06/04/2007 12:00AM

E Dubai picking right up with his second crop



E Dubai is off to a good start as a sire. His first crop of 2-year-olds last year included the multiple stakes winner Barilko and Spark of Dubai. Also from his first crop is Vitruvius, the half-brother to Met Mile winner Corinthian and San Rafael Stakes winner Desert Hero. Vitruvius is undefeated in two starts this year at 3.

On May 26, Treadmill, a 2-year-old filly from E Dubai's second crop, won her career debut, a five-furlong maiden race, by 2 3/4 lengths. Treadmill is out of the Langfuhr mare Lady Lang, and this female line produced Canadian champion Izvestia as well as Touch Gold and Lasting Approval.


One of only two first-time starters in a field of 10 runners, General Sherman rallied from last to win a maiden turf race at about 1 1/16 miles on May 24. General Sherman certainly is bred for turf, as he's by War Chant out of a Woodman mare. In addition to those grass influences, his second and third damsires are more turf influences - Irish River and The Minstrel. General Sherman paid $19.20.

* Slate won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race on May 26. The Unbridled's Song 3-year-old colt is out of the Capote mare Irish Coco. His third dam, Quit Me Not, is a half-sister to two Hall of Fame inductees, 1968 Horse of the Year Dr. Fager and champion Ta Wee as well as the unraced Magic. Unbridled, Cahill Road, and Cavonnier all descend from Magic. Irish Coco also is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Judge TC.


Blazing Dynamo won a nine-furlong maiden race on turf . The 3-year-old Dynaformer colt is a full brother to stakes winner Blazing Fury, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf as a 3-year-old in 2001.

* Runners by Smart Strike win on dirt (for example, Curlin), but they love turf. English Channel, Twilight Meteor and Sedgefield are just some examples of his better performers on grass, and on May 23, Strike a Deal, a 3-year-old colt by Smart Strike, won the Straight Deal Stakes at one mile on turf. Strike a Deal is out of the Dixieland Band mare Shag and most significantly, his second dam Scathing is an RF (Rasmussen Factor), as she is inbred to Alcibiades, a champion at 2 and 3 who became a prominent broodmare as well.

Keep tabs on Summer Doldrums (by Street Cry), who finished second behind Strike a Deal by a nose. Like runners by Smart Strike, runners by Street Cry are versatile. They win on dirt (Street Sense), but have explosive potential on turf. Last year in my annual analysis of freshman sires, I labeled Street Cry an HT (hidden turf) sire because although his success came in major dirt races (Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster Handicap), he was always well-bred for grass. Summer Doldrums was making his debut on turf and it is quite clear he loved the surface.

* Add Harlington to the growing number of quality older runners this year. Making his first start since May 2006, Harlington looked as impressive as ever, winning a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance on May 24 by 3 1/4 lengths in a quick 1:41.01. By Unbridled, the 5-year-old horse is out of champion Serena's Song and is a half-brother to stakes winners Grand Reward, Sophisticat, and Serena's Tune.

* Drama Lady won a 1 1/16-mile allowance on May 25. The 3-year-old filly, by Tale of the Cat and out of the Trempolino mare Gift of Dance, is a half-sister to last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff winner, Round Pond. Getting speed from Tale of the Cat, Drama Lady inherits a ton of high class from her female family. Gift of Dance is a half-sister to champion Pennekamp as well as major group winners Black Minnaloushe and Nasr El Arab.

* It's taken more time than expected, but Bobby Frankel now has First Defence ready to make some noise. A 3-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song, he is out of stakes winner Honest Lady and is bred along the same lines as Frankel's Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker. Empire Maker is out of Unbridled and out of Toussaud, the dam of Honest Lady. First Defence won a seven-furlong allowance on May 26 going gate to wire, and while the track was playing on the fast side that day, his time of 1:20.96 was still impressive.


Block won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the turf. The Dynaformer 3-year-old comes from a female family of quality. His dam, the Danzig mare Rim, is a full sister to stakes winner and sire Boundary. His second dam Edge is a half-sister to the unraced Trestle, a top-class broodmare who produced stakes winners Classy Cathy, Ms. Margi, Sports View, Testy Trestle, and Top Trestle.


Fusillade, a 4-year-old colt by A.P. Indy making his belated career debut, won a six-furlong maiden race by 10 1/4 lengths on May 24 and looks like he could make up for lost time. The sky's the limit for this well-bred colt. Fusillade's dam, Ring of Fire, is an unraced full sister to turf champion and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Spinning World. This female family produced Rags to Riches, Jazil, Blush With Pride, Chimes of Freedom, Aldebaran, Denon, Good Journey, and Aviance.