09/09/2007 11:00PM

French Deputy colt's maiden win impresses


Del Mar

In the closing days of Del Mar, John Shirreffs unleashed a 2-year-old colt with a tremendous pedigree. Reflect Times rallied from nearly 20 lengths off the pace in next-to-last to win a six-furlong maiden race at 17-1. Reflect Times is by the unheraladed French Deputy, a stakes winner for Neil Drysdale who was only at stud in this country for a short time before being exported to Japan. Reflect Times is out of a Seeking the Gold mare from an exceptional female family. His fourth dam is Numbered Account, the 1971 2-year-old filly champion and dam of stakes winners Private Account (Damascus), Dance Number (Northern Dancer), and Polish Numbers (Danzig). Bred to Graustark, Numbered Account produced Secret Asset, the dam of multiple Group winner Assatis. Bluegrass Cat also comes from this prolific stakes-producing line.


Turf runners often perform very well on the synthetic surface Polytrack. On Aug. 31, Comedy, a 3-year-old filly by grass champion Theatrical and out of stakes winner Don't Be Silly, who is by another strong turf influence, Lord at War, just glided over the Polytrack to score a front-running 7 3/4-length victory in a one-mile maiden race. Don't Be Silly won the Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile Stakes. This is the female family that produced stakes winners Home at Last and Niner's Home.

* Isabull, a 2-year-old colt by Holy Bull who won a one-mile maiden race on Sept. 1, is out of the Miswaki mare Ms. Isadora, who hails from the female family of multiple stakes winners Ms. Eloise, Belle Noel, Belle Nuit, and Belle of Amherst. This female family was cultivated by Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson and his daughters Kathy and Karen Johnson.

Bay Meadows

Gout de Terroir won a mile maiden race on turf Sept. 2. A 3-year-old filly, she is by Lemon Drop Kid, whose offspring excel on dirt and turf. Gout de Terroir is out of the Affirmed mare Regal State, who won the prestigious Prix Morny (over males) and who placed in the Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix de la Salamandre. Regal State's best offspring was Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup winner Pleasantly Perfect.

Ellis Park

Little Stinger won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on the turf on Aug. 29 and the 2-year-old filly is by hidden turf (HT) sire Forest Wildcat and out of a mare by powerful turf influence Red Ransom. Her third dam, stakes winner Rose Crescent, is a full sister to Ile de Bourbon, a dual champion in England as a 3-year-old and older horse. Rose Crescent's half-sister, Rose Bowl, also was a champion older mare in England.


Proud Citizen is one of this year's top freshman stallions, but you can still get value on his first crop of juveniles. On Sept. 1, How Bout Tonight, a 2-year-old filly by Proud Citizen out of the Saint Ballado mare Witchful Saint won her career debut going wire-to-wire in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at 13-1.


Every maiden race for 2-year-olds on the turf takes on added significance this year because of the inaugural running of the Breeders' Cup Turf Juvenile at Monmouth. On Aug. 29, Adriano, a colt by A.P. Indy out of the Mr. Prospector mare Gold Canyon, surged to a three-length victory in an 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the grass. Adriano's second dam, Golden Treat, is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice, by grass star Theatrical.

Two colts who finished behind Adriano deserve extra consideration on turf as well. Big Al, who ran second to Adriano is from the first crop of Repent (who as a descendant of Northern Dancer qualifies as a hidden turf sire). Big Al gets lots of turf from his damsire, Alphabatim, and second damsire, grass champion Hawaii. Celestial Comet rallied to be third and has a sparkling grass pedigree. By Smart Strike, he is out of a Danzig mare who is a full sister to stakes winner and sire Boundary.

* On Aug. 31, Namaste's Wish won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the turf at 8-1. A 2-year-old filly, she is by the very good grass sire Pulpit and out of the Copelan mare Copelan's Bid Gal, making her a full sister to stakes winner Purge. Namaste's Wish paid $19.60.

* Patrick Biancone has a serious 2-year-old colt for the new Breeders' Cup Turf Juvenile in Nownownow, who won the With Anticipation Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf on Aug. 31. By first-crop sire Whywhywhy (Mr. Greeley), Nownownow is out of a mare by another strong grass influence, Exit to Nowhere (Irish River).

* Midnight Lute won the Forego Handicap at Saratoga and the 4-year-old colt by Real Quiet will be a force in whatever Breeders' Cup race he is entered - whether it is the new Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile or Breeders' Cup Sprint. Out of the Dehere mare Candytuft, Midnight Lute's third dam, Berkut, is a full sister to French champion Gyr and stakes winner Sys Superstar, the dam of Euphrosyne.