12/13/2005 12:00AM

This group should produce turf lovers


LAS VEGAS - This is the second installment on the 2006 freshman stallions, alphabetically featuring the sires H through L with particular emphasis on how to bet their offspring. The sires' names are followed by their pedigree, where they stand, and their designation (SP means speed; ST, stamina; T, turf; HT, hidden turf; x2, both sides of pedigree).

Hap (Theatrical-Committed, by Hagley), Kentucky, $5,000. Winner of five Grade 2 turf stakes, Hap was able to stretch his miler speed to win at nine furlongs and also finished second in the Grade 1 Arlington Million to Silvano at 1 1/4 miles. Like most horses from the Theatrical sire line, his offspring should develop slowly and have a natural affinity for turf. Watch for his 2-year-olds to blossom in the fall on turf. Damsire Hagley adds speed to this pedigree. T/SP (turf on top; speed on the bottom).

Honor Glide (Honor Grades-Becky Branch, by Run the Gantlet), Florida, $4,000. Bred to be best over turf and at distances beyond one mile, Honor Glide was unraced at 2, and his juveniles will be at a disadvantage going short on dirt. His sire, Honor Grades, was stakes placed and is a half-brother to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall. His dam is a full sister to multiple champion turf female April Run, and his damsire Run the Gantlet was Paul Mellon's 1971 turf champion. His runners are more likely to assert themselves at 3 going long on turf. STx2 and Tx2.

Include (Broad Brush-Illeria, by Stop the Music), Kentucky, $12,500. Like his sire, Include got better with age and won the Grade 1 Pimlico Special at 4. Include was the leading first-crop sire at the Saratoga yearling sale this year with an average of $301,667. While they should be best at 3 going distances beyond one mile, his good-looking babies could surprise as 2-year-olds, especially later in the year. ST.

Invisible Ink (Thunder Gulch-Conquistress, by Conquistador Cielo), Florida, $3,500. Unlucky not to win a stakes, Invisible Ink showed his quality finishing third in both the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby. Runners by Thunder Gulch, such as Point Given, enjoy distances beyond one mile. Class and stamina run deep in this female family. His third dam is a half-sister to Quadrangle, winner of the 1964 Belmont Stakes. ST and HT.

Johannesburg (Hennessy-Myth, by Ogygian), Kentucky, $25,000. Johannesburg was one of the most accomplished 2-year-olds in history and his juvenile season was almost as impressive as his female family. Undefeated in 7 starts at 2, he was a champion in four countries - United States, England, Ireland, and France. By speed sire Hennessy, his dam is a half-sister to Tale of the Cat and Minardi, a 2-year-old champion in England. His second dam is a full sister to stakes winner Preach, the dam of Pulpit, and his fifth dam, Monarchy, is a full sister to Round Table. Expect Johannesburg's babies to have tactical speed, and while they should perform well on dirt, they should really excel on grass. SPx2 and T.

Jump Start (A.P. Indy-Steady Cat, by Storm Cat), Kentucky, $10,000. Jump Start won 2 of 5 starts at 2, the only year he raced. He won the Saratoga Special, finished second in the Champagne Stakes to Officer, but sustained a career-ending injury finishing 11th behind Johannesburg in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. His stakes-placed dam is a full sister to Apollo Cat and half-sister to Union City and Ozzie Cat. His second dam is a full sister to Miswaki. Expect his runners to come out running at 2. They should also improve with age and distance. ST/SP.

Kettle Won (Colonial Affair-Safe at the Plate, by Double Zeus), New York, $3,000. By a Belmont Stakes winner, Kettle Won is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to champion sprinter Safely Kept and stakes winner Partner's Hero. He won at six furlongs on dirt and nine furlongs on the grass. His most important accomplishment was a second in the Fort Lauderdale Handicap. Kettle Won's juveniles should be late bloomers and be most effective stretching out on dirt and turf. ST and HT.

Leelanau (Carson City-Kris's Intention, by Kris S.), Kentucky, $2,500. Inheriting the speed of his sire, Leelanau won both his starts at 2, including the Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes, where he set a 5 1/2-furlong track record (1:03.11). He also won 2 of 3 starts at 3. His runners should be precocious and very quick. SP.

Littleexpectations (Valid Appeal-Mepache, by Iron Constitution), Texas, $3,500. By the late Valid Appeal (In Reality), a source of speed on all surfaces, Littleexpectations was one of four stakes winners produced by his dam. He is a full brother to Valid Expectations, Little Sister, and Miss Valid Pache. Other notable stakes winners from this productive female line are Valid Wager, Jersey Girl, and Purge. In addition, his second dam is a half-sister to champion 2-year-old and Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure. If he is anything like Valid Expectations, his 2-year-olds should win early and often and be best sprinting on dirt, turf, and especially wet tracks. SPx2.