02/25/2008 12:00AM

Another late-blooming winner by Point Given

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Santa Anita

I have mentioned several times how Point Given's runners have been winning in droves on synthetic surfaces. A champion of undeniable talent, Point Given had much expected of him as a stallion. Bred for stamina, his foals were not competitive with the precocious offspring of other young stallions. Suddenly, there has been a dramatic reversal with many of Point Given's runners. In addition to having sired Air Commander, who won the San Fernando Stakes, Point Given is also the sire of Go Between, a solid stakes winner on turf who won the Sunshine Millions Classic over Santa Anita's synthetic surface.

On Feb. 15, Tall Texan, a 4-year-old first-time starter by Point Given, rallied to win a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by 1 1/2 lengths for Richard Mandella. Like most runners by Point Given, Tall Texan is late-maturing. A gelding, he is out of the multiple-stakes-winning Katowice mare Katilac Ofthestars, winner of the Bay Meadows Oaks. Tall Texan is a half-brother to Holidaze, a winning filly from the first crop of Harlan's Holiday. Tall Texan returned $30.40.

* Military Bride, a 3-year-old filly making her career debut for trainer Sandy Shulman, won a six-furlong maiden race for Cal-bred fillies on Feb 11. By General Meeting, Military Bride is out of the Roar mare Eyes Roar, and Military Bride's third dam, Dancing Angela, is a half-sister to the highly successful broodmare Square Angel, Canada's champion 3-year-old filly and dam of the stakes winner Kamar. Prominent stakes winners descending from Kamar include Key to the Moon, Gorgeous, Seaside Attraction, Golden Attraction, Fantastic Light, Cape Town, Stellarette, Cuddles, Tap to Music, Northern Afleet, and Swain.

Fair Grounds

Goldust Mirage rallied to win a 5 1/2 -furlong maiden race on Feb. 14 in his career debut. and despite his imposing pedigree, he was dismissed by bettors and returned $25.20. By Seeking the Gold, he is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Sahara Gold. His dam is a Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, Desert Stormer.

* Maltese Dog, the only first-time starter in a field of 3-year-old colts, won a one-mile maiden race on Feb. 16, paying $16.80. By a Breeders' Cup Mile winner, War Chant, Maltese Dog is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Seeing Triones, and he descends from Selima Stakes winner Big Hurry, one of the most important daughters of La Troienne. Notable Thoroughbreds descending from Big Hurry include champions Relaxing, Easy Goer, Bridal Flower, Straight Deal, Regal Gleam, and the blue-hen producer Searching, who was the dam of champion Affectionately (dam of the 1970 3-year-old champion, Personality), Searching also was the dam of the extraordinary broodmares Priceless Gem (dam of champion Allez France and multiple stakes producer Lady Winborne) and Admiring, whose most important foal was the stakes-winning Glowing Tribute, the dam of seven stakes winners, including a Kentucky Derby winner, Sea Hero.

Gulfstream

White Spot, a 3-year-old colt by Trippi, won a six-furlong maiden race on Feb. 11 and is bred to sprint from both sides of his pedigree. White Spot is out of the Saint Ballado mare Sweetheavenlycross, a full sister to a stakes winner and speed influence Sweetsouthernsaint.

* Ruff and Ready, a 6-year-old horse by a sire with hidden turf influence, More Than Ready, won the Shotintheheart Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles on the grass on Feb. 14. Ruff and Ready is out of the Notebook mare Cricket Box, making him a half-brother to a Super Derby winner, Outofthebox.

* Baby Zip has been some kind of broodmare. The 2005 Broodmare of the Year, she is the dam of a Horse of the Year, Ghostzapper. and a stakes-winning sire, City Zip. On Feb. 16, Lion Lord, the only first-time starter in a field of eight 4-year-old colts, rallied to win a seven-furlong maiden race by a nose at 5-1. Lion Lord is a half-brother by Mr. Greeley to Ghostzapper and City Zip.

Oaklawn

Coming off a fourth-place finish at Santa Anita on Feb. 7, Undercover Angel, a 4-year-old filly by Distorted Humor, won a six-furlong maiden race for Steve Assmussen Feb. 14 as the 3-5 favorite. Undercover Angel is out of the Phone Trick mare Bridge to Cross, who is a half-sister to stakes winners Tour and Pink Shoes, as well as Flight Forty Nine. This is the female family that produced Tricky Fun and stakes-placed Winners Laugh, who had blazing speed at 2, running second to Easy Goer.

* Whether they race in top company or in claiming events, offspring from the first crop of Harlan's Holiday are winning across the country. On Feb. 14, Boobooliscious, a 3-year-old gelding by Harlan's Holiday, won a $20,000 maiden claiming race at 5 1/2 furlongs, showing speed to wire his field at 8-1.

* Following her victory in her career debut on Jan. 21 at 7-1, Euphony won her second start, an optional claiming allowance at six furlongs, this time as the 5-2 second choice. Euphony is by a speed influence, Forest Wildcat, and out of the stakes-winning Smart Strike mare Strike It Up. Euphony's second dam is Bishop's Mate, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Fairy Garden and half-sister to Day Mate, the dam of Tap Day.

* Eight Belles, who won the Martha Washington Stakes by 13 1/2 lengths on Feb. 17, is a 3-year-old filly with a big future. By Unbridled's Song, she is out of the stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare Away, and is another stakes winner descending from racing's great matriarch La Troienne. Eight Belles's second dam is a half-sister to Belong to Me, and her fourth dam is Straight Deal, the champion older female of 1967, when she won six major stakes and placed in eight other stakes, including finishing third in both the Aqueduct and Whitney stakes against males.