07/08/2002 11:00PM

Female line points to class


LAS VEGAS - Aviance (by Northfields) and Chimes of Freedom (Private Account) are becoming quite a powerful mother-daughter act.

Aviance is the dam of Denon (Pleasant Colony), who finished second to With Anticipation last Saturday in the United Nations Handicap. Denon had won the Charles Whittingham Handicap in his previous start and last year won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau.

Aviance's daughter Chimes of Freedom is the dam of Good Journey (Nureyev), whose explosive late kick propelled him to victory in the Firecracker Handicap, and is also the dam of stakes winner Aldebaran (Mr. Prospector), who finished second in this year's Metropolitan Handicap. Chimes of Freedom also produced stakes winner Tomisue's Indy (A.P. Indy).

Aviance is also the dam of stakes winner Imperfect Circle (Riverman), the dam of Breeders' Cup Mile winner and promising young stallion Spinning World. Like Spinning World, Good Journey is by Nureyev, unquestionably one of Northern Dancer's most influential and successful sons at stud.

With Spinning World's young runners faring well around the globe, Good Journey will be highly sought-after when his racing career is over at the end of the year. Trainer Wally Dollase has said that Good Journey will have only about three more starts before his retirement, and his last race will be in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park.

It should come as no surprise that Aviance, Chimes of Freedom, and Imperfect World have become prominent broodmares. They descend from a female line that has had a profound influence over multiple generations. They epitomize what class in the dam is all about.

Aviance, a foal of 1982, is by Northfields, a half-brother to champion European miler Habitat, by Northern Dancer. Aviance defeated males in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes, and her dam, Minnie Hauk (Sir Ivor), was stakes-placed in Ireland. Bred to Sadler's Wells, Minnie Hauk produced Chief Contender, winner of four races in France, including the Group 1 Prix du Cadran Stakes and Group 2 Prix Kergorlay.

Minnie Hauk is one of nine siblings out of the remarkable Best in Show (Traffic Judge), 1982 Broodmare of the Year, and the foundation mare from where all this class emanated. Best in Show, a foal of 1965, was slow to develop as a 2-year-old, not winning a maiden race until her 10th start.

Best in Show finished second to Sweet Tooth (who would go on to produce Alydar) early in her 3-year-old year at Hialeah, and earned black type by winning the Comely Stakes over Heartland and Hasty Matelda, who had previously won the Gardenia Stakes. But like so many fillies who were either unraced or showed minor ability on the track, Best in Show became an exceptional broodmare.

Three by Northern Dancer

Sex Appeal (Buckpasser), who was the first foal out of Best in Show, was unraced, but became a legend in Europe, producing two champions and three stakes winners. One of them, El Gran Senor (Northern Dancer), was champion 2-year-old in England and Ireland. He won the 2000 Guineas and was narrowly defeated by Secreto in the Epsom Derby. El Gran Senor rebounded to win the Irish Derby and was England's champion 3-year-old.

At stud, El Gran Senor's better runners include Rodrigo de Triano, who was champion 2-year-old in England and champion 3-year-old in England and Ireland. El Gran Senor also sired Lit de Justice, stakes-placed in Europe at 2, who became a champion sprinter at age 6 in the United States, winning the 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint. Among El Gran Senor's many stakes winners are the versatile Helmsman, a champion at 2 in Ireland who also captured the Strub Stakes in the U.S.; George Augustus, champion older male in Ireland and Germany; and Flowing, champion 3-year-old filly and older mare in Ireland.

Try My Best, also by Northern Dancer and out of Sex Appeal, was champion 2-year-old in England and Ireland in 1977 and was champion miler at 3 in Ireland. Try My Best also had a successful career at stud, siring Last Tycoon, winner of the 1986 Breeders' Cup Mile.

Sex Appeal's third stakes winner was Solar (Halo), who also became a stakes-producing broodmare. Another son by Northern Dancer, Compliance, was stakes-placed in Europe, and became one of the most successful stallions based in New York. Compliance sired the stakes-winning full brothers Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar.

Quartet of stakes winners

While Minnie Hauk and Sex Appeal did not win a stakes, Best in Show did produce four stakes winners. They include Monroe, Gielgud, and Malinowski (all by Sir Ivor), and Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom).

Monroe and Blush With Pride have started their own dynasties as well. Monroe is the dam of four stakes winners (champion Xaar, Masterclass, Diese, and Ile de Jinsky) and two stakes-placed runners, including Didicoy, the dam of stakes winners Didina and Espionage.

Blush With Pride, who won the Kentucky Oaks among her many stakes victories, produced stakes winners Better Than Honour (Deputy Minister) and Smolensk (Danzig).

Yet another unraced daughter of Best in Show, Nijinsky's Best (Nijinsky II), proved again that a filly doesn't have to run or be a champion to become a valuable broodmare. Bred to Jade Hunter, Nijinsky's Best produced Grade 1 winner Yagli.

With Good Journey, Denon, and Aldebaran, this extraordinary female family is enjoying a banner year.