07/10/2006 11:00PM

Brahms's first foals starting to get good

Invasor, drawing clear to a 4 1/4-length victory in the Suburban on July 1, is by Candy Stripes, the sire of 2005 champion turf horse Leroidesanimaux.


It may be time to start paying to attention to Brahms, whose first foals are 3. On June 30, Dixie's Jubilee, a 3-year-old filly by Brahms, won a 5 1/2-furlong allowance, paying $15, and on July 8, Arson Squad, a 3-year-old gelding by Brahms, won the Swaps Stakes, defeating Point Determined and A. P. Warrior.

Brahms was Group 1-placed as a 2-year-old in England, and his stakes victories include the Hollywood Derby and Maker's Mark Mile. By Danzig and out of champion older female Queena, he is a half-brother to stakes winner La Reina. Brahms's second dam, Too Chic, won the Maskette Stakes (now the Go for Wand) and was second in the Alabama Stakes. Brahms's offspring are equally proficient on dirt and turf.


On June 28, Fuego Grande won a $25,000 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles as the longest price on the board, paying $47.60. This is not the first time Fuego Grande has befuddled the betting public. On May 19, Fuego Grande won a $25,000 optional claimer at seven furlongs at Belmont, returning $56. Had bettors known that Fuego Grande is out of a half-sister to champion sprinter Kona Gold, perhaps they wouldn't have let him go off at such big prices. By Arch, Fuego Grande is out of the Cure the Blues mare Shotanabeer. Kona Gold (by Java Gold) and Shotanabeer are out of the Slew o' Gold mare Double Sunrise.

* On June 29, Bobby Frankel unveiled Yankee Thunder, who scored a 3 3/4-length victory in a six-furlong maiden race on the turf. A late-blooming 3-year-old half-brother to stakes winner Private Emblem (Our Emblem) and Rhum (Go for Gin), Yankee Thunder is by hidden turf sire Thunder Gulch and out of the Halo mare Merion Miss. This is a colt who will clearly enjoy stretching out to distances over one mile on all surfaces.

On July 1, Under Thunder, another 3-year-old by Thunder Gulch, won a one-mile maiden race on the turf by two lengths. Under Thunder is out of the Rahy mare Silent Cat, a half-sister to the turf stakes winner Crowd Pleaser.

* Chief Officer was so impressive in her 10-length win over fellow New York-bred fillies that it would be no surprise to see her try open company. From the first crop of leading freshman sire Officer, Chief Officer is out of the Pine Bluff mare Guilty Pleasure, and she comes from the immediate female family that produced Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Hansel.

* Following his Pimlico Special victory with an authoritative score in the Suburban Handicap on July 1, Invasor is among the best older runners in the country this year. Invasor is by Candy Stripes (Blushing Groom), who is the sire of last year's champion turf horse, Leroidesanimaux.


Thunderello is off to a good start as one of this year's freshman sires. A bright chestnut by speed influence Montbrook (sire of Outofthebox, Chapel Royal, Shake You Down, Trust N Luck, and Snuck In), Thunderello won the Gallant Bob Handicap and finished second to champion sprinter Orientate in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Sprint. On June 27, Talkin Thunder, a 2-year-old colt by Thunderello out of the Miswaki mare Ms. Waki Talkin, won a $40,000 maiden claiming race, showing his speed throughout the 4 1/2-furlong sprint.

* Making his career debut, Seismatic scored a wire-to-wire victory as the 2-1 second choice June 30. Seismatic, 3, is by speed influence Richter Scale. His mare, Jo Ann'd Gal, is by Relaunch and descends from a strong Paul Mellon female family. Seismatic's fourth dam, Rose Bowl, was champion older mare in England and was also a half-sister to English 3-year-old champion Ile de Bourbon.

* Another freshman sire whose juveniles look as if they have inherited his speed is stakes-winning sprinter Snow Ridge (Tabasco Cat). On July 1, Snow Lady, who was second in her previous start June 13, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race as the 2-1 favorite. Snow Lady is out of the Digression mare Lady Oxmoor, a half-sister to Croeso, who won the Florida Derby, and Maytide, who is the dam of Super May, Ide, and Barbara Sue.


Wait a While showed she is for real when she won the American Oaks Invitational by 4 1/2 lengths over Japanese invader Asahi Rising. Wait a While is by Maria's Mon, a champion at 2 who has a Tx2 pedigree (Wavering Monarch out of a Caro mare). Maria's Mon has been a versatile stallion. He is the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, and his offspring are also adept on grass.

Wait a While is out of the A.P. Indy mare Flirtatious, a winner of 4 races from 12 starts. While she never won a stakes, she was an RF (Rasmussen Factor), inbred 4x5 to Somethingroyal, the dam of Secretariat and Sir Gaylord. Stakes winners inbred to Somethingroyal include Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic. Wait a While's second dam, Grand Charmer, was a stakes winner on turf, and Grand Charmer's sire, the 2-year-old champion Lord Avie, was also a very good sire of turf runners.