12/27/2006 12:00AM

Count on Aptitude to produce nice routers

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Aqueduct

Aptitude, who finished second to Fusaichi Pegasus in the 2000 Kentucky Derby, is a reliable sire of runners at one mile and beyond. His first crop yielded Steppenwolfer, who was third in the 2006 Derby behind Barbaro and Bluegrass Cat. On Dec. 6, Rosie's Attitude, a 2-year-old filly from Aptitude's second crop, scored a 2 1/2-length win in a one-mile maiden race after rallying from sixth in a nine-filly field. Rosie's Attitude is out of the Quiet American mare Irving's Baby, and she should enjoy stretching out to middle distances on all surfaces at 3.

* End Sweep was one of Forty Niner's fastest runners and also one of his best sons at stud. End Sweep's offspring inherited his high speed, and now his sons are carrying on the tradition. Trippi and Precise End have had success as stallions, and on Dec. 9, Gansevoort, a 2-year-old filly by Precise End making her career debut, dusted 11 other fillies to win a six-furlong maiden race by 6 1/4 lengths. Gansevoort gets a double dose of speed because her damsire is Polish Numbers. Trippi is the sire of Dream of Angels, who won the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay on Dec. 9 by 14 1/4 lengths.

* Johannesburg Star became Johannesburg's 31st juvenile winner when he won a one mile and 70-yard maiden race by 9 1/2 lengths on Dec. 9. An undefeated and versatile 2-year-old who won on dirt and grass, Johannesburg was a champion juvenile in four countries. He won Grade 1 or Group 1 races in England, Ireland, France, and the U.S. While his runners win on dirt, such as Champagne Stakes winner Scat Daddy, they should really thrive on turf, as his juvenile turf stakes winners Marcavelly and Fernando Po have.

* Lawrence the Roman improved to 3 for 3 after winning the Damon Runyon Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds by 11 lengths on Dec. 10. With Point Given on top and Broad Brush on the bottom, Lawrence the Roman is bred to run all day and will most likely try open company soon.

Bay Meadows

Black Pulpit, a 2-year-old filly by Pulpit, won a six-furlong maiden race in her career debut. Black Pulpit is out of the Storm Cat mare Catchy, a full sister to Hennessy. Considering her imposing pedigree, Black Pulpit was an overlay as the 5-2 second choice and has every right to develop into a stakes winner for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Calder

Nick Zito is getting his juveniles ready for the Gulfstream season, and on Dec. 9, The Luckiest, a 2-year-old filly by Thunder Gulch, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race in her career debut. Out of Cox's Ridge mare Taianna, The Luckiest is a half-sister to stakes winner Hook and Ladder.

Three races later on the same card, Zito saddled Moneymoneymoney to a 1 3/4-length win in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race. Moneymoneymoney, who finished seventh in his previous start at Keeneland on Oct. 6, is a 2-year-old colt by Awesome Again and is out of the Cryptoclearance mare Currency Quest.

Finishing second to Moneymoneymoney in his first start was Laser, another son of Awesome Again, who is out of the Red Ransom mare Speed to Burn. Speed to Burn is out of Hidden Light and is thus a half-sister to Artie Schiller.

Fair Grounds

Scarlet Butterfly won an allowance at about nine furlongs on the turf Dec. 7. A 3-year-old filly, she has a strong grass pedigree with an equally impressive female family. By Theatrical, she is out of the Red Ransom mare Hummingbird Red, a half-sister to Canadian champion Soaring Free. Her third dam is Loudrangle, the 1986 Canadian Broodmare of the Year, whose offspring include Tilt My Halo, Tiffany Tam, Ruling Angel, No Louder, and Dancing With Wings.

Hollywood

Captive Melody, by hidden turf sire Unbridled's Song, won the inaugural running of the Cesario Stakes on Dec. 9. Captive Melody gets another dose of grass from her damsire, Red Ransom, and her dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Ascutney, Words of War, and Right Proof. Captive Melody paid $10.20.

* Pedigree handicapping really does provide overlays. Le Cirque, a 2-year-old filly making her first start, was dismissed by bettors at 18-1 and came flying late to win a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on turf by one length, paying $39.40. Le Cirque is by Dynaformer, one of the sport's best sources of turf breeding, and her dam, Queue (by French Deputy), won the Long Island Handicap on the turf.