Updated on 09/17/2011 12:44PM

Freshman Sires - Part 2: C


LAS VEGAS - This is part two of a series on the freshman sires of 2004, with particular emphasis on how to bet their offspring. The sires' names are followed by their pedigree and the state in which they stand.

Cape Canaveral (Mr. Prospector-Seaside Attraction, Seattle Slew), Kentucky. By one of the world's great stallions and a noted sire of sires, stakes winner Cape Canaveral is out of a Kentucky Oaks winner, Seaside Attraction, also the dam of stakes winners Cape Town, Red Carnival, and Cape Canaveral's full sister, champion 2-year-old filly Golden Attraction. Cape Canaveral's high speed reflected his brilliant pedigree and his juveniles should be off to a flying start in the early-season baby sprints.

Cat Thief (Storm Cat-Train Robbery, Alydar), Kentucky. While Cat Thief won only three stakes in his 30 career starts (but placed in 14 others), the one that will be remembered is his upset victory in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic. Cat Thief won a maiden race at Saratoga as a juvenile, and also won the Breeders' Futurity. He was bred to an above-average book of mares, and his runners should be especially good at 3 at middle distances. But since Cat Thief did win at 2, they should also have enough speed to be competitive as juveniles, especially in the fall

Catienus (Storm Cat-Diamond City, Mr. Prospector), New York. A winner at 2 and 3 in Europe, Catienus won 1 of 3 starts in the U.S. at age 4. He became a stakes winner at 5, but was never better than when he finished second in the Suburban behind Behrens and second in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap behind Running Stag. His third dam, Cathy Honey, was one of 1970's best 3-year-old fillies, winning the Acorn Stakes and finishing second in the Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks. Cathy Honey produced Aloma, the dam of the 1982 Preakness Stakes winner, Aloma's Ruler. With speed on both sides of his pedigree, his runners should have good speed and be effective at 2.

Chief Seattle (Seattle Slew-Skatingonthinice, Icecapade), Kentucky. Chief Seattle raced only at 2, but was brilliant in his short career, winning a maiden race at Saratoga by 9 3/4 lengths and finishing second in both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes. Chief Seattle has all the tools to be a top sire of 2-year-olds: Catienus's pedigree is rife with speed influences and he showed that brilliance as a racehorse.

Chullo (Equalize-Que Ilusion, Cipayo), California. While he may not be familiar in this country, Chullo was an exceptional racehorse in Argentina, where he was the 1997 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old. He was a Group 1 winner from one mile to 1 5/8 miles. His sire, Equalize, is a grandson of Northern Dancer, and was a major-league grass horse, winning the United Nations, Red Smith, and Canadian Turf handicaps. While his offspring will win on dirt, they should really blossom into solid runners at 3, especially on turf.

Classic Cat (Mountain Cat-Sahsie, Forli), Florida. Stakes placed at 2, Classic Cat won three stakes at 3, including the Lexington, Ohio Derby, and Remington Park Derby. He was also second in the Super Derby behind Arch, and finished third in the Preakness to Real Quiet and Victory Gallop. Classic Cat has a balanced pedigree with speed from his grandsire, Storm Cat, and stamina from the male influences in his female family, including Forli.

Commendable (Gone West-Bought Twice, In Reality), Kentucky. With a pedigree top-heavy with brilliant influences (Gone West, In Reality, and Dr. Fager), Commendable was the unlikely winner of one of the strangest renewals of the Belmont Stakes, in 2000. A chestnut, he finished second in the Super Derby to Tiznow and third in the Travers Stakes behind Unshaded and Albert the Great. Make no mistake, however, about this horse's potential as a stallion. His appeal stems not only from the natural speed inherited from Gone West and In Reality, but also from the unusually high class of his female family. His dam is a half-sister to five stakes winners, most notably Fappiano, and stakes winners Honour and Glory, Quiet American, and Ogygian also come from this prolific family. Commendable will be attractive to breeders worldwide because of the spectacular versatility in his pedigree. Gone West and In Reality were major stakes winners on dirt, and became influential stallions, siring stakes winners on dirt, wet tracks, and especially on grass. Commendable will certainly sire a large number of winners on dirt, but because he was ideally bred for turf, Commendable is another hidden turf sire. His runners will most likely be overlooked on that surface, providing betting opportunities until the public catches on.

Crowd Pleaser (A.P. Indy-Creaking Board, Night Shift), Maryland. Followers of trainer Jonathan Sheppard will undoubtedly remember the exploits of Crowd Pleaser, who developed into a stakes winner on turf after beginning his career on dirt. At 3, he won the Saranac Handicap, Virginia Derby, and Calder Derby, all on grass. Crowd Pleaser is by A.P. Indy, who gets runners on all surfaces, and is out of a mare by Night Shift, a strong turf influence who happens to be a full brother to champion racemare and broodmare Fanfreluche. The key to Crowd Pleaser's runners: distance and turf.