Updated on 09/17/2011 12:50PM

Freshman sires - Part 3: D-G


LAS VEGAS - This is Part 3 in 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.

Dance Master (Gone West-Nijinsky's Lover, Nijinsky II), Florida. Gone West is fast becoming a sire of sires, with such outstanding sons as Grand Slam and Elusive Quality. Because Dance Master showed precocious speed at 2, winning the Bashford Manor Stakes, his runners should be very quick at 2. His third dam is a half-sister to 1969 2-year-old champion, Silent Screen.

David (Mt. Livermore-Fateful Beauty, Turkoman), New York. One of the best New York-breds of recent years, David won the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes at 2, New York Derby at 3, and then stepped out of statebred company to finish second in the San Bernardino Handicap and third in the Massachusetts Handicap and Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup. David's runners should be best from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on dirt, and he is also a hidden turf sire because he has some strong turf influences up close in his pedigree, most notably Blushing Groom, Turkoman, and Codex. His second dam is a half-sister to champion sprinter Gold Beauty, the dam of Dayjur and Maplejinsky.

Dixie Union (Dixieland Band-She's Tops, Capote), Kentucky. Dixie Union is in position to be a major stallion. By one of Northern Dancer's best sons at stud, Dixie Union has a third dam who is a half-sister to Fall Aspen, 1994 Broodmare of the Year and dam of a remarkable nine high-quality stakes winners. Dixie Union was a classy juvenile, winning the Norfolk and Best Pal Stakes and Hollywood Juvenile Championship. At 3, he won the Malibu Stakes and carried his speed 1 1/8 miles to win the Haskell Invitational Handicap. I expect Dixie Union to be among 2004's top five freshman sires.

Down the Aisle (Runaway Groom-That's My Hon, L'Enjoleur), Kentucky. Canadian champion and Travers Stakes winner Runaway Groom is a vastly underrated stallion whose stakes winners include Cherokee Run, Wekiva Springs, Najran, Groomstick, The Groom Is Red, and Down the Aisle. Down the Aisle's runners should develop slowly, be better at distances over seven furlongs, and be superior on grass, just like the offspring of his sire.

Five Star Day (Carson City-Reggie V, Vanlandingham), Kentucky. Five Star Day is one of Carson City's best sons, and inherited his sire's brilliant speed, winning the Vanderbilt Handicap in 1:08.40 and the Phoenix Breeders' Cup in 1:07.80. Because of this speed, Five Star Day has the potential to be an explosive sire of 2-year-olds. His runners should be best from five to seven furlongs.

Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr. Prospector-Angel Fever, Danzig), Kentucky. The only son of Mr. Prospector to win the Kentucky Derby, Fusaichi Pegasus is one of the stars of this year's freshman sires. Bred to the cr?me dela cr?me of broodmares, his foals should be of the highest quality and will develop into major 3-year-olds. Because they are grandsons of Mr. Prospector, they should begin to show their talent at 2, especially late in the year. Fusaichi Pegasus's dam, Angel Fever, is a full sister to Pine Bluff and half-sister to Demons Begone, and the immortal Ruffian comes from this exceptional female family.

Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, Rahy), Kentucky. A champion at 3 in England and Ireland, Giant's Causeway will always be remembered for his stirring neck loss to Tiznow in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic in his only dirt start. The combination of his outstanding race record, high-profile pedigree, and extraordinary physical appearance make Giant's Causeway one of this year's glamour freshman sires. His runners should win on all surfaces, but be especially proficient on turf. Like Fusaichi Pegasus, he was bred to an exceptional book of mares and has been given every opportunity to succeed at stud.

Golden Missile (A.P. Indy-Santa Catalina, Cure the Blues), Kentucky. Like many runners by A.P. Indy (such as Mineshaft), Golden Missile got better with age. A stakes winner at 3, 4, and 5, he blossomed into one of the best older runners of his generation at age 5, winning the Pimlico Special and Stephen Foster Handicap. He also finished second in the Donn, Kentucky Cup Classic, and Westchester Handicap, and third in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. While his runners should also be most effective stretching out at age 3 and older, some may mature earlier, at 2, if out of mares by speed influences, such as stallions from the Mr. Prospector, In Reality, and Bold Ruler sire lines.

Greenwood Lake (Meadowlake-Au Printemps, Dancing Champ), Kentucky. As expected from a son of high-speed influence Meadowlake, Greenwood Lake was a good 2-year-old, winning the Champagne and Remsen Stakes. An injury forced him into early retirement, and he should be an excellent sire of 2-year-olds. Of particular interest is his very classy female family. Greenwood Lake is a half-brother to Canadian champion Charlie Barley and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Success Express, a leading sire in Australia. With Meadowlake (Hold Your Peace) and Dancing Champ (Nijinsky II) up close in his pedigree, Greenwood Lake is another hidden turf sire and his runners will offer tremendous value when they show up on grass.