04/16/2007 12:00AM

Distorted Humor has two-stakes day as sire



Distorted Humor had a good day on April 7. First, his 3-year-old filly Orange Crush won the Meafara Stakes, and then his 3-year-old colt Cowtown Cat won the following race, the Illinois Derby, to send him on his way to the Kentucky Derby. Orange Crush is out of Lake Travis (by Seattle Slew), a full sister to stakes winner Lakeway. Her second dam, Milliardaire, is a full sister to Saratoga Six, and her third dam, Priceless Fame, is a full sister to the 1976 Derby and Belmont winner, Bold Forbes. Cowtown Cat is out of the Storm Cat mare Tom's Cat, and his pedigree is special in that he is inbred to the half-brothers Tom Rolfe and Chieftain. With notable runners in the Kentucky Derby such as Street Sense, Nobiz Like Shobiz, and Curlin, Cowtown Cat will go the Kentucky Derby under the radar but may be a price play in exotics.


* Before Johannesburg and Street Cry asserted supremacy and pulled away from the other freshman stallions last year, Officer led that very good group. Officer continues to get winners, and his offspring, inheriting his win-early speed, are most effective from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. On April 6, So Smashley, a 3-year-old filly by Officer out of the Coronado's Quest mare So Much Splendor, went wire to wire to win a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race against eight other fillies.

* Red Giant, who won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the turf on April 7, will eventually be headed to 3-year-old turf stakes. He is bred for turf top and bottom, as he is by Giant's Causeway and out of a Kingmambo mare. But there is a lot more beneath the surface of this pedigree. His second dam, Carnet Solaire, is by a grass influence, Sharpen Up, and is a half-sister to Korveya, the dam of 2-year-old champions Hector Protector and his full sister Bosra Sham. Korveya is also the dam of Gioconda, the dam of Grade 1 winner Ciro.


Drama Lady won a seven-furlong maiden race on April 8. A 3-year-old filly, she is a half-sister to last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff winner, Round Pond, who was recently retired. Drama Lady is by Tale of the Cat and out of the Trempolino mare Gift of Dance, a half-sister to champions Black Minnaloushe and Pennekamp and stakes winner Nasr el Arab.


Marcavelly was a good 2-year-old last year who immediately showed his preference for turf, and his authoritative victory in the Transylvania Stakes on April 6 at Keeneland, opening day, suggested he will be tough to beat in 3-year-old stakes this year up to 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Marcavelly is from the first crop of Johannesburg and is out of the Majestic Light mare Dark Jewel, a full sister to Hidden Light, the dam of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller.

* St. Hildegard won an allowance at 1 1/16 miles on the turf on April 7 and is by a hidden turf sire, Arch, and out of the Mr. Prospector mare Rhineland, a half-sister to Saarland. Rhineland, who was unraced, is out of multiple stakes winner Versailles Treaty, who finished second in consecutive runnings of the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Santa Anita

With so many top 3-year-olds in his barn, trainer Todd Pletcher may have yet another future stakes winner in Pavarotti, who won a one-mile maiden race on April 7. Pavarotti, a $2.5 million sales yearling, is by A.P. Indy and is a half-brother to a multiple-stakes-winning sprinter and young sire, Snow Ridge. Even more intriguing is his inbreeding to not one but two influential broodmares, Glamour and Miss Disco. Inbreeding to Glamour has produced runners like Heritage of Gold and Anguilla, and Miss Disco is famous as the dam of Bold Ruler.

* Icy Atlantic, 6, won his first stakes on turf at age 3, and he is one of many runners by Stormy Atlantic who have shown a decided preference for grass. On April 7, Icy Atlantic won the Arcadia Handicap, and Quite a Bride, a 4-year-old filly by Stormy Atlantic, won the L and D Farm Turf Distaff Stakes, also on grass, the same day at Tampa Bay Downs.

Icy Atlantic is out of the Frosty the Snowman mare Frosty Promise, and his second dam is a half-sister to Jolie's Halo. Quite a Bride is out of the Blushing Groom mare Wise Bride, the second dam of champion Ashado.