Updated on 09/17/2011 12:52PM

Freshman sires - Part 4: H-K


LAS VEGAS - This is the fourth part of a series on the 2004 freshman sires, with particular emphasis on how to play their offspring. Listed alphabetically, the sires are followed by their pedigree and the state or country where they stand.

High Yield (Storm Cat-Scoop the Gold, Forty Niner). Kentucky and Australia. Storm Cat has proven to be a sire of sires, and he still has an untold number of young sons with huge potential at stud, including High Yield. High Yield won the Hopeful Stakes and placed in four other major stakes at 2; he won the Blue Grass and Fountain of Youth Stakes at 3. His stakes-winning dam is a half-sister to Forest Flower, a champion filly at 2 in England and champion at 3 in Ireland. Standing at Ashford Stud, High Yield was bred to quality mares, and his runners should have good speed and win early at 2. Like the majority of sons by Storm Cat, High Yield should be considered a hidden turf sire.

Impeachment (Deputy Minister-Misconduct, Criminal Type). Florida. Impeachment finished third in the 2000 Kentucky Derby behind Fusaichi Pegasus and Aptitude. He did not win a stakes, but finished second in the Tampa Bay Derby and third in the Preakness and Arkansas Derby. By 25-year-old Deputy Minister, a world-class sire who was a Horse of the Year in Canada and U.S. champion at 2, Impeachment is out of a half-sister to champion sprinter Gold Beauty, the dam of Dayjur and Maplejinsky. Impeachment could follow in the footsteps of Open Forum, another unheralded son of Deputy Minister, who was a top freshman sire in 2001. Impeachment had much more stamina than Open Forum, and expect Impeachment's runners to win at middle distances.

Indy Film (A.P. Indy-Foresta, Alydar). California. While he never won a race in 10 starts, Indy Film finished second to Aptitude at 1 1/16 miles in only his second start. Indy Film is a half-brother to the dam of Victory U. S. A. and his foals should develop late and will be better stretching out at 3.

Intidab (Phone Trick-Alqwani, Mr. Prospector). New York. He sported an American dirt pedigree, but Intidab raced in England and the United Arab Emirates, on turf and dirt, until he came to the U.S. at age 6. Intidab ran to his high-speed pedigree when he won the A Phenomenon Handicap over subsequent sprint champion Artax and also won the Eillo Stakes. He added the True North Stakes at 7. His foals should have abundant speed and be precocious juveniles.

Irish Conquest (Conquistador Cielo-Irish Colors, Hoist the Flag). New York. Irish Conquest finished third in the Illinois Derby and Lafayette Stakes at 3, but did not win a stakes until he was 5, when he captured the seven-furlong Deputy Minister Handicap. Most sons of Conquistador Cielo have speed (Marquetry, Wagon Limit, Lexicon), so expect Irish Conquest's 2-year-olds to have speed as well.

Joe Who (Jolly Quick-Jour du Soleil, Big Lark). Louisiana. A champion miler at 3 and 4 in Brazil, Joe Who was imported to the U.S. at 5, winning two stakes and setting a one-mile record of 1:33.20 on the Del Mar turf. He also won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap and the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6. His offspring should have speed and win on all surfaces, but should have a preference for turf.

Kelly Kip, (Kipper Kelly-Marianne Theresa, John's Gold). New York. The speedy Kelly Kip was trained by Allen Jerkens. Kelly Kip's fourth dam, Lullah, was unraced but is a full sister to Handsome Boy and Blessing Angelica, both Jerkens-trained stakes winners. Kelly Kip won the Sanford, Tremont, and Huntington Stakes at 2 and the Forest Hills Handicap at 3. He was at his best at 5, when he captured five stakes, including the Frank J. De Francis Memorial, A Phenomenon Handicap, and Bold Ruler Handicap, where he set a track record for six furlongs at Aqueduct of 1:07.61. With this kind of speed, Kelly Kip should be a superior sire of 2-year-olds.

King of the Hunt (Seattle Slew-Alydar's Promise, Alydar). California. A full brother to successful California-based stallion General Meeting, King of the Hunt won one race in three lifetime starts. In that maiden victory, he defeated future stakes winners Five Star Day and Freespool, and his runners should do well in sprints.

King's Best (Kingmambo-Allegretta, Lombard). Ireland. It will be rare to see any of King's Best's offspring in the U.S., although runners from the first crops of European-based Fasliyev and Cape Cross raced in this country in 2003. King's Best's most important victory was England's 2000 Guineas, where he defeated the mighty Giant's Causeway. King's Best is a half-brother to Urban Sea, a champion older female in France who defeated males in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Urban Sea became a special broodmare, producing champions Galileo, Urban Ocean, and Black Sam Bellamy, and group-placed Melikah. King's Best's runners are strictly bred for grass and should be much better stretching out to classic distances at age 3.