downing’s dad Big Whizzer, and two Friend Westy-Miss Gorgeous (one through Beau Boogie, the other through Sand Man).