06/12/2007 11:00PM

Glacken's Gal's pedigree is speed-on-speed



The 2-year-old season has begun in earnest. The end of May and beginning of June signals the real start of juvenile racing in New York, where the big stables start unveiling their precocious babies. On May 31, Glacken's Gal, a 2-year-old filly by exemplary first-out and juvenile sire Smoke Glacken, won her career debut for Todd Pletcher. The New York-bred filly is out of the Silver Deputy mare Lady Diplomat, and the Smoke Glacken/Silver Deputy cross is speed over speed. In addition, Lady Diplomat was stakes-placed and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Missme. Glacken's Gal's fourth dam, Fiesta Libre, was second in the 1974 Coaching Club American Oaks and third in the Alabama and Acorn stakes.

* Kiaran McLaughlin has a 4-year-old turf filly who could make noise in the older filly and mare grass division. Makderah, who won a 1 1/8-mile allowance on turf on May 31, has an extraordinary pedigree. By the late, great Danehill, she is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Wijdan, a half-sister to prominent racehorses Nashwan, Alwasmi, Unfuwain, and Nayef. Her second dam, Height of Fashion, was a champion at 2 and became one of Europe's most successful broodmares. Makderah is Breeders' Cup material, and could be aimed at either the BC Mile or Filly and Mare Turf.


Montbrook was a speedy stakes winner, and his runners inherit his speed. On June 3, Brooks 'n Down, a 2-year-old colt by Montbrook out of the Gone West mare Precious Feather, rallied to win a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race in his career debut as the even-money favorite. In addition to getting the speed of Montbrook, Brooks 'n Down is from the female family that produced One for All, Caucasus, and First Feather (the dam of Run the Gantlet, Head of the River, and Lightning Leap).


Pavarotti, a 3-year-old colt who was a $2.5 million yearling, continues to progress for Todd Pletcher. On May 28, the A.P. Indy colt won an allowance at 1 1/16 miles, defeating his uncoupled stablemate Betterincludeme. Pavarotti is out of the Woodman mare Snow Forest and is a half-brother to the top sprinter Snow Ridge. More important, Pavarotti carries the RF (Rasmussen Factor) as he is inbred to not only one, but two, superior females - Miss Disco and Glamour. Miss Disco is famous as the dam of Bold Ruler, while dozens of stakes winners descend from Glamour, including champions Numbered Account and Woodman, and stakes winners Poker, Heritage of Gold, and Anguilla.

* Hargill won a five-furlong maiden race for 2-year-olds on June 2 and is from the second crop of rising star El Corredor. Hargill is out of the Storm Cat mare Hardy Har Har, who was a $400,000 yearling purchase. Hargill's second dam, Delray Delight, is a a half-sister to Kittiwake, a multiple stakes winner who produced champion Miss Oceana.

Manofthewest, who ran second to Hargill as the 4-5 favorite, also ran well and has a superb pedigree. By Gone West, he is out of a Boston Harbor mare, and his second dam, Navajo Pass, is a full sister to Terlingua, the stakes-winning dam of Storm Cat.

* Kafwain, one of this year's more interesting freshman sires, has a good filly in Kadira, who won her five-furlong career debut on June 3. Kadira wired eight fillies by 3 3/4 lengths in the quick time of 57.72. Kadira just may be Kafwain's best-bred juvenile, as she is out of the major stakes-winning sprinter/miler Raw Gold (Rahy). Despite the precocious pedigree, she was dismissed at 19-1 and returned $40.60.


Wait a While may have been the best 3-year-old filly on turf last year, but she will have her hands full if she meets the Bobby Frankel duo of Citronnade and Price Tag later this year. Citronnade and Price Tag ran one-two as much the best in the Gamely Breeders' Cup on May 28. Citronnade, in particular, has proven deadly when allowed to run her race on the front end. By excellent HT (hidden turf) sire Lemon Drop Kid, she is a half-sister to a handful of high-quality stakes runners produced by the Lord at War mare Primarily. Primarily was the 2000 Canadian Broodmare of the Year and, in addition to Citronnade, her foals include Poetically, Primaly, and Whiskey Wisdom.

* Ever So Pretty, a 2-year-old full sister to stakes winner Stormello, hung on to win her five-furlong maiden debut on June 2 by a neck over another first-time starter, Tasha's Miracle. Ever So Pretty is by Stormy Atlantic and out of the Carson City mare Wilshewed, while Tasha's Miracle is from the first crop of freshman sire Harlan's Holiday.

* Forest Wildcat has long been one of Storm Cat's best sons at stud, and his offspring are known for their win-early talent and high speed. On June 3, Salute the Sarge, a 2-year-old colt by Forest Wildcat out of the Silver Ghost mare Dixie Ghost, rallied from midpack in a 10-horse field to win a five-furlong maiden race by a half-length at nearly 11-1. Dixie Ghost was stakes-placed in the Long Island and Beaugay handicaps, both on turf. Since Forest Wildcat is an HT (hidden turf) sire and Dixie Ghost showed her affinity for grass, Salute the Sarge could prove effective on turf.