Updated on 09/17/2011 10:41AM

Freshman stallions (H-L)


LAS VEGAS - This is the third installment of a series on the 2003 freshman sires, with particular emphasis on how to bet their offspring.

Holzmeister (Woodman). Woodman, a son of speed influence Mr. Prospector and Playmate (a full sister to champion Numbered Account), was a champion at 2 in Ireland. His best runners always showed quality as juveniles. He has sired 2-year-old champions Timber Country, Hector Protector, Mujtahid, Way of Light, and champion 3-year-old Hansel.

Holzmeister was a very quick juvenile who won the 1 1/16-mile Hawthorne Juvenile by 17 lengths, as well as the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes over Touch Gold. At 3, Holzmeister won the Harry Henson Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths and finished third in both the Affirmed Handicap (behind Deputy Commander and Hello) and Lone Star Derby (behind Anet and Frisk Me Now).

Holzmeister's runners should be quite fast at 2, especially if bred to mares by speed influences such as Valid Appeal, Copelan, Gilded

Time, Phone Trick, Meadowlake, Buckaroo, and Mt. Livermore.

Horse Chestnut (Fort Wood). Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old in South Africa, Horse Chestnut was a legend in his home country and was the best South African horse imported to the United States since the champion Hawaii.

Making his debut in the U.S. at age 5, Horse Chestnut's victory in the Broward Handicap more than justified all the hype. Unfortunately, he was injured shortly after the Broward and was retired before he could prove his superiority in the handicap division.

Horse Chestnut's sire, Fort Wood, while relatively unknown in this country, is among the leading sires in South Africa and has an exceptionally strong pedigree. Fort Wood is by the incomparable Sadler's Wells and is out of broodmare of the year Fall Aspen, the dam of nine stakes winners, including Timber Country, Northern Aspen, and Elle Seule.

While Horse Chestnut was versatile, winning on turf and dirt, he is from the Sadler's Wells (Northern Dancer) sire line and his runners should ultimately be most comfortable on grass, and also improve as they get older.

K One King (Apalachee). K One King won 2 of 4 starts at 2, but blossomed as a 3-year-old, winning the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes and finishing second behind Stephen Got Even in the Gallery Furniture.com Stakes.

His biggest victory, however, came at 4 when he won the Oaklawn Handicap defeating Almutawakel and Cat Thief. K One King achieved success on dirt and his offspring should be quite versatile. But as a son of English and Irish champion Apalachee (by grass influence Round Table), K One King is also a hidden turf sire.

Leestown (Seattle Slew). Leestown has a stylish pedigree and if he gets quality broodmares standing in Louisiana, he could have a prolific future as a regional stallion. A half-brother to Grand Slam (Gone West), who had an auspicious start as a freshman sire of 2002, Leestown will add speed to any pedigree.

Precocious at 2, Leestown won a five-furlong maiden race at Churchill Downs and finished second in the Sequoia Stakes. He also finished third in the Tremont Stakes behind the brilliant Kelly Kip. At 3, he stretched out in distance to win the Leonard Richards Stakes and Bob Jackson Memorial Stakes, both at 1 1/16 miles.

Leestown's juveniles should be very quick and at their best up to one mile. If bred to mares with Alydar in their pedigree, the resulting foals will have the Rasmussen Factor (inbreeding to a superior female within five generations through different individuals), in this case, stakes winner and outstanding producer Plum Cake.

Lil's Lad (Pine Bluff). Blessed with high speed, Lil's Lad showed talent and class finishing second to Grand Slam in the Champagne Stakes at 2, but excited the racing world in his first few starts at 3. Lil's Lad won the Fountain of Youth Stakes, defeating Coronado's Quest, Halory Hunter, and Cape Town. He then finished first in the Florida Derby, but was disqualified and placed second for interference with Cape Town. He also finished second to Halory Hunter in the Blue Grass Stakes. Lil's Lad's 2-year-olds should have speed and be versatile on all surfaces.

Limit Out (Northern Flagship). Winner of both of his starts at 2, Limit Out won the Jerome Handicap (over Grand Slam) and Bay Shore Stakes at 3.

A product of the successful Northern Dancer/Raise a Native cross (speed over speed), the most striking aspect of Limit Out's pedigree is his fourth dam, Me Next, who is a full sister to champion racemare and influential broodmare My Dear Girl. Standing in Florida, Limit Out will undoubtedly be bred to mares from the My Dear Girl family through My Dear Girl's most important son In Reality (and his son Valid Appeal), creating inbreeding of the highest order. Expect Limit Out's runners to have good speed at 2 on dirt and turf.