Updated on 09/17/2011 9:39PM

Freshman stallions: F to L


LAS VEGAS - This is part 3 in a series on the freshman sires of 2005, with particular emphasis on how to bet their offspring. The sires' names are followed by their pedigree and where they stand, and their designation (SP means speed; ST, stamina; T, turf; HT, hidden turf).

Fantastic Light (Rahy-Jood, Nijinsky II). England. He may be standing in Great Britain, but some of his offspring are sure to race in the United States, especially as older runners. A racehorse of the highest quality, Fantastic Light was strictly a turf horse, and his runners will also be grass horses who should improve with age and distance. If his juveniles do show up in late-season grass races, they must be given special consideration, especially over seven furlongs. (Tx2)

Five Star Day (Carson City-Reggie V, Vanlandingham). Kentucky. Offspring by Five Star Day and City Zip, two of the fastest sons of the late high-speed influence Carson City, should make an immediate impact at 2, showing off their speed in early juvenile sprints. In addition, Five Star Day's dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Marquetry. (SPx2)

Flame Thrower (Saint Ballado-Metromane, Metrograd). Florida. Winner of the Del Mar Futurity, Norfolk, and Best Pal at 2, Flame Thrower should be another son of high-speed influence Saint Ballado to be a successful sire of 2-year-olds (such as 2004 freshman sires Sweetsouthernsaint, Straight Man, and Yankee Victor). His runners should continue to be good sprinters as they mature. (SPx2)

Flaming Quest (Rainbow Quest-Nearctic Flame, Sadler's Wells). Texas. This is a stallion whose offspring would be better suited to European racing. With a pedigree top-heavy with stamina and grass, his runners will have little impact on dirt, and will just start to run at nine furlongs on turf at 3 and older. (STx2/Tx2)

Forest Camp (Deputy Minister-La Paz, Hold Your Peace). Kentucky. Winner of the Del Mar Futurity, Forest Camp was bred strictly for speed, and his runners should be excellent 2-year-olds and also have high speed as they mature. (SPx2)

Freud (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, Rahy). New York. Group-placed at 3 in England and winner of only one race in 12 starts, Freud will never be confused with his illustrious full brother Giant's Causeway. Nevertheless, because he is obscure to most players, his runners will offer tremendous value on all surfaces, especially on turf in statebred races. (HTx2)

Hollycombe (Capote-Confirm, Proudest Roman). Texas. Physical problems prevented Hollycombe from making his career debut until age 5, but he made up for lost time quickly, winning 4 of 6 starts, including the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over Flying With Eagles and Old Trieste. In a career defined by starts and stops, he finished second behind Kona Gold in the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap. Bred for speed top and bottom, his runners will also be blessed with good speed. (SPx2)

Hurricane Center (Storm Cat-Devil's Sister, Alleged). Canada. A winner of just one race in eight starts, Hurricane Center is certainly bred to be a better stallion. His unraced dam produced two stakes winners, Hishi Natalie and Blacksburg, and, more significantly, she was a half-sister to Ballade, the dam of Glorious Song, Devil's Bag, and Saint Ballado. Expect Hurricane Center's runners to have more of an impact on grass. (HTx2)

Jazz Club (Dixieland Band-Hidden Garden, Mr. Prospector). Maryland. Jazz Club could be the next big stallion in Maryland. By the same sire as Citidancer, Dixie Brass, and Dixie Union (all speed influences), he is out of a dam who is a half-sister to Up the Flagpole, the dam of seven major stakes winners. The 2003 Horse of the Year, Mineshaft, and the current highly regarded 3-year-old Fusaichi Samurai come from this high-class female line. Jazz Club's offspring should be precocious at 2 and have good speed at 3. With the Northern Dancer sire line on top and Herbager in this dam's pedigree, they should also be effective on grass. (SPx2/HT)

Jimran (Seattle Dancer-Kaikilani, Wavering Monarch). Arkansas. His sire was a half-brother to Seattle Slew by Nijinsky II and was a stakes winner on turf. Jimran's runners are bred for turf, but unfortunately his Arkansas-breds will race mostly on dirt. (Tx2)

King Cugat (Kingmambo-Tricky Game, Majestic Light). Kentucky. Bred for turf top and bottom, King Cugat showed an immediate preference for grass at 2, winning the Prized Stakes and finishing second in both the Summer and Pilgrim stakes. A multiple stakes winner on turf at 3 and 4, he will likely have offspring who should be better runners as late-maturing juveniles and as they get older on grass. (Tx2)

Lake Austin (Storm Cat-Lakeway, Seattle Slew). Florida. A modest racehorse, he has a chance to do well in the Florida market. His dam was a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner, his second dam is a full sister to Saratoga Six, and his third dam is a full sister to Bold Forbes. (SPx2)

Liberty Gold (Crafty Prospector-Restless Colony, Pleasant Colony). Washington. A stakes winner at age 7, Liberty Gold turned in his most important race with a third-place finish in the 1999 Metropolitan Handicap behind Sir Bear and Crafty Friend. A sprinter/miler who was able to win at 1 1/16 miles, he should have runners with good speed in statebred races at Emerald Downs and could also stretch out on occasion, thanks to the presence of a stamina influence, Pleasant Colony, as his damsire. (SP)