Updated on 09/18/2011 1:17AM

Forest Camp's progeny solid first time out

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Point Determined, left, wins the Affirmed at Hollywood. Point Givens should get better with age and distance.

Bay Meadows

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has a promising 2-year-old filly in Mattie Camp, who won her career debut, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race on June 7, by two lengths in 52.01 seconds. Mattie Camp is from the second crop of Forest Camp, who was a stakes-winning juvenile for Bob Baffert. Forest Camp got off to a dynamic start last year as a freshman sire, and his offspring inherited his speed and precociousness. Like Forest Camp, they prefer distances up to 1 1/16 miles and often are solid bets first time out. Mattie Camp is out of the Major Impact mare Mattie Kate, a half-sister to Baby Zip, the dam of Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and City Zip. Armed with this information, pedigree handicappers had a decided edge in playing this race. Mattie Camp returned $8.80 in a five-horse field.

* Good Time'n Dixie, a 3-year-old filly making her first start in a field that included older fillies and mares, won a six-furlong maiden race on June 10 by six lengths as the 2-1 favorite. By Yankee Victor, a young son of the late Saint Ballado who is doing well at stud, she is out of the Dixieland Band mare Dixie Bay, a half-sister to stakes winner Lindsay Jean (by Saint Ballado). Good Time'n Dixie is an example of a well-bred filly who has unlimited potential as a broodmare. Her third dam, Oceana, is a full sister to European champion Storm Bird (the sire of Storm Cat and Summer Squall) as well as stakes winner Northernette.

Belmont

Salty and Saintly, a 3-year-old colt by Pulpit, won a one-mile maiden race on June 7, and his dam, the Southern Halo mare One Wild Ride, is a half-sister to Banshee Winds, the dam of champion Banshee Breeze.

* Family Phipps and trainer Shug McGaughey may have another star filly in the making. Pine Island, a 3-year-old filly by Arch, won her career debut on March 9 on the Gulfstream turf, lighting up the tote board at 29-1 despite her extraordinary pedigree. Making just her second start and dismissed again by bettors at 8-1, Pine Island won a nine-furlong allowance on June 8 by 5 1/2 lengths over a sealed wet surface in a race originally scheduled for turf. By hidden turf sire Arch (Kris S.), Pine Island is out of Matlacha Pass, a filly who showed big talent, winning 2 of 3 starts before an injury necessitated an early retirement, and she joined the elite Phipps broodmares. A full sister to stakes winner Country Hideaway and last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff winner, Pleasant Home, Matlacha Pass was considered their equal, if not better, but never had the chance to show it.

* Trainer Nick Zito won an optional claiming allowance at 1 1/16 miles on June 9 with 3-year-old Regent Spirit, a son of Concerto (sire of Bellamy Road) who is a half-brother to stakes winners Diligence and Win Crafty Lady, the dam of Graeme Hall, Harmony Lodge, and Wins Fair Lady. Zito also trained Diligence, who won his career debut by a city block at Saratoga. A homebred for George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable, Regent Spirit gets his gray color from damsire, Al Hattab, who was a stakes winner from the very good 1966 foal crop that included Arts and Letters, Majestic Prince, Top Knight, and Reviewer.

* Here come the Point Givens. Horse of the Year at 3, Point Given was not expected to have offspring who would make much of an impact as 2-year-olds; they would instead develop with maturity and longer distances. Point Determined won the Affirmed Stakes at Hollywood Park on June 17, and Point Given had two maiden winners from his first crop within two days at Belmont Park. On June 10, Taken Not Given, a 3-year-old colt out of the Trempolino mare Sunlit Silence, won a nine-furlong maiden race on turf, paying $59.50. The following day, Point Spread, a first-time starter out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Schaum's Class, won a six-furlong maiden race, returning $9.90. I tabbed Point Given as a hidden turf sire last year because even though he achieved his success on dirt, his sire line (Thunder Gulch-Gulch-Mr. Prospector) has been highly successful as sires of grass winners as well as dirt.

Calder

Causeway to Heaven is the latest offspring of for Giant's Causeway to win a maiden race on turf. A 3-year-old filly out of the Wavering Monarch mare Michelle's Monarch, Causeway to Heaven is a half-sister to stakes winner Platinum Tiara. Her third dam is a half-sister to Desert Trial, the dam of champion Desert Vixen and her full brother, the influential stallion Valid Appeal.

Churchill

Buckeye Buddy, a 4-year-old gelding by Horse Chestnut, won a 1 1/16-mile allowance on turf on June 7, and he comes from a productive female family. His second dam, Paperback Habit, is a half-sister to Devine Pet (the dam of stakes winner Richter Scale and recent Hill Prince Stakes winner Outperformance) and Ubetshedid (the dam of Best Pal, a major stakes winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up).

Hollywood

Stylish Wildcat won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on June 10, and the 3-year-old filly by Forest Wildcat is closely related to Hennessy (Storm Cat). Stylish Wildcat is by a son of Storm Cat, and in addition, her second dam is multiple stakes winner Family Style. Her third dam, Sharp Kitty, is a half-sister to Island Kitty, the dam of Hennessy. This is also the prolific family that produced Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note.