01/07/2008 1:00AM

Dam's strong class shows in Reflect Times


Santa Anita

Class in the dam (and her female family) is arguably the most important factor in a pedigree, and it was clearly on display Dec. 28, when Reflect Times won his second race in a row, defeating five other runners in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance at 7-1. By French Deputy, a stakes-winning son of Deputy Minister who was dispatched to Japan before his early runners started winning all over the country, he is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Franca. His second dam, Frankova, is by Nureyev, and his third dam, Secret Asset (by Graustark), was a half-sister to Private Account, Dance Number, and Polish Numbers. Class runs very deep in this family as his fourth dam, Numbered Account, was the 1971 2-year-old filly champion, and she was also a full sister to Playmate, the dam of Woodman. Reflect Times rallied from sixth and last to defeat 3-5 favorite Gayego and returned $16.60.

The much-ballyhooed Gayego, whose heavy favoritism was based on an impressive maiden score at Hollywood Park on Nov. 18, rallied to finish second in a good effort. While Reflect Times should be able to handle middle distances at the very least, Gayego, a son of Gilded Time out of a Lost Code mare, has a sprinter's pedigree with definite distance limitations.


Harlan's Holiday was highlighted in this column last week as one of 2007's best freshman sires when his son Into Mischief won the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park. On Dec. 26, Buddy's Holiday, a colt from the first crop of Harlan's Holiday, set the pace in a one mile and 70-yard maiden race and won by four lengths as the 5-2 third choice. Buddy's Holiday is out of the Relaunch mare Starry Daze, a half-sister to NYRA Mile and Woodward Handicap winner Dispersal.

* Graeme Hall is a solid speed influence, and the Arkansas Derby winner is also a reliable source of win-early 2-year-old speed. On Dec. 30, Wishing Wishes, a 2-year-old filly by Graeme Hall, rallied from just off the pace to win a six-furlong allowance by 3 1/2 lengths at 6-1. Wishing Wishes's fifth dam is a half-sister to 1974 2-year-old champion and 1975 Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure.


Quality Affair, who won a six-furlong optional-claiming allowance on Dec. 24, is by speed influence Elusive Quality and out of the Well Decorated mare Affair With Aflair. Quality Affair's second dam, Buzzovertomyhouse, is a full sister to Buzz My Bell, the dam of 1996 Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone.

Finishing second to Quality Affair was Candlelight, a Kingmambo filly who has a future as a broodmare no matter what she does on the track. Candlelight is a half-sister to stakes winner and sire Grand Slam. Candlelight's third dam, stakes winner Sugar Plum Time, was a full sister to Yule Log, the dam of champion Christmas Past and half-sister to Sweet Tooth, the dam of Alydar and Our Mims.

* It's only fitting that Dancing Forever finally won a stakes race. On Dec. 26, Dancing Forever won the Our Dear Peggy Stakes at nine furlongs on the turf. By Rahy, Dancing Forever is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Dancinginmydreams, who finished second in the 2000 Matron Stakes and who appeared on her way to victory in the Frizette Stakes before breaking down. Dancinginmydreams, a full sister to champion Heavenly Prize, defied the odds to become a broodmare for the Phipps family. Dancing Forever is her first foal.

* Ambience, who won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race for Richard Violette on Dec. 28, is from the third and last crop of the late Chester House, and she is a half-sister to High Limit, who won the Louisiana Derby, Strub Stakes, and San Pasqual Handicap. A late bloomer, Ambience, now 4, should be a force on turf as well as dirt. Her dam, Known Romance, is an RF (Rasmussen Factor), as she is inbred 2x4 to the three-quarter brothers Known Fact (In Reality) and Tentam (by In Reality's sire, Intentionally).

Fair Grounds

Tapui, a 2-year-old filly who won a six-furlong maiden race on Dec. 29, is from the first crop of Sky Mesa, and her third dam, Libra, was one of the superstar broodmares of the 1960s. She produced Irish Derby and St. Leger winner Ribocco (Ribot) and his full brother Ribero, who duplicated Ribocco's accomplishments one year later. Because of the success of her siblings, their younger half-sister Reine Enchanteur (Sea-Bird II) set a world record of $405,000 for a yearling filly in 1968. Tapui is out of the Southern Halo mare Southern Aura and her second dam, Libra's Shiningstar, is a half-sister to Ribocco and Ribero.