04/19/2004 11:00PM

Derby winner's first crop at gate

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LAS VEGAS - The real 2-year-old season began this month with the 4 1/2-furlong baby races at Keene-land, and it seems an appropriate time to look at the first crop of 2-year-olds by this year's marquee freshman sire, Fusaichi Pegasus. His 41 sales yearlings last year averaged $336,878, but that was nothing compared to what happened Feb. 24 at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale.

A bay colt by Fusaichi Pegasus out of the Storm Cat mare Hidden Storm brought $4.5 million, a world record for a 2-year-old. He was bought by Fusao Sekiguchi, who paid $4 million to buy Fusaichi Pegasus as a yearling in 1998. Of course, Fusaichi Pegasus, who was trained by Neil Drysdale, went on in 2000 to become the only Kentucky Derby winner for his sire, Mr. Prospector.

The $4.5 million 2-year-old showed high speed at the first under-tack show at Calder, breezing an eighth-mile in 10.20 seconds. He will also be trained by Drysdale. At the same sale, another juvenile by Fusaichi Pegasus, this one out of the Known Fact mare Li Law, was purchased for $700,000.

Fusaichi Pegasus was an imposing physical specimen and a striking figure on the track. From the high prices his yearlings and 2-year-olds have attracted at various sales, it is obvious that their physical conformation has matched their golden pedigrees. Although Fusaichi Pegasus was a classic winner at 1 1/4 miles, he is a son of Mr. Prospector, and it would hardly be a surprise to see his juveniles show speed and win early.

In fact, Killenaule, the first runner by Fusaichi Pegasus, rallied from just off the pace to finish second in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Keene-land on April 15. Killenaule looks like he will win soon.

Below is a sample of the first-crop babies by Fusaichi Pegasus:

Beyond the Dream (filly out of East of the Moon, by Private Account). Her dam was a champion 3-year-old filly in France and is one of five stakes winners, including Kingmambo, out of champion Miesque.

Boardroom Scandal (filly out of Synformer, by Dynaformer). This half-sister to Grade 2 winner Wild Syn is bred for turf.

Canteen (colt out of Bottle Top, by Topsider). A half-brother to Strodes Creek, who finished second in the 1994 Kentucky Derby.

Chapena (filly out of La Chaposa, by Ups). Bred to win early; out of the exceptional mare that produced You and I and Chaposa Springs.

El Raabi (filly out of Population, by General Assembly). Half-sister to stakes winner Saratoga Springs; second dam is a half-sister to Play It Safe (dam of Vanities) and Providential. Strong turf potential.

Fifty Oner (colt out of Heraklia, by Irish River). Second dam is Group 2 winner Hydro Calido, who is a half-sister to 2-year-old champions Machiavellian and Coup de Genie, Exit to Nowhere, and Ocean of Wisdom. This colt will be best on grass.

Flight of Pegasus (filly out of Fly First Class, by General Meeting). Carries the Rasmussen Factor (inbreeding to a superior female within five generations through different individuals) 5x5 to Cosmah, through her offspring Halo and Cosmiah.

Foxglove (colt out of Rokeby Rosie, by Prized). Female family produced champions Silverbulletday and Arts and Letters. Aaron and Marie Jones bought him for $750,000, the fourth-highest price at the April 13 sale of 2-year-olds in training at Keeneland.

Homer (colt out of Chief Appeal, by Valid Appeal). Exceptional female family traces to legendary broodmare Hildene, whose descendants include First Landing, Hill Prince, Third Brother, Cicada, Bold Experience, Cherokee Colony, Crusader Sword, Silken Cat, and Turkpasser.

In Excelcis (colt out of Lakeway, by Seattle Slew). Stakes-winning dam is out of a full sister to Saratoga Six; third dam is a full sister to Bold Forbes.

Killenaule (colt out of Tipically Irish, by Metfield). Dam won the 1995 Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes. This colt finished second in a Keeneland maiden debut April 15.

Lady Pegasus (filly out of Nastique, by Naskra). Dam was a Grade 1 stakes winner, and family produced 1972 champion sprinter, the filly Chou Croute.

Ling (filly out of Voodoo Lily, by Baldski). Multiple-stakes-winning dam produced stakes-placed Lily O'Gold and Sha Jehan. Bred for speed.

Massasoit (colt out of Fancy Clancy, by Rahy). Female family produced Arazi, Jim French, Joyeux Danseur, and Noverre. Strong turf influences.

Patience Pays (filly out of Mamselle Bebette, by Copelan). Second dam Targa is a half-sister to Obeah, who is the dam of Go for Wand. Copelan adds high speed.

Piu Bella (filly out of Silken Ripples, by Roberto). Dam is a half-sister to Barrera, Ecliptical, Roundup Rose (dam of Codex), and Katonka (dam of Give Me Strength, My Prayer and Talakeno). Turf-bound.

Safado (colt out of Sweet and Low, by Seattle Slew). Female family produced Beautiful Glass and Jeanne Jones.

Saywaan (filly out of Sharp Cat, by Storm Cat). Grade 1-winning dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Royal Anthem and Star Recruit, and out of In Neon, the 1998 Broodmare of the Year.

Scalator (colt out of From Time to Time, by Rahy). Second dam is a half-sister to 1986 Travers Stakes winner Wise Times.

Silky Omega (filly out of Song to Remember, by Storm Cat). Third dam is a half-sister to Mr. Leader, and fourth dam is a half-sister to the brilliant Beau Gar.

Swigert (filly out of Oscillate, by Seattle Slew). A half-sister to group winner Mutakddim, who is the sire of stakes winners Lady Tak and Hattiesburg. Dam is inbred 4x4 to Glamour, who was the dam of Poker and second dam of champion racemare and stakes producer Numbered Account.

Tricky Flight (colt out of Bag of Tricks, by Devil's Bag). Half-brother to stakes sprinter Confide. Dam is a half-sister to 2-year-old filly champion Heavenly Cause, and second dam is a half-sister to Shy Dawn, Champagne Charlie, Petite Rouge, and Prima Ballerina.

Unnamed (colt out of Hidden Storm, by Storm Cat). This $4.5 million 2-year-old sales purchase is out of a half-sister to Jazz Club. Prolific female family produced Mineshaft, the 2003 Horse of the Year. Bred for speed on dirt and turf.

Unnamed (filly out of Baltic Sea, Danzig). Closely inbred to speed influence Danzig, this filly is a half-sister to Caller One and Prospect Bay from the impeccable female family of Grey Flight. A $320,000 purchase at the April 13 2-year-olds in training sale at Keeneland

Unnamed (colt out of Li Law, by Known Fact). A $700,000 2-year-old in training purchase, his fourth dam is a half-sister to Damascus, the 1967 Horse of the Year. Having Known Fact, T.V. Lark, and Grey Dawn II in pedigree points him as one to watch on turf.