02/01/2005 1:00AM

Freshman stallions: R to V


LAS VEGAS - This is the final installment 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).

Rock and Roll (Cure the Blues-Secret's Halo, Halo). New York. A stakes winner at 3, 4, and 6, he was an accomplished sprinter-miler who stretched his speed nine furlongs to win the Pennsylvania Derby. His late sire was a leading New York-based sire of runners on dirt and turf, and his statebred runners should get off to a good start as 2-year-olds. (SP/HT)

Sandpile (Cure the Blues-Geraldine, Deputy Minister). New York. Many stakes-winning sons of Cure the Blues, a former leading New York sire, are now young stallions who should carry on their sire's legacy of speed and class. Sandpile's second dam is a New York favorite, the multiple stakes winner Talc Shaker. Sandpile's runners should be quick, win-early types at 2, and because he is not widely known, his runners should offer good value. (SPx2)

Smokin Mel (Phone Order-She's Smokin, Husar). New York. Winner of the Gotham and third in the Wood Memorial Stakes behind Captain Bodgit and Accelerator, Smokin Mel was bred to be fast. His obscure sire has a recognizable pedigree. Phone Order is by Fappiano and is a half-brother to Toussaud, the dam of five high-quality stakes winners, including Empire Maker. Being inbred to Dr. Fager and with Mr. Prospector in his pedigree, Smokin Mel's New York-bred offspring should be fast and ready to win at 2. (SP2)

Snuck In (Montbrook-Love Child, Mugassas). Florida. A three-time stakes winner at 2, Snuck In won the Rebel Stakes and was third in the Arkansas Derby at 3. Montbrook is a speed influence and Snuck In's runners should also have speed and be best from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. (SP)

Songandaprayer (Unbridled's Song-Alizea, Premiership). Florida. Songandaprayer had blazing speed and was able to get 1 1/16 miles, winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes and finishing second in the Blue Grass Stakes. But Songandaprayer's offspring will be best sprinting, and his runners are bred to be very quick, win-early 2-year-olds. Songandaprayer is yet another Florida-based stallion with an excellent chance to be the leading freshman sire, following in the footsteps of Successful Appeal and Yes It's True. (SP2/HT)

Strategic Mission (Mr. Prospector-Sultry Sun, Buckfinder). New York. A stakes winner on grass by Mr. Prospector, Strategic Mission is a half-brother to stakes winners Sultry Song and Solar Splendor, and he is one of the best-bred stallions standing in New York. His runners should have high speed on all surfaces and be excellent 2-year-olds. (SP2/T)

Talk Is Money (Deputy Minister-Isle Go West, Gone West). Kentucky. This is one stallion who is worth much more than his meager $5,000 stud fee. A flashy $1.8 million sales yearling, he showed exciting promise early in his career, winning the Miracle Wood Stakes before fizzling in the Kentucky Derby. He had high speed, and his dam is a half-sister to Hennessy. His runners should have great speed and should be best between five furlongs and 1 1/16 miles and have great potential on grass. (SP2/HT2)

Tiznow (Cee's Tizzy-Cee's Song, Seattle Song). Kentucky. What do you make of a horse who was bred to be a nice California-bred sprinter but ended up winning the Breeders' Cup Classic two years in a row, was a champion and Horse of the Year at 3, and was champion older male at 4? Tiznow is one of three full siblings who became prominent stakes winners (along with Budroyale and Tizdubai), and his offspring should have good speed. Because of his achievements, he was bred to mares of higher quality than his own pedigree called for, and his runners should be able to get middle distances. (SP/HT)

Trajectory (Gone West-Dream Launch, Relaunch). Canada. A multiple stakes winner in Canada, Trajectory has speed top and bottom, and his runners are bred for speed on dirt and especially on wet tracks and turf. (SP2/HT2)

Trippi (End Sweep-Jealous Appeal, Valid Appeal). Florida. A sprinter-miler by a source of high speed, Trippi was able to win the Flamingo Stakes at nine furlongs, but his runners are bred to be pure sprinters and should make excellent 2-year-olds. (SP2)

Unbridled Man (Unbridled-Honoria, Danzig). Indiana. Based on his pedigree, he was a disappointment as a racehorse, winning just once in four starts. By a stamina influence, he comes from a female family that is all class, producing grass champion Manila. His offspring should mature slowly and be better at 3. (ST/HT)

Uncle Abbie (Kingmambo-Lassie Connection, Seattle Slew). Texas. Considering his royal lineage, Uncle Abbie was a major disappointment on the track, but could surprise as a stallion. His dam is a full sister to Charming Lassie, the dam of Lemon Drop Kid, and is also a half-sister to Weekend Surprise, the dam of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, and Honor Grades. His runners should be slow to develop at 2 and will show their best on turf, from seven to 10 furlongs, as they mature. (HT)

Unloosened (Unbridled-Flying Loose, Giboulee). Illinois. Stakes placed once in 28 starts, Unloosened is out of a half-sister to a 2-year-old champion, Fly So Free. His offspring should be better at 3 and appreciate distances longer than seven furlongs. (ST)

Vision and Verse (Storm Cat-Bunting, Private Account). Kentucky. Vision and Verse was an aberration - a late-blooming son of Storm Cat who was most effective at nine and 10 furlongs. From a strong Greentree Stud female family, his second dam is a half-sister to Stop the Music and Hatchet Man. His runners should be most effective at 3 and 4, from seven to 10 furlongs. (ST)