01/16/2007 12:00AM

Harlan's Holiday a hidden grass play


LAS VEGAS - This is part 3 of an alphabetical preview of the 2007 freshman sires and how to bet their offspring. The stallions are followed by their pedigree, 2007 stud fee,and state where they are based.

Harlan's Holiday (Harlan-Christmas in Aiken, by Affirmed); stands for $17,500 in Kentucky.

A winner of more than $3 million, Harlan's Holiday was good at 2, winning four stakes and finishing second in the Breeders' Futurity. He won the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes at 3 and won the Donn Handicap and finished second in the Dubai World Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup at 4. By the sire of Menifee, Harlan's Holiday descends from the important broodmare Alanesian, the dam of major stakes winner Princessnesian and Boldnesian, the sire of Bold Reasoning, who in turn sired Seattle Slew. His runners should develop early and continue to progress next year as 3-year-olds. A hidden turf sire (with Harlan on top and Affirmed on the bottom), his offspring will be live plays on grass as well.

Hold That Tiger (Storm Cat-Beware of the Cat, by Caveat); stands for $10,000 in Kentucky.

A half-brother to Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note, Hold That Tiger was a European champion at 2 when he won 3 of 5 races, including the Group 1 Grand Criterium-Lucien Barriere. He finished third behind Vindication and Kafwain in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, his first start on dirt, and also was second in the Woodward Stakes at age 4 behind Horse of the Year Mineshaft. His 2-year-olds should have good speed and be winning from June through December on all surfaces. His productive female family also produced Hennessy.

Hook and Ladder (Dixieland Band-Taianna, by Cox's Ridge); stands for $6,000 in New York.

A two-time stakes-winning sprinter, Hook and Ladder should have precocious babies who figure to win those five-furlong early season sprints, and they should be effective up to 1 1/16 miles.

Indy King (A.P. Indy-Queena, by Mr. Prospector); stands for $2,000 in Florida.

Unraced, Indy King merits attention based on his pedigree alone. Out of champion Queena, Indy King is a full brother to stakes winner La Reina and a half-brother to stakes winner Brahms. His offspring should have some speed but will probably be more effective stretching out at 3.

Kafwain (Cherokee Run-Swazi's Moment, by Moment of Hope); stands for $10,000 in Kentucky.

Kafwain was a top 2-year-old, winning the Norfolk and Best Pal stakes and placing in the BC Juvenile, behind undefeated champion Vindication, and in the Del Mar Futurity. Winner of the San Vicente, he was third in the Santa Anita Derby and was not meant to be a force at distances beyond 1 1/16 miles. By a leading sprint sire, his 2-year-olds should be fast out of the gate. Expect him to be among the early freshman leaders.

Legion Field (Seattle Slew-Bright Candles, by El Gran Senor); stands for $1,500 in New York.

A winner of just 2 races from 16 starts, Legion Field is another sire who is being given a chance because of his super pedigree. A half-brother to stakes winner and successful stallion Grand Slam, and a full brother to stakes winner Leestown, Legion Field hails from the same family that produced Alydar. His runners should have speed.

Lido Palace (Rich Man's Gold-Sonada, by Quick Decision); stands for $5,000 in Florida.

A champion 2-year-old in Chile, where he won 3 of 6 starts, including a Group 1 race, Lido Palace got better with age. He was Chile's Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old, and became a major older runner when imported to the U.S. at 4, winning the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes. He won the Woodward again at 5 as well as the Clark Handicap. Watch for his 2-year-olds to make an impact, especially in the early season Florida maiden races at Calder.

Lightnin N Thunder (Storm Cat-Things Change, by Stalwart); stands for $4,000 in Florida.

A winner of just 1 race in 4 starts, all at 2, Lightnin N Thunder was second in the Cradle Stakes and third in the James C. Ellis Juvenile Stakes. By a leading sire of sires, he is out of a mare who won the Spinaway and Adirondack stakes at 2. His juveniles should have considerable speed and do well in early-season races at Calder.

Lodge Hill (Cozzene-L'Insatiable, by Caveat); stands for $2,000 (Canadian) in Ontario, Canada.

Stakes winner Lodge Hill was second in the Connaught Cup Stakes and third in the Lawrence Realization Handicap, Rutgers Stakes, and Canadian International Stakes. Bred strictly for grass, his runners should likewise be superior on turf and be better with age and distance.