05/27/2007 11:00PM

First of many likely winners for Aldebaran



Aldebaran was the 2003 champion sprinter when he captured the Metropolitan, Forego, San Carlos, Churchill Downs, and Tom Fool handicaps, and he is one of this year's freshman stallions. On May 17, Ascot Hall became Aldebaran's first winner when he won a five-furlong maiden race, paying $14. Ascot Hall is a 2-year-old colt out of the Unbridled's Song mare Look for Good, and his second dam is a full sister to Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner Stocks Up. You can expect to see many precocious babies by Aldebaran, a son of the late Mr. Prospector.

* Bishop's Back won a six-furlong maiden race on May 19. The 3-year-old colt is by Put It Back, who was undefeated at age 3 in five starts, including victories in the Riva Ridge and Best Turn stakes. Put It Back's best runner thus far is Smokey Stover, who is generally considered to be this year's leading sprinter. Bishop's Back is out of the Sawbones mare Bishop's Delight, and his second dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Handsome Boy (who defeated Buckpasser in the 1967 Brooklyn Handicap) and the fleet stakes-winning filly Blessing Angelica.

* Teammate, an A.P. Indy filly, won the Shuvee Handicap on May 19, overhauling favorite Sugar Shake in the stretch. Out of a stakes-winning Rubiano mare, Starry Dreamer, Teammate is a three-quarter sister to Ecclesiastic (by Pulpit), who won the Jaipur Handicap on May 27 at 24-1. Ecclesiastic also won the 2005 renewal of the Jaipur.

* Magical Mona is a New York-bred to keep an eye on. A 3-year-old filly by Millennium Wind, she won a six-furlong maiden race on May 20 and is out of a Gone West mare who traces directly to Numbered Account, the 1971 2-year-old filly champion who was also a top broodmare, producing Private Account, Dance Number, and Polish Numbers. Millennium Wind won the Blue Grass Stakes and is a half-brother to the 1999 Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic, and to stakes winner Tossofthecoin.

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Lattice won a 1 1/16-mile allowance on the turf on May 18. The 3-year-old filly is perfectly bred for grass, being by Arch and out of a Rahy mare. Her dam, Lateral, is out of the unraced Northern Dancer mare Northabout, a half-sister to champion Slew o' Gold, Belmont Stakes winner Coastal, and Dokki, the dam of Aptitude.

* Authenticate, an unraced son of Gone West, is another freshman sire who has gotten off to a quick start. His 2-year-old colt Dr. Nick won his debut in a five-furlong maiden race on May 19, paying $15.80. Dr. Nick is out of the Affirmed mare La Riviera and descends from a stakes-winning Tartan Farm mare, Arachne, the dam of Acaroid and Arachnoid. Authenticate, who stands in Texas, is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning mare Lakeway.


You will be hearing more from Dryandwry, a 3-year-old colt who won a six-furlong maiden race in his first start, on May 19, by 7 1/2 lengths. Dryandwry is by Distorted Humor and is out of the Ogygian mare Madame Saddam, whose dam is a multiple stakes winner, Herecomesthebride.

* Include was one of last year's promising freshman stallions whose runners were expected to get better with maturity and distance this year at 3. On May 18, the Include filly Panty Raid won the nine-furlong Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, and Include's offspring are winning around the country, especially in races over one mile, on all surfaces.


Full Mandate joins the list of freshman sires who have early winners in May. Thoroughly, a 2-year-old colt by Full Mandate, won a five-furlong maiden claiming race on May 16. Full Mandate, a minor stakes winner by A.P. Indy, stands in Florida and is out of Clear Mandate, who won three Grade 1 events: the Spinster Stakes, and the John A. Morris and Shuvee handicaps.

* Isipingo won a nine-furlong maiden race on the turf on May 19. He is by a superior grass influence, Horse Chestnut, and out of the Woodman mare Lover's Lover. His second dam, Bravemie, is a full sister to Miesque, a champion and two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner. Isipingo is inbred to the influential Special through her offspring Fairy Bridge (dam of Sadler's Wells) and champion Nureyev.

* Sky Cape won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race on May 20, lighting up the tote board at $145.60 and causing an $850,466 pick six carryover. Sky Cape is by freshman sire Najran, who had uncommon speed. Najran equaled the world record and established a Belmont track record on dirt winning the 2003 Westchester Handicap in 1:32.24. He also won the six-furlong Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes in 1:08.32. Najran was tabbed to be a promising win-early sire in my annual series on the freshman stallions back in January.