Updated on 09/17/2011 9:45AM

Freshman stallions (S)


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

Sahm (Mr. Prospector). Out of champion European racemare Salsabil (Sadler's Wells), Sahm began his career in Europe with modest success and was imported back to the U.S. at age 4. He won the Knickerbocker Handicap and finished second in the Kelso Handicap, both on turf. Sahm's sire, Mr. Prospector, was Raise a Native's most brilliant son on the racetrack and as a sire. His versatility as a stallion unequivocally boosted his appeal and success.

While his runners were mostly known for inheriting speed on dirt, they also had an affinity for turf. Successful stallions by Mr. Prospector who shined in Europe on grass were Distant View, Kingmambo, Machiavellian, Miswaki, and Woodman. Runners by these Mr. Prospector stallions are naturally at home on turf, but all of them have had success on dirt as well. For this reason, expect runners by Sahm to win on dirt but be even more effective on turf.

Scatmandu (Storm Cat). Like the influential stallions Bold Ruler, Northern Dancer, and Raise a Native (and his son Mr. Prospector), Storm Cat's sons are now the hottest commodities in breeding, even if they never raced or weren't Grade 1 winners. Scatmandu, winner of the Leonard Richards Stakes and Sport Page Handicap, fits the profile of many sons of Storm Cat (Storm Boot, Mountain Cat, and Future Storm) who went on to achieve success as sires. A full brother to multiple stakes winner November Snow, Scatmandu's runners should have ample speed.

Sea of Secrets (Storm Cat). Winner of the San Vicente Stakes, Sea of Secrets is a stallion in the making, a la Scatmandu. Yet another son of Storm Cat who had modest credentials as a racehorse, he inherited speed from both Storm Cat and his damsire, Mr. Prospector. His 2-year-olds should be very precocious and be most effective from five to seven furlongs.

Silver Charm (Silver Buck). One of the marquee freshman stallions for 2003, Silver Charm outran his very modest pedigree to become one of the best racehorses of the 1990's. His sire, Silver Buck, was a stakes-winning son of Buckpasser. While he was a productive sire, he had never produced anything close to the quality of Silver Charm, who just missed winning the Triple Crown in 1997. Silver Charm won the Del Mar Futurity as a juvenile, then matured into a gritty bulldog at 3, and also won the Dubai World Cup at 4.

His runners should have some speed as juveniles, but are likely to be late developers and be more effective as they mature. His offspring sold well as yearlings, averaging more than $90,000. Silver Charm is reminiscent of Skip Away, who also outran his pedigree. Because Skip Away was bred to mares of quality, some of his runners have shown talent. It is also likely that Silver Charm, while not having a brilliant pedigree, should also churn out some nice runners out of some high quality broodmares.

Slew Gin Fizz (Relaunch). Showing quality speed at 2 and owning a powerhouse pedigree, Slew Gin Fizz could be this year's sleeper freshman sire. By Relaunch, he is from the In Reality sire line renowned for its amazing versatility, consistently producing winners on dirt, wet tracks, and turf. Slew Gin Fizz had his best year at 2, finishing second in the Hopeful and Saratoga Special Stakes behind juvenile champion Dehere.

The speed of his sire line combined with the class of his female line creates a significant cross. Expect his runners to have high speed at 2, and be ready to win very early from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on all surfaces.

Stormin Fever (Storm Cat). Another son of Storm Cat poised to make a lot of noise as a stallion, Stormin Fever is a stakes-winning full brother to stakes winner Raging Fever and the stakes-placed Roaring Fever.

His classy female family produced champion Sacahuista, Dalhart, Geri, John's Treasure, and the outstanding champion racemare Shuvee. Stormin Fever has the tools to be a top speed influence made in the mold of Forest Wildcat and Tale of the Cat, also sons of Storm Cat. His offspring should be high profile at 2, especially in sprints on dirt and turf.

Stravinsky (Nureyev). A champion at 3 in England, when he won two Group 1 races - the Darley July Cup and Persimon Homes Nunthorpe Stakes - Stravinsky is by one of the world's great turf stallions and descends from the very classy Native Street. Native Street was a member of a classy crop of fillies in 1963, which included Moccasin, Priceless Gem, Lady Pitt, and Natashka.

Stravinsky's dam, Fire the Groom (Blushing Groom), was a champion at 4 in France and transferred her brilliance to the U.S., winning multiple stakes, including the prestigious Beverly D. Sons of Nureyev are predominantly turf sires (Theatrical, Soviet Star, Kitwood, Zilzal, Spinning World) and while Stravinsky's 2-year-olds may show speed on dirt, they are destined to be best on grass where their speed will be deadly.