03/31/2006 12:00AM

Electrocutionist further boosts Red Ransom

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Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the Dubai World Cup with Electrocutionist.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup has made Electrocutionist among the highest-profile horses in the world, and he wasn't unknown before his success on Saturday. A winner in eight of his 10 starts, Electrocutionist is the latest star for former leading freshman sire Red Ransom.

A victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International last August thrust Electrocutionist into the international spotlight. Not long after that success, the dam of Electrocutionist, was shipped from owner Sean Mulryan's Pegasus Farms in Ireland to Indian Creek Farm outside Paris, Ky. Farm co-owner Shack Parrish said Elbaaha came to the farm late in the fall to be sold in the January sale but did not meet her reserve, and was led out unsold at $1.175 million.

The mare is currently in foal to the Sadler's Wells stallion Montjeu and will foal near the end of April, Parrish said. A contract for the mare's mate of 2006 is pending.

A chestnut daughter of international champion Arazi, Elbaaha is out of the Ela-Mana-Mou mare Gesedeh, a racehorse with stamina and class who won the Group 3 Prix de Flore.

Gesedeh is a half-sister to champion stayer Ardross, and Elbaaha showed the family's stamina, winning at 11 furlongs, with 4 seconds and 2 thirds from 11 outings.

Bred in England by Sheikh Ahmed al-Maktoum, Elbaaha produced five foals for Compagnia Generale and then was sold at the 2003 Tattersalls December sales in foal to the Red Ransom stallion Intikhab. Electrocution-ist, his dam's third foal, was an unraced 2-year-old at the time, and the mare had not yet had a winner. Seamus Burns bought her for 10,000 guineas.

In 2004, Burns resold the mare at Tattersalls, where Pegasus Farms bought her for 100,000 guineas in foal to Namid. In the intervening year, Electrocutionist had became a listed stakes winner in Italy and lost for the first time in the Group 1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club. The winner by a nose was Shirocco, who, a year later, won the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Belmont.

To show just how radically a mare's value can change with the performance of her

progeny, Elbaaha's 4-year-old daughter is a winner, and her 3-year-old daughter by Woodman, Grigorieva, is a candidate for the French classics this year with Andre Fabre. Grigorieva also is owned by Pegasus Farms. Elbaaha has a 2-year-old filly by Intikhab in training called Current Crusade.

Elbaaha's foal by Namid died in 2005, but she got back in foal to Montjeu, a classic-winning son of Sadler's Wells who was the sire of the winners of both the English Derby and Irish Derby last year.

Given her success when mated to the Roberto stallion Red Ransom, Elbaaha is the type of mare who might return to a stallion from that line, such as Dynaformer, sire of this year's classic prospect Barbaro. Or, she might someday return to England for another mating with Red Ransom.

A big and robust horse, Red Ransom stood so little racing that he made only three starts, but he had exceptional ability. Beginning his stud career with 10 stakes winners in his first crop, Red Ransom has since sired Eclipse Award winner Perfect Sting, European highweight Intikhab, and English Oaks winner Casual Look.

The heavy-topped Electrocutionist gets his substance honestly from his sire, and he is a good type of the horse that Red Ransom tends to sire. They are scopey and strongly made, and either due to their size or possibly their proportions, they tend to show somewhat better form on turf than on dirt.

Given the general dimensions of Red Ransom, Electrocutionist's dam seems to have played a role for moderating size and adding refinement. She may also have been an added influence for stamina, as Electrocutionist stays 10 furlongs thoroughly and is probably better suited to 12, according to the report on him in the 2005 Timeform annual.

Electrocutionist has the dramatic facial markings of his broodmare sire Arazi, as well as two white socks, and is, overall, a very handsome horse.

Likewise, his dam, Elbaaha, is a "nice mare, standing about 16 hands," Parrish said. "She is a nice medium sort between heavy-bodied and feminine."

And with her son's increasing fame, Parrish said, "She gets better-looking every day."

* Timeform's annual publication, "Racehorses," is available for the 2005 season, and the volume includes notes and ratings for every horse who competed in Britain, as well as many others who raced overseas. This invaluable book has detailed essays about the year's leading performers, as well as many photographs of them. It is available from Portway Press Ltd. Visit www.timeform.com.