04/06/2008 11:00PM

E Dubai's third crop off to a strong start



E Dubai, who inherited dazzling speed from his sire, Mr. Prospector, got off to a fast start as a stallion, and his first two crops include Fantasy Stakes winner High Heels; the stakes winners Desert Code, Barilko, Treadmill, and Spark of Dubai; and stakes-placed Wafi City and Candy's Bro.

On March 28, Prince Dubai, a 3-year-old gelding from E Dubai's third crop, won a one-mile maiden race at 8-1. Keep in mind that runners by E Dubai usually have good speed and are most effective from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on all surfaces. They should also be considered hidden turf possibilities and should offer value on the grass, because E Dubai's success came on dirt but his sire and damsire (Mr. Prospector and Lord at War) offer clues that his runners are more than capable of liking turf.

The following day, British Columbia, a 3-year-old colt by E Dubai, won another one-mile maiden race, this time as part of a 3-5 entry from Kiaran McLaughlin. British Columbia is out of the Meadowlake mare Courtney Lake, a half-sister to stakes winner Cherokee Country. With E Dubai on top and Meadowlake on the bottom, British Columbia showed the double dose of speed from both parts of his pedigree (SPx2).


Last year, I tabbed Proud Citizen as a future star sire whose runners should have good speed on dirt and be particularly effective on turf (hidden turf sire). Lexington Stakes winner Proud Citizen was blessed with high speed and his class enabled him to stretch out to classic distances, where he was a surprising second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness. His first crop, now 3-year-olds, includes multiple stakes winner Proud Spell. On March 27, Rich Citizen, a filly out of the Corporate Report mare Higher Earnings, rallied to win a one-mile maiden race on the turf, paying $14.20.

Finishing second to Rich Citizen was first-time starter Cherokee Queen, a filly by the versatile Cherokee Run out of the Virginia Rapids mare Virginia Bee. Runners by Cherokee Run (a grandson of Blushing Groom) are usually proficient on dirt and turf.

* Dynaformer, not particularly known for siring first-out winners, especially sprinting six furlongs on dirt, did just that March 29 when Le Grand Cru, a 3-year-old colt out of the El Gran Senor mare Ice the Champagne, won a six-furlong maiden race practically leading all the way at 6-1. Perhaps the key to Le Grand Cru's speed can be traced to his second dam, Jamra, a full sister to speed influence Clever Trick.

Excess Capital, who finished second to Le Grand Cru, is a 3-year-old half-brother to Borderland Derby winner Takedown, by Distorted Humor. Their dam is stakes winner Little Sister (Valid Appeal), a full sister to stakes winners Valid Expectations, Littleexpectations, and Miss Valid Pache. Excess Capital's third dam is a half-sister to 1974 2-year-old champion and 1975 Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure.

* Cherokee Run is one of the hottest stallions in the world. While his offspring have distance limitations, some of them have won at 1 1/16 miles or 1 1/8 miles. A champion sprinter, Cherokee Run finished a game second to Prairie Bayou in the 1993 Preakness, but he was best as a sprinter-miler and his runners, such as Chilukki, Yonaguska, Dream Run, Indian Flare, and War Pass, also showed miler speed. Chelokee, a stakes winner who finished third in the 2007 Florida Derby, won his 4-year-old debut, a one-mile optional claimer on March 29 as the 3-5 favorite. Chelokee is out of the Silver Ghost mare Dixie Ghost, and is a half-brother to the 3-year-old Salute the Sarge (Forest Wildcat), who recently won the San Miguel Stakes and is on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Santa Anita

Tiz West, a 3-year-old colt by Gone West, scored a wire-to-wire victory in a one-mile maiden race on the turf on March 24. Tiz West is out of the Cee's Tizzy mare Tizso, a full sister to two-time Breeders' Cup classic winner and Horse of the Year Tiznow. Tiznow is also the sire of Colonel John, one of the main contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby.

* On March 27, Bobby Frankel unveiled Rosangela, a 4-year-old filly making her career debut. Rosangela rallied from third to win a six-furlong maiden race by 1 1/4 lengths, returning $14. By El Prado, Rosangela is out of Vivid Angel (Septieme Ciel), who won the 1997 Oak Leaf and Del Mar Debutante stakes.

* Sanquine won a maiden race on the downhill turf course at 6 1/2 furlongs on March 29, and the 3-year-old gelding is from the first crop of Sligo Bay, who won the Hollywood Turf Cup and Cinema Handicap. Sligo Bay is by Sadler's Wells and is out of the unraced Angelic Song, a full sister to Canadian Horse of the Year and champion Glorious Song, and also to 2-year-old champion Devil's Bag and stakes winner and sire Saint Ballado.