11/21/2006 12:00AM

Generous lineup rich in potential


LAS VEGAS - Thanksgiving weekend has become a bonanza for pedigree handicappers because of the many stakes races for 2-year-olds across the country on dirt and turf. Betting juveniles on grass is always intriguing, and Hollywood Park's Generous Stakes on Friday features many 2-year-olds with top grass pedigrees who may go on to bigger things next year at age 3. Here is a look at the expected contenders.

Edwardian (Awesome Again-Cozzena Cozzena, by Cozzene): Awesome Again achieved success on dirt, winning such prestigious races as the Breeders' Cup Classic over a stellar field that included Silver Charm, Swain, Victory Gallop, Coronado's Quest, Skip Away, Touch Gold, Arch, and Gentleman. But his sire line (Deputy Minister-Vice Regent-Northern Dancer) is a strong indicator for grass and his offspring have a license to be good on that surface. His damsire, Cozzene, was the 1985 turf champion. His fifth dam, Beaver Street, was a sensational broodmare, producing influential daughters that in turn became prominent broodmares themselves, including the full sisters Native Street and Street Dancer. Hidden turf and high-class pedigree.

Golden Balls (Danehill Dancer-Colourful Cast, by Nashwan): An all-turf pedigree top and bottom. Danehill Dancer has followed in his sire Danehill's footsteps and damsire Nashwan (sire of Swain, Bago, Wandesta, etc.) was a Euro superstar. His dam is an RF (Rasmussen Factor), inbred 4x5 to Spring Run, the dam of Red God.

Holdin Foldin (Fayruz-Escudo, by Indian Ridge): Bred in Ireland, his obscure pedigree is exclusive for grass. His sire was a fast 2-year-old in England who descends from the great speed influence Tudor Minstrel, and damsire Indian Ridge was a leading European stallion who sired two Breeders' Cup Mile winners, Ridgewood Pearl and Domedriver.

Man to Man (Manndar-Rather Be Wild, by Wild Again): Manndar won the Grade 1 Manhattan and Woodford Reserve Classic and was second in the Arlington Million. His sire, Doyoun, is the sire of Breeders' Cup winners Daylami and Kalinisi. Man to Man descends from High Voltage, the 1954 champion 2-year-old filly and exceptional broodmare. High Voltage produced champion sprinter Impressive; Irradiate, the dam of Majestic Light; Bold Commander, sire of 1970 Kentucky Derby winner Dust Commander; and sizzling sprinter Great Power.

Optari (Diesis-Desert Sky, by Green Desert): Diesis and Green Desert have long been synonymous with turf. The late Diesis sired notable turf stakes winners Diminuendo, Docksider, Elmaamul, Husband, Magistretti, Ramruma, Rootentootenwooten, Songlines, Storm Trooper, Suivi, and Three Valleys. His damsire, Green Desert, was a top sprinter/miler by Danzig from the family of Courtly Dee.

Quietly Mine (Belong to Me-Quiet, by Roar): Belong to Me is by Danzig, and like most sons of that late, great stallion, they are all strong sources for turf. His damsire, Roar, is a stakes-winning half-brother to Yell, Blare of Trumpets, and Eastern Echo. His dam, Wild Applause, was a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt and a full sister to turf stakes winner Hero's Honor.

Roman Commander (Deputy Commander-Jettin Diplomacy, by Roman Diplomat): Smartly bred for grass, Roman Commander gets turf breeding top and bottom. Deputy Commander won the Travers and Super Derby and was also second to Skip Away in the Breeders' Cup Classic, but as a descendant of the Northern Dancer sire line, he is siring many winners on grass. Roman Commander's dam is a full sister to Roman Envoy, a multiple stakes winner on turf. Damsire Roman Diplomat was by legendary grass influence Roberto.

Unusual Suspect (Unusual Heat-Penpont, by Crested Wave): Unusual Heat, by the late Nureyev, has become a solid stallion of turf winners based in California, and his damsire, Crested Wave - formerly named Crest of the Wave - won the 1978 Futurity Stakes .

Vaunt (Averti-Boast, by Most Welcome): Averti was a stakes-winning sprinter by champion miler Warning (Known Fact). Most Welcome (Be My Guest) was second in the Epsom Derby and third in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Vauquelin (Xaar-Beryl, by Bering): One of the most intriguing pedigrees in the field, Vauquelin is an RF (Rasmussen Factor) as he is inbred 3x5 to the very influential Best in Show, through her stakes-winning son Monroe and her unraced daughter Sex Appeal, the dam of El Gran Senor, Try My Best, and Compliance. Vauquelin's sire, Xaar, was a champion at 2 and 3 in England, and his damsire, Bering, was a multiple Group 1-winning grandson of the great Sea-Bird II.

Warning Zone (Chester House-Migrate, by Storm Bird): Second in the Pinjara Stakes, Warning Zone has a superior turf pedigree along with very high class from his female family. Arlington Million winner Chester House was on his way to becoming a major turf influence before his premature death a few years ago. His damsire, Storm Bird (sire of Storm Cat and Summer Squall), was a champion at 2 in England and Ireland, and third dam is Blitey (dam of Dancing Spree, Fantastic Find, Dancing All Night, and Oh What a Dance, the dam of Heavenly Prize).

Whatsthescript (Royal Applause-Grizel, by Lion Cavern): Winner of the Pinjara Stakes over Warning Zone, he is by multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Royal Applause, and his damsire, Lion Cavern, is a full brother to Gone West. Female family traces directly to French champion Monade, the ancestress of Too Chic, Queena, and Brahms.