08/21/2006 11:00PM

Giant's Causeway: Another winner

After Market, winning the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame BC at Saratoga on Aug. 7, has started his career 4 for 4. He is by Storm Cat out of Tranquility Lake.


Giant's Causeway continues to get good-looking runners at racetracks around the country, especially on turf. At Arlington Park on Aug. 10, Bridge Game, a 3-year-old filly by Giant's Causeway out of the Majestic Light mare Baba Light, won a maiden race on the turf at the about distance of one mile, paying $8. Bridge Game's second dam, Leery Baba, is a half-sister to Cee's Song, the dam of Horse of the Year Tiznow.

At Saratoga on Aug. 10, Jade Queen, a 3-year-old filly by Giant's Causeway, won an allowance race by a half-length at 9-1, inflated odds considering her towering pedigree. Jade Queen is out of stakes winner Jade Flush, a half-sister to Secretariat Stakes winner Startac. Jade Queen's second dam, Royal Straight Flush, is a full sister to champion 2-year-old filly Landaluce.

Inquisitive, a 2-year-old Giant's Causeway colt making his first start Aug. 13, missed by a nose at 7-1 to Kon Krete Kid, a 46-1 shot, in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the Saratoga turf. Kon Krete Kid is from the first crop of Jump Start (A.P. Indy), one of this year's most promising freshman stallions. Inquisitive, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Finder's Fee, is out of Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find.

Del Mar

Pedigree handicappers scored a nice trifecta on Aug. 10, when Unrivaled Song, Rateau, and Presidential Cause ran one-two-three in a 1 1/8-mile allowance on the grass.

Unrivaled Song, sent off as the 6-5 favorite, rallied from 10th and last to win by 1 1/4 lengths. By Fusaichi Pegasus, who is getting winners on grass, Unrivaled Song gets a double dose of turf (T2) from his damsire, Danehill. Rateau, who was second at 6-1, has an all-turf pedigree: He is by Rahy out of a Golden Fleece (Nijinsky II) mare. Rounding out the trifecta was 17-1 Presidential Cause, a 3-year-old colt by Giant's Causeway from the stakes-producing female family of Native Street. Even with the 6-5 choice winning the race, the trifecta returned $136.90.

* Horse Greeley was one of Richard Mandella's 2-year-olds listed in the Del Mar Player's Guide as a juvenile to watch. Making his second start Aug. 12, he scored a four-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race after finishing second in his career debut July 22. Horse Greeley is by Mr. Greeley and is out of the Storm Cat mare Chile Chatte. Horse Greeley paid $6.40.


Eternal Star, a 2-year-old colt, drew off to a 5 1/2-length victory on Aug. 7 to become the latest winner for stakes-winning sprinter Five Star Day. Runners by Five Star Day are naturally precocious, inheriting win-early speed from this very hot sire line: Five Star Day-Carson City-Mr. Prospector. Eternal Star is out of a mare by Eternal Prince (Majestic Prince), giving him a strong SP2 (speed top and bottom) pedigree.

Ellis Park

Black Minnaloushe was a champion 3-year-old in Ireland and won the Irish 2000 Guineas. A son of Storm Cat, Black Minnaloushe's offspring have repeatedly demonstrated a preference for grass, and on Aug. 11, Mellankelli, a 2-year-old filly by Black Minnaloushe out of the Woodman mare Say You'll Stay, showed the speed of her miler sire, winning a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on turf at 6-1.

* Orientate, the 2002 champion sprinter, is off to a fine start as a freshman sire. On Aug. 12, Tillman's Legend, a 2-year-old colt by Orientate out of the Coronado's Quest mare La Violette, scored a neck victory in a seven-furlong maiden race. La Violette is a half-sister to stakes winner Cat's Career, and notable runners Event of the Year and Half a Year descend from this family.

* Bridled Quest, who won a six-furlong maiden race Aug. 13, is a 3-year-old colt by speed influence Unbridled's Song out of the Lyphard mare Lyphard Gal, making him a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Heritage of Gold.


Bill Mott has another really good turf colt in After Market, who remained undefeated in four starts when he captured the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Breeders' Cup on Aug. 7. After Market is a son of Storm Cat out of multiple stakes winner Tranquility Lake (who is a half-brother to Benchmark - the sire of Brother Derek). After Market's 2-year-old full brother brought a record $9.7 million at the 2004 Keeneland September sale. After Market's second dam, Winter's Love (Danzig), is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes winner and strong turf influence Caveat.

* While it was just a maiden race, the victory by Dancing Forever (Rahy) in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the turf Aug. 12 was quite noteworthy. His dam, Dancinginmydreams (Seeking the Gold), had been a rising star during her racing career after winning her maiden debut at 2 and then finishing second in the Grade 1 Matron Stakes. In the Grade 1 Frizette, Dancinginmydreams made a strong move around the final turn but broke down after injuring her right hind leg, an injury similar to Barbaro's in the Preakness Stakes. After a miraculous recovery, Dancinginmydreams produced her first foal, Dancing Forever. Dancinginmydreams has an unraced 2-year-old filly by Forest Wildcat named Remember.