Updated on 09/17/2011 8:34PM

Freshman stallions: A to B

Black Minnaloushe, Aptitude (above), and Albert the Great - all stakes winners - are among the key first-year sires of 2005.

LAS VEGAS - For the seventh straight year, Pedigree Handicapping begins its annual multi-part series on the new class of freshman sires, with emphasis on how to bet their offspring.

The "glamour" first-crop sires this year include Tiznow and Point Given, each Horse of the Year. Runners from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos also will attract attention, as will 2-year-olds by accomplished stakes winners Albert the Great, Aptitude, and Black Minnaloushe.

While anticipation is high for the offspring of these high-profile stallions, they may be late-maturing horses who will do their best running at age 3 and 4, when they stretch out to distances over one mile.

Every year, however, there are freshman sires who fall under the radar but whose 2-year-olds offer great value because they were bred to get precocious, win-early types.

Included in this category in 2004 were: Successful Appeal, Yes It's True, Cape Canaveral, Precise End, Bernstein, Old Topper, Sweetsouthernsaint, Catienus, Straight Man, Dance Master, and Lion Hearted. Their offspring were expected to be best at 2, because their speed would be most effective then.

So, who are the under-the-radar freshman sires to watch this year?

Once again, stallions who either showed high speed on the racetrack or have abundant speed in their pedigrees should get off to the quickest starts at stud. The list includes: Brahms, Certain, City Zip, Delaware Township, Disco Rico, Dixie Dot Com, El Corredor, Five Star Day, Flame Thrower, Forest Camp, Hollycombe, Put It Back, Snuck In, Songandaprayer, Talk Is Money, and Trippi.

Freshman sires are listed alphabetically with their pedigree, the state or country where they stand, and their designation (SP means speed; ST stamina; T turf; HT hidden turf):

Adios My Friend (Maria's Mon-Adios, Devil's Bag), New York: A winner of 4 of 17 starts, he is by a 2-year-old champion who sired Monarchos. His dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Secret Hello, Silent Account, Hadif, and By Your Leave. His statebred runners will move up on grass as he has a hidden turf pedigree, top and bottom (HTx2).

Albert the Great (Go for Gin-Bright Feather, Fappiano), Kentucky: The best runner by Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin, Albert the Great got better with age and his offspring should also be most effective at 3 and 4. But Go for Gin and his sire, Cormorant, both had speed, and Albert the Great's 2-year-olds might surprise early. Go for Gin is a strong HT sire and Albert's runners should offer value on turf (SP and HT).

Aptitude (A.P. Indy-Dokki, Northern Dancer), Kentucky: Second in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, Aptitude was a good 3-year-old, but like most sons of A.P. Indy, blossomed at 4. His runners should also be best at 3 and 4, and are ideally bred for races at classic distances (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 miles). A half-brother to stakes winner Sleep Easy, Aptitude's dam is a half-sister to multiple champion Slew o' Gold and Belmont winner Coastal (ST).

Aramus (Storm Bird-Nymphea, General Assembly), Kentucky: A winner of only a maiden race from four starts, Aramus was not bred to major broodmares and the quality of his offspring is suspect. Bred for turf top and bottom (Tx2).

Austinpower (Sunday Silence-Eishin Austin, Seattle Slew), Florida: Possessing a powerhouse pedigree, Austinpower raced only twice, running third both times. A rare son of Sunday Silence (Halo) to stand in the U.S., Austinpower is from a dam who is a half-sister to the magnificent champions Glorious Song, Devil's Bag, and late Saint Ballado. Austinpower's offspring should be dramatically better on grass than dirt (HT).

Austin Powers (Sadler's Wells-Guess Again, Stradavinsky), Kentucky: His runners will have little impact on dirt at any age. His sire's offspring thrive at 10 furlongs and beyond on grass (ST and T).

Bestyoucanbe (Danzig-Sky Beauty, Blushing Groom), Venezuela: Winner of a only maiden race in nine starts, Bestyoucanbe never lived up to his pedigree. His foals should be best on turf (HTx2).

Bienamado (Bien Bien-Nakterjal, Vitiges), California: By a strong influence of stamina and turf, Bienamado ran to his fine pedigree, and his runners will be best-suited to long-distance European races on grass. Of note, his second dam is a half-sister to champion Nureyev (ST and T).

Black Minnaloushe (Storm Cat-Coral Dance, Green Dancer), Kentucky. Undefeated at 2 (on grass), he was a champion at 3 in Ireland. He is a half-brother to Pennekamp, a 2-year-old champion in France, as well as Charles H. Strub winner Nasr El Arab. His offspring should have speed and compete best strictly on turf (SP and T).

Brahms (Danzig-Queena, Mr. Prospector), Kentucky: Like most sons of Danzig, Brahms was best on grass and inherited high speed from both Danzig and Mr. Prospector. His offspring should win early on all surfaces, but prove best on turf (SPx2 and T).

Broken Vow (Unbridled-Wedding Vow, Nijinsky II). Kentucky: While runners by Unbridled are renowned for stamina, a curious pattern is developing regarding his young sons as stallions. Runners by Unbridled's Song and Grindstone have shown speed, and with the exception of Birdstone, have been most effective up to 1 1/16 miles. Broken Vow, however, gets more stamina from his damsire, Nijinsky II, and I expect his runners to be effective at distances over a mile (ST).

Bush Won (Mercedes Won-Toes Forward, Your Alibhai), Arkansas: A half-brother to Kissin Kris, Bush Won is bred for much more speed (by Hopeful Stakes winner Mercedes Won), and his Arkansas-bred foals should be best as sprinter-milers (SP).