Updated on 09/17/2011 9:46AM

Freshman Stallions (T-W)


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

Tactical Cat (Storm Cat). This year should be the Year of the Cat. Storm Cat, the world's most expensive stallion, has at least nine sons (including Exploit, Forestry, and Scatmandu) whose first foals race this year at 2. While his sons Exploit and Forestry were bred to high-quality mares and should battle for supremacy this year, Storm Cat's other sons should also fare well.

Storm Cat was a stakes-winning 2-year-old and just missed winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The majority of his offspring also have speed and are usually precocious at 2. Tactical Cat, whose second dam is a half-sister to Skip Trial (sire of Skip Away), won the Tremont Stakes as a juvenile and went on to capture the Hollywood Futurity. He also finished second in the Hopeful, Kentucky Breeders' Cup, and WHAS-11 Stakes.

Expect his 2-year-olds to have good speed and be most effective at distances up to one mile, unless they are out of mares by stamina influences. He is also a good example of a hidden turf sire, having achieved success on dirt while owning a strong pedigree for turf. With Storm Cat on top and Caro as his dam's sire, Tactical Cat's runners should pay big dividends on turf.

The Silver Move (Silver Buck). The Silver Move, winner of the Remsen Stakes at 2, finished third in the Swale Stakes in an abbreviated campaign at 3. Unraced at 4, he raced four times at 5 but never regained his juvenile form. By the sire of Silver Charm, his female family produced stakes winner and speed influence Restless Wind. His runners should have speed.

Time Bandit (Time for a Change). Time Bandit was best at 2, winning the Bashford Manor and Sanford Stakes. His sire was a speed influence who sired Fly So Free and Technology. His dam was one of five stakes winners produced by Fanfreluche, a previous Canadian Horse of the Year. Time Bandit's runners should flourish at 2.

Victory Gallop (Cryptoclearance). Victory Gallop is best remembered for thwarting Real Quiet's Triple Crown in the 1998 Belmont Stakes, but he was even better at 4. As a 4-year-old, he won the Whitney Handicap and also established a Churchill Downs record for 1 1/8 miles, winning the Stephen Foster Handicap in 1:47.28. His only loss in four starts at age 4 came in the Dubai World Cup, where he finished third behind Almutawakel. He was named champion older male for 1999. While his runners should perform well at 2, they should be much more effective at 3 and 4 and at distances over one mile.

Wagon Limit (Conquistador Cielo). Wagon Limit, while he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup over Gentlemen and Skip Away at 1 1/4 miles at age 4, was a miler who was able to stretch his speed a distance of ground. Sired by speed influence Conquistador Cielo, Wagon Limit comes from a family that produced Smarten, Quadratic, Homebuilder, and Houston. His juveniles should have speed.

Western Borders (Gone West). As a son of speed influence Gone West, Western Borders was best in sprints. He won the Hialeah Sprint Championship Handicap and finished third in the Carter Handicap at 4, and also placed in the Deputy Minister and Carter Handicaps at 5. Western Borders is a half-brother to stakes winner Gervazy, and his dam is a half-sister to Wavering Monarch. Western Borders is standing in New York, and his juveniles should be played in statebred sprints. They also should love grass.

Wild Event (Wild Again). Wild Event is a stakes-winning half-brother to both champion Paradise Creek and stakes winner Forbidden Apple. In addition to producing four stakes winners, his dam, North of Eden, is a half-sister to the champion Theatrical. Runners by Wild Again, the 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic winner, are typically versatile and capable of winning on both dirt and turf. Wild Event's offspring should improve as they mature.

Wild Wonder (Wild Again). The late Verne Winchell was enamored with Wild Again, and bred his prized broodmares to him with great success. Wild Wonder, a seven-time stakes winner, was the result of one of those matings. His dam is the stakes-placed Carol's Wonder, a full sister to stakes winners Call Now and Your Call and a half-sister to stakes winner and speed sire Olympio. She is also a half-sister to Bistra, dam of Early Flyer, and the unraced Dana Nicole, dam of Bien Nicole. Expect Wild Wonder's offspring to have good speed on all surfaces.