09/05/2006 12:00AM

Alexandrova result of productive cross

The latest success for Johannesburg (above) came at the Curragh with a Group 3 win by his son Rabatash.


Alexandrova won the Yorkshire Oaks following victories in the English and Irish Oaks, and would be the star attraction in the BC Filly or Mare Turf should she venture to Churchill Downs in November. By the world's greatest turf stallion, Sadler's Wells, she is out of the Shirley Heights mare Shouk. A majority of Sadler's Wells's success stems from pairing him with mares that have Never Bend in their pedigree, which results in inbreeding to Lalun, the dam of Never Bend and his half-brother Bold Reason, the damsire of Sadler's Wells. Alexandrova is inbred 4x5 to Lalun, as Shirley Heights (by Mill Reef) is a grandson of Never Bend.

* Johannesburg, who was a 2-year-old champion in the U.S., England, Ireland and France, is getting stakes winners here and abroad with his first crop of juveniles. His offspring are decidedly superior on turf, and on Aug. 27, his juvenile colt Rabatash won the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh. Rabatash's third dam, Saiety, is a full sister to 1979 2-year-old champion Rockhill Native.


Bachelor of Arts lit up the toteboard at 38-1 on Aug. 23 when he won an allowance on turf at about five furlongs by a nose. Granted, the 5-year-old had not shown much lately, although he was a rallying second at Colonial Downs, but his pedigree is just too special to ignore in any turf race. By Euro star Stravinsky (who was a leading freshman sire), he is out of a Group 1 winner, Wannabe Grand, who is by the late, great Danehill. Bachelor of Arts paid $79.20.

* Sumthingtotalkabt, a 3-year-old filly by speed influence Mutakddim, powered home to a five-length victory in a maiden race at about five furlongs on grass on Aug. 25 as the 4-5 favorite. Sumthingtotalkabt is out of the stakes-winning Falstaff mare Nannetta and should be best up to 1 1/16 miles on any surface.

* Kentucky Man won his career debut, wiring seven other colts by 5 3/4 lengths on Aug. 27. The 2-year-old colt is by Pulpit out of the Storm Bird mare Hillbilly Boogie. His second dam, Handsewn, is a half-sister to Special, the dam of Nureyev and Fairy Bridge. Fairy Bridge is the dam of Sadler's Wells. His third dam, Thong, was stakes-placed and a full sister to 1965 co-Horse of the Year and undefeated champion 2-year-old filly Moccasin, and to stakes winners Ridan and Lt. Stevens. Despite this hot pedigree, Kentucky Man was allowed to go off at 10-1, paying $22.60 to pedigree handicappers.

Del Mar

The last foals by the late Chester House are 2, and like his first few crops, they are showing an affinity for turf. On Aug. 23, Warning Zone, a 2-year-old colt by Chester House out of the Storm Bird mare Migrate, won a one-mile maiden race on turf as the even-money favorite. Warning Zone's second dam, Home Leave, is a half-sister to Dancing Spree, Fantastic Find, and Oh What a Dance (dam of Heavenly Prize).

Ellis Park

Katerbug won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on the turf on Aug. 27, and the 2-year-old filly is by Pulpit out of the Storm Cat mare Miss Kate, a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Clear Mandate and Dream Scheme. Katerbug's second dam, Dream Deal, is a half-sister to 1985 Belmont Stakes winner Creme Fraiche.


Dinner Break won her career debut on Aug. 23. The 2-year-old filly is a half-sister to Spinaway Stakes winner Things Change. By Tale of the Cat, Dinner Break is out of the Gato Del Sol mare Romanticat, a half-sister to Harlan. Dinner Break rallied from ninth in the 10-horse field to win a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on turf at 10-1 for trainer Mark Hennig.

* Incriminate, a 2-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song, won a six-furlong maiden race in his first start on Aug. 26 and became the latest winner from his productive dam, the Rollin on Over mare Roll Over Baby. Incriminate is a full brother to the very quick stakes winner Value Plus and stakes-placed Werblin, as well as a half-brother to stakes winners Majorbigtimesheet and Roll Hennessy Roll. Finishing second was Most Distinguished, a son of Dixie Union who comes from the family that produced champion filly It's In the Air.

* Featherbed romped to a 9 1/4-length victory in a six-furlong maiden race on Aug. 27. The 2-year-old filly is by Smart Strike (the sire of English Channel) and her dam, Favorite Feather, is a half-sister to Bright Feather, the dam of Albert the Great.


Include's 2-year-old full brother Encaustic rallied to win a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by three-quarters of a length on Aug. 25. By 23-year-old Broad Brush, Encaustic is out of the Stop the Music mare Illeria. Include and Encaustic are RF's (Rasmussen Factor), as they are inbred 4x5 to the superior broodmare Hidden Talent. Hidden Talent is the dam of the blue hen Too Bald as well as Turn to Talent, the second dam of Broad Brush.