07/30/2007 12:00AM

Harlan's Holiday quick off the mark as a sire



Harlan's Holiday won over $3 million as a multiple stakes winner, and his first crop of yearlings brought high prices last year. He was expected to get off to a good start at stud and his 2-year-olds are fulfilling all expectations. On July 20, Riley Tucker, a first-time starter by Harlan's Holiday out of the Bold Ruckus mare My Sweet Country, romped to a six-length victory for Bill Mott. Known for his prowess as a turf trainer, Mott is now getting precocious babies for Zayat Stable, and Riley Tucker is an example of how it is imperative to keep up with the changing times.

Another impressive 2-year-old winner for Mott came at Saratoga on July 29 when J Z Warrior - a half-sister to the lightning-quick stakes winner E Z Warrior by Harlan's Holiday - won a six-furlong maiden race after finished third in her career debut behind the well-regarded According to Plan and Loving Vindication.

* Mott had another impressive 2-year-old winner for Zayat Stable when first-time starter Always a Believer won a one-mile maiden race on turf by 5 1/2 lengths. Always a Believer is by the underrated Malibu Moon (by A.P. Indy) and is out of a Southern Halo mare.

* Posse, who was a stakes-winning sprinter-miler by Silver Deputy, is making quite a statement as this year's leading freshman sire. His offspring have delivered in either their first or second starts at amazing regularity. As of July 28, Posse had 13 winners from 24 starters, with many more juveniles yet to start. On July 20, Law Enforcement, a first-time starter by Posse out of the Lord at War mare Zambezi Belle, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by three lengths at 6-1. Law Enforcement's fourth dam, Medici (Bold Ruler), is a half-sister to Mother Goose and Black-Eyed Susan stakes winner Funloving and the stakes winner Broadway, who is the dam of 1967 2-year-old champion filly champion Queen of the Stage, the multiple stakes winner Reviewer, and Con Game, the dam of Seeking the Gold.

* Jimmy Toner, who has had great success with late-blooming grass runners, has another good-looking turf prospect in Bold Hawk, a 3-year-old gelding by Silver Hawk and out of the Danzig mare Tribulation. Bold Hawk won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on the turf on July 21 and should only get better with maturity and distance on grass. Runners by Silver Hawk (Roberto) are notorious for being late developers and for excelling at distances over one mile on turf. Most importantly, Bold Hawk descends from a very classy Darby Dan female family that produced Japanese superstar Grass Wonder and his stakes-winning full sister Wonder Again. This female line also produced Devil's Bag, Glorious Song and Saint Ballado.


Macho Uno was the 2000 2-year-old champion. A son of Holy Bull (who is a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic winner and successful sire Awesome Again), he is one of this year's freshman sires, and I expected Macho Uno to be a good sire of juveniles. On July 21, Wicked Style, a first-time starter by Macho Uno out of the Trempolino mare Deviletta, stalked the speed and rallied to win a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race at 7-2. While Wicked Style won on the Polytrack surface, this is a colt extremely well-bred for turf. Holy Bull is established as a strong hidden turf (HT) sire, and in addition to his damsire, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner and Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Trempolino, the sires of his second, third and fourth dams are the powerful turf influences Devil's Bag, Danzig and Round Table. To complete the pedigree, Wicked Style descends from Delta, 1968 Broodmare of the Year and one of Claiborne Farm's foundation mares. A multiple stakes winner, Delta established a six-furlong track record at Churchill Downs (1:09.70) and produced stakes winners Dike (Herbager), Cabildo (Round Table), Moss (Round Table), Okavango (Herbager), and Shore (Round Table). Another daughter, Basin (Tom Rolfe), was the second dam of Charles H. Strub Stakes winner Siberian Summer.

* Holy Bull had a grass winner when She's No Bull, a 2-year-old filly out of the Wekiva Springs mare Colors of My Voice, won a one-mile maiden race at Ellis Park on July 29, paying $24.20.

* The hidden turf angle was successful later in the card when Lattice, a 3-year-old colt by HT sire Arch, won the American Derby at 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Lattice is actually an HT2 (inheriting turf from both the sire and damsire) as he is out of a mare by strong grass influence Rahy. Arch won the Super Derby on dirt, but his sire line has always been a strong indicator of turf success. Arch is by Kris S., a son of renowned turf icon Roberto. Lattice comes from a prolific female as well. Her second dam, Northabout, is a full sister to the dam of Aptitude, and she is also a half-sister to two-time champion Slew o' Gold and Belmont Stakes winner Coastal.

Del Mar

Kanan Dume won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on July 18. Making his career debut, Kanan Dume defeated the even-money favorite Coast Guard by a neck, returning $20. Kanan Dume is another example of the kind of runner Malibu Moon can produce when bred to a higher-quality mare. Kanan Dume is out of the top-class Nureyev mare Trishyde, a Group 2 winner in France who won the Fleur de Lis Handicap and who also finished third against males in the Hollywood Turf Cup.

* E Dubai won the Dwyer Stakes and Suburban Handicap, and the son of Mr. Prospector is a second-year stallion (his first crop are 3-year-olds) who is really impressing with his runners, led by Fantasy Stakes winner High Heels, Affirmed and Baldwin Stakes winner Desert Code, the undefeated Vitruvius (a half-brother to Corinthian and Desert Hero), and Treadmill, who won the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes on July 20.

Treadmill is out of the Langfuhr mare Lady Lang, and her second dam is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Izvestia. Touch Gold and Lasting Approval also descend from this remarkable female family.

* The international good thing More Happy, a 2-year-old filly, won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race. Regarded by Baffert as his most promising juvenile filly, More Happy is from the first crop of the undefeated Vindication, whom Baffert trained to win four starts at 2 (the only year he raced), which culminated in an Eclipse Award. More Happy is out of the Cool Victor mare Apelia, a champion sprinter in Canada and winner of the Genuine Risk Stakes.