Updated on 09/17/2011 1:57PM

Freshman sires - Part 6: P-S


LAS VEGAS - This is Part 6 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.

Precise End (End Sweep-Precisely, Summing). New York. As a son of the deceased strong speed influence End Sweep, Precise End matured quickly at 2 to win the Display Stakes and place in the Cowdin Stakes. He won the Bay Shore and finished second in the Withers Stakes. His New York-bred foals will be win-early types and will be best sprinting from five to seven furlongs. Some could get 1 1/16 miles under ideal circumstances.

River Keen (Keen-Immediate Impact, Caerleon). New York. From the sire line of strong turf influence Sharpen Up and out of a mare by Caerleon (Nijinsky II), River Keen was naturally expected to be a grass runner, but found success on dirt at age 5, when he scored his first stakes win, in the Californian. He had his best year at age 7, winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Woodward Stakes, and Bel Air Handicap. While his New York-bred runners should also win on dirt, they are still bred for turf. His sire, Keen, is a full brother to world-class turf stallion, Diesis and Kris.

Royal Anthem (Theatrical-In Neon, Ack Ack). Kentucky. As expected from a son of the late-maturing grass sire Theatrical (Nureyev), Royal Anthem was unraced at 2, but developed into a multiple stakes winner at 3 on turf, winning the King Edward II Stakes and Canadian International Stakes. A high-class racehorse, he also finished third to Swain and High-Rise in the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (ahead of Daylami). At age 4, he won the Juddmonte International Stakes and finished second to Daylami in both the Coronation Cup and Breeders' Cup Turf. He is out of 1998 Broodmare of the Year In Neon, and is a half-brother to stakes winners Sharp Cat and Star Recruit. Bred to go long on turf, his runners will be at a disadvantage sprinting at age 2 on dirt, but they should assert themselves at 3 on grass.

Running Stag (Cozzene-Fruhlingstag, Orsini II). Florida. The globe-trotting Running Stag finished third the Woodward Stakes at 4, and was best at 5, winning the Brooklyn and Saratoga Breeders' Cup handicaps. He also finished second in the Massachusetts Handicap and Hong Kong Cup (on turf). Although his runners should be versatile and win on all surfaces, they will ultimately prove best on grass.

Silic (Sillery-Balletomane, Sadler's Wells). Kentucky. From the Blushing Groom sire line and out of a mare by Sadler's Wells, Silic was bred strictly for grass and blossomed into a top turf miler at age 4, when he won three stakes races, culminating with the Breeders' Cup Mile. His runners should have little impact at 2, especially if they are raced on dirt, but will show dramatic improvement as older runners on grass.

Six Below (Seattle Sleet-Sixy Minister, Deputy Minister). California. Unraced at 2 and 3, Six Below won two of his three lifetime starts, and finished third in the San Pasqual Handicap behind Dixie Dot Com and Budroyale in his final start. From the Seattle Slew sire line and the female family that produced the high-class French star Gyr, Six Below's 2-year-olds should show above-average speed in Cal-bred races.

Stephen Got Even (A.P. Indy-Immerse, Cox's Ridge). Kentucky. Second in his only race at 2, Stephen Got Even matured slowly for trainer Nick Zito, and won the Gallery Furniture.com Stakes and also finished third in the Woodward Stakes. He won the Grade 1 Donn Handicap in his only race at 4 before an injury ended his career. His pedigree is loaded with middle-distance runners, and, like the majority of A.P. Indy's offspring, Stephen Got Even's foals should be slow to develop at 2 and be best beyond one mile at age 3. Stephen Got Even's third dam, Avum, is a half-sister to 2-year-old champion Lord Avie.

Straight Man (Saint Ballado-Brilliant Melody, Cornish Prince). Florida. With speed from both sides of his pedigree, Straight Man finished second in the Malibu Stakes and finally became a stakes winner at age 4, when he won the Churchill Downs Handicap. His sales yearlings brought much higher prices than his moderate $6,000 stud fee implies they would. His runners are bred to do well sprinting at age 2, but will be hard-pressed to be as brilliant beyond 1 1/16 miles.

Successful Appeal (Valid Appeal-Successful Dancer, Fortunate Prospect). Florida. This is a stallion born to be a major sire of fast 2-year-olds. Valid Appeal (In Reality) had phenomenal success as a sire of precocious and quick horses, and two of his sons, Valid Expectations and Valid Wager, are successful 2-year-old and sprint sires. A stakes-winning sprinter/miler who won the Cowdin, Withers, Kentucky Cup Sprint, and Amsterdam stakes, and A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Success-ful Appeal's Florida-bred runners will be best up to seven furlongs.

Sweetsouthernsaint (Saint Ballado-Sweetsoutherncross, Tri Jet). Florida. Another speedy son of Saint Ballado, Sweetsouthernsaint was undefeated in three starts at 2, including a victory in the What a Pleasure Stakes. Injured in his only start at 3 in the Holy Bull Stakes, he still finished third behind Cape Town and Comic Strip. With high speed from Saint Ballado and his damsire Tri Jet (sire of Copelan), Sweetsouthernsaint's runners should be fast 2-year-olds. Expect Sweetsouthernsaint to be among Florida's leading freshman sires.