02/26/2007 12:00AM

E Dubai's first crop picking up the pace



Graded stakes winner E Dubai, a son of Mr. Prospector who had top-class speed, is an up-and-coming sire. His first crop of runners, now 3, include Vitruvius, who won his maiden debut at Gulfstream on Feb. 17; Wafi City, who won a six-furlong optional claiming allowance at Aqueduct the same day; and Desert Code, who sped to a two-length victory in a turf allowance on the Santa Anita downhill turf course at 6 1/2 furlongs. Vitruvius, a half-brother to recent runaway winner Corinthian, and stakes winner Desert Hero, was impressive in victory as he battled through early fractions, was headed in the stretch by the favorite, and re-rallied to win in a game effort at 7-2. Wafi City, fourth in his last race on Nov. 10, showed speed to wire four other 3-year-old colts to win as the 2-1 favorite. Wafi City is out of the Private Account mare My Jody. My Jody is out of Jody G, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Plenty of Grace (Roberto) and three-quarter-sister to champion turf filly Soaring Softly (Kris S.). Desert Code is out of the stakes-winning Lost Code mare Chatta Code. E Dubai adds speed to a pedigree, and his offspring are showing plenty of quality on dirt and turf.

* Officer was among last year's best freshman stallions, as the speed he had at 2 is now being transmitted to his runners. On Feb. 17, Special Dream, a 3-year-old filly from his first crop, won the Dearly Precious Stakes, drawing off to win by eight lengths at 9-1. Previously second in the Ruthless Stakes, Special Dream descends from foundation mare Cequillo, one of the great broodmares of the last century. Top runners tracing to Cequillo include Honour and Glory, Ogygian, Fappiano, Ruffled Feathers, Quiet American, and Hot Dust.

Officer had another winner the next day when Officer in Pursuit sped away to a 6 1/2-length victory in a one mile and 70-yard maiden race. Officer in Pursuit is out of the Opening Verse mare Ms. Versatality, and her second dam, Delma, is a full sister to a multiple stakes winner, Astra.

* Teide won a one mile and 70-yard maiden race on Feb. 18 by nine lengths, and the 3-year-old colt is by Mt. Livermore and out of the Nijinsky II mare Cascassi, a half-sister to Diminuendo (Diesus), a champion filly at 3 in Ireland when she captured the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks.

Fair Grounds

Moonee Ponds won an allowance at about 1 1/16 miles on the turf on Feb. 15, defeating some well-bred 3-year-old fillies. Moonee Ponds, bred by Calumet Farm, is by the young stallion Mizzen Mast (Cozzene) and is out of the Danzig mare Lotka, a stakes-winning full sister to Stephan's Odyssey. Finishing second was Jibboom, a Juddmonte Farm homebred who is also by Mizzen Mast, and finishing third was the favorite, Whisper to Me, a Thunder Gulch filly from the female family that produced Chris Evert, Chief's Crown, Winning Colors, and Confessional.


Fort Apache Star, a 3-year-old gelding bred smartly for the turf, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the grass on Feb. 15, paying a whopping $85. By the versatile stallion Silver Deputy, Fort Apache Star is out of the multiple-stakes-winning Alydar mare Foresta, who was a monster on the turf.


Street Cry, sire of last year's juvenile champion colt, Street Sense, and sire of many impressive winners from his first crop - including the exciting stakes winner Summer Doldrums - got another winner when Street Minstrel won her 3-year-old debut as the 9-5 favorite in a six-furlong maiden race. Street Minstrel had last been seen finishing ninth in a maiden race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 16. Street Minstrel is out of Grade 1 winner Minstrel's Lassie (by The Minstrel). Street Minstrel's third dam is Politely, one of the best racemares of the late 1960's.

Santa Anita

Swift Demand won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race for California-breds on Feb. 15 and is from the first crop of High Demand, a son of Danzig who won 5 of 6 starts. High Demand is from an exceptional star-studded female family. His third dam, Bold Example, was only stakes-placed, but became a prominent broodmare. Her daughters produced a European Horse of the Year, Zilzal, as well as champions Polish Precedent, and Culture Vulture. Other notable stakes winners from this female family of Lady Be Good include Wavering Monarch, Mining, Goodbye Halo, Discipline, Duty Dance, and Disciplinarian.

Swift Demand was the kind of play for true pedigree handicappers. Although registered as a California-bred, his pedigree is all Kentucky blueblood. His dam, Cover Letter is by Kingmambo, and his stakes-winning second dam, Tax Dodge, is a full sister to stakes winner Synastry and a three-quarter-sister to the stakes sprinter Mr. Nickerson.