02/26/2008 12:00AM

Elysium Fields impeccably bred


LAS VEGAS - Cool Coal Man, from the first crop of Horse of the Year Mineshaft, stepped up the class ladder winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes last weekend, and the well-bred colt should only improve with maturity. But I was impressed with the effort by runner-up Elysium Fields, who was just coming off a maiden victory.

Elysium Fields is by El Prado, one of the rare sons of the great turf influence Sadler's Wells whose offspring are as good on dirt as they are on grass. El Prado's runners have proven to be quite versatile. He is the sire of turf champion Kitten's Joy and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller, as well as dirt stakes winners Medaglia d'Oro and Borrego, and the Polytrack stakes winner Asi Siempre.

But it's Elysium Fields's tail-female family that is mind-boggling. His fifth dam, Sunday Evening, won the 1949 Spinaway Stakes and is responsible for more than 50 stakes winners through four daughters - Home by Dark (by Hill Prince), Prayer Bell (Better Self), Royal Society (Royal Charger), and Time for Bed (Bold Ruler).

Unraced, Home By Dark produced 1968 champion 3-year-old filly Dark Mirage, and her other daughters - Dusky Evening, Gray Mirage, and Timely Tammy - started their own branches of this prolific line. Dusky Evening produced Javamine, who in turn produced Irish champion Bluebird and Java Gold. Gray Mirage is the dam of three stakes winners - Classy Mirage, Missy's Mirage, and Joey's First Jove. Gray Mirage is also the dam of Mountain Sunshine (dam of Country Pine) and Nobiliare (dam of multiple English and Irish champion Indian Skimmer). Timely Tammy is the second dam of Timely Writer, winner of the Florida Derby, Champagne, Hopeful, and Flamingo stakes.

Also unraced, Prayer Bell produced 1969 champion 2-year-old colt Silent Screen, as well as stakes winners Belladora (second dam of Silver Music, Prospector's Song, and Musical Ghost) and Prayer Cap (second dam of Miami Slick). Stakes winners descending from Prayer Bell's daughters Belle Gallante and Ringing Bells include Boom and Bust, Lager, Nijinsky's Lover, Or Vision, Dance Master, Mocha Queen, Ghost Queen, Naninja, Dixie Fine, The Editor, Dolphin Street, Insight, and Saffron Walden. Coast Guard, second in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, also comes from this branch of Sunday Evening.

Royal Society, yet another unraced daughter of Sunday Evening, is the second dam of Voice Over, who was an RF (Rasmussen Factor), because she was inbred 3x4 to Sunday Evening. Voice Over was also unraced, but her value was as a broodmare. Stakes winners who are either out of Voice Over or her daughters and granddaughters include Travelling Music, Farmonthefreeway, Scarlet Rage, Wardrobe Test, Danaher Steve, and Double Screen.

From Bold Ruler's second crop, Time for Bed won the Test Stakes. Stakes winners descending from her daughters include Bold Wench, Rock Opera, Triple Buck, World Light, My Girl Jeannie, Lucinda, and Anew. Dreams, who did not win a stakes, produced Elysium Fields.

There's nothing shaky about the pedigrees of the Fountain of Youth winner Cool Coal Man and third-place finisher Court Vision.

By Mineshaft, Cool Coal Man is out of a three-quarter sister to stakes winner Signal Tap, and his second dam, South Sea Dancer, is a full sister to champions Storm Bird and Northernette. Storm Bird is the sire of Storm Cat and Summer Squall, and Northernette produced Flower Bowl Handicap winner Scoot.

Court Vision, who won the Remsen and Iroquois stakes last year at 2, was making his 3-year-old debut in the Fountain of Youth over a surface that is hardly kind to his come-from-behind style. By Gulch, who has already sired a Kentucky Derby winner in Thunder Gulch, Court Vision is out of the unraced Weekend Storm, a full sister to Summer Squall and half-sister to A.P. Indy and Honor Grades.

Reflect Times live longshot in Sham

The heavyweights in this weekend's Sham Stakes at Santa Anita are undefeated El Gato Malo, winner of the San Rafael Stakes, and Colonel John, winner of the Real Quiet Stakes and runner-up in the CashCall Futurity. With all the attention focused on these two colts, Reflect Times could upset at a price.

Reflect Times won his first two starts sprinting with an explosive closing kick, and finished third behind Crown of Thorns and Coast Guard in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 2 in his first start over 6 1/2 furlongs. By French Deputy (Deputy Minister), Reflect Times is out of a Seeking the Gold mare, and there is abundant quality in his female family, starting with his third dam, Secret Asset, a half-sister to Private Account, Dance Number, and Polish Numbers. His fourth dam, Numbered Account, was 1971 champion 2-year-old filly and full sister to Playmate, the dam of Woodman. Numbered Account's dam, Intriguing, was stakes-placed and was a half-sister to grass stakes winner Poker, the broodmare sire of Seattle Slew, and to Boucher, winner of the St. Leger Stakes.