04/02/2007 11:00PM

Citronnade's pedigree one of grass and class


Santa Anita

Citronnade won the Santa Ana Handicap following a victory in the San Gorgonio Handicap, and the 4-year-old filly can now be considered among the best fillies or mares on turf. By the strong HT (hidden turf) sire Lemon Drop Kid, Citronnade gets a double dose of grass from her damsire, Lord at War. Citronnade is out of Primarily, one of Canada's special broodmares. In addition to Citronnade, Primarily produced major stakes winners Poetically, Primaly, Whiskey Wisdom, and the unraced One Over Prime, the dam of the current 3-year-old stakes winner Twilight Meteor.


Include was highlighted in last week's column because runners from his first crop, now 3, are winning in droves now that they are maturing and stretching out in distance. On March 22, Reptilian Smarts, a colt out of the Shadeed mare Forever Young, rallied from last in the six-horse field to win an optional claiming allowance at one mile and 70 yards.

The following day, Maurice Ave, a 3-year-old colt by Include out of the Impressive mare Gin Rummy Judy, wired eight other runners in a $25,000 claiming race at the same one mile and 70-yard distance. Maurice Ave's damsire, Impressive, was a champion sprinter in 1966 and Gin Rummy Judy was one of his foals, born in 1986.

And on March 24 at Laurel, Etude, a 3-year-old colt by Include out of the Groovy mare Groovy Feeling, rallied from mid-pack to win the Private Term Stakes at one mile over eight other colts.

Fair Grounds

Rock Gold won a maiden race at about 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf on March 22, and the 3-year-old gelding is by El Prado out of a Gulch mare whose dam is a half-sister to T.V. Countess, the dam of champion 2-year-old filly Countess Diana.

* Sail From Seattle, a 4-year-old colt by Gone West who won a maiden race on March 23 at about 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, is out of the Seattle Slew mare Seattle Classic. Seattle Classic is a half-sister to U.S. 3-year-old champion filly and Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly, as both mares are out of Canadian champion Classy 'n Smart. The white-hot stallion Smart Strike is Gulfstream

Roshani, who was last seen finishing fourth at Belmont last June 11, won a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for Todd Pletcher. By international stakes winner Fantastic Light, he is out of the Deputy Minister mare Sahibah, a half-sister to stakes winners Binalong and Songlines.

* Duveen, who had just won a maiden race on grass, defeated favorite Soldier's Dancer and Storm in May to win the Palm Beach Stakes on March 24. He is yet another runner by Horse Chestnut, a grandson of Sadler's Wells, to show a decided preference for grass. Duveen is a 3-year-old colt out of the stakes-placed Storm Bird mare Casanova Storm. Having a Horse Chestnut-Storm Bird cross creates a HTx2 (grass on top and bottom) pedigree.

* Keep an eye on Moral Suasion. A 3-year-old filly by Pulpit, Moral Suasion finished fourth in her career debut on March 25 after a rough trip and should be followed in her next start. She is a three-quarter sister to Saint Anddan, who won the Duncan F. Kenner Breeders' Cup Stakes March 24.


Jump Start (by A.P. Indy) got off to a fast start last year as a freshman sire, and his runners continue to impress. Steel Spyder, a 3-year-old colt by Jump Start, won his career debut, a six-furlong maiden race, on March 24 at 14-1. Runners by Jump Start win on dirt and turf, sprinting and going middle distances.

* Dominican, who won the Rushaway Stakes on March 24 in his first start since finishing third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, is another example of the good runners by young sire El Corredor (Mr. Greeley). Dominican rated behind the speed and rallied to easily draw off to a five-length win as the 7-2 second choice. Dominican is out of the Dixieland Band mare First Violin, who descends from champion race and broodmare Chris Evert. Chief's Crown, Winning Colors and many other stakes winners come from this female family.

* Three-year-olds Curlin, Twilight Meteor and Sedgefield have put Smart Strike on the map this year, and on March 24, two races after Sedgefield finished second to Hard Spun in the Lane's End Stakes, Bobby's Babe, an 18-1 first-time starter by Smart Strike, won a six-furlong maiden race. Bobby's Babe is a half-brother to Japanese Group 3 winner Trillion Cut, as both are out of the Caerleon mare Sabeline. Bobby's Babe's fifth dam, Trillion, was a U.S. champion grass mare and champion older mare in France. She produced multiple champion Triptych.