01/08/2003 12:00AM

Freshman stallions (M-R)


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

Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy). Injury curtailed a promising career after only two starts at 2, but this well-bred son of A.P. Indy out of a half-sister to Septieme Ciel and Maxigroom was very precocious, winning a five-furlong maiden race in May 1999 as a 2-year-old in 57.41 seconds. Known as a stamina influence, A.P. Indy, it should be noted, had many runners with high speed (e.g., A.P. Assay, General Royal, Old Trieste, and With Ability). With Mr. Prospector as his damsire, Malibu Moon inherited speed, and since he stands in Maryland, his runners will have the opportunity to win statebred juvenile races. They should love turf if given the opportunity.

Mazel Trick (Phone Trick). As expected from a son of Phone Trick, Mazel Trick had blazing speed and was able to carry it 1 1/16 miles. Mazel Trick was undefeated in two starts at 2 in France and was brought back to the United States at 3 where he captured the Lazaro S. Barrera Handicap. At 4, Mazel Trick set a Hollywood park track record, running seven furlongs in 1:19.97 in the Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Invitational Handicap. In his only other race before being injured, Mazel Trick at 4 defeated River Keen by six lengths. His 2-year-olds should have plenty of speed and win early.

Menifee (Harlan). Winner of the Haskell Invitational and Blue Grass Stakes, Menifee was a neck away from immortality, finishing a fast-closing second to Charismatic in the 1999 Kentucky Derby. Menifee also finished second in the Preakness, Super Derby and Tampa Bay Derby and third in the Travers Stakes. By a stakes-winning son of Storm Cat out of a Broodmare of the Year, Anne Campbell, Menifee has the tools to be a successful sire. His runners should have speed and carry it over middle distances at 3.

Military (Danzig). Winner of 1 of 5 starts at 3 in England, Military returned to the United States at 4 and won the Oak Tree Turf Championship Stakes and Citation Handicap. Danzig has been one of the world's great stallions, and his sons have established themselves as top-rate turf sires (e.g., Danehill, Green Desert, Polish Precedent). Military's dam, Wavering Girl, was a champion 2-year-old filly in Canada, and is one of six stakes winners out of the prolific producer Battle Creek Girl. Military's juveniles should win on dirt, but look for them to be much more effective on grass.

Mud Route (Strawberry Road). A winner at 2 and 3, Mud Route blossomed at 4, winning the Californian Stakes and San Diego Handicap. Mud Route had high speed and his stakes-winning sire, Strawberry Road, was all hickory. A winner of 17 races in Australia, Germany, Japan, France, England and the United States, Strawberry Road was horse of the year and champion 3-year-old in Australia, as well as champion older horse in Germany. Among his outstanding performances was a gutsy second-place finish to Pebbles in the 1985 Breeders' Cup Turf. Mud Route's juveniles will win at 2 but will prove best as they mature and stretch out in distance, especially on grass.

Old Trieste (A.P. Indy). Old Trieste, who recently died, had stunning speed that matched his good looks. Winner of the Swaps Stakes, Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, and Affirmed Handicap at 3, Old Trieste was unplaced in the Kentucky Derby after setting suicidal fractions for the first six furlongs. His offspring sold for high prices as weanlings and yearlings and they should also be winning early at 2. Old Trieste will have only three crops to race, but his runners should possess speed on all surfaces.

Parade Ground (Kingmambo). As a son of Kingmambo, Parade Ground found his best form on grass, and his runners should also be best on turf. A half-brother to stakes winners Wavering Girl, Tricky Creek, Speed Dialer, and Everhope, and full brother to stakes winner Parade Leader, Parade Ground comes from a female family that produced Rahy, Soaring Softly, New Economy, Glorious Song, Devil's Bag, and Saint Ballado. Parade Ground's 2-year-olds will blossom as they mature later in the year on turf and be much better at 3.

Real Quiet (Quiet American). Winner of the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and a nose shy of winning the Belmont Stakes, Real Quiet won the Hollywood Futurity at 2 and also won the Hollywood Gold Cup and Pimlico Special Handicap at 4. By the underrated Quiet American, Real Quiet has as his second dam a full sister to both the 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Majestic Prince, and Crowned Prince, a champion at 2 in England. His runners should have speed at 2, and be able to stretch out in distance as they develop.

Richter Scale (Habitony). Not the soundest of racehorses, Richter Scale nevertheless won every year he raced, from age 2 to 6. He had brilliant speed, and his 10 stakes victories included the Jerome Handicap, Derby Trial Stakes, True North Handicap, Fall Highweight Handicap, Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship, and Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes. He established a track record of 1:07.95 for six furlongs in the De Francis. Closely related to Best Pal (Habitony), Richter Scale is by Habitony out a half-sister to Ubetshedid, the dam of Best Pal. His 2-year-olds should be ultra-quick and be best up to one mile.