Updated on 09/16/2011 6:38AM

Freshmen sires: S - Z


LAS VEGAS - This is the fifth and final article in a series on the freshman stallions of 2002 (sires whose first crop will be 2-year-olds in 2002), with particular emphasis on how to bet their offspring.

Skip Away (Skip Trial). Skip Away was a champion at 3, 4, and 5, and Horse of the Year at 5. Although modestly bred, he became a genuine star and fan favorite. Skip Away was one of the best racehorses of the last decade, but his book of mares was not exceptional for a horse of his stature, most likely because of his pedigree. Two of his colts, however, sold for high prices. One brought $550,000 at last year's Keeneland July yearling sale, while another colt sold for $200,000 at the Keeneland September sale. Skip Away was stakes-placed at 2, but developed into a top runner as he got older. Likewise, his runners should also be better at middle distances at 3.

Souvenir Copy (Mr. Prospector). By sire of sires, Mr. Prospector, and out of a mare by the legendary Nureyev, Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes winner Souvenir Copy has every right to be an immediate success at stud. He inherited speed from both sides of his family, and Souvenir Copy has the kind of pedigree to make an excellent sire of 2-year-olds who should be best from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.

Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat). By Storm Cat, who is fast becoming a sire of sires, Stormy Atlantic is out of a truly remarkable female family. His dam is Santa Anita Oaks winner, Hail Atlantis (Seattle Slew), his second dam is multiple stakes winner Flipper (Coastal) and third dam is the undefeated 1965 2-year-old filly champion and co-Horse of the Year, Moccasin, who produced seven stakes winners. His fourth dam, Rough Shod II, produced stakes winners Ridan, Lt. Stevens, Gambetta, Moccasin, and stakes-placed Thong, the ancestress of Nureyev and Sadler's Wells. Standing in Florida, Stormy Atlantic's runners should have speed in Calder's juvenile races. Because of his sire line, his runners should also do well on turf.

Subordination (Mt. Livermore). By stakes sprinter Mt. Livermore, Subordination had a ton of speed, and eight of his 11 victories were in stakes. Although he mostly raced on turf, Subordination won the Brooklyn Handicap on dirt at 4, and his runners should be adept on both surfaces, with a decided preference for grass. Although his yearlings sold modestly last year, they should have speed and may surprise at 2.

Swain (Nashwan). Swain was a major world player. He was a Group 1 stakes winner in England and Ireland, second in the Dubai World Cup to Silver Charm, and third in the Breeders' Cup Classic to Awesome Again and Silver Charm. His sire, Nashwan, was a champion at 3 in England and France, and one of Blushing Groom's best sons. Swain's female family produced such stars as Fantastic Light, Kamar, Seaside Attraction, Cape Town, and Northern Afleet. He stands in Kentucky, but the bulk of his 2-year-olds will race in Europe, Dubai, and Japan. If they do race in the United States, they will be more successful on turf.

Tale of the Cat (Storm Cat). It would be a shock if Tale of the Cat isn't one of the year's top freshman stallions. He won the King's Bishop Stakes and placed in the Whitney Handicap and Vosburgh Stakes (twice). Tale of the Cat has all the tools to be a success: He is by Storm Cat, he is from an established stakes-producing female family, and he had high speed. Tale of the Cat is a half-brother to an English and Irish champion 2-year-old, Minardi, stakes winner Spunoutacontrol, and Myth, the dam of Johannesburg, who is likely to be named champion 2-year-old in four countries (U.S., England, France, and Ireland), an unprecedented feat. His dam is a full sister to stakes winner Preach, the dam of promising young sire Pulpit. Finally, his fourth dam is a full sister to Round Table. Tale of the Cat had an unusually high number (87) of sales yearlings who sold very well, and they should win often at 2, from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. As with any stallion from this sire line, the likelihood for success on turf is high.

Wild Rush (Wild Again). Wild Rush won his only start at 2, captured the Illinois and Remington Park Derbies at 3, and was at his best at 4, winning the prestigious Metropolitan Handicap, as well as two other stakes. His yearlings sold well, with two colts selling for $500,000 and $350,000. Expect his 2-year-olds to have good speed and be best up to 1 1/16 miles.

Will's Way (Easy Goer). Easy Goer only had three full crops before his death, and his most successful son was Travers Stakes and Whitney Handicap winner Will's Way. He is out of a successful stakes winner and producer, Willamae, whose other foals include stakes winners Willa on the Move and Lady Reiko, and stakes-placed runners Citidancer and Sweet Willa. Willamae's unraced daughter, Ms. Teak Wood, produced stakes winner Acceptable. Will's Way's runners should be slow to mature and be most effective between seven furlongs and 1 1/4 miles.