Updated on 09/17/2011 1:54PM

Freshman sires - Part 5: L-M


LAS VEGAS - This is the fifth 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.

Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo-Charming Lassie, Seattle Slew). Kentucky. Lemon Drop Kid competed at the highest level, winning Grade 1 races at 2 (Futurity Stakes), 3 (Belmont, Travers Stakes), and 4 (Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes). He was bred to be at his best stretching out in distance, and his offspring should develop as late-maturing 2-year-olds and be even more formidable at 3 and older. By Kingmambo, Lemon Drop Kid is a good example of a hidden turf sire. Because he achieved success on dirt, horseplayers will tend to dismiss his runners when they appear on turf, causing attractive overlays. Lemon Drop Kid's dam is a half-sister to 1992 Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise, the dam of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, and Honor Grades.

Lion Hearted (Storm Cat-Cadillacing, Alydar). Maryland. The Maryland breeding program has been successful standing Phipps-bred stallions, such as Polish Numbers, Not for Love, and Diamond. Lion Hearted, a half-brother to stakes winners Strolling Along and Cat Cay, is the latest Phipps-bred sire to come to Maryland. He was twice stakes placed (Riva Ridge and Amsterdam stakes), and his foals should be heard from in statebred races. Lion Hearted is by Storm Cat, the world's most popular stallion, and is out of stakes winner Cadillacing, a full sister to Easy Goer.

Littlebitlively (Lively One-Littlebitapleasure, I'ma Hell Raiser). Florida. Littlebitlively is one of three stakes winners from Littlebitapleasure, a multiple-stakes-winning dam who also produced Built for Pleasure and Herat's Pleasure. Littlebitlively's sire, Lively One, produced champion 2-year-old Answer Lively, but Lively One's runners were predominantly late-maturing types, and Littlebitlively's offspring should be late-maturing juveniles.

Luhuk (Forty Niner-Royal Stance, Dr. Fager). Kentucky. While Luhuk's first crop of U.S-breds are 2, he has actually had five crops to race in Argentina, with six Grade 1 horses in his first crop. He is the sire of the stakes-winning sprinter Avanzado. It is rare these days to see the immortal Dr. Fager up close in a pedigree. With so much speed in Luhuk's pedigree, expect his 2-year-olds to be quite precocious.

Magic Cat (Storm Cat-With a Twist, Fappiano). Texas. There seems to be a never-ending supply of Storm Cat sons entering stud, and since most are out of blue-blooded broodmares, most will get a chance to become stallions even if they did not have stellar careers or were unraced. Such is the case with Magic Cat, who won only once in 11 starts. His dam, however, was a popular stakes winner in New York, and this female line produced Majestic Prince. Magic Cat was bred for speed, and his Texas-bred foals should do well at 2.

Malibu Wesley (Storm Car-La Spia, Capote). New York. Like Magic Cat, Malibu Wesley did not accomplish much on the track, but he provides New York breeders a golden opportunity to breed to a son of Storm Cat, and is also from a significant female family, for the bargain price of $1,500. Malibu Wesley's dam, La Spia, won the Del Mar Debutante and finished second in the 1991 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, behind Pleasant Stage. Malibu Wesley's fourth dam is In the Clouds, a full sister to stakes winner Sunrise Flight (the damsire of Pleasant Colony), one of five stakes winners from multiple champion and Broodmare of the Year Misty Morn (who also produced champion 2-year-olds Bold Lad and Successor). Malibu Wesley's 2-year-olds are bred to win early, and because he is unfamiliar to horseplayers, his runners should provide value.

Millions (Dehere-Liturgism, Native Charger). New York. Millions was a good 2-year-old, winning the Laurel Futurity and finishing second in the Remsen Stakes. He failed to develop at 3 but has the potential to do well at stud, particularly as a New York-based stallion. His sire, Dehere, was a champion at 2, but, like so many U.S.-based horses, he was undervalued as a stallion and exported to Japan before his runners started winning stakes races. Millions's offspring should also do well at 2, and because of his Northern Dancer sire line, he is another hidden turf sire whose runners should return big dividends on grass.

More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman's Girl, Woodman). Kentucky. This is a freshman sire who should have a major impact with his first crop. Very precocious at 2, he won the WHAS-11 Stakes in early May, and then added the Sanford, Tremont, and Flash Stakes, and finished third in the Futurity. A sprinter-miler, he won the King's Bishop and Hutcheson Stakes at 3, and his class enabled him to finish second in the longer Blue Grass Stakes, Dwyer Stakes, and Louisiana Derby. He should be among this year's top five freshman sires.

Muqtarib (Gone West-Shicklah, The Minstrel). California. Group placed at 2 in England on turf, Muqtarib is by Gone West, one of the world's best sources of speed (on all surfaces). What makes Muqtarib so attractive as a stallion is that when he is bred to mares who have either Habitat or Northfields in their pedigree, it will create exquisite inbreeding to the superior broodmare Little Hut. While his foals may win on dirt, they should show their best on grass because of the Gone West-The Minstrel cross.

Old Topper (Gilded Time-Shy Trick, Phone Trick). California. With speed all over his pedigree, Old Topper was naturally good at 2, winning the Best Pal Stakes and placing in the Del Mar Futurity and Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes. His runners will also be best sprinting and be win-early types.