Updated on 09/16/2011 7:51AM

Came Home has his limitations


LAS VEGAS - Came Home galloped around the Hollywood Park oval in the Swaps Stakes and played "catch me if you can" for 1 1/8 miles. Like a Hero and Fonz's could not catch Came Home, but they were not expected to. Like a Hero is bred to run long, and with Pleasant Colony on top and Silver Hawk as his damsire, he may eventually shine on grass. Fonz's is by speed influence Out of Place, and he should stick to races up to 1 1/16 miles.

As for Came Home, he is a genuine star miler who has been able to stretch his speed to nine furlongs. But his brilliance diminishes with every furlong after one mile. The Haskell Stakes at Monmouth, which has always been kind to front-runners, is a logical spot for Came Home at 1 1/8 miles.

Came Home will never be a force at 1 1/4 miles, but there is no Breeders' Cup race at one mile on dirt. Of course, Came Home is bred well enough for grass, as his sire, Gone West, is a prolific sire of turf winners. Came Home could develop into a solid grass miler, but taking on the world's best grass milers in the Breeders' Cup Mile, many of whom are older, is daunting.

Came Home would, however, be a major contender in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Good milers have fared well in the six-furlong Sprint. Smile and Gulch won the Sprint, while Honour and Glory, Dispersal, and Rubiano finished third.

Grass races in spotlight

The 3-year-old turf division is heating up. Orchard Park added the Virginia Derby to his list of grass stakes victories on July 13, proving that a son of Hennessy can be effective at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Orchard Park's pedigree is full of grass influences. In addition to having a sire, Hennessy, whose turf influence is often overlooked, he has as his damsire With Approval, the multiple stakes-winning turf runner by Caro. Orchard Park's second dam, Bogus (Nijinsky II), is a half-sister to Endear, the dam of Lure, two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile.

The following day, Chiselling became the fourth stakes winner for his dam, Toussaud, when he captured the Lexington Stakes at Belmont Park after an eventful journey. Despite being green and not facing the strongest field, Chiselling is talented and is bred to become a much better animal with maturity. By Woodman, he is a half-brother to Chester House, Honest Lady, and Decarchy.

One colt who has definitely bloomed with age is Orientate. Good at 3, he has developed into a crack sprinter at 4 and may be the best prospect D. Wayne Lukas has for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. By top sprinter, Mt. Livermore, he is out of the Cox's Ridge mare Dream Team. Orientate defeated a talented field of sprinters in the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder on July 13 and is probably headed to Saratoga.

The Irish are coming

Century City, winner of the Goffs International Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland, is coming to the United States. If he trains well on dirt, he will start in the Travers Stakes, but the 1 1/4-mile Secretariat Stakes on Arlington's grass may be the better spot. By a versatile sire, Danzig, he is out of the multiple grass stakes winner Alywow, by Alysheba.

Also at The Curragh, Ontario won the Anglesey Stakes and may wind up in this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, following in the footsteps of last year's Anglesey winner, Johannesburg. Like Johannesburg, Ontario is trained by Aidan O'Brien. By Storm Cat, Ontario is a half-brother to a major group 1 winner, Desert Prince, now a top stallion in Europe.

Juvenile success

Allied Forces was a stakes winner on grass in Europe and the United States, and he is one of this year's freshman sires. Befriend, a 2-year-old filly by Allied Forces out of the With Approval mare Approcheer, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race in England recently. Allied Forces is by the versatile Miswaki, whose runners have achieved success on dirt and turf. His best runner was Urban Sea, winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and dam of multiple group 1 winner Galileo.

Tactical Advantage had a big day last Sunday, when two of his juveniles won stakes races on two coasts. At Hollywood Park, Crowned Dancer won the Hollywood Juvenile Championship and at Monmouth Park, Farno won the Tyro Stakes.

Tactical Advantage raced 17 times, but was at his best at 2, winning the Saratoga Special over Strolling Along and Mi Cielo. His pedigree assured his success at stud. By Forty Niner, he is a half-brother to stakes winners Evanescent (Northern Jove) and Tweedside (Thunder Gulch), and his second dam, Processional, is a half-sister to Acorn Stakes winner Marking Time, the dam of champion Relaxing, herself the dam of Easy Goer.

Crowned Dancer will likely head to Del Mar while Farno is a candidate for the many 2-year-old stakes at Saratoga.